Little brother got the best of big brother in an exhibition baseball game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Colorado Rockies Monday. The Isotopes won 7-3 and got a strong showing from the Rockies top pitching prospect Peter Lambert.
Lambert did not give up any hits through three innings. He pitched five innings and struck out 7 while giving up two runs. The Rockies finally got to Lambert in the top of the fourth inning when Nolan Arenado blasted a solo shot that was followed two batters later by a Ryan McMahon home run.
That tied the game at two, but the Isotopes answered in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. The win was really for the fans who got a chance to see the stars on the Rockies like third baseman Nolan Arenado.
“This is strictly for the fanbase,” said Arenado. “You know it’s not an easy trip for us, you know, when we have to go to Ft. Myers tomorrow. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it’s important for the fans.”
The Isotopes and Rockies also announced an extension to their partnership Monday that will run through 2022.
“It was really a mutual decision where we said this makes a lot of sense,” said Isotopes GM John Traub. “Let’s extend today, make it a warm and fuzzy, do it in front of the crowd today. It really makes a lot of sense from a player development standpoint, from a geographical standpoint.”
The Isotopes will open the season at home April 4 against the Salt Lake Bees.