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  • '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.
  • Isotopes score 9 runs in 5th
    The Albuquerque Isotopes exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday’s game at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth inning as it downed the Salt Lake Bees 11-8 to win its second game of the four-game set. The final game of that series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. today. Joc Pederson had a two-run triple and Griff Erickson had a two-run single in the Isotopes’ big inning Tuesday. Pederson, who had missed two games due to illness and had just one hit in his previous 12 at-bats going into the game, went 2-for-3 and brought home the two runs from his designated hitter spot. It was a slugfest between the two teams, which combined for 32 hits on the night. Salt Lake starting pitcher Brooks Raley managed to get just one out in the fifth inning. He gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits in the loss. Isotope starter Jeff Bennett (2-1), who got the win, wasn’t much better. He surrendered seven earned runs and 14 hits in six innings, but the bullpen was good enough to keep the Bees from coming back. The Bees actually led 5-1 after 3-1/2 innings and 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth before the big Albuquerque rally.
  • 'Topes fall in extras
    For the second straight ballgame, the Albuquerque Isotopes went into extra innings Thursday. But, unlike in Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes came up on the short end of the stick. Sacramento’s Alden Carrithers scored the tying and game-winning runs as the River Cats prevailed 6-5 in 11 innings. Sacramento (33-21) can win the series tonight with a victory. Following tonight’s series finale, the Isotopes (24-29) will head back to Albuquerque for a quick four-game homestand against Salt Lake starting Saturday night.
  • Isotopes snap win streak by River Cats
    Trayvon Robinson came up with two big hits for the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, including a double in the 10th inning that proved to be the game-winner. Robinson, who went 3-for-4 on the night, homered in the eighth inning to tie the score and force extra innings, then doubled in Clint Robinson to give the Isotopes a 4-3 win in Sacramento. Albuquerque had dropped two straight before Wednesday, including the series opener at Sacramento one night earlier. Isotopes pitcher Matt Magill (4-2) actually came on in relief in the eighth inning to earn the victory. Jeff Bennett started the game for Albuquerque. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the first but settled down after that and held the River Cats in check the rest of the way. With the win, Albuquerque (24-28) stopped a 7-game winning streak by the River Cats (32-21). Tonight, Zach Lee (4-5) is scheduled to pitch game three of the four-game series for Albuquerque. Following the games tonight and Friday night, the Isotopes will travel back to Albuquerque for a four-game series starting Saturday. The Isotopes will host the Salt Lake Bees for those four games before hitting the road once again.
  • Buss runs down Isotopes, 5-4
    A former Albuquerque Isotopes star hurt his old club in a loss Tuesday night. The Isotopes opened a four-game road series against the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats, who have been one of the hottest teams in the PCL of late, earned a 5-4 decision at Raley Field. Sacramento scored four times in the fifth inning off Isotopes starter Red Patterson. Patterson allowed five straight hits in the fifth before being pulled in favor of Josh Judy. The leadoff hit of that inning was a solo home run by former Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss. Buss, who was a PCL All-Star last year, was traded to Sacramento shortly after the start of the season. Since departing Albuquerque, Buss has also spent some time up with Sacramento’s big club, the Oakland A’s. He had a pair of hits in Tuesday’s win. While the River Cats have now won seven straight games, the Isotopes have been reeling of late. They’ve dropped three of their last four decisions and four of their last six, including losing two of three games at home to Reno just before the start of this series. That loss drops the Isotopes to five games under .500. Patterson (2-4) took the loss. Patterson, who has been very good for much of the season but has gotten little run support, gave up 10 hits in just four-plus innings of work.
  • Reno takes series finale Monday, 1-0
    Reno’s Mike Bolsinger was dealing for his Aces as they took the third game in Albuquerque Monday afternoon. Bolsinger gave up just four hits through seven innings as the Aces blanked the Isotopes 1-0 in the final of that series. Albuquerque will play at Sacramento tonight. It was a rare pitcher’s duel at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque starter Carlos Frias (2-3) was nearly as good as his Reno counterpart, throwing seven innings of five-hit ball and giving up just one earned run in the third. That one run would hold up for Reno, however, which took two of three contests against the Albuquerque this weekend. The other scheduled game of the series was rained out Sunday and will be made up as part of another Reno-Albuquerque series June 27. Monday, Reno’s Nick Ahmed singled off Frias to lead off the third inning, then, after advancing to third on another base hit, score when Frias threw a wild pitch for the only run of the ballgame. The loss gave the Isotopes (23-27) their second series defeat out of their last four. The Isotopes haven’t won a series since mid April. Albuquerque and El Paso (24-28) are both 8-1/2 games out of the PCL Pacific Southern division’s top spot, which is currently occupied by Las Vegas (32-19).
  • Olivo gets axed by Dodgers
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, two days after biting off a piece of Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero’s left ear during a dugout brawl. Olivo, a veteran catcher, and Guerrero, the highly paid Cuban second base prospect, fought during the Isotopes game at Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Dodgers suspended Olivo on Wednesday while they conducted an investigation. “It’s unimaginable, inconceivable and unforgiveable,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said at Citi Field before the Dodgers played the New York Mets. “It’s not a question of fault. The action of removing a part of someone’s ear is unforgiveable. Fault is not an issue here.” The 27-year-old Guerrero had reconstructive surgery on his ear and there is no timetable for his return, Kasten said. The Dodgers executive said he was told Olivo bit off significant chunk from the top of Guerrero’s ear. “They didn’t stich him up and say go out. This is plastic surgery,” Kasten said. “They had to reattach that portion of the ear and regrow skin over it. It’s quite complicated.”
  • Olivo is suspended following ear biting
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top farm team Wednesday following his fight in the dugout with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero. In a statement released Wednesday night, the Dodgers said Olivo was placed on the suspended list by the Albuquerque Isotopes. The veteran catcher is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, and the club said he “will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation” into the brawl during Tuesday’s game at Salt Lake. The Dodgers confirmed Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days. It’s unclear how long he will be sidelined. Guerrero, an infielder from Cuba, signed a $28 million, four-year deal with the Dodgers in October. He was beaten out for the starting second base job by Dee Gordon in spring training. Olivo has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes during a dustup between the Marlins and Mets late in the 2007 season. The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.
  • Olivo takes bite out of Guerrero's ear
    NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers minor league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo got into a fight Tuesday during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he was disappointed to hear about the altercation, and the team is looking into it. “It’s something we don’t condone and it’s something that we don’t think is constructive,” Colletti said at Citi Field, where Los Angeles opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. “Obviously, people can have disagreements. That happens many times in many places. But when it gets beyond that level, I think it’s over the line.” The Los Angeles Times reported that agent Scott Boras said Olivo bit off a part of Guerrero’s ear. Colletti said he doesn’t think either player sustained an injury that would keep him from playing. The Dodgers released a statement saying the baseball operations department “is aware of the altercation and is conducting an investigation into the matter.”