• Isotopes score four in ninth to beat Salt Lake
    After giving up the lead in the top of the ninth, the resilient Albuquerque Isotopes (47-57) scored four runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-6 walk-off victory against the Salt Lake Bees (41-63) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. After four consecutive singles to begin the inning, Tim Smalling scored the winning run on a passed ball. The first eight innings of the game were tightly contested. After Albuquerque jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Tommy Murphy two-out RBI single in the first, Salt Lake took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning. The Isotopes and Bees traded runs in the sixth before the ’Topes were able to tie it at three in the seventh inning on a Brock Bond double. The ninth inning, however, provided all the fireworks for the night. Salt Lake plated a trio of runs in the final frame, highlighted by a two-run homer. Kyle Parker, Tommy Murphy, Roger Bernadina and Smalling recorded four straight singles to begin the ninth and cut the Isotopes deficit to 6-5. Bond then stepped in and picked up his third hit of the night, an RBI single to tie the game at six. With runners on first and third, the second pitch to Rafael Ynoa escaped the catcher, giving Albuquerque a 7-6 victory.
  • Story named PCL player of the week
    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Trevor Story has been tabbed Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 20-26, the league office announced Monday morning. He is the first Isotopes position player to receive a weekly accolade since Alex Castellanos on July 1-7, 2013. Story turned in a .500 batting average (13-for-26) in six games last week with six doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and two walks. He posted a 1.192 slugging percentage and .536 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old turned in multi-hit games in five of his six outings, including a pair of three-hit performances. Story also made three highlight-reel plays defensively at shortstop on three consecutive nights in Reno. Since joining Albuquerque on June 30, Story is batting .301 with 14 runs scored, 12 doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI. 18 of his 25 hits are for extra bases. He is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he has at least two hits in six of the seven games. 'Topes swept in doubleheader
  • Sacramento rallies to beat Isotopes
    A five-run eighth inning propelled the Sacramento River Cats (44-56) to a 7-2 victory against the Albuquerque Isotopes (45-55) Friday night at Isotopes Park. The first seven innings of Friday night’s game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, but the eighth was the deciding frame for Sacramento. Entering the eighth tied at two, Albuquerque committed a pair of errors in the inning that led to five River Cat runs, only one of which was earned. The Isotopes only offense came via a solo home run by Roger Bernadina in the second inning, and a Trevor Story RBI single in the fifth.
  • Isotopes score come-from-behind win
    Young prospects Tom Murphy and Trevor Story led the Albuquerque Isotopes (45-54) to a 7-4 come-from-behind win against the Reno Aces (46-53) Thursday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. Murphy’s eighth-inning RBI single gave the Isotopes a 5-4 lead, and Story’s two-run home run in the ninth was the icing on top. Reno jumped on the board first with a run in the second, but Albuquerque responded with a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a two-RBI triple from Rafael Ynoa. The Aces quickly regained the lead with a three-spot in the fourth to take a 4-2 advantage. The Isotopes didn’t start their rally until the eighth inning when Ynoa drew a leadoff walk. After a Story single, Cristhian Adames and Kyle Parker notched back-to-back RBI base knocks to tie the game. Murphy then delivered the go-ahead RBI single to drive in Adames. After another leadoff walk in the ninth, Story blasted a two-run homer over the left-center field wall. Colorado Rockies top catching prospect, Murphy, joined the Isotopes ahead of Thursday night’s game and earned his first start. He notched his first Triple-A hit with two-out double in the fourth inning, but his big knock came in the eighth.
  • Romak leads Aces past 'Topes
    Former Isotope Jamie Romak paced the Reno Aces (46-52) to an 8-4 victory against the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-54) Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. Romak signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks in November 2014. Since then, he has demolished the Isotopes, with whom he played the 2014 campaign. In 15 games this season with Reno, Romak is 18-for-55 with 14 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, five home runs, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Albuquerque. His fifth-inning three-run homer gave the Aces a 5-4 lead that they would not relinquish. Trevor Story continued his recent hot streak and is still an extra-base machine for the Isotopes. He finished Wednesday night’s game 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The infielder now has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats with four runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and six RBI over four games. Since joining Albuquerque, 13 of Story’s 19 hits are for extra-bases. The Isotopes and Aces will play the finale of this four-game series Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. MT. Left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.61 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Albuquerque, while Reno will go with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 3.35 ERA) on the mound.
  • Story homers twice in Isotopes win
    Trevor Story belted a pair of two-run home runs Tuesday night — into Wednesday morning — as the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-53) beat the Reno Aces (45-52) 9-4 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. First pitch was delayed two hours and 40 minutes by rain, and the game began at 10:45 p.m. Mountain Time. It took just seven pitches for the Isotopes to take a 2-0 lead — Story mashed a two-run homer in the top of the first. After Albuquerque added a run in the second, the Aces scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to take the lead, but that advantage wouldn’t last long. Story stepped back to the plate in the top of the fourth and belted a two-out, two-run homer to give the 'Topes the lead back. Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead. Dustin Garneau and Roger Bernadina hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of ninth for good measure as the Isotopes secured their 9-4 win. The Isotopes and Aces will play game three of their four-game series later today at 8:05 p.m. MT. Right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens (2-3, 5.13 ERA) is scheduled to start Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with right-hander Caleb Clay (5-6, 5.08 ERA).
  • After two big wins, Isotopes blow big lead
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (43-53) belted a trio of home runs, including an inside-the-park homer from Roger Bernadina, but the Reno Aces (45-51) scored thee runs in each the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Isotopes 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion. Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball for the Isotopes. Right-hander Boone Whiting kept the Aces face down through seven innings, and allowed Albuquerque to jump out to a five-run lead. The Isotopes first struck with a solo home run from Kyle Parker in the fourth inning. Just two batters later, Jeremy Barfield tripled in Angelys Nina with two outs to push the 'Topes lead to 2-0. Trevor Story mashed a one-out solo shot in the fifth, and Roger Bernadina followed with an inside-the-park two-run home run as Albuquerque jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Former Isotope Jamie Romak hit a three-run home run for Reno in the eighth inning to give the Aces their first offense of the night. Romak struck again with a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game before Mike Freeman singled in the winning run.
  • Adames homers in All-Star game
    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames promptly mashed the first pitch he saw in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game over the left field wall for a solo home run at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska. The International League struck first with a run in the top of the first, and it wasn’t until Adames’ sixth-inning home run that the Pacific Coast League’s offense got on the board. A two-run blast by Reno’s Peter O’Brien in the eighth inning broke the 1-1 tie, and put the PCL on top. A three-run ninth inning, however, propelled the IL to a 4-3 win. The PCL had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second, but a strikeout ended the game with Adames on deck. Adames lined out in his only other at-bat on the evening. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of sixth and homered in the home half of the inning. Adames was selected to participate in the event after teammate Matt McBride could not play due to an ankle injury. The 23-year-old prospect is currently batting .319 in 75 games with Albuquerque this season.
  • Angel Fire to host Ragnar race
    Angel Fire Resort and the Village of Angel Fire recently announced that it will host the first New Mexico based Ragnar Trail relay race Aug. 28-29. Ragnarians will find their inner wild as they run, camp and sleep over two days and one night. Teams of eight people (four for Ultra teams) will race on single-track trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The high-elevation, adventure course spans 115 miles long, with each runner averaging approximately 15 miles each. The race takes an average of 22 hours to complete. Registration for the Ragnar Trail Angel Fire race is limited and only open until July 23. For more information, visit ragnartrail.com  
  • Isotopes bitten by Chihuahuas in finale before All-Star Break
    Kyle Parker drove in three runs, but the El Paso Chihuahuas (45-45) held off the Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-3, in the fina lgame before the All-Star Break on Sunday night at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas. Parker delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. He also plated a third run in the seventh inning with a groundout and finished the game 3-for-5. The Isotopes (41-50) still won three of five games in the series and went 5-4 on their roadtrip. In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, El Paso third baseman Cody Decker singled home two runs to extend the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1. Isotopes starter Jon Gray departed after 82 pitches and three innings. A lot of long at-bats, due to lots of foul balls, contributed mightily to his pitch count soaring in three innings. He struck out six and walked two. Reliever Simon Castro retired all nine batters that he faced in relief, including four strikeouts, to keep the 'Topes in the game. Scott Oberg pitched in his first game for the 'Topes since April, giving up a run in the seventh inning. In all, the 'Topes bullpen allowed one run in five innings.