• Johnson leads Isotopes to a win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ Blake Johnson continued his recent hot streak on the mound, helping the Isotopes to just their second shutout victory of the season Tuesday. Johnson, who is fifth in the Pacific Coast League in ERA, gave up just three hits in five innings at Round Rock. His counterpart, the Round Rock Express’ Brad Mills, who had the eighth-best ERA coming in, didn’t fare as well, although he gave up just two earned runs in six innings. But with Tuesday’s game still tight, the Isotopes rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Round Rock 6-0. Johnson (6-3) improved his season ERA to 3.10. He allowed only one walk and struck out five as the Isotopes (34-31) continued their string of alternating wins and losses to 11 games. Mills took his first loss of the season Tuesday, going to 6-1. Johnson has allowed just four runs in his last 30 innings of work. The Isotopes will return to Albuquerque Friday night. Dodgers, Isotopes swap players
  • Isotopes lose 3-2 to Zephyrs on late HR
    Bryan Peterson of the New Orleans Zephyrs belted a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to drop the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-2 Thursday. Albuquerque fell in the opener of its eight-game road trip which runs through June 14. The two teams were tied at 2-2 from the top of the third inning through the bottom of the eighth before Peterson’s home run. Isotopes starting pitcher Blake Johnson threw six strong innings (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 7 strikeouts) and reliever Sean White set down all three batters he faced in the seventh before Javy Guerra (0-3) gave up the solo shot in the eighth. But the Isotopes offense managed just one hit off three New Orleans relievers who took over for starter Doug Mathis. The loss dropped the Isotopes (31-29) to three games back of Round Rock, their next opponent following this series, in this PCL American Southern standings.
  • Fishing Report 06-07-13
  • 'Topes Notes 06-05-13
    Isotopes win series finale, 10-2 The Albuquerque Isotopes collected a season-high eight extra-base hits as they routed the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the finale of their series Tuesday. Right fielder Matt Angle homered twice, the first multi-home run outing of his career for Albuquerque as it cruised to a 10-2 victory at Isotopes Park. The win for the Isotopes (31-28) gave them a series split with Oklahoma City. The Isotopes have a travel day today before eight road games against New Orleans and Round Rock. They will return to Albuquerque June 14. Albuquerque scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open the contest. Oklahoma City scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Albuquerque advantage to 4-2 but Dee Gordon came through with a two-run triple and Nick Buss drove in two runs with a ground-rule double later in the inning. Red Patterson, who started Tuesday’s game, was added to the Isotopes’ roster earlier in the day. He had been dropped to rookie-level Ogden June 1 but right-hander Angel Castro was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, necessitating the move. Oklahoma City (32-25), which won on Saturday and Monday, is tied with Round Rock in the PCL American Southern standings and those teams lead Albuquerque by 2 games. Isotopes hit 6-million fan mark
  • Game and Fish to host clinics
    Saturday is National Free Fishing Day across the country, meaning no licenses will be required to fish in public waters across New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it will also host several fishing instructional courses for kids around the state. Those courses will be in the following locations: • Riverwalk Pond (Grants), 8 a.m. • Eagle Rock Lake (Questa), 9 a.m. • Roswell Walmart Super Center, 7 a.m. • Alumni Pond (Las Cruces), 8 a.m. • Tingley Beach (Albuquerque), 9 a.m.
  • Ryal's grand slam lifts Isotopes
    Rusty Ryal hit his first home run of the season for the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday to give the team a 7-5 win in Memphis. Ryal took Redbird reliever Ramon Delgado deep in the sixth inning with the bases juiced. It was the second grand slam of the year for Albuquerque. Albuquerque (28-26) won its second contest at Memphis in this series. The series concludes tonight and Albuquerque will return to Isotopes Park for a series against Oklahoma City beginning Saturday. 
  • Isotopes win again on road
    The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs to win going away in the series opener at Memphis. The Isotopes scored two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, all of them coming with two outs to top the Redbirds 7-2 in Memphis Tuesday night. Tuesday’s win was the fourth victory in five road games for Albuquerque, which will return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game set starting Saturday. The Redbirds (26-24) scored twice in the third to go up 2-0 early, but the Isotopes (27-25) tied the score in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, the Isotopes strung together three straight hits, including a triple by Rusty Ryal and a double by Jeremy Moore to go up 4-2. In the eighth, Moore, the Isotopes’ left fielder, again came through with a base hit to drive in two runs. Moore finished the game going 3-for-5. Geison Aguasviva (2-2) was credited with the win, going 1-2/3 innings in relief of starter Matt Palmer. Memphis reliever Nick Additon (3-2) was tagged with the loss.
  • Isotopes take 3 vs. Nashville
     The Albuquerque Isotopes wrapped up their road series with a win Monday at Nashville. Albuquerque’s Alfredo Amezaga came through with a 3-run double in the ninth innin as the Isotopes downed Nashville’s Sounds 7-4 to win their third game of the four-game series on the road. The Isotopes (26-25) will  travel across Tennessee to take on Memphis for a four-game set starting tonight. The Isotopes will return to Albuquerque for an eight-game homestand starting Saturday. Albuquerque pounded out 14 hits against Nashville Monday, but through six innings had only managed two runs. Catcher Tim Federowicz had a solo home run in the third inning and a two-run double in the seventh.
  • Fishing Report 05-24-13
    Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on perch.
 Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 67 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, Cimarron worms, parachute adams, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using Pistol Petes, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. 
 Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait and homemade dough baits for limits of rainbow trout. We heard reports of some big walleye and one big bass caught but were unable to verify at this time. 
 Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, tubes, grubs and jerk baits for white bass and walleye. Fishing was fair to good using small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good using tubes, jigs, spinner baits, chatterbaits and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. 
 Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs in the beaver pond areas. 

  • 'Topes Notes 05-22-13
    Isotopes top Sky Sox for third straight win Blake Johnson tossed six innings of scoreless ball Tuesday night as the Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-3 at Isotopes Park. The win was the third straight for the Isotopes (23-22) to help them get back on the plus-side of .500. The Isotopes had lost six of eight contests prior to this three-game win streak. Johnson allowed just five hits in six innings and struck out four batters to secure the victory on the hill for Albuquerque. Isotope middle infielders Alfredo Amezaga and Elian Herrera went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate and drove in a combined four runs, while Chili Buss had a triple in the seventh inning to score Herrera. Herrera’s big night at the plate was his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season. Sky Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5-2/3 innings. Albuquerque will go for a fourth consecutive victory tonight against Colorado Springs — the Isotopes have taken the first two of the four-game set with the Sky Sox. Aaron Laffey (1-1, 5.19 ERA) is scheduled to start. The Isotopes will go on the road starting Friday for the start of an eight-game road trip. Magill rejoins Isotopes pitching staff