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Garabito defeats Rogers in starting pitching masterpiece, Isotopes Fall 4-1

Isotopes of Albuquerque

May 5, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
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Albuquerque, NM – Josh Rogers and Gerson Garabito were involved in one of the best starting pitching duels in Isotopes Park history on Saturday night. The left-hander from Albuquerque was sensational, going seven innings of one-run ball while Garabito didn’t allow a single score over six frames. Round Rock ultimately took advantage of an erratic Isotopes bullpen with a three-run eighth to claim a 4-1 victory.

Tonight’s crowd was the largest of the season at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at 11,417 and also represented the fourth largest attendance at a Minor League Baseball game this year. Additionally, Albuquerque boasts the fifth largest, as 11,037 were in attendance for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Topes range:

– Rogers was the first Isotopes starter to complete seven full innings since Tanner Gordon on September 22, 2023 vs. Oklahoma City (zero points). It was the 26th time Rogers has gone at least 7.0 frames and the first since August 16, 2022 for Triple-A Jacksonville (vs. Nashville).

– Garabito became the fifth opposing pitcher to reach 6.0 innings in 2024, and third over the last four nights. Owen White and Adrian Sampson completed the feat for Round Rock on Wednesday and Friday respectively. Additionally, Garabito is the first pitcher to go through six frames without allowing runs against Albuquerque since Nick Frasso on August 27, 2023 in Oklahoma City.

– The Isotopes were held to one point or less in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 10-11, 2023 in Round Rock (15-1 and 2-1 losses). It is the seventh time in club history that they have suffered this fate at home (also: May 1-2, 2003 vs. Iowa and Salt Lake; April 16-17, 2010 vs. Omaha; May 31-June 1, 2015 vs. Omaha; July 27 2015 vs. Sacramento – doubleheader; June 17-18, 2016 vs. Reno; August 26-27, 2021 vs. Round Rock).

– Drew Romo saw an end to his 18-game hitting streak, which was tied with Low-A Fresno’s Andy Perez in Minor League Baseball this season. Romo hit .459/.461/.649 with nine doubles, a triple, homer and 14 RBI during the stretch. Additionally, Romo’s streak is tied with Derek Wathan (April 8–26, 2004) for the 10th longest in Isotopes history.

– Michael Toglia reached base safely four times, via a pair of singles and a walk. It was his second multi-hit game in five starts since rejoining Albuquerque on April 30.

– Jimmy Herron went 2-for-3 with a double, extending his on-base streak to 20 games. It is tied for the longest this year by an Isotope with Coco Montes, who scored his own goal tonight with an 0-for-5 performance.

– First baseman Grant Lavigne made an error that resulted in all three of Round Rock’s runs in the eighth being unearned. Lavigne has eight miscues this season, the most for any Triple-A player.

– Albuquerque extended their streak with at least one extra base hit to 56 consecutive games, dating back to August 29, 2023 in Sacramento. However, they have only registered one in each of the last two matches.

– Round Rock did not homer, marking the first time since April 18 that Albuquerque did not allow a long ball (13 games). It was the fourth game the Isotopes appeared in this season with no home runs (also: April 5-6 at Oklahoma City, April 9 vs. Sugar Land).

– The Isotopes have lost 16 of 17 games with Romo taking the ball in 2024.

– Albuquerque has trailed in all 20 home games this season, with 22 in a row dating back to September 23, 2023.

– In four losses during this series, the Isotopes are a combined 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position. They went 8-for-14 in Thursday’s win.

– Albuquerque has canceled 12 of their last 13 meetings with Round Rock dating back to May 27, 2023.

– The Isotopes need a win tomorrow to avoid their worst record in a 12-game homestand. From September 6 to 18, 2022, they were 3-9 against El Paso and Oklahoma City.

On Deck: The Mariachis will host their Cinco de Mayo Celebración tomorrow, with gates opening at 3 p.m. Adult Mariachis jerseys will be given to the first 3,000 fans ages 16 and older, courtesy of Rio Grande Credit Union. A nationwide pre-game concert featuring Al Hurricane Jr. will begin at 3:15 p.m. on the right field berm. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM and RGCU will also present a post-game fireworks show, weather permitting.

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