The Albuquerque Isotopes barely had a pulse offensively going into the sixth inning. Then they remembered how to swing the bats, much to the detriment of the visiting Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Albuquerque rallied for an 11-5 victory and even turned a triple play Wednesday night. The two teams split their four-game series.
“That’s the best drama in the country,” manager Glenallen Hill said. “It’s absolutely beautiful.”
The Isotopes (57-75) trailed 5-0 going into the sixth and had mustered just two harmless singles up to that point. Pinch hitter Brock Bond got it started with a single to center.
“We’re just looking for a spark; we’d hit some balls hard all game but didn’t have anything to show for it,” said shortstop Trevor Story, who finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. “When Bond dropped that ball in we kind of got a spark and fed off of that.”
Rafael Ynoa doubled and Story followed with an RBI single. Ynoa held at third but ended up scoring when catcher Austin Barnes’ throw to first sailed past Andy Wilkins into right field.
Cristhian Adames then singled to set the table for Wilin Rosario, who crushed a game-tying, three-run homer to left field.
“The way the team rallied back, a big hit by our No. 4 hitter (Rosario),” Hill said. “Trevor Story hitting the ball hard all night long.”
The Dodgers (79-52) put two on to start the seventh, only to see Albuquerque turn its first triple play since a Sept. 9, 2009, in a playoff game against Memphis. Jose Tabata chopped one to third baseman Ynoa, who stepped on the bag and threw to second baseman Adames, who in turn threw to first baseman Rosario to beat Tabata by a step.
“A triple play, there are so many things that go into it,” said Hill, who leaped out of the dugout when it was over. “And soon as it was hit, I was yelling ‘Triple play! Triple play!’ You always yell it but it never seems to work out so I’m happy.”
The Isotopes kept right on hitting in their half of the seventh. With runners on first and second, Story smashed a double into the gap in left-center to drive in Tim Wheeler with the go-ahead run. Adames followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 8-5.
Wheeler added a two-run homer in the eighth. Story capped the scoring with an RBI double, giving him hits and RBI in three straight innings.
“The first two at-bats I thought I hit the ball well, just kind of right at some guys,” Story said. “I didn’t need to change anything, just take the same approach and hope for a better result.”
Starter Boone Whiting struck out 11 and did not walk a batter, though he gave up five runs on eight hits over six innings. Nelson Gonzalez (4-3) followed with two scoreless frames and Tyler Matzek finished it off despite allowing a run in the ninth.
“Gonzo, the last time he pitched he gave up a grand slam (on Sunday),” Hill said. “What went into talking to him after that to the next time he went out and pitched, being on the same page with (catcher Ryan) Casteel and having it work out.
“At the end of the day, we were in a game where we were down 5-0. To come back and win by five runs was nice.”
Albuquerque will welcome Colorado Springs to town on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. to start a four-game series, the last home games of the season. Left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-3, 4.34 ERA) will start for the Isotopes while right-hander Zach Davies (1-1, 5.14) starts for the Sky Sox.