• 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.
  • 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.