Once again, a perfect 10

Isotopes open up campaign with back-to-back wins

After Thursday’s season-opening win, the Albuquerque Isotopes continued to pound out the runs tonight at Isotopes Park.

The ‘Topes put up an early barrage of offense and then managed to pull away again from the Omaha Storm Chasers to take a 10-6 decision in front of 5,225 on a rather breezy night at The Lab.

Omaha jumped on the board in the top of the first, going up 1-0 on an RBI single. But the ‘Topes responded immediately with four runs coming off of RBI singles from Jay Gibbons and John Lindsey, and then a RBI double to left from Jerry Sands.

Albuquerque went on to rough up Storm Chasers starting pitcher and Major League veteran Jeff Suppan to the tune of seven runs on seven hits over four innings. But Omaha didn’t go down easy, putting up three runs in the top of the third and then one run each in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the ‘Topes lead to 7-6.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Albuquerque got some breathing room. After new Chasers pitcher Luis Mendoza intentionally walked Gibbons to load the bases, he plunked Lindsey to allow J.D. Closser home from third base for an 8-6 edge. Trent Oeltjen then drew a walk to allow Dee Gordon to score, which was followed by Russ Mitchell grounding out to bring in Gibbons for the final score of the night.

Ramon Troncoso came on in the fifth inning to replace ‘Topes starter Carlos Monasterios (4.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) on the mound and pitched three innings of scoreless ball to pick up the win. Jon Link provided a scoreless eight inning to set-up Ramon Colon’s 1-2-3 retirement of the Chasers in the ninth inning, sealing the triumph.

For more information on tonight’s game, check out our game story coming later tonight on AlbuquerqueBaseball.com.

— Chris Estrada

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