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  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express in series opener
    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work. THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first. MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.
  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW tournament
    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament. They got Nevada. They routed Nevada. The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season. “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game. It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.
  • Gladiators score 86 in loss
    As the Duke City Gladiators traveled to Amarillo last Saturday night, it’s only fitting the game turned into an old-fashioned western shootout. With both offenses firing on all cylinders, every defensive stop made a difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 Champions Indoor Football) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime indoor football clash. It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by much more than a touchdown. Coupled by a trio of field goal misses from Amarillo’s Jacob Fetzon, Duke City extended their lead to as much as 60-49 with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Venom went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter, which sent the game to overtime. Gladiators’ quarterback Kasey Peters, wide receiver Dexter Manley, and running back Seth Smith each scored their own touchdowns in extra time. But similar to regulation, the Venom answered back to the Gladiator’s scores and the wild, wild West matchup was finally decided in the fourth overtime. Peters finished 31-for-45 in passing attempts with 390 passing yards, and eight touchdowns. Manley added 12 receptions, 126 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roland Bruno ended with 11 receptions, 122 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Isotopes split with River Cats
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (16-24) used a six-run sixth inning to beat the Sacramento River Cats (21-19) 10-7 Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park and earn a split in the four-game series. Center fielder Roger Bernadina mashed a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Isotopes’ charge. Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after a three spot in the second inning, but Sacramento immediately began chipping away. The Isotopes added a run in the third, but the River Cats put two on the board in both the third and fourth innings to tie the game. Three straight singles led to three runs for Sacramento in the fifth and gave the Cats a 7-4 lead. Albuquerque was not done though, as the first four batters reached in the sixth inning to tie the game before Bernadina’s three-run smash put the ’Topes on top for good. The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Tuesday. He turned in a 2-for-4 afternoon with a pair of singles and two runs scored. He now has seven straight multi-hit games. Since Wednesday, McBride is batting .571 (16-for-28) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 11 of his last 12 games.
  • Isotopes postponed Monday, playing doubleheader today
    Monday's game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Las Vegas 51s has been postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday with gates opening at 4 p.m. Each game of the doubleheader will be seven innings. Tuesday’s tickets are valid for both games. Any ticket from Monday’s game may be exchanged for a ticket of equal value, based on seating availability, for any future 2015 regular season, non-restricted home game. Exchanges are accepted exclusively at the Isotopes Park Box Office. For the full Isotopes rain check policy, please visit abqisotopes.com.
  • 51s drop Isotopes with walk off
    For the second time during the opening road trip of the season, the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-11) fell victim to a walk off victory. The Las Vegas 51s (12-8) claimed a 6-5 win after a two-run ninth inning at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev, Tuesday afternoon. Deciding Moment: The Isotopes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back home runs from Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling. Dustin Garneau singled to get the offense started before Tim Wheeler drew a walk. Nina lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall, and Smalling followed with a solo shot of his own. The 51s chipped away to cut the ’Topes lead to 5-4 in the seventh. After escaping a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque needed just three outs to take the final game of the series. Las Vegas had other ideas as Johnny Monell led off the ninth with a double. Following back-to-back outs, a walk put runners on the corners with two down. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled in both runs to give the 51s the walk-off win. Back-to-back:
  • 51s take doubleheader from Isotopes
    The Las Vegas 51s (10-9) took a doubleheader from the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-10) Monday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev. The 51s won game one 8-0 and snuck by in game two with a 3-2 victory. DECIDING FACTOR, GAME ONE: New York Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard started for Las Vegas and had no trouble navigating the Isotopes lineup. The right-hander tossed a complete game, facing just one batter over the minimum. He surrendered only two hits, both to Cristhian Adames. Syndergaard retired 18 straight batters between Adames’ two hits. DECIDING FACTOR, GAME TWO: The 51s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game with a pair of runs in the second inning. Albuquerque answered with a two-out, two-RBI double from Kyle Parker to tie the game in the third. The two teams held each other in check until a leadoff home run by Las Vegas’ Alex Castellanos in the sixth to put the game away.
  • Santa Fe throwing parade for Rotich
    SANTA FE (AP) — The city of Santa Fe is holding a parade for a Santa Fe resident who won the Boston Marathon. Officials announced this week the city and other groups will sponsor a parade on Monday in honor of Caroline Rotich. Rotich, who has lived and trained in Santa Fe for about five years, used a late kick to bust through the tape first among the women runners in the 119th running of the prestigious event. The 30-year-old Rotich says she spends nine to 10 months a year training in Santa Fe. She also runs in Albuquerque’s bosque. Rotich was born in Kenya. Officials say Rotich will be in the parade.  
  • Isotopes offense stifled in loss to Rainiers
    Cold and wet conditions at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., cooled the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-6) offense off Thursday evening. The Tacoma Rainiers (5-10) chipped a 3-0 victory away from the Isotopes. Albuquerque will have a chance to win its second series, and first on the road, Friday night. Left-handed pitchers Chris Rusin for the Isotopes and Mike Montgomery for the Rainiers cruised through the early innings without allowing a single hit. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Tacoma’s Shawn O’Malley singled home a run that either team could gain an advantage. Albuquerque was held hitless until sixth when Brandon Barnes poked a leadoff double into the left field corner. The Isotopes couldn’t move him around, and the Rainiers would add another run in the bottom of the sixth before tacking on another in the eighth. Shortstop Cristhian Adames has been tearing the cover off the ball during his last 12 games. After a 1-for-3 performance on Thursday, he now has 18 hits during that 12-game stretch, including a team-leading seven multi-hit performances. He also has nine runs scored, three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six walks and only three strikeouts. Adames is batting .409.
  • Isotopes beat Rainiers behind Bettis' strong outing
    A two-run home run from Kyle Parker in the first inning gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-5) all the wiggle room they needed Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., as right-hander Chad Bettis led the Isotopes to a 5-3 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-10). DECIDING MOMENT: Six of the Isotopes nine wins this season have come when Albuquerque scores first, and that was the winning formula once again Wednesday night. After a leadoff walk to Brandon Barnes, Parker survived a nine-pitch at-bat and smashed a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the 'Topes an early 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Tacoma answered with a run in the second, but Albuquerque added a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a Dustin Garneau double and another run in the fourth thanks to a Barnes solo shot. YOU BETTIS BELIEVE IT: Right-hander Chad Bettis earned his third start for the Isotopes and turned in a stellar performance. After allowing a solo home run in the second, Bettis settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames, surrendering only a single hit during that span. He finished the game with 7.0 innings pitched, three hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and four strikeouts. Bettis picked up his second win of the season.