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  • Isotopes win series
    Runs were at a premium Tuesday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Albuquerque Isotopes (26-34) shutout the Salt Lake Bees (26-33) 1-0 in the series finale of their four-game set. With the victory, the Isotopes took the series and have won five of their last seven games. The only run of Tuesday afternoon’s matinee came in the top half of the third. After a Brock Bond leadoff single, Tim Wheeler drew a one-out walk ahead of a Cristhian Adames single to load the bases. After a popup on the infield, Matt McBride legged out an infield single that allowed Bond to score. A strikeout would end the threat, but the one run proved to be enough. Jair Jurrjens, Boone Whiting, LaTroy Hawkins and Rex Brothers teamed up to shutout Salt Lake’s Bees. The 1-0 final was just the 10th nine-inning game in Smith’s Ballpark history with one combined run. The Bees are now 7-3 all-time in those games with Albuquerque winning the last two, including one May 22, 2014. It was the first Isotopes shutout since June 21, 2014 at Iowa. After an off day on Wednesday, the Isotopes continue the road trip with a four-game set against the Tacoma Rainiers beginning Thursday.
  • Isotopes split doubleheader with Salt Lake
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (25-34) hung on for an 8-7 victory against the Salt Lake Bees (26-32) in game two of Monday’s doubleheader at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two teams split their twin bill after the Bees claimed game one 10-7. THE TURNING POINT, GAME ONE: Salt Lake put the first runs on the board with a pair in the second, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a four-spot in the third, highlighted by Tim Smalling’s two-RBI double. That lead wouldn’t last long though as the Bees put up five runs of their own in the home half of the third to steal the momentum. The Isotopes tried to climb back into the game, but three more Salt Lake runs in the fifth put the game out of reach. THE TURNING POINT, GAME TWO: With a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the Isotopes tacked on two more runs when Angelys Nina tripled with one out, scoring Matt McBride and Drew Stubbs. Those two runs proved to be pivotal as the Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to a one-run game. Salt Lake scored their four runs off six walks and no hits in the seventh before right-hander Justin Miller shut the door for his third save of year, preserving Albuquerque’s 8-7 victory.
  • Adames paces Isotopes to 10-2 win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (23-33) scored a combined nine runs in their final three at-bats to beat the Iowa Cubs (28-27) 10-2 in the series finale at Isotopes Park Friday night. Infielder Cristhian Adames went 3-for-5 as the two teams split their four-game series. THE TURNING POINT: After trading runs in the first inning, the Isotopes and Cubs settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames before Albuquerque broke through with two runs in the sixth. After Iowa answered in the seventh, Adames ignited the 'Topes offense with a one-out RBI double in the home half of the seventh. The Isotopes would go on to send 10 guys to the plate and score five runs in the inning off four hits and three walks. After adding two more runs in the eighth, Albuquerque shut the door in the ninth for its 10-2 victory. GRAY THE GREAT: Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing on Friday night, tossing 6.2 innings and scattering just two runs amongst 10 hits. He also struck out three batters, while issuing just one intentional walk. His 104 pitches thrown were a season-high, while his 69 strikes matched a season-best. Gray owns a 1.37 ERA (four earned runs in 26.1 innings) over his last four outings. During that stretch, he’s walked just seven batters, struck out 13 and allowed only two home runs.
  • Iowa scores early and often versus Isotopes
    The Iowa Cubs (28-25) scored early and often as they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-33) 8-2 Thursday night at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes will try to split the four-game series with a win in the series finale Friday night at 7:05 p.m. THE TURNING POINT: Iowa strung together three two-out hits in the first inning to plate a pair of runs, and the Cubs rolled from there. They added single runs in the second and third innings, followed by three combined runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-0 lead before Albuquerque could even get on the board. THE CULPRITBERSON: On a Major League rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, shortstop Charlie Culberson smashed a two-run home run off the videoboard to provide Albuquerque with its only runs of the night. In three games with the Isotopes, Culberson is now 3-for-13 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and an RBI. DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Thursday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 19 double plays in their last seven games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned two more on Thursday to expand their Pacific Coast League lead to 67 twin killings on the season.
  • Fish for free on Saturday
    Whether you feel like testing the waters for the first time or you are an old hand at fishing, Saturday is the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, may fish free on public waters statewide. On Saurday, no one needs a license or stamp, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply. Fishing has been good on Abiquiu Lake lately using tubes, jerk baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, worms, tubes, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Night fishing was fair to good using liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. On Cochiti Lake, fishing has been fair to good trolling and casting crank baits for white bass. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using jigs, tubes and jerk baits. Trout fishing downstream from Taos on the Rio Grande has been fair using poundmeisters, wooly buggers and night crawlers.
  • Lobo trio named freshmen All-Americans
    University of New Mexico freshmen Carl Stajduhar, Tyler Stevens and Cory Voss were all named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday. It was the first time the Lobos have ever had more than one Freshman All-American in one year. "This is a big, big deal," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said, "and it is well deserved. These are three outstanding young men." A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Stajduhar set a new UNM freshman record for RBIs with 53. He led the team in hits (75), doubles (21), home runs (9), and total bases (127), and he was second in runs (45). He hit .322 and was the only Lobo to appear in all 59 games this season. His play earned him All-Mountain West Second Team honors, and he was also named to the Mountain West All-Tournament Team after hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two homers, two doubles and eight runs in UNM's five games in Reno, Nev., last month. "Carl's work ethic is off the charts," Birmingham said. "He understands so much more now than when he first got here. Physically he's a talent, but mentally he's a big talent. He's going to be an impact player for us for the next two years, and then he's going to be a high draft pick after that."
  • McBride leads ’Topes past Cubs
    Matt McBride collected four hits, and Drew Stubbs drove in four runs as the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-32) beat the Iowa Cubs (27-25) 9-7 in a slugfest at Isotopes Park Wednesday night. Iowa pounced on top early with two runs in the top of the first. Albuquerque quickly responded with a six spot in the home half of the first. After Cristhian Adames reached on an error, the Isotopes rattled off four straight singles from Tim Smalling, Kyle Parker, McBride and Stubbs. After a walk and a pair of outs, left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande poked a two-out, two-RBI single down the left field line to cap the six-run inning. The ’Topes tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Entering Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 16 double plays in their last six games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned three more on Wednesday to overtake the Pacific Coast League lead with 65 twin killings on the year, two more than the New Orleans Zephyrs. The most consistent hitter the last month for the Isotopes has been McBride. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and an RBI. McBride lacked just one leg of cycle for the second-straight night. He needed a home run in the eighth inning but grounded out to third instead.
  • Isotopes stifled by Iowa
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (21-32) managed to pull within four runs after a two-run eighth inning, but the Iowa Cubs (27-24) turned a double play to kill the rally and take an eventual 9-3 victory. The Isotopes turned a season-high five double plays in the game and are now tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in that category. THE TURNING POINT: Iowa put up single runs in the first and third before Matt McBride smashed a solo home run in the fourth to put Albuquerque on the board. The Cubs wasted no time responding with a two-run blast in the fifth to take control of the game. Prospect Javy Baez added a pair of two-run homers in the seventh and ninth innings to secure the victory for the Iowa. The Isotopes tried to mount a late rally in the bottom of the eighth after a two-RBI double by Dustin Garneau, but the Cubs turned a double play to kill the momentum. DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Tuesday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 11 double plays in their last five games, six of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned double plays in each of the first four innings on Tuesday and another in the seventh. Three of those were 6-4-3 twin killings. The 'Topes have now turned 62 double plays on the year, which ties New Orleans for the PCL lead.
  • Greenwood signs a pro contract
    The Perth Wildcats have signed former University of New Mexico college star and Australian guard, Hugh Greenwood, to a three-year agreement. The 23-year-old recently completed his college career with UNM — the former home of Australian basketball legend Luc Longley and current Australian Chicago Bull, Cameron Bairstow. In his most recent season, Greenwood’s defensive efforts and sharp three-point shooting earned him the title of Lobos co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Statistically, he averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 2014/15. The Tasmanian, who stands 6-feet, 2 1/2 inches, and weighs in at 202 pounds, has been touted as a future NBA player and recently completed a workout with the Utah Jazz — where his shooting and high basketball IQ impressed coaches. Greenwood said the Wildcats coaching staff and elite facilities were an important factor when choosing where to play. “The Perth Wildcats are just as good, if not better, than the University of New Mexico in terms of its professionalism, its facilities, its coaching staff and its fan base. The biggest thing for me was finding somewhere as good as UNM,” he said. Greenwood is also chasing a spot on the Australian Boomers roster ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Lannan shines, but Isotopes drop second-straight 2-1 game
    For the second game in a row, the Albuquerque Isotopes’ (21-31) starting pitcher turned in a stellar outing, but a ninth-inning rally doomed their efforts. The Omaha Storm Chasers (26-26) claimed their second-consecutive 2-1 win, negating Isotopes left-hander John Lannan’s stellar start. THE TURNING POINT: Albuquerque’s only run came after a leadoff walk to Drew Stubbs in the fourth inning. He would later score on an error by the shortstop. It wasn’t until a one-out double in the seventh that the Storm Chasers strung together any meaningful offense. An RBI single tied the game but no more damage was done that inning. With one out in the ninth, Cheslor Cuthbert poked a solo home run over the left-center field fence to give Omaha the 2-1 lead and eventual win. Albuquerque managed to load the bases with no one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a 5-2-3 double play erased the Isotopes comeback chances. FANNIN’ LANNAN: Left-handed pitcher, Lannan, scattered five hits and just one run over seven innings of work. It was his fifth-straight quality start and seventh overall this season. In his last 26.0 innings, Lannan has allowed just six earned runs (3.12 ERA). Of his 98 pitches on Monday, 60 were strikes.