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The Albuquerque Isotopes' 10-7 victory over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night may go down as the costliest win in team history.
In the span of four innings, three Isotopes were injured, suddenly leaving the club down to only seven healthy position players.
"I've been in this game a long time and we talked about there's not too many 'nevers' in baseball," manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "To have guys get hurt and have to come out of the game the way it happened tonight, to end up with a pitcher in right field ... it was a strange night."
Second baseman Justin Sellers was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the fourth inning, forcing him to leave the game.
Three batters later, Juan Castro fouled off the first pitch from Austin Bibens-Dirkx, only to suddenly double over in pain, clutching his left side. He had to leave the game as well.
In the seventh inning, J.D. Closser, who had moved from catcher to third base to replace Castro, stumbled while trying to field a grounder. The ball bounced up and struck Closser under his left eye, leaving him with a visible bruise and forcing him out.
At that point, Jerry Sands had to move from right field to third, and with no position players available on the bench, pitcher Tim Redding trotted out to right field. ...