Isotopes Cruz to Walk-off Win

They didn't do it easy, but the Isotopes got the win eventually.

The Albuquerque Isotopes were cruising to a victory against the Fresno Grizzlies until the ninth inning.

Relief Pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma came on to close the game for the Isotopes and promptly threw five straight balls.

Ledezma walked Fresno center fielder Justin Christian and forced third baseman Conor Gillapsie into a fielder's choice to get the first out. Right fielder Francisco Peguero hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 2. Ledezma was able to retire the next two batters to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.

The Grizzlies made a pitching change of their own by relieving starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit with Heath Hembree in the bottom of the ninth.

A quick groundout by second baseman Aaron Miles started the inning. Third baseman Josh Fields then hit a single up the middle and so did first baseman Jeff Baisley to put Fields in scoring position. Shortstop Luis Cruz, who was 0-3 before the at-bat, came up next and hit a walk-off double over Fresno's center fielder for a 3-2 win.

Cruz said he struggle earlier in the game, but knew he had a chance to make up for it in his final at-bat.

"It was a rough day for me today," Cruz said, "I struck out, popped it up and I had home stolen from me. It's one of the moments where you got to bounce back."

Head coach Lorenzo Bundy said he was satisfied with the win, but felt that starting pitcher John Ely, who allowed four hits in 8 innings with six strike outs, and hit his first triple of his career, was entitled to the win for the way he pitched.

"He was very good and he deserved to have the W," Bundy said.

Ely said he wasn't disappointed that he didn't get the victory because the team still captured the victory.

"I got a win the ‘Topes won," Ely said. "Of course I'm not upset a W's a W anyway that you can get it."

It was a pitching duel for the first 6 innings as neither team was able to muster up a run until the bottom of the seventh. The Isotopes were the team to score the first run of the game thanks to a RBI triple from Baisley, who scored Fields from first base.

The Isotopes (26-19) were able to add to the lead in the bottom of the eighth off of a solo home run from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. It was his first of the year and it broke a 0-12 hitless streak. Cavazos-Glavez said he had an eye out for a pitch and he got what he wanted.

"I was looking for a pitch to hit nothing special," Cavazos-Glavez said, "I am just trying to be consistent with my approach and stuff."

Ledezma blew his third save opportunity of the season and received his third win of the season.

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