Fife's Strong Seven Gives Albuquerque Win

Starting pitcher Stephen Fife threw a magnificent game for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Fife threw seven shutout innings, struck-out seven, allowed three hits, and walked only one batter to earn his third win of the season. Fife has thrown 13 consecutive shutout innings.

Relief pitchers Shawn Lindsey and Scott Rice combined to allow as many hits (3) as Fife did. Fife said he pitched a strong game thanks to catcher Tim Federowicz and a tweak of the game-plan.

"It was a good night. Tim did a good job calling the game," Fife said. "We made an adjustment early in the pen throwing four-seam fast balls and I was able to get ahead of a lot of guys."

The Isotopes (17-12) scored first in the bottom of the 2nd with a Jeff Baisley RBI double that went into the right field corner. Two quick outs by left fielder Jerry Sands and Federowicz brought up shortstop Luiz Cruz who hit a RBI double of his own to bring home Baisley. Fife singled through up the middle to score Cruz to give Albuquerque a 3-0 lead.

Manager Lorenzo Bundy said the Isotopes worked an almost complete game, and the offense was able to capitalize on Nashville's miscues in the game.

"I felt that it was a very well played ball game," Bundy said. "Offensively we took advantage of some of their mistakes."

In the bottom of the third basemen Josh Fields hit an infield single to bring up Baisley who hit another double to put both him and Fields in scoring position. Sands then struck out and with two-outs Federowicz hit a grounder to Nashville first basemen Jordan Brown who kicked the ball into the outfield to score Fields and Baisley. Federowicz was called out trying to take second base on the same play.

The first five Albuquerque runs were all unearned thanks to the two Sounder errors.

Albuquerque put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back jacks from Fields (7), who hit a two-run shot, and Baisley's solo (4) to make the score 8-0 in favor of the home-team.

The Sounders (8-19) finally got on the scoreboard when centerfielder Jordan Schafer hit a triple to the centerfield wall and second basemen Eric Farris hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Matt Angle.

In the top of the ninth and the score 8-1 it looked like Nashville might start a comeback with the bases loaded with two outs, but Farris grounded out to second basemen Joe Becker to end the threat.

Bailey had a fine night going 4-4 with a homerun, two doubles, and two RBI's.

Bundy said Baily had been struggling of late, but he's been working out the kinks and today's game showed that.

"He's been scuffling a little bit and I had him out for early BP a couple days ago to work on some stuff," Bundy said. "We saw some results today. He's been a run producer in this league and that's what we expect from him."

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