The Albuquerque Isotopes rolled out a lineup Thursday night that could be best described as “patchwork.” The Reno Aces rolled over that lineup for seven innings before the Isotopes staged an improbable rally and forced extra frames, only to see the Aces prevail 6-3 in 14 innings.
With first baseman Clint Robinson (promoted) and center fielder Joc Pederson (7-day disabled list) gone, the Isotopes (35-44) started a lineup that had no player with more than five home runs. Collectively, the eight Albuquerque position players had 22 homers, just five more than Pederson has this season.
It was one of those lighter hitters, shortstop Walter Ibarra, who showed some surprising pop in the ninth inning. With his team down by a run and down to its final out, Ibarra smashed a game-tying home run to left-center, just his third homer of the season.
The game dragged on until the 14th inning when former New Mexico Lobo Steve Smith (1-4) gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. Danny Dorn’s RBI single and Argenis Diaz’s two-run double put Reno (44-36) ahead for good.
The Isotopes’ rally began in the eighth inning. Erisbel Arruebarrena drew a one-out walk and pinch hitter Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled up the middle.
Trayvon Robinson reached on a fielding error by shortstop Nick Ahmed to load the bases. Two batters later, Tim Federowicz lined a two-run single to right field.
Arruebarrena went 1-for-3 with two walks, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He singled in the ninth after Ibarra’s home run but was caught stealing to end the inning.
Reno scored two unearned runs in the first inning on Danny Dorn’s two-out, two-run single. The Aces would add an insurance run in the seventh on Mike Jacobs’ sacrifice fly.
Isotopes starter Drew Carpenter, in his season debut, allowed just two unearned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings. Carpenter, signed in the offseason as a minor-league free agent, had been in extended spring training.
Albuquerque and Reno will play a doubleheader Friday at 5:05 p.m. The Isotopes will start right-hander Carlos Frias (5-4, 5.10 ERA) in the opener against Aces right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-1, 6.14), while the starters for game two are undetermined.
Around the Lab
Prior to the game, Pederson was officially placed on the DL with a separated right shoulder. He will miss at least 10 days. Cavazos-Galvez, an Albuquerque native who played for the Isotopes in 2012 and earlier this year, was promoted form Double-A Chattanooga. … Taking Robinson’s roster spot was catcher John Cannon, activated off the DL. He may not be active for long as the Dodgers brought third baseman Juan Uribe off their DL and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Albuquerque.