The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3) jumped out to a hot start on their 12-game, 13-day road trip by drumming the Reno Aces (4-5) 11-2 Friday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
First baseman Ben Paulsen and left fielder Tim Wheeler combined to go 8-for-9 with five runs scored, eight RBI, four doubles, a homer and one walk.
Roger Bernadina drew a one-out walk to get the offense rolling, and Ben Paulsen kept the inning going with a two-out single to put runners on the corners. Dustin Garneau singled in Albuquerque’s first run of the game before Tim Wheeler stepped up and mashed a three-run bomb to put the Isotopes ahead 4-0 through a single frame.
After his three-run dinger in the first, Wheeler followed with a single in the third and a double in the fourth. Needing just a triple to complete the cycle in his final two at-bats, the 27-year-old grounded out in the sixth and doubled in the eighth to finish the evening. He went 4-for-5 with five RBI,
Not to be out done, Paulsen turned in a 4-for-4 performance of his own with two doubles, three runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He clubbed a pair of RBI doubles in the fourth and eighth innings. Paulsen and Wheeler’s four-hit performances are the most by an Isotope this season.