• Isotopes lose seventh straight
    The Albuquerque Isotopes couldn’t have picked a worse time to go into a tailspin. The Isotopes, with a chance to put themselves right in contention for a PCL American Southern division championship, may have played themselves out of it this week at Oklahoma City. The Isotopes dropped four straight at division-leading Oklahoma City, including Monday night’s 6-2 defeat. The RedHawks scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first, beating up starting pitcher Stephen Fife, who lasted just a third of an inning. Fife struggled mightily, giving up five walks and six earned runs — interestingly, he allowed just one hit. With the loss, its seventh in a row, Albuquerque (67-63) has slipped into third place in the division standings, seven games back of Oklahoma City (74-56). Round Rock (68-62) is currently in second place.
  • Isotopes struggle vs. Bees
    The Salt Lake Bees blasted three home runs to top the Albuquerque Isotopes in their series finale Thursday at Isotopes Park. Salt Lake’s Robbie Widlansky went yard twice in back-to-back at-bats, and John Hester added a late home run as the Bees routed the Isotopes 8-1. With the win, Salt Lake (73-53) won the four-game series, winning three games in a row, while Albuquerque managed just a three wins in the eight game homestand. Albuquerque’s loss, combined with a win by Oklahoma City, puts the Isotopes (67-59) three games behind the RedHawks (70-56) heading into a five-game series starting tonight in Oklahoma City. The RedHawks are in first place in the PCL American Southern standings while the Isotopes are in second. Except for two games during its homestand, Albuquerque has struggled offensively. It was limited to six hits Thursday, with only Eliezer Alfonso managing more than one hit.
  • Fishing Report 08-16-13
  • Bees sting Isotopes again, 7-2
    After being derailed by the D-Train one night earlier, the Albuquerque Isotopes couldn’t get back on track Wednesday. Albuquerque scratched together seven hits in Isotopes Park, but managed to cross the plate in only the second inning as it fell to the Salt Lake Bees 7-2 at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque, which had offensive woes last week in a visit to the West Coast, appeared to have those righted after scoring a combined 25 runs against Tacoma and in the series opener against Salt Lake. But Tuesday, Albuquerque was shut out by former Major League Dontrelle Willis, then went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position against Salt Lake starter Matt Shoemaker (10-13) Wednesday. The final game of the series between Albuquerque (67-58) and Salt Lake (72-53) is tonight. Following tonight’s game, the Isotopes open a big five-game series at Oklahoma City, which leads the PCL American Southern division. The Isotopes had an opportunity to make Oklahoma City’s RedHawks sweat at the top of the division if they had a good homestand, but have gone just 3-4 at home, managing only a split with Tacoma and losing two straight to the Bees.
  • Aggie alum makes a big gift to baseball
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Baseball has long been a passion for New Mexico State University alumnus Michael Johnson. He and his older brother used to play and the sport was a true love for his mother. So he and his wife Judy have decided to give the Aggie baseball program a $1.4 million gift for facility upgrades. Manager Rocky Ward says the money will be a game-changer for the team. He says it will help with recruiting and will give the Aggies a better chance to compete more consistently at the conference level. The money will go toward dugout renovation, additional stands, upgrades to the scoreboard and video display and a stadium sun cover.
  • Lobos sweep Aussies, Kirk has big series
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team made it a clean sweep in its three-game tour of Australia. The Lobos held on, stiffening their defense with about 30 seconds remaining to top the Gold Coast All-Stars 82-80 Sunday in their final exhibition contest Down Under. Lobo Arthur Edwards forced Gold Coast’s Willie Farley to put up two long-distance desperation shots with time running out. In their three-game sweep, former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk averaged 21.0 points per game. Against Gold Coast, Kirk scored 18 points and 13 rebounds. He also had a 26-point performance against Kilsyth, the second game of the series. Also for the Lobos Sunday, Hugh Greenwood finished with 16 points and Kendall Williams added 15 points.
  • Isotopes blow out Bees, 13-2
    What had been a slumbering Albuquerque Isotopes offense woke up as it returned to Isotopes Park, particularly on Sunday and Monday. Albuquerque, which had some low offensive output during a California road swing last week, got its groove back at home against the Tacoma Rainiers and the Salt Lake Bees. Monday, Albuquerque scored 7 runs in the fifth inning as it blasted Salt Lake 13-2 at Isotopes Park. Elian Herrera, Brian Barden and Justin Sellers all went yard in the fifth, with Barden and Sellers blasting 2-run shots. The big bats by the Isotopes came one night after they thumped the Rainiers 12-5, blowing that game open with a 3-run sixth inning and a 6-run seventh. After losing six of eight at Sacramento and Fresno last week, Albuquerque (67-56) has won three of five in this current homestand, splitting with Tacoma and taking Monday’s series opener with Salt Lake. Albuquerque will host Salt Lake three more times in this series – all start times, including tonight’s ballgame, are at 6:35 p.m. – before it opens a five-game set at Oklahoma City Friday. The Isotopes are hoping their offense remains hot throughout the week, as they and Oklahoma City (69-54) are separated by just two games at the top of the PCL American Southern standings.
  • Lobos will host Fan Photo Day Saturday
    The University of New Mexico football team will host Lobo Football Fan Photo Day Saturday at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The event will start at noon at the football stadium. A press release from UNM said the event will feature an intrasquad scrimmage along with kid’s activities, such as face painting and bouncy houses in the stadium’s west parking lot. Hot dogs and small sodas can be purchased for $1. Anyone interested in purchasing Lobo season tickets will also have the opportunity to select their seat for the 2013 season. Following the scrimmage, fans can go down to the field to meet with coaches and players to get autographs and photos. The Lobos finished 4-9 in 2012. They open 2013 Aug. 31 at home.
  • Fishing Report 08-10-13
  • Isotopes fall 6-2 in series opener
    Even a change of scenery didn’t turn the Albuquerque Isotopes’ fortunes around Thursday. The Isotopes returned to Albuquerque for the start of an 8-game homestand Thursday, hoping to get back on the right track after a poor showing on the road. Instead, the Isotopes fell to the Tacoma Rainiers 6-2. The series continues tonight. Entertainer Myron Noodleman and post-game fireworks are scheduled. Albuquerque (64-55) looked like it might break out of its offensive funk, scoring runs in the first and second innings, but that would be all the scoring the team could muster against Tacoma. Tacoma pitcher Andrew Carraway settled down after the second inning and held Albuquerque scoreless for the next three innings before giving way to Josh Kinney (2-2). Kinney struck out two batters in the sixth, his only inning of work. In the top of the seventh, the Rainiers (63-56) rallied for four runs to put the game away. Isotopes reliever Rob Rasmussen (0-7) gave up four earned runs and four hits in 1-2/3 innings, upping his season ERA to 6.46.