• 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.
  • Fish biting around N.M.
    The fishing has been good on Abiquiu Lake using tubes, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and spinner/night crawler rigs for walleye. The walleyes were a bit deeper this past week. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Night fishing was fair using liver stink bait for catfish. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, top water lures, large flies, water dogs and hot dogs for tiger muskie. Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs and liver for catfish. The catfish reports came from anglers fishing the west shoreline. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 699 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 835 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using night crawlers, garlic Power Bait, salmon eggs, gold Panther Martins, wooly buggers and copper John Barrs for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow. Heron Lake: The boat ramps are open. The water is a bit off color as the lake continues to rise.
  • Gray shines in Isotopes win
    Right-hander Jon Gray turned in his sixth-straight quality start as the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-36) beat the El Paso Chihuahuas (31-34) 3-2 at Isotopes Park Tuesday night. Gray, the Colorado Rockies top prospect, finished with 6.0 innings pitched, three hits and two runs. He also struck out eight batters, while walking just one. Gray surrendered a leadoff home run and a two-out RBI double in the second. Aside from that inning, he retired 15 of the other 17 batters he faced, allowing just a single in the fourth and a batter to reach on an error in the fifth. After the Isotopes and Chihuahuas traded a pair of runs in the second, they remained scoreless until Albuquerque broke through in the eighth. Tim Wheeler led off the eighth inning with a single, and Matt McBride followed with a base knock of his own. Drew Stubbs then picked up his second hit of the night, an RBI single to center that scored Wheeler. Right-hander Jairo Diaz shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save. The 9,017 fans at Isotopes Park for 50¢ Hot Dog Night Tuesday ate an astounding 22,903 hot dogs. The Isotopes and Chihuahuas will play the finale of their three-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. After this three-game series against the Chihuahuas, the Isotopes will welcome Tacoma Rainiers to town for a four-game series.
  • UNM claims fourth All-American
    Four days, four athletes, four All-Americans. Four Lobo track and field athletes secured All-American honors for the University of New Mexico to close out the final day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Calli Thackery’s showing in the women’s 5,000-meter run Saturday capped off the streak of All-American performances for New Mexico, as she followed Logan Pflibsen (pole vault), Alice Wright (10,000) and Peter Callahan (1,500) in earning All-American status on successive days of the championships. It’s the first time in program history that New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships and that every athlete earned All-American honors. New Mexico also fared well in the team scores, as the men finished 36th with 7.5 team points and the women tied for 48th with four points. For the men, it’s just their third top-40 finish in last decade, while it’s the best finish for the women since 2008. Thackery finished off the parade of All-Americans with a superb showing in the women’s 5,000 on Saturday.
  • McBride leads ’Topes to victory
    First-baseman Matt McBride went 4-for-5 and came up just a triple shy of the cycle as the Albuquerque Isotopes (27-35) beat the Tacoma Rainiers (29-33) 3-2 in a 11 innings Friday night. It was the second-straight extra-inning game for the Isotopes. Angelys Nina legged out an infield single to leadoff the 11th inning. Dustin Garneau then sacrificed him to second before Tim Smalling smashed a one-out RBI double to left field, giving the Isotopes the 3-2 lead and eventual win. Albuquerque scored single runs in the second and fourth, but a Tacoma seventh inning two-out, two-RBI single tied the game up. McBride hit a double and a homer in the win.
  • Lobos make it three-for-three
    New Mexico senior Peter Callahan earned All-American status in the men’s 1,500-meter run Friday to give the Lobo track and field team three such honors through three days of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After Logan Pflibsen (pole vault) and Alice Wright (10,000), Callahan captured the Lobos’ third All-American honor of the championships via his fourth-place time of 3 minutes, 55.22 seconds in the 1,500. It’s the second-straight year the Evanston, Illinois product has placed fourth and earned All-American honors in the event. After opening the race in the lead, Callahan paced the pack of 13 finalists through the first three laps of the race. Dictating a relatively slow tempo over the course of the race, he remained the frontrunner until the final 200 meters, relinquishing his lead as all the runners began their final kicks on the homestraight. However, he seized a top-four finish for the second year a row, making his just the third New Mexico track athlete in program history to accomplish that. Callahan is also the ninth New Mexico athlete to capture back-to-back All-American honors in the same event.  
  • Walk-off homer beats ’Topes
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (26-35) scored a run in the top of the 10th and seemed to be on their way to their sixth win in eight games, but the Tacoma Rainiers’ (29-32) Jesus Montero blasted a one-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the walk-off victory for the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium. Albuquerque scored two runs in the first, and Tacoma answered with a pair in the third. Both teams then settled in for six straight scoreless innings to send the game to extras. Back-to-back doubles by Matt McBride and Angelys Nina in the top of the 10th plated a run and seemed to give the Isotopes all the support they would need for a win. The bottom of the 10th proved to be a different story though. After a one-out single, Montero blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a Rainiers’ walk-off home run. Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray turned in yet another strong outing Thursday night. He lasted a season-longest eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. He also struck out four, while tossing 100 pitches. It is Gray’s fifth-straight quality start, and he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive outings. His ERA since May 21 (five starts) is 1.83.