It was not the most dramatic of finishes but it did result in a victory. The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the visiting Oklahoma City Dodgers 5-4 on a walkoff fielder’s choice Monday night.
Pinch hitter Cristhian Adames led off the ninth with a double down the left field line. After Rafael Ynoa’s sacrifice bunt moved Adames to third, Daniel Coulombe (2-1) intentionally walked Trevor Story to bring up Angelys Nina.
Nina hit a soft grounder to shortstop Corey Seager, who double clutched before throwing the ball home. Catcher Austin Barnes could not come up with the ball as Adames scored the winning run for Albuquerque (56-74).
“I’m not surprised that (Adames) came through for us in that situation,” manager Glenallen Hill said. “That was a really good bunt by Rafael and we had the right person up there at the right time in Angelys Nina.
“He’s one of the hardest guys to strike out. He’s a contact (hitter) and I’m very confident that he’s going to put the ball in play.”
Miguel Castro (1-0) picked up his first victory as an Isotope with two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two and walking just one. He was effective without being overly reliant on his blazing fastball.
“It’s always good for the kid to get out there and pitch like that,” Hill said. “He made very good use of his offspeed pitches which I think is very important in his overall development.
“He threw some good changeups and he threw a couple good sliders. I think the hardest fastballs he threw were actually out of the zone and it opened up some real estate for him and that’s what he needs to do.”
Wilin Rosario tied the game at 4-4 with a leadoff home run in the eighth. It was just the Isotopes’ second hit off reliever Mike Bolsinger, who was part of the starting rotation in Los Angeles earlier this season.
The Albuquerque bullpen was slightly better as Brooks Brown needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order in the seventh. Castro’s two scoreless frames followed.
Rudy Owens went six innings for the Isotopes, his longest outing for the team, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two. It was also his first time pitching against the Dodgers (78-51), for whom he appeared in seven games (three starts) earlier this season before being released.
“I thought Rude Boy gave us a quality start,” Hill said. “It was good to see Brooks Brown have a really efficient inning.”
Oklahoma City jumped ahead in the second inning on Austin Barnes’ leadoff home run. Albuquerque responded in the bottom of the frame as Rosario doubled and scored on Tom Murphy’s RBI single, followed by Tim Wheeler’s RBI double.
The Dodgers tied the game in the fourth as Andy Wilkins doubled and scored on Scott Schebler’s two-out RBI single. The Isotopes retook the lead again in the bottom of the frame on Rafael Ynoa’s two-out RBI double.
That lead only lasted until the sixth when Jose Peraza led off with a bunt single and scored on Corey Seager’s double off the right field wall. Seager came around to score two batters later on Wilkins’ double off the top of the wall in center to put Oklahoma City ahead 4-3.
Ynoa, Rosario and Barfield each finished with two hits for the Isotopes. Wilkins was the only Dodger with two hits.
Albuquerque and Oklahoma City will continue their series on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Left-hander John Lannan (6-8, 5.49 ERA) will start for the Isotopes while lefty David Huff (4-1, 1.66) starts for the Dodgers.
Around the Lab: The Colorado Rockies activated right-hander Chad Bettis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander David Hale to Albuquerque on Monday. Hale has the standard 72 hours to report, at which time the Isotopes will have to make room for him on the roster. … Center fielder Roger Bernadina was a late scratch from the game, replaced by Wheeler. Hill did not comment on the specific reason, though he did say it was not due to injury.