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  • Angel Fire to host Ragnar race
    Angel Fire Resort and the Village of Angel Fire recently announced that it will host the first New Mexico based Ragnar Trail relay race Aug. 28-29. Ragnarians will find their inner wild as they run, camp and sleep over two days and one night. Teams of eight people (four for Ultra teams) will race on single-track trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The high-elevation, adventure course spans 115 miles long, with each runner averaging approximately 15 miles each. The race takes an average of 22 hours to complete. Registration for the Ragnar Trail Angel Fire race is limited and only open until July 23. For more information, visit ragnartrail.com  
  • Isotopes bitten by Chihuahuas in finale before All-Star Break
    Kyle Parker drove in three runs, but the El Paso Chihuahuas (45-45) held off the Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-3, in the fina lgame before the All-Star Break on Sunday night at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas. Parker delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. He also plated a third run in the seventh inning with a groundout and finished the game 3-for-5. The Isotopes (41-50) still won three of five games in the series and went 5-4 on their roadtrip. In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, El Paso third baseman Cody Decker singled home two runs to extend the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1. Isotopes starter Jon Gray departed after 82 pitches and three innings. A lot of long at-bats, due to lots of foul balls, contributed mightily to his pitch count soaring in three innings. He struck out six and walked two. Reliever Simon Castro retired all nine batters that he faced in relief, including four strikeouts, to keep the 'Topes in the game. Scott Oberg pitched in his first game for the 'Topes since April, giving up a run in the seventh inning. In all, the 'Topes bullpen allowed one run in five innings.
  • Fishing good in some spots
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, worms, jerk baits, crank baits, wooly buggers and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and using spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing the early morning hours. Night fishing was fair to good using liver and stink bait for catfish. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures, large flies and water dogs for tiger muskies. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 202 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 330 cfs respectively. Fishing above and below El Vado was fair to good using night crawlers, Power Bait, Rapalas and gold Panther Martins for brown and rainbow trout. Fenton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout. Heron Lake: The boat ramps are open. Fishing was slow to fair trolling Panther Martins tipped with corn for kokanee and rainbow trout. Bank fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms for rainbow trout.
  • ’Topes use big innings to beat Reno
    It was a night for big innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-45) used a pair of five-run frames, including a five-run sixth, to beat the Reno Aces (37-43) 11-8 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Kyle Parker drove in a team-high four runs on the evening. Reno and Albuquerque traded five runs each in the second inning as both teams batted around. The Isotopes’ half of the inning was capped by a two-out, two-RBI triple from Parker. The Aces regained the lead with single runs in the third and fifth before the ’Topes answered with a run in their half of the fifth courtesy of Angelys Nina’s sacrifice fly. Albuquerque again exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. There were six singles in the frame, including a two-run, go-ahead knock from Parker. Matt McBride was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday afternoon and backed it up by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks Wednesday night. McBride extended his team season-longest hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .411 (25-for-59) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, three homers and 15 RBI during that stretch.
  • Isotopes rout Reno; McBride elected to All-Star game
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (34-45) pounded out 21 hits, including nine extra-base knocks, in a 16-5 series-opening win against the Reno Aces (37-42) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Angelys Nina picked up four hits, including three doubles, and Matt McBride continued his solid work with two doubles, a homer and five RBI. Two of Reno’s first three batters of the game scored, but it would be the only time the Aces held a lead all night. McBride doubled in a pair of runs in the home half of the first to tie it before a second-inning Cristhian Adames double gave Albuquerque a 4-2 lead. The Isotopes added four more runs in the third behind another pair of doubles from McBride and Adames. Albuquerque put the game away in the fifth when the 'Topes rattled off seven straight hits to begin the inning, highlighted by home runs from Roger Bernadina and McBride. The Aces picked up a run in the seventh and two in the ninth to slightly cut into the deficit. The Isotopes and Aces will play game two of their four-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with former Colorado Rockies farmhand, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 1.76 ERA). All-Star McBride
  • Isotopes lose series versus Bees
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (33-45) dropped the series finale 7-2 to the Salt Lake Bees (32-46) Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, UTah. Albuquerque’s offense never could get churning Monday night as Salt Lake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through just two innings. The Isotopes scored a single run in the third when Cristhian Adames was plunked with the bases loaded, but the Bees responded with a run in the home half of the third. The scoring would cease until the sixth inning when Angelys Nina singled in Kyle Parker to make it 4-2, but Salt Lake scored one in the sixth and two in the eighth to pull away. On Sunday, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a pair of home runs to pace the Isotopes to an 8-3 victory against the Bees. Adames also drove in a pair of runs with his 3-for-4 day.
  • Isotopes rally late, but fall short
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (32-43) mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the final four innings, but the Salt Lake Bees (30-45) held on for a 9-5 victory in the series opener Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Isotopes were behind early after the Bees scored four runs in the first, but it wasn’t all on 'Topes starter Jair Jurrjens. Two of Salt Lake’s four first-inning hits could have been outs but were lost in the treacherous late afternoon sun. The Bees added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before Albuquerque could get on the board. Cristhian Adames blasted a solo home run in the sixth to score the first Isotopes run, and he added an RBI single in the seventh. Roger Bernadina pulled Albuquerque closer with a three-run bomb in the eighth, but Salt Lake responded with a run in the eighth to put a nail in the 'Topes comeback hopes. Adames turned in a stellar 3-for-5 performance with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBI. It is his 20th multi-hit performance, which ties for second-most on the Isotopes. Bernadina also tripled in the seventh and scored on Adames’ RBI single.
  • Flande shines as Isotopes beat El Paso, 9-1
    Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best start since joining the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42) and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas’ (37-36) 9-1 in the series finale Thursday night at Southwest University Park. Flande’s final line from the mound including six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks and a strikeout. El Paso wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first inning, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a three-spot in the second. Dustin Garneau drove in Matt McBride after his leadoff double, but the big knock came from Flande, who doubled in Tim Smalling and Brock Bond to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque never looked back, adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, and Smalling added an RBI single in the ninth for good measure as the Isotopes cruised to a 9-1 victory.
  • Youth elk hunting licenses to go on sale
    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8. The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow. Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us. For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license. Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license. Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account.
  • Isotopes fall behind early in loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (31-41) surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and couldn’t climb out the whole Tuesday night at Southwest University Park as the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-35) took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of a three-game series. It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso’s fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single. After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit.