It was an afternoon to forget at Isotopes Park on Monday, at least for the home team. Albuquerque was steamrolled 10-0 and 10-1 in a doubleheader by the Sacramento River Cats.
“It was brutal,” manager Glenallen Hill said. “There’s nothing good about today. We didn’t hit, we didn’t pitch the ball. It’s not characteristic of how we’ve been playing.”
Sacramento (46-57) took three of four in the series. The doubleheader was necessary after Sunday night’s game was rained out.
The River Cats scored 20 runs on 30 hits, with slugging prospect Adam Duvall leading the way. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the opener and 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the second game.
John Lannan (6-5) took it on the chin in the opener, allowing nine runs on 13 hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Jair Jurrjens (2-5) fared just as poorly in the second game, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings.
“Those days do show up every once in a while,” Hill said. “Hopefully this is the last that we’ll see of this combination. There will be days you don’t pitch well, but days where you hit. And then vice versa. We can’t have too many days where we don’t do both.”
While the Isotopes’ pitchers were being manhandled, the lineup offered up nothing against a pair of San Francisco Giants prospects. Albuquerque (46-57) mustered one run and seven hits on the day.
Lefty Ty Blach (9-8), ranked No. 7 before the season by Baseball America, tossed seven shutout innings in the opener, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out one. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3), No. 12, allowed just the one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings in the second game.
“I think that they did a good job of pounding the zone,” Hill said. “I think the thing that stood out, especially with (Stratton), he threw a lot of offspeed pitches in hitter’s counts.”
Tim Wheeler tripled and scored on Jurrjens’ single through the left side in the third inning of the second game to briefly pull the Isotopes within 5-1. They ended up stranding two runners that inning and two more in the fifth while the River Cats scored four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to put the game away.
Albuquerque will open a four-game series with Salt Lake on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Isotopes and Bees have not announced starters for the game.
Around the Lab: Lefty reliever Rex Brothers rejoined the Isotopes on Sunday after being sent down by the Colorado Rockies. To make room on the roster, right-hander Boone Whiting was placed on the disabled list with a bone bruise on his left big toe. … Infielder Trevor Story was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Story went 13-for-26 last week with six doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI.