Isotopes defeat Las Vegas 51’s in home opener 7-3


The Albuquerque Isotopes came from behind Tuesday night to beat the Las Vegas 51’s 7-3 in their home opener. Isotopes pitcher David Holmberg gave up a three-run shot in the top half of the first inning. It was the only runs Isotopes combined pitching allowed.

Former Lobo and La Cueva star Austin House finished off the last inning of the game from the hill. He struck out one batter and walked another in one inning of work. The Isotopes were led at the plate by Derrik Gibson who drove in three runs.

Raimel Tapia and Tom Murphy drove in two runs each. A five-run sixth inning put the Isotopes up for good. With the win, the Isotopes improved to 4-2. The 51’s dropped to 1 and 5. 

The first 3,000 fans received beanies at the Isotopes first game. KRQE’s Jared Chester spent the night finding fans and asking them about their experience at the park. 

Joe and Lou Falcone are a father and son that have gone to the 8 home openers for the Isotopes. Both love the game of baseball and its something that has brought them together. 
“Its just a bonding thing for us”, said Joe Falcone. “Yeah, it’s nice to get out and see all of the people. Its something I look forward to all year”, said Lou Falcone. 
The father-son duo usually cheers for the Isotopes, but the New York natives had to cheer for the Mets affiliate on Tuesday, the Las Vegas 51’s. So, while they might have left the park not too happy as the 51’s lost, it is still a tradition they hope to keep going. 

“Eight more years strong, I hope we can make it”, said Joe Falcone.”Yeah we will be back next year for sure”, said Lou Falcone. 
Isotopes pitcher Austin House has a super fan in the stands every home game, his mom.

It is always a joy to come to opening day and have your child here”, said Loretta House-Ruble. Austins mom has always watched her son play, and she has a specific spot for her son’s fans to sit with her. “I know Austin says this is my section, and yes it kind of is because I watched him play here when he was in high school, all through college, and if you are a pitchers momma you have to sit here in this section. So you can watch every pitch and make sure they are calling them right”, said Austin’s mom.

The Isotopes and 51 will play the second of a three-game series Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Isotopes Park. 

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