Opening an eight-game homestand, the Isotopes (20-29) unleashed a 12-run outburst in a 12-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers (24-25) at Isotopes Park Friday night.
Left fielder Matt McBride turned in a 3-for-4 evening with three singles and three RBI, while designated hitter Ryan Casteel went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a McBride RBI single only to have Omaha tie it in the top of the third. That tie wouldn’t last long, though, as the first eight batters reached for the Isotopes in the bottom of the third, allowing five runs to score.
The big knock of the inning was a two-RBI double by Casteel. The ’Topes would go on to tack on two runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Isotopes Park has been very friendly to Casteel this season. He is now hitting .453 (24-for-53) at home. He also has seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 19 RBI at The Lab.
McBride, meanwhile, did what Matt McBride does best Friday night: hit. The left fielder now has hits in 18 of his last 21 games, 13 of which are multi-hit performances. During that span, McBride is hitting .412 (35-for-85) with 17 runs, eight doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and three walks. He has also raised his average from .178 to .331.