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Albuquerque opens 2011 season with win
The Albuquerque Isotopes opened their 2011 season with a victory Thursday night at Isotopes Park.
Jay Gibbons and Dee Gordon both earned three RBI Thursday as Albuquerque cruised to a 10-5 season-opening win over the Omaha Storm Chasers.
The win gives the Isotopes an 8-1 franchise record in opening day games.
Albuquerque broke open Thursday’s contest in the sixth, scoring five runs. Gibbons had a bases-clearing double and Gordon had a base-knock during the inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 10-4.
Gibbons, the designated hitter, is on rehab assignment from Los Angeles, the Isotopes’ parent team. Gordon, Albuquerque’s shortstop, was making his Triple-A debut in the contest. He went 2-for-5 from Albuquerque’s lead-off spot.
Omaha designated hitter Clint Robinson had a pair of solo home runs in the game.
Isotopes starting pitcher Dana Eveland (1-0) was credited with the victory. Eveland went 5-1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and stroking out four. Travis Schlichting, Scott Elbert and Oscar Villareal were used in relief roles Thursday, allowing just one run between them through 3-2/3 innings.
For the Storm Chasers, Mike Montgomery (0-1) surrendered five earned runs in his five innings of work.
The Isotopes and Storm Chasers (0-1) are scheduled to play four games, following a four-game home series between the Isotopes and the Iowa Cubs.
Two former Major League pitchers, Omaha’s Carlos Monasterios and Albuquerque’s Jeff Suppan, will be on the hill tonight at Isotopes Park. Game time is scheduled for 7:05.
For tickets to any Isotopes home game, visit www.albuquerquebaseball.com.