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  • Fishing Report 07-18-14
    Northwest
  • Joc Pederson homers for PCL
    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game. The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game. But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday. Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season. Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs. His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572). For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs. Isotopes start homestand tonight
  • Fishing Report 07-11-14
    Northwest
  • Isotopes drop 3 straight to I-Cubs
    The Albuquerque Isotopes spotted the Iowa Cubs three runs early and never made up that deficit as they dropped their series finale at Iowa Wednesday. The Isotopes (35-43), who went into the series at Iowa on a high note and won the series opener, dropped three straight there, including a 6-2 defeat in the finale. Albuquerque, after winning four of its previous five contests heading in, couldn’t build on that momentum, a recurring theme for the 2014 season. It again ties a season-worst 8 games under the .500 mark. Starting pitcher Zach Lee, coming off a victory in his last outing, gave up all six of Iowa’s runs, all of them earned, as he was tagged for 7 hits, including a 3-run homer by Kris Bryant in the third inning. The Isotopes did have some chances Wednesday, coming up with 8 hits, but stranded 7 runners on base and went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Clint Robinson went 3-for-4 in the game but never made it around to score. Albuquerque came up with one run in the top of the first, but wouldn’t score again until the seventh. For Iowa (40-36), starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada threw six strong innings and struck out 10 batters. Wada improved to 8-4 on the year and dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.73.
  • Aggies coach Menzies drops in at alumni meeting
    POJOAQUE — When Marvin Menzies took over the men’s basketball program at New Mexico State University, his first and foremost goal was to make the Aggies a national contender year-in and year-out. And while the Aggies took a huge step in that department this past season, there’s still plenty more work to be done. Menzies, who admits he rarely gets up to the northern part of the state from Las Cruces, was the guest of honor at the NMSU Alumni Association’s banquet Wednesday night at the Towa Golf Club. About 75 Aggie alum and well-wishers attended the event. During the 2013-14 season, Menzies led NMSU to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title and corresponding appearance in the NCAA championships. Although the Aggies were a first-round casualty, they did garner some of that national attention they’d been seeking. One of the biggest reasons, quite literally, the Aggies garnered that attention was because of their giant, Sim Bhullar. The 7-foot, 5-inch Bhullar dwarfed virtually all of Division I with his height and his 360-pound frame. Unfortunately for the Aggies, Bhullar, who still had two years of collegiate eligibility left, elected to throw his hat into the ring for the professional ranks and won’t return, regardless of whether he makes a pro roster.
  • Lee, Isotopes blank Omaha, 5-0
    Zach Lee pitched seven innings of shutout ball Thursday night in Omaha to help the Albuquerque Isotopes to its second straight road win. Lee gave up just three hits Thursday and the Isotopes garnered enough offense to pick up a 5-0 victory. Game three of that four-game series against the Storm Chasers is scheduled for tonight. The Isotopes, who went just 2-6 in their recent homestand, have a chance to win their third straight road series if they can earn a victory. The only hits the Storm Chasers (41-33) managed off Lee, or the other two pitchers that threw, were singles. On offense, Albuquerque (34-40) got three doubles from Walter Ibarra, while Tim Federowicz went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.
  • 'Flash' Thomas hosting camp
    ALBUQUERQUE — Dreams of one day playing in the NFL are now a reality for Lobo and current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar ‘Flash’ Thomas, who saw action in his first NFL games during the 2013 season. But before Thomas kicks off his second season in the league, he’s looking forward to taking part in a youth football camp on Saturday, June 28 in Rio Rancho, that he’s worked on since the end of last season. “This is something I’ve been wanted to do since college,” said Thomas. “I had the opportunity to go to the same camp when I was younger, so I know first-hand how much fun that was for me.” The Fort Washington, Md., native is thankful for the unique position he’s in to be a mentor and role model for so many kids that are in the same position he was in just 10 years ago. It’s an idea he’s brainstormed many times previously with friend and former coach, Dan Foley. “We are excited to have such a great young man and role model helping the youth of our community,” said Foley. The camp will be open to children from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas for no charge.
  • Omaha wins big, 13-6
    The Omaha Storm Chasers scored in each inning between the fourth and the eighth to thump the Albuquerque Isotopes Tuesday. Omaha pounded out 19 hits off four Isotopes pitchers and scored three runs each in the sixth and eighth innings to win 13-6 in the series opener. With the loss, Albuquerque slips to 8 games under .500 (32-40), tying its worst record of the season. Albuquerque has lost three of its last four and seven of its last nine contests. It trails Las Vegas by 9 games in the PCL Pacific Southern division. The Isotopes’ series at Omaha continues until Friday. The Storm Chasers’ Paulo Orlando and Jesus Flores combined to go 8-for-9 with three home runs and 6 RBI to aid in the rout. Albuquerque starting pitcher Red Patterson (4-5) was roughed up in his five innings, giving up 6 earned runs and 11 hits.
  • 'Topes lose their second straight
    The Round Rock Express put the only crooked number on the board Tuesday night at Isotopes Park, which proved to be the difference. Round Rock scored four times off starting pitcher Sam Demel in the second inning — Jared Hoying of the Express hit an early two-run homer in the inning — and the Express held Albuquerque to single runs in five innings to win 7-5. With the win, Round Rock ensured that the Isotopes wouldn’t earn their third consecutive series win. Round Rock also won the opener of the four-game series Monday. Tuesday was $.50 Hot Dog Night in Albuquerque. The crowd of 7,933 consumed 22,664 wieners during the popular promotion. The loss for Albuquerque (30-35) was also the second game of its eight-game homestand. Following tonight’s and Thursday night’s games against Round Rock, the Isotopes will host New Orleans. Today’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Prior to the game, former Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Garvey, the 1974 National League MVP, will be signing autographs for fans.
  • Isotopes outlast Bees to take series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes won their first series since mid-April with a victory Tuesday afternoon at home. The Isotopes (27-31) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Salt Lake Bees (21-39) to take their third win of the four-game series. Red-hot Isotopes hitter Miguel Rojas hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and Mike Baxter tripled home two runs later in the sixth to propel the Isotopes to the win. Albuquerque has struggled recently, but is hoping to get back on track with the series win as it hits the road for a four-game series at Tacoma starting Thursday. Rojas has been on fire of late. He had put together a five-game, multi-hit streak that was finally snapped Monday, but went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday’s win. The Bees actually outhit the Isotopes, 8-6, but left six runners stranded and went just 3-for-11 as a team with runners in scoring position. Zach Lee (5-5) earned the victory, although Lee didn’t have an overpowering performance. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work, but that was good enough to earn the win over Salt Lake’s Anthony Lerew (0-2), who went 5-1/3 and allowed five earned runs. Prior to the series win, Albuquerque had lost four of five contests to drop to a season-worst six-games under .500.