With the bases loaded and down by two in the bottom of the ninth, the Bees had a chance for a comeback win. They failed in their attempt, however, as Michael Bourn hit a fly ball to center to end the inning and the Bees fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-2 on Saturday night at home.
The Bees drew first blood with a home run in the third inning, but runs by the Isotopes in the fourth and eighth kept the Bees at arm's length and allowed Albuquerque to go up 2-0 in this series.
All six of the runs were scored off of home runs.
Turning Point • With the score tied in the top of the eighth, Albuquerque's Noel Cuevas and Jordan Patterson hit back-to-back home runs to put the Isotopes up by two.
Bees MVP • Catcher Carlos Perez went 3 for 4 with a leadoff double in the second inning, a home run in the fourth and a walk in the ninth.
Hidden Hero • Third basemen Sherman Johnson opened scoring for the Bees in the first inning with a home run to right.
Quoteworthy • "The pitchers were attacking the zones [and] going after guys and making guys swing the bat," Bees manager Keith Johnson said on every run being off of a home run. "The defense was playing pretty solid. I think there was only one error between the two teams. It was a good game. Obviously we came out on the short end of it but we gave it our best at the end and just came up a little short."
Angel Angle • Kenyan Middleton pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday night's game at Detroit. Middleton has allowed one earned run in his past 11 appearances (91⁄3 innings). He came into the season ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Angels system by Baseball America. He has has a 2.51 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 141⁄3 innings.
What's next • The Bees will play the final game of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark.