ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, leading the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 9-4 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday.
The home run by Alonso scored Jeff Hoffman and Sam Hilliard to give the Isotopes a 5-4 lead.
The Isotopes later added three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. In the sixth, Hilliard hit a three-run home run, while Drew Butera hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Peter Mooney in the seventh.
Albuquerque starter Hoffman (6-5) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings. Opposing starter Logan Ondrusek (4-4) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over five innings.
For the Grizzlies, Andrew Stevenson homered and doubled, scoring two runs.
— On the season, after Wednesday’s game, former Crowder and current Triple-A Albuquerque right fielder Hilliard owns a .266 average (98 for 368) with 77 runs scored, 22 doubles, six triples, 27 home runs, 80 RBI, 32 walks and 117 strikeouts, and 17 stolen bases in 20 attempts.
Hilliard’s three RBI moved him into a tie with Kevin Cron for the most RBI in the Pacific Coast League and Cron’s currently playing first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cron put up 29 homers and 80 RBI in 55 games.
Hilliard ranks second in homers and runs scored, third in strikeouts, and seventh in stolen bases.