The Isotopes left Albuquerque and still found themselves in an old-fashioned Pacific Coast League slugfest. In this case, however, the host Omaha Storm Chasers had a lot more punching power.
Omaha rolled to a 13-6 rout of Albuquerque in the opener of their four-game series Tuesday night. Former Isotope Jesus Flores belted two of the Storm Chasers' six home runs.
Albuquerque (32-40) led 4-2 after Griff Erickson's RBI single and Erisbeal Arruebarrena's two-run single in the fourth inning. In the bottom of that frame, Flores singled with one out and scored two batters later on Paulo Orlando's two-run homer to left-center field.
Omaha (41-31) took the lead for good in the fifth as Justin Maxwell singled to center field with one out. Two batters later, Brett Eibner crushed a two-run homer to left field.
The Isotopes got a run back in the sixth as Tim Federowicz hit a leadoff double, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout. They would get no closer as Flores led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to left-center.
The Storm Chasers tacked on two more runs that inning as reliever Matt Magill loaded the bases with two outs by hitting one batter and walking two others. Juan Abreu came in to make his season debut and gave up a two-run single to Jimmy Paredes to make it 9-5.
Omaha would get an RBI single from Flores in the seventh, a solo home run from Danny Valencia in the eighth and a two-run homer from Paredes later that inning. All Albuquerque got down the stretch was an RBI double from Jeremy Hazelbaker in the eighth.
Hazelbaker went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI to pace the Isotopes at the plate. Federowicz and Arruebarrena also each went 2-for-4, while Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 and was ejected late in the game for arguing balls and strikes.
Red Patterson (3-6) took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits (three home runs) in five innings. John Lamb (4-5) earned the victory despite allowing five runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings.
Albuquerque and Omaha will meet again Wednesday at 11:05 a.m. The Isotopes will send right-hander Jeff Bennett (4-1, 3.44 ERA) to the mound against Storm Chasers right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon (5-3, 3.44).