ALBUQUERQUE – Center fielder Gerald Williams hit for the cycle in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ 7-4 win against the New Orleans Zephyrs Thursday. Albuquerque earned a series split with the win.
Williams bunted for a single in the bottom of the eighth to complete the cycle. He led off the first inning with a double, hit a triple in the second and ran around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the fourth. He was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Former Nicholls State University standout Scott Sanders became the first Isotopes pitcher to hit a home run this season, driving the ball over the left-field fence to tie the game at 4 in the fourth inning.
Williams followed the Sanders shot with a hit to the center field fence. The ball took a funny bounce off the wall, forcing the left fielder to make the play. Albuquerque’s third-base coach waved Williams home for his sixth home run of the season.
Zephyrs catcher Alan Zinter was 3-for-4, including a two-RBI single in the first. Colin Porter hit a solo home run in the second, while Kyle Logan added an RBI single.
The Isotopes began their comeback in the bottom of the second, beginning with a solo home run by catcher Matt Treanor.
Williams followed that with a two-run triple.
Sanders picked up a home run, a single and the win. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out four.
Sanders improved his record to 5-3 and leads all Isotopes starting pitchers with a 3.81 ERA. He also second on the team with 71 strikeouts.
New Orleans pitcher Ken Vining’s record dropped to 3-4. He gave up five runs on six hits in three and two-thirds innings.