The Reno Aces scored in five different innings Monday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-1. It was the second Monday in a row that Reno handed El Paso an 11-run loss, as the Aces beat the Chihuahuas 13-2 last Monday in Reno.
Reno scored five runs in a nine-batter first inning, the second consecutive game the Aces brought in four runs or more in the first frame. Ketel Marte went 4-for-6 and came inches away from hitting for the cycle, as his second double of the game hit the top of the right field fence near the foul pole.
Former Chihuahuas outfielder Reymond Fuentes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Reno.
Reno’s Jake Winston picked up a three-inning save in the lopsided game. El Paso catcher Rocky Gale had three hits and a run scored in the loss. The Chihuahuas used five pitchers and got scoreless outings out of relievers Jason Jester and Keith Hessler.
With a win Tuesday, the Chihuahuas will split their eight-game homestand.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (11-8), El Paso (8-11)
Next Game:Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (1-2, 6.11) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.69). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that El Paso Chihuahuas’ first baseman Jamie Romak and Reno Aces’ right-hander Zack Godley have been named the League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 17-23. Romak slugged five home runs, while Godley took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his lone start.
In six games, Romak hit .478 (11-for-23), tying for the lead in professional baseball in home runs, total bases (28), while pacing Minor League Baseball’s highest classification in slugging (1.217), OPS (1.737) and runs scored (9). Further, Romak got on-base at a .520 clip, drove in nine runs and walked twice compared to four strikeouts.
Romak’s power surge was highlighted by a two-homer game April 21, part of a four-hit, four-RBI effort. That was his second multi-homer game of the season, a feat only one other PCL player has accomplished thus far (Oswaldo Arcia, Reno).
Romak started his week by hitting the go-ahead – and eventual game-winning – homer in a 4-3 decision over Tacoma on April 18. He collected at least one hit and one run scored in all six contests.
El Paso is Romak’s fifth PCL team, having previously spent time with Omaha, Memphis, Albuquerque and Reno. In parts of five seasons in the PCL, Romak has hit 82 home runs, driven in 290, while hitting .270 (423-for-1569) in 429 games. Romak was the 2015 PCL Home Run Champion, hitting 27 with Reno.
The Canada native was selected by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. He has played in 27 major league contests between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting .167 (6-for-36) with four RBI. Romak played the 2016 season with the Yokohama Bay Stars in the Japanese Central League before returning stateside.
Godley was nearly flawless in his only start of the week, April 19 at Albuquerque. He faced the minimum 21 batters over seven innings. The only two baserunners he allowed – a hit batter to leadoff the second inning and a single to start the seventh inning – were both erased on double plays by the following batter.
He struck out seven, six of which were consecutively covering parts of the fourth through sixth innings. Godley, making the start two days prior to his 27th birthday, threw 44 of his 61 pitches for strikes.
The South Carolina native was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Tennessee. He was in the Cubs organization for two years before being swapped to Arizona in a December 2014 deal involving Miguel Montero.
Godley made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks the following campaign, pitching to a 3.19 ERA over 36.2 innings in nine appearances (six starts). The majority of Godley’s major league time came in 2016, as he tossed 74.2 innings in 27 appearances, 18 of which were out of the bullpen. He has also pitched to a 3.04 ERA (50.1 IP, 17 ER) over parts of the last two seasons with Reno, his only career appearances in Triple-A.
The El Paso Chihuahuas almost overcame an early four-run deficit but fell to the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Southwest University Park.
The Aces sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and brought home four runs, two of which were unearned after a Chihuahuas error.
Cory Spangenberg’s RBI triple in the first inning made it 4-1 and Jabari Blash’s two-run, opposite field home run onto the top of the Big Dog House got El Paso within one. The Chihuahuas put runners at second and third in the bottom of the eighth but did not score.
Matt Magill pitched well in the loss, letting in only two earned runs in seven innings of work. It was the second consecutive game that the Chihuahuas starter lasted seven innings, after Walker Lockett did the same thing Saturday.
Jamie Romak went 1-for-3 with a double for El Paso, ending his streak of three consecutive games with a home run.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (10-8), El Paso (8-10)
Next Game:Monday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 2.55) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.93). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Five days after taking a loss in Reno, El Paso starter Walker Lockett performed well against the Aces in the Chihuahuas’ 7-1 win Saturday night.
Lockett pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on six scattered hits. The Chihuahuas are now 2-2 against the Aces this season.
El Paso hit three home runs Saturday, including one by Jamie Romak, who has six homers in his last six games. Romak’s nine home runs lead the Pacific Coast League. Jabari Blash went 1-for-4 with his first Triple-A home run of the season and Dusty Coleman went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, his second home run of the year and the homestand.
Jose Pirela and Rocky Gale both had two hits and an RBI for the Chihuahuas.
The Chihuahuas strong pitching continued into the bullpen Saturday, with Keith Hessler and Logan Bawcom tossing scoreless innings to close the game.
Christian Walker hit a solo home run for Reno and became the first PCL player to reach 20 RBIs.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (9-8), El Paso (8-9)
Next Game:Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Anthony Banda (1-1, 5.79) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (1-0, 1.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Reno 1 – Saturday
WP: Lockett (2-1)
LP: Shipley (2-1)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Zach Shank hit Tacoma’s second grand slam in as many nights Friday, as the Rainiers beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 11-8. Shank’s grand slam put Tacoma ahead 7-4 in the fourth inning and the Rainiers never relinquished the lead, despite late runs by El Paso.
The two teams split the four-game series.
Jamie Romak went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs in the loss. Romak has eight home runs this season to lead the Pacific Coast League and has five longballs in his last five games. Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-5 with an RBI, his third consecutive multi-hit game. Collin Cowgill, Rafael Ortega and Dusty Coleman had two hits apiece for El Paso.
Seattle Mariners reliever Steve Cishek went two thirds of an inning in an injury rehab start, throwing 20 pitches in the no-decision. Jake Smith, Carter Capps and Michael Dimock all had relief appearances without surrendering any earned runs for El Paso.
It was the Chihuahuas first series split this season.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (9-6), El Paso (7-9)
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (2-0, 5.82) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 7.20). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas struck out 18 Tacoma batters to set a new team record Thursday but fell to the Rainiers 6-5 in 10 innings. It was the first extra inning game of the season for both teams.
El Paso starter Dinelson Lamet struck out 13 hitters in 5.1 innings to set a Chihuahuas single-game strikeout record by an individual pitcher and reach a new career high. The previous record was held by lefties Robbie Erlin and Jason Lane. Every Rainiers position player struck out at least once.
El Paso led 5-1 in the seventh inning when Tacoma’s Daniel Vogelbach hit a game-tying grand slam to right field, his second home run in as many games. Back-to-back doubles in the top of the 10th inning by Boog Powell and Tuffy Gosewisch gave Tacoma the go-ahead run.
The Chihuahuas had a baserunner in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings but did not score.
Jamie Romak went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his third homer in his last four games. It was Romak’s sixth longball of the season, tying Iowa’s Ian Happ for the Pacific Coast League lead.
Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run, going deep on his 30th birthday. Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-5, his second consecutive multi-hit game.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (8-6), El Paso (7-8)
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (2-0, 1.74) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-0, 0.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 9-4 Wednesday on their first Diablos Days game wearing throwback El Paso Diablos uniforms.
El Paso has won the first two games of the series and now has a 5-2 home record this season.
Wednesday’s game was tied as late as the seventh inning before the Chihuahuas burst ahead with a run in the seventh and five more in the in the eighth. Carlos Asuaje, Cory Spangenberg and Diego Goris had two hits and three RBIs each.
Franchy Cordero went 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk atop the El Paso order.
Tyrell Jenkins picked off two runners at first base in the second, becoming the first Chihuahuas hurler with multiple pickoffs in one inning. Keith Hessler pitched a perfect 1.2 innings of relief, entering the game when it was tied in the seventh with two Rainiers on base.
Asuaje briefly had the first grand slam of the Chihuahuas season in the eighth inning before the umpires gathered and reversed the call, ruling the ball was foul.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (7-6), El Paso (7-7)
Next Game:Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Dillon Overton (1-0, 0.00) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Tacoma 4 – Wednesday
WP: Hessler (1-1)
LP: Hagadone (0-1)
Photos by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
The El Paso Chihuahuas came back from an early deficit and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 4-3 Tuesday in Game 1 of an eight-game homestand.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Jabari Blash hustled to third base for a triple on a high fly ball that landed between two Tacoma outfielders. Blash then scored on Jamie Romak’s RBI double.
Rafael Ortega tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth and later scored on a wild pitch to put El Paso ahead 3-2.
After Gordon Beckham’s solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game for Tacoma, Romak hit a home run onto the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in the bottom of the seventh to put El Paso ahead to stay.
Relievers Carter Capps, Logan Bawcom and Phil Maton pitched late scoreless innings for El Paso to seal the win.
Ortega stole three bases for El Paso, one shy of a team record.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (7-5), El Paso (6-7)
Next Game:Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chris Heston (1-0, 2.25) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.61). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 4 Tacoma 3 – Tuesday
WP: Capps (1-1)
LP: Gaviglio (0-2)
S: Maton (2)
Photo Gallery by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
The Reno Aces scored 11 unanswered runs Monday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 13-2. The Aces hit five home runs, including two by former San Diego Padre Oswaldo Arcia and one by Reno starting pitcher Braden Shipley.
El Paso starter Jake Esch suffered the loss in his Chihuahuas’ debut, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
Carlos Asuaje had a strong offensive game for El Paso, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Jose Pirela went 1-for-3 with a walk and reached base in all three games of the series.
Rocky Gale pitched a scoreless two thirds of an inning in the eighth, his professional pitching debut. The Chihuahuas lost two series in a row on the road trip after beginning the season with a series win at home against Las Vegas.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (5-7), Reno (6-6)
Next Game:Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.29) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (1-0, 0.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas had two different comebacks Sunday but the Reno Aces scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and stayed ahead for good in their 11-6 win. The two teams have split the first two games of the series.
El Paso trailed 4-0 when Jamie Romak hit a two-run home run in the third and Rafael Ortega hit a two-run home run in the fourth to tie the game. Romak now has four home runs, which ties him with teammate Franchy Cordero for the second most in the Pacific Coast League.
The Chihuahuas were behind 5-4 in the fifth when Jabari Blash tagged up and scored all the way from second base on a diving catch in deep center field. The sacrifice fly tied the game.
Reno sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring four runs against rehabbing Padres pitcher Carter Capps to go ahead. Collin Cowgill hit a solo home run in the seventh but it was not enough to catch the Aces.
Former Chihuahuas Keyvius Sampson and Reymond Fuentes were both in the starting lineup for Reno.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (5-6), Reno (5-6)
Next Game:Monday, 12:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Jake Esch (0-0, -.–) vs. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (1-0, 7.36). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
After scoring only four runs in their previous five games, the El Paso Chihuahuas exploded for 10 runs and 14 hits in a 10-5 victory over the Reno Aces Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field.
Bryan Rodriguez allowed only one earned run in his six-inning start and has a 0.75 ERA through his first three Chihuahuas outings.
Jose Pirela went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run in the win, while Franchy Cordero went 2-for-5 with two home runs to left field and five RBIs. The left-handed hitting Cordero now has four homers, with three of them traveling out to left field.
Cory Spangenberg, Collin Cowgill and Tony Cruz also had multiple hits for the Chihuahuas in the win.
Saturday was the first game that the Chihuahuas won after the opponent scored the first run of the game. El Paso tied a team record with five errors Saturday.
Michael Dimock pitched two scoreless relief innings for El Paso.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (5-5), Reno (4-6)
Next Game:Sunday, 2:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 6.30) vs. Reno RHP Keyvius Sampson (0-1, 108.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report April 10, 2017SportsComments Off on 51s Shutout Chihuahuas 2-0; El Paso Takes Series 3 to 2311
The Las Vegas 51s handed El Paso its first shutout loss of the season Monday afternoon, as the Chihuahuas fell 2-0. The Chihuahuas won three of the five games in the season-opening series.
Monday’s game entered the seventh inning in a scoreless tie before Las Vegas loaded the bases on three consecutive walks. Phillip Evans hit a ground ball to third baseman Diego Goris, who stepped on third base for one out but overthrew first baseman Jamie Romak attempting a double play, leading to a 51s run.
Las Vegas added its second run one inning later on a two-out RBI single by Amed Rosario.
The Chihuahuas had late chances but left four runners on base in the final four innings and did not score. El Paso starter Bryan Rodriguez tossed five shutout innings, giving the Chihuahuas’ rotation 28.1 innings and only two earned runs allowed this season.
Former Padres minor leaguer Wilfredo Boscan also threw five shutout innings. Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 and Goris went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (2-3), El Paso (3-2)
Next Game:Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-0, 1.50) vs. Tacoma RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report April 7, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Late Game Homer Lifts Las Vegas over Chihuahuas 4-2609
Josh Rodriguez hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning in the Las Vegas 51s’ 4-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night at Southwest University Park.
El Paso’s Matt Magill pitched well in the loss, allowing only one earned run in six innings of work. Chihuahuas’ starting pitching has let in only two earned runs in 12 innings this season.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Diego Goris lined an RBI double to tie the game. The Chihuahuas fell behind 2-1 before coming back again in the eighth on Rafael Ortega’s game-tying single through a drawn-in infield.
The tie score didn’t last for long, as Rodriguez’ home run put the 51s ahead to stay.
Jamie Romak went 3-for-4 in the loss for El Paso. Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4, his second consecutive multi-hit game. The Chihuahuas have now started all four of their seasons with a 1-1 record.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (1-1), El Paso (1-1)
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Donovan Hand (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas 4 El Paso 2 – Friday
WP: Goeddel (1-0)
LP: Maton (0-1)
S: Bradford (1)
Photo Gallery courtesy Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report April 3, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Announce Tentative Opening Day Roster945
The San Diego Padres and El Paso Chihuahuas have announced the 2017 Triple-A Opening Day roster. The active roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, five infielders and five outfielders. There are currently 24 players on the 25-man roster, which is subject to change.
Sixteen players have Major League experience and all 24 players spent time at Major League Spring Training in 2017. Thirteen players have played for the Chihuahuas previously, with 12 of those spending time in El Paso during the 2016 league championship season.
Six players are San Diego Padres draft picks, seven were originally signed as international free agents, two were added via trade, two were claimed off of waivers and seven were acquired as minor league free agents.
“As the Padres continue to build depth we are seeing the benefits of very good players wearing Chihuahuas uniforms here in Triple-A,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “It is an exciting time to see the Padres filling the pipeline. We look forward to welcoming back the returning players that helped win a PCL Championship in 2017 and look forward to meeting the new players.”
The Chihuahuas open the regular season on Thursday, April 6 at home against the Las Vegas 51s.
Logan Bawcom: The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and also spent time in the Seattle Mariners organization before signing with the Padres last off-season.
Carlos Fisher: The 34-year-old pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 2009-2011. He made his MLB debut on May 24, 2009 at Great American Ball Park in interleague play against the Cleveland Indians and became the first Reds reliever to win his MLB debut since 1994.
Tyrell Jenkins: The 24-year-old was named the Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2016. He was claimed on waivers by the Padres on January 3.
Jason Jester: The 25-year-old Texas A&M alum enters his fourth pro season, all within the Padres system after being drafted in 2014. He was named a Texas League All-Star in 2016 before being transferred to El Paso on July 30.
Dinelson Lamet: The 24-year-old righty is entering his fourth professional season, all within the Padres organization. He was promoted to El Paso at the end of last season, making his Triple-A debut on August 27, 2016 and starting another game for the Chihuahuas on September 1.
Zach Lee: The 25-year-old was claimed on waivers by the Padres last off-season. He made his MLB debut with the Dodgers on July 25, 2015 at Citi Field against the New York Mets.
Walker Lockett: The 22-year-old 6’5” righthander was drafted by San Diego in 2012. He began last season in Low-A but was steadily promoted through each of the Minor League levels until reaching El Paso and pitching three postseason games for the team in September.
Matt Magill: The 27-year-old pitched in the Major Leagues for the Dodgers in 2013 and the Reds in 2016. Before being called up in 2013, Magill led Dodgers Minor Leaguers in strikeouts (168) was ranked No. 7 among Dodgers prospects by MLB.com.
Phil Maton: The 24-year-old was on the mound in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 4 of the 2016 PCL Championship Series when El Paso won the league championship last September. He was drafted and signed by the Padres in 2015.
Kevin Quackenbush: The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Padres in the eighth round of the 2011 Amateur Draft. He pitched for the Padres and Chihuahuas in each of the last three seasons, including 60 games for San Diego in 2016.
Andre Rienzo: The 28-year-old has three seasons of MLB experience and was only the second Brazilian player to reach the Major Leagues. He was a starter for the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and 2014 and a reliever for the Miami Marlins in 2015.
Bryan Rodriguez: The 25-year-old is entering his seventh professional season, all in the Padres organization. Rodriguez pitched for El Paso in 2015 and 2016.
Tony Cruz: The 30-year-old brings six years of big league experience behind the plate, including eight postseason games for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cruz played for the Kansas City Royals and Triple-A Omaha last season.
Rocky Gale: The 29-year-old is entering his eighth professional season, all with the Padres organization. Gale and Quackenbush are the only Chihuahuas to be part of the team in all four seasons in El Paso.
Carlos Asuaje: The 25-year-old was the 2016 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Padres organization after being traded from the Boston Red Sox in November 2015. Asuaje set a team record by collecting 172 hits last season.
Dusty Coleman: The 29-year-old spent part of the 2015 season with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Coleman was the South Dakota High School Player of the Year in 2006 and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics two years later.
Diego Goris: The 26-year-old was the only Chihuahuas player to get a hit in all eight Pacific Coast League playoff games last season. He played 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF and C last season between El Paso and Double-A San Antonio.
Jamie Romak: The 31-year-old played for Team Canada in this year’s World Baseball Classic. Romak has previous MLB experience with the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cory Spangenberg: The 26-year-old brings three years of big league experience with the Padres, after having been drafted by San Diego in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 Amateur Draft. Spangenberg made his MLB debut with the Padres on Sept. 1, 2014 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park, collecting his first big league hit and driving in two.
Jabari Blash: The 27-year-old split last season between the Padres and Chihuahuas. He became the 16th player born in the U.S. Virgin Islands to appear in a Major League game when he made his MLB debut on April 4, 2016.
Franchy Cordero: The 22-year-old is entering his sixth professional season, all within the Padres system. Cordero divided 2016 between Single-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and El Paso.
Collin Cowgill: The 30-year-old has Major League experience with five different MLB teams in the past six seasons, including postseason action with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and the Angels in 2014.
Rafael Ortega: The 25-year-old played in 66 games at the big league level for the Angels in 2016 and also hit .317 in 78 games for Triple-A Salt Lake.
Jose Pirela: The 27-year-old has appeared in 59 career MLB games between the New York Yankees and Padres. He played in 35 games for the Chihuahuas last season.
For season seats or Paw-tial Plans or group ticket opportunities, fans can call (915) 533-BASE or visit www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report March 30, 2017NewsComments Off on City, Chihuahuas Invite Residents to Contribute to New Mural Saturday686
The El Paso Chihuahuas, in conjunction with City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), introduce The Art of the Game: Pick Up Your Brush and Paint, a community-based art project that will cover the Durango Street bridge walkway leading to Southwest University Park, home of the Chihuahuas.
The public art installation, will culminate in a city-wide festival event on April 1st, from 11a.m.-3 p.m. at Southwest University Park. The public is invited to pick up a paint brush and paint, contributing to the mural.
“MountainStar and our ownership have always seen the Chihuahuas and Southwest University Park as a regional asset, and envisioned public art an integral part of our Ballpark experience,” said MountainStar Sport Group President, Alan Ledford. “Thanks to Tracey Jerome and the City of El Paso’s MCAD, we are excited to extend this element to outside the Ballpark. And this project is truly a public art endeavor as it depicts the people and landscape of our region, with a subtle reference to the Chihuahuas, and it’s also a truly regional effort featuring artists from both El Paso and Juarez.”
The festival will include live music provided by Mariachi Paso Del Norte, food truck vendors Kona Ice, Off the Grill BBQ and Orange Cow, a Kids Zone, a Chihuahuas Team Shop sidewalk sale and a special appearance by Chico, the Chihuahuas mascot.
“Murals are a significant part of the El Paso landscape. This is a tremendous opportunity to not only showcase the work of our talented local artists, but to involve the community in creating a new artwork within the Downtown Arts District,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
The local husband and wife duo of Ramon and Christian Cardenas – known as Los Dos – have been commissioned to design the mural. Los Dos are well-known and respected El Paso artists who are nationally recognized, including a on a recent cover of the Washington Post.
Los Dos are joining forces with Jellyfish Collective from Juarez, Mexico and other regional artists to create a floor mural on the walkway that will express the rich Hispanic culture and united border community.
“We wanted to showcase the community and a symbol of the region, but in a new way rather than the same icons that you constantly see– the star, the boot,” said Roman Cardenas of Los Dos. “Those symbols represent El Paso but it’s something you see all of the time. We wanted to do something unique but stay true to El Paso while also staying true to our painting style.”
Los Dos and the Jellyfish Collective were recognized in 2016 with an Art Matters grant. Art Matters is a non-profit that provides grant funding for artists in the United States, who are pushing boundaries both aesthetically and socially throughout the U.S. and globally.
The mural, with its hues of blue, red and yellow, reflects the rich El Paso landscape and its people. The mural depicts a colorful and graphic borderland desert scene with native animals, plants, and people. The artwork is meant to transform the worn surface of the walkway while empowering the people of El Paso to take ownership of the mural by taking part in the festival on April 1st.
“We’re excited to be giving something back to the community,” Cardenas said. “It’s a gift of labor for the community and we are doing it for them.”
Like the El Paso Chihuahuas, the mural seeks to bring together family and community and ties the ballpark, Downtown, the art district, and the El Paso region, including Juarez, to showcase pride in a united community.
The Durango walkway was stripped and prepared in February. Los Dos and their collaborators began to lay the grid work for the mural on March 4th.
For more information on The Art of the Game: Pick Up Your Brush and Paint contact Tracey Jerome at (915) 212-1783 or Angela Olivas with the El Paso Chihuahuas at (915) 242-2019.