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  • 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
  • Aces deal Isotopes another loss
    The Reno Aces sent the Albuquerque Isotopes home with a second straight loss Thursday night. Albuquerque’s late rally fell short in Reno. With one out in the inning, Isotopes Miguel Rojas and Walter Ibarra came through with back-to-back run-scoring hits in the top of the ninth to chop Reno’s lead down to just one run, but the two were left stranded on base. Reno held on for a 5-4 victory, the second straight loss for Albuquerque as it travels back to New Mexico for its home opener. The Isotopes (4-3) will face the Tacoma Rainiers, whom they faced in their season-opening series in Tacoma, for four games starting tonight. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. One night after ace pitcher Stephen Fife got thumped in the early innings, Albuquerque’s No. 2 starter Matt Magill also ran into trouble quickly. The Aces (4-4) put up three runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-0 at the time. Albuquerque’s Nick ‘Chili’ Buss had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Rojas had a pair of hits in four at-bats Thursday. 
  • Isotopes tripped up by Aces Wednesday, 9-2
    Stephen Fife had a rocky first outing for the Albuquerque Isotopes this season, and his second outing wasn’t an improvement. Fife was touched for 6 runs in the bottom of the first Wednesday night against the Reno Aces. Fife, the team’s No. 1 starter in the rotation, was the losing pitcher in a 9-2 loss at Reno. So far this season, Fife has been the losing pitcher in both his starts. The 7 earned runs he allowed Wednesday put his ERA at 14.73. Albuquerque will wrap up its series at Reno tonight, then open up the first of four home games Friday when it hosts the Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Isotopes (4-2) had won four straight contests before Wednesday’s loss. The first four batters in the Aces’ lineup had a combined 10 hits off four Albuquerque pitchers.
  • Game Commission names finalists
    The New Mexico State Game Commission announced Thursday, after more than three hours of deliberation, a list of four finalists for the director position of the Department of Game and Fish. The finalists are: Edward “Ted” Koch, employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He holds a master’s degree in zoology and a bachelor’s degree in biology. Brian Wakeling, employed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He holds a master’s degree in environmental resources and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. Alexandra J. Sandoval, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. Matthew Wunder, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He holds a Ph.D in natural resources and environment, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology.  By the application deadline of March 24, the commission received 13 applications. The commission will conduct final interviews May 14 at the department’s Albuquerque office. The commission will name the department’s new director at the May 15 commission meeting. 
  • Isotopes Are Back for 2014
    ALBUQUERQUE – A big portion of the nucleus of the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team from 2013 will be hanging around for the 2014 opener. Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen. Albuquerque hosted its annual media day Tuesday at Isotopes Park, one of the first chances the team has been collected all in one place at the same time. Several players were just getting back to Albuquerque after a stint on the 40-man roster in the majors, including its top returning position player, outfielder Nick ‘Chili’ Buss. Buss and the rest of the Isotopes will open the season Thursday night in Tacoma, Wash., taking on the Tacoma Rainiers. After a four-game set with Tacoma and another four-game set at Reno, the Isotopes will make their first home appearance April 11 when they face Tacoma again. “I’m just really excited to get going,” Buss said. “It was a long spring training this year. I think everyone’s really psyched to get out of spring training and ready to go. Everyone’s really excited to be here and can’t wait to open it up in Tacoma.”