• Isotopes rally late, but fall short
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (32-43) mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the final four innings, but the Salt Lake Bees (30-45) held on for a 9-5 victory in the series opener Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Isotopes were behind early after the Bees scored four runs in the first, but it wasn’t all on 'Topes starter Jair Jurrjens. Two of Salt Lake’s four first-inning hits could have been outs but were lost in the treacherous late afternoon sun. The Bees added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before Albuquerque could get on the board. Cristhian Adames blasted a solo home run in the sixth to score the first Isotopes run, and he added an RBI single in the seventh. Roger Bernadina pulled Albuquerque closer with a three-run bomb in the eighth, but Salt Lake responded with a run in the eighth to put a nail in the 'Topes comeback hopes. Adames turned in a stellar 3-for-5 performance with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBI. It is his 20th multi-hit performance, which ties for second-most on the Isotopes. Bernadina also tripled in the seventh and scored on Adames’ RBI single.
  • Flande shines as Isotopes beat El Paso, 9-1
    Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best start since joining the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42) and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas’ (37-36) 9-1 in the series finale Thursday night at Southwest University Park. Flande’s final line from the mound including six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks and a strikeout. El Paso wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first inning, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a three-spot in the second. Dustin Garneau drove in Matt McBride after his leadoff double, but the big knock came from Flande, who doubled in Tim Smalling and Brock Bond to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque never looked back, adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, and Smalling added an RBI single in the ninth for good measure as the Isotopes cruised to a 9-1 victory.
  • Youth elk hunting licenses to go on sale
    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8. The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow. Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us. For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license. Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license. Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account.
  • Isotopes fall behind early in loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (31-41) surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and couldn’t climb out the whole Tuesday night at Southwest University Park as the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-35) took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of a three-game series. It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso’s fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single. After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit.
  • A few spots left in Bairstow camp
    The Cameron Bairstow basketball camp is filling up fast, but some openings are available. As of Tuesday morning, there were 49 spots left. This camp is for both girls and boys in first through 12th grade. Each camper will get to be around some NBA players during the three-day camp. Bairstow said he expects all of the former Lobo greats who will be playing in the Lobo All-Star game to stop by the camp, like the Chicago Bull’s Tony Snell and Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger, plus professional players like, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Daniel Faris, Drew Gordon and many others. Each camper will get a Nike camp T-shirt and a ticket to the all-star game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit. Campers will also get an autographed photo of themself with Bairstow. The camp will take place June 26-28 at The Pit and the Rudy Davalos Center. The price is $150 per camper. For more information, email cbairstowcamps@gmail.com or call 505-414-6279.  
  • Isotopes lose series against Rainiers
    The Tacoma Rainiers (35-36) scored a combined four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (31-40) 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion Sunday night at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque starter Jon Gray was solid in his six innings of work, recording his seventh-straight quality start. He tossed six innings of seven-hit, three-run ball. Only two of his runs were earned. Gray also struck out a season-high nine batters against only two walks. Albuquerque’s offense, meanwhile, scored in each of the first three innings on Sunday to jump out to a 5-2 lead. A Kyle Parker sacrifice fly led to a run in the first, while Dustin Garneau blasted a solo shot to lead off the second. Garneau again stepped to the plate in the third with two runners own and ripped a double into the right center field gap. He would later score on Angelys Nina’s single. Tacoma then settled in to keep Albuquerque at bay the rest of the game. After a Rainiers solo homer in the sixth, left fielder Franklin Gutierrez blasted a game-tying, two-run home run over the left field wall. Another Rainiers solo home run in the eighth would give Tacoma the 6-5 lead and eventual win.
  • Isotopes rally comes up short
    Even after a five-run seventh inning and three-run ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-39) late rally came up just short at Isotopes Park Friday night as the Tacoma Rainiers (34-35) took a 15-10 victory in game two. Six Isotopes turned in two-hit performances. Albuquerque struck first with a two-run homer from Matt McBride in the first, but Tacoma responded by scoring a combined 10 runs in the third through sixth innings. It wasn’t until a five-run seventh that the Isotopes mounted their comeback attempt. Back-to-back singles from Jose Rivera and Tim Wheeler got the inning rolling, and Drew Stubbs provided the big hit of the inning, a clutch two-RBI single. After the Rainiers scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth, the 'Topes again struck for three in the home half of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as Tacoma shut the door for the victory.  
  • Wiggins makes short list
    Carlos Wiggins suffered through injuries in 2014, but he was still one of UNM's most dynamic parts of its offense, capable of scoring any time he touchded the football. NFL.com thinks so as well as Wiggins was named to its "15 for '15" list for the best "Shortest Players" in the NCAA. Wiggins was listed 11th on the photo essay list, and at 5-8, he was actually one of the tallest players on the list. He was one of four from the Mountain West, joining Utah State's JoJo Natson and Boise State's Donta Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes. The list, compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, says this of Wiggins, "Wiggins has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, and his next will break a Mountain West Conference record. He averaged 29.3 yards last season, but didn't have enough returns (13) to qualify in national rankings after missing several games due to injury. A year prior to that, he was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. Wiggins also runs track for the Lobos, and according to coach Bob Davie, he might add punt returns to his duties this fall."
  • Tacoma beats Isotopes 12-3
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-38) surrendered three runs in the second inning and could never recover as the Tacoma Rainiers (33-35) beat the Isotopes 12-3 in the four-game series opener Thursday night at Isotopes Park. Tacoma picked up four consecutive singles to start the second inning and scored three runs in the process. After a leadoff double scored in the third, the Rainiers were off and rolling with a 4-0 lead. Tacoma added three more runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away. After a three-run Rainier eighth, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a monstrous two-run home run over the McDonald’s Picnic Pavilion in left field to break up the shutout. Cristhian Adames also singled in Roger Bernadina in the ninth for Albuquerque’s third run. Designated hitter Kyle Parker made his first start since leaving Tuesday night’s game after fouling a ball off his face. He turned in a 2-for-4 performance. It was his 18th multi-hit game, which ranks second on the Isotopes this season. In Parker’s last 30 games, he is batting .388 (45-for-116) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five homers and 24 RBI.
  • ’Topes sweep bid falls short
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-37) bid for their first series sweep of the season came up short in an 8-4 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (32-34) Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Even with the loss, the Isotopes have still won two of their last three series and won nine of 14 games overall. El Paso and Albuquerque traded runs in the early going. After the Chihuahuas scored a run in the first, Dustin Garneau’s second-inning home run tied the game. Garneau smashed a two-out solo shot over the visitor’s bullpen. It was sixth homer of the season, which ties for third-most among all Isotopes. Over Garneau’s last eight games, he is hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four runs scored, two doubles, two homers, five RBI and three walks. El Paso again plated two runs in the fourth before the ’Topes responded with a two-out, two-RBI double in the home half of the fourth. The difference came with the Chihuahuas scored two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away. The Isotopes could only manage a single run in the fifth on a Drew Stubbs two-out RBI single. Matt McBride went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. It is his second-straight two-hit night, which continues his torrid pace over the last 39 games.