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  • 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.”
  • Isotopes drop 3rd straight game at El Paso
    The Albuquerque Isotopes gave up six straight runs to the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night before making a late comeback attempt. And while the Isotopes did manage to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning, it wasn’t enough to salvage the game or the series. Albuquerque was doubled-up by El Paso, 6-3, in the final game of their four-game series in El Paso. Albuquerque won the opener of the series, but dropped the next three. The Isotopes, who fall to a season-worst three-games under .500, have gone down in four of their last five contests. Currently, the Isotopes (18-21) are on the longest road trip of their year, just after wrapping up their longest homestand. The Isotopes will face the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday night in Fresno, the start of a four-game series there. Against El Paso (18-21), Albuquerque scored in the top of the first, but wouldn’t score again until the top of the ninth, when it was able to take advantage of three consecutive base hits, a hit batsman and a RBI groundout for its two runs. Zach Lee (3-4) took the loss for Albuquerque, giving up 8 hits and 5 earned runs in 4 innings. Billy Buckner (3-1) picked up the win for the Chihuahuas.
  • Albuquerque snaps 4-game skid
    Jamie Romack went 3-for-3 as the Albuquerque Isotopes got back on the winning track Wednesday night. Romack, the Isotopes right fielder, had a home run and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes topped the Sacramento River Cats 8-4 in the opener of their series Wednesday. The Isotopes scored three times in the third inning and three more times in the seventh to put the contest away. The win was a much-needed one for the Isotopes (16-16) after being swept at home by Fresno May 2-5. Albuquerque finished with 12 hits off four Sacramento pitchers. Along with Romack’s big night, left fielder Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with a double, while second baseman Alex Guerrero was 2-for-4 with a home run and scored twice. This series with Sacramento is the third series in a row at home for Albuquerque. It continues through Friday. 
  • Fishing Report 05-02-14
    Catch of the Week   Elephant Butte Lake: April 27, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught and released a 5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a 5-inch senko. 
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  • Isotopes nip Chihuahuas, 2-1
    Miguel Olivo went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run, while the Albuquerque Isotopes pitching staff had a second straight good outing against El Paso. The Isotopes nipped El Paso’s Chihuahuas 2-1 Thursday night in Albuquerque, giving the Isotopes their third win of the four-game series. The series with El Paso concludes tonight. Following tonight’s game, Albuquerque goes on the road for eight straight contests starting Saturday in Salt Lake City. Starting pitcher Henry Sosa gave up 9 hits in six innings of work, but didn’t allow a run. Sosa was replaced by Yimi Garcia (3-0), who pitched 1-1/3 innings to earn the win. The Isotopes (8-6) scored both their runs in the seventh inning. Along with Olivo’s RBI single, Mike Baxter had a solo home run to lead off the inning. 
  • Pederson, Olivo go deep twice for ABQ
    The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak in their series opener against El Paso Wednesday. Albuquerque (6-6) rallied for six runs in the bottom of third and three more the following inning as it downed El Paso’s Chihuahuas (6-6) 11-6 at Isotopes Park. Center fielder Joc Pederson and catcher Miguel Olivo both homered in the third inning, with Olivo’s three-run blast being the big hit of the frame. Pederson hit a three-run blast in the following inning, his fifth home run of the year, and Olivo would go deep again in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season. Wednesday’s game also marked the first win of the year for Matt Magill (1-1). Magill was roughed up in his last outing against the Reno Aces, but threw six innings against El Paso, giving up just one earned run and fanning 8 batters. The series with El Paso continues until Friday. Following this series, Albuquerque will go on the road for eight games starting with a four-game series at Salt Lake City.
  • State Notes 04-16-14
    Haggerty, Walker named MW performers of week