• 'Topes fall in extras
    For the second straight ballgame, the Albuquerque Isotopes went into extra innings Thursday. But, unlike in Wednesday’s game, the Isotopes came up on the short end of the stick. Sacramento’s Alden Carrithers scored the tying and game-winning runs as the River Cats prevailed 6-5 in 11 innings. Sacramento (33-21) can win the series tonight with a victory. Following tonight’s series finale, the Isotopes (24-29) will head back to Albuquerque for a quick four-game homestand against Salt Lake starting Saturday night.
  • Isotopes snap win streak by River Cats
    Trayvon Robinson came up with two big hits for the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, including a double in the 10th inning that proved to be the game-winner. Robinson, who went 3-for-4 on the night, homered in the eighth inning to tie the score and force extra innings, then doubled in Clint Robinson to give the Isotopes a 4-3 win in Sacramento. Albuquerque had dropped two straight before Wednesday, including the series opener at Sacramento one night earlier. Isotopes pitcher Matt Magill (4-2) actually came on in relief in the eighth inning to earn the victory. Jeff Bennett started the game for Albuquerque. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the first but settled down after that and held the River Cats in check the rest of the way. With the win, Albuquerque (24-28) stopped a 7-game winning streak by the River Cats (32-21). Tonight, Zach Lee (4-5) is scheduled to pitch game three of the four-game series for Albuquerque. Following the games tonight and Friday night, the Isotopes will travel back to Albuquerque for a four-game series starting Saturday. The Isotopes will host the Salt Lake Bees for those four games before hitting the road once again.
  • Buss runs down Isotopes, 5-4
    A former Albuquerque Isotopes star hurt his old club in a loss Tuesday night. The Isotopes opened a four-game road series against the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats, who have been one of the hottest teams in the PCL of late, earned a 5-4 decision at Raley Field. Sacramento scored four times in the fifth inning off Isotopes starter Red Patterson. Patterson allowed five straight hits in the fifth before being pulled in favor of Josh Judy. The leadoff hit of that inning was a solo home run by former Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss. Buss, who was a PCL All-Star last year, was traded to Sacramento shortly after the start of the season. Since departing Albuquerque, Buss has also spent some time up with Sacramento’s big club, the Oakland A’s. He had a pair of hits in Tuesday’s win. While the River Cats have now won seven straight games, the Isotopes have been reeling of late. They’ve dropped three of their last four decisions and four of their last six, including losing two of three games at home to Reno just before the start of this series. That loss drops the Isotopes to five games under .500. Patterson (2-4) took the loss. Patterson, who has been very good for much of the season but has gotten little run support, gave up 10 hits in just four-plus innings of work.
  • Reno takes series finale Monday, 1-0
    Reno’s Mike Bolsinger was dealing for his Aces as they took the third game in Albuquerque Monday afternoon. Bolsinger gave up just four hits through seven innings as the Aces blanked the Isotopes 1-0 in the final of that series. Albuquerque will play at Sacramento tonight. It was a rare pitcher’s duel at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque starter Carlos Frias (2-3) was nearly as good as his Reno counterpart, throwing seven innings of five-hit ball and giving up just one earned run in the third. That one run would hold up for Reno, however, which took two of three contests against the Albuquerque this weekend. The other scheduled game of the series was rained out Sunday and will be made up as part of another Reno-Albuquerque series June 27. Monday, Reno’s Nick Ahmed singled off Frias to lead off the third inning, then, after advancing to third on another base hit, score when Frias threw a wild pitch for the only run of the ballgame. The loss gave the Isotopes (23-27) their second series defeat out of their last four. The Isotopes haven’t won a series since mid April. Albuquerque and El Paso (24-28) are both 8-1/2 games out of the PCL Pacific Southern division’s top spot, which is currently occupied by Las Vegas (32-19).
  • Olivo gets axed by Dodgers
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, two days after biting off a piece of Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero’s left ear during a dugout brawl. Olivo, a veteran catcher, and Guerrero, the highly paid Cuban second base prospect, fought during the Isotopes game at Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Dodgers suspended Olivo on Wednesday while they conducted an investigation. “It’s unimaginable, inconceivable and unforgiveable,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said at Citi Field before the Dodgers played the New York Mets. “It’s not a question of fault. The action of removing a part of someone’s ear is unforgiveable. Fault is not an issue here.” The 27-year-old Guerrero had reconstructive surgery on his ear and there is no timetable for his return, Kasten said. The Dodgers executive said he was told Olivo bit off significant chunk from the top of Guerrero’s ear. “They didn’t stich him up and say go out. This is plastic surgery,” Kasten said. “They had to reattach that portion of the ear and regrow skin over it. It’s quite complicated.”
  • Olivo is suspended following ear biting
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top farm team Wednesday following his fight in the dugout with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero. In a statement released Wednesday night, the Dodgers said Olivo was placed on the suspended list by the Albuquerque Isotopes. The veteran catcher is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, and the club said he “will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation” into the brawl during Tuesday’s game at Salt Lake. The Dodgers confirmed Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days. It’s unclear how long he will be sidelined. Guerrero, an infielder from Cuba, signed a $28 million, four-year deal with the Dodgers in October. He was beaten out for the starting second base job by Dee Gordon in spring training. Olivo has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes during a dustup between the Marlins and Mets late in the 2007 season. The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.
  • Olivo takes bite out of Guerrero's ear
    NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers minor league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo got into a fight Tuesday during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he was disappointed to hear about the altercation, and the team is looking into it. “It’s something we don’t condone and it’s something that we don’t think is constructive,” Colletti said at Citi Field, where Los Angeles opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. “Obviously, people can have disagreements. That happens many times in many places. But when it gets beyond that level, I think it’s over the line.” The Los Angeles Times reported that agent Scott Boras said Olivo bit off a part of Guerrero’s ear. Colletti said he doesn’t think either player sustained an injury that would keep him from playing. The Dodgers released a statement saying the baseball operations department “is aware of the altercation and is conducting an investigation into the matter.”
  • 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.