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.
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
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.
The El Paso Chihuahuas lost 2-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers Friday night on a missed pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Rainiers had the bases loaded when Tyler O’Neill hit a high pop up between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. There was a miscommunication between infielders and the ball fell as the winning run scored. Pitcher Keith Hessler was charged with an error. The Rainiers didn’t have a hit in either of the innings that they scored.
El Paso’s lone run came in the top of the second on Rafael Ortega’s RBI double. Ortega reached base three times Friday, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and walk. The Chihuahuas had scoreless relief outings from Logan Bawcom and Andre Rienzo.
There was a one hour and three minute weather delay in the third inning.
The temperature dropped to 40 degrees late in Friday’s game. The Rainiers won three of the four games at Cheney Stadium.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (4-5), Tacoma (4-4)
Next Game:Saturday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (1-0, 1.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Matt Magill pitched six shutout innings in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 1-0 win in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader at Cheney Stadium. Magill has thrown 12 innings this season and allowed only one earned run.
Franchy Cordero singled and stole second base in the first inning. With Cordero at second and two outs, Jamie Romak hit an RBI single to left field, which proved to be the only run of the game. The Chihuahuas turned a double play in the first inning and Carlos Asuaje made a leaping catch with two outs in the fifth, with both plays ending Tacoma scoring threats with multiple runners on base.
It was El Paso’s second shutout of the season.
In game two, Chris Heston pitched his fourth professional shutout in the Rainiers’ 5-0 Game 2 win. It was Heston’s second career shutout against the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, after throwing a nine-inning shutout for Fresno against the Tucson Padres on June 13, 2013.
Neither team had an extra base hit in the doubleheader until the bottom of the fifth in Game 2 when the Rainiers hit three RBI doubles in a four-run rally. Tyrell Jenkins suffered the loss, allowing three runs after starting his season with 10 shutout innings.
Tacoma did not use any relievers in the doubleheader, as Sam Gaviglio also pitched a complete game in the first contest. Four of El Paso’s first eight games this season have ended in shutout scores for or against the Chihuahuas.
Team Records: El Paso (4-4), Tacoma (3-4)
Next Game:Friday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00) vs. Tacoma RHP Dylan Unsworth (0-1, 3.18). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 1 Tacoma 0 – Thursday – Game 1 | Box Score
WP: Magill (1-0)
LP: Gaviglio (0-1)
S: Maton (1)
Tacoma 5 El Paso 0 – Thursday – Game 2 | Box Score
Christian Bergman pitched five shutout innings in the Tacoma Rainiers’ 7-2 opening night win over the El Paso Chihuahuas at Cheney Stadium Tuesday. Bergman has thrown 19 career innings versus El Paso and has yet to allow an earned run.
Tyler O’Neill’s solo home run in the bottom of the first gave Tacoma an early lead. The Rainiers added two runs in the bottom of the third, including a solo home run by Gordon Beckham, his first career Triple-A homer.
The Rainiers plated a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to build up a 7-0 lead.
Jose Pirela had an RBI groundout and Nick Buss hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to put El Paso on the scoreboard and end a 16-inning scoreless streak dating back to Monday’s shutout loss to Las Vegas. Pirela reached base three times Tuesday, with a single and two walks.
Diego Goris started at first base Tuesday and has already played first base, second base, third base and shortstop this season.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (3-3), Tacoma (2-3)
Next Game:Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (0-0, 1.50) vs. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, -.–). 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 9, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: On Ring Day, Homers Lift Chihuahuas Over Las Vegas 7 – 2343
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit three home runs in their 7-2 win over the Las Vegas 51s Sunday afternoon at Southwest University Park.
Dinelson Lamet pitched 5.1 shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. El Paso starting pitchers have allowed only two earned runs in 23.1 innings this season.
Jamie Romak went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk. Romak has reached base three times in each of the last three games. Collin Cowgill hit his second home run of the season and Cory Spangenberg also went deep, a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning.
One day after Tony Cruz had two hits and three RBIs, fellow catcher Rocky Gale went 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.
Romak is tied with three other players for the Pacific Coast League lead in home runs with three.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (1-3), El Paso (3-1)
Next Game:Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Wilfredo Boscan (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Las Vegas 2 – Sunday
WP: Lamet (1-0)
LP: Gilmartin (0-1)
Gallery & Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
Staff Report April 8, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Shutout Las Vegas 7-0504
The El Paso Chihuahuas completed their first shutout of the season Saturday, defeating the Las Vegas 51s (Mets affiliate) 7-0. Tyrell Jenkins pitched six shutout innings, continuing an excellent string of starts by El Paso hurlers.
The Chihuahuas’ starting pitchers have combined for 18 innings and allowed only two earned runs in 2017.
The Chihuahuas scored in five different innings and had strong offensive performances by multiple players. Jamie Romak went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a walk, reaching base three times for the second consecutive game.
Franchy Cordero went 2-for-4 with a triple and high solo home run to center field. Cordero has four hits this season, with all of them going for extra bases. Catcher Tony Cruz had two hits and three RBIs in his first game this year.
Jason Jester, Keith Hessler and Andre Rienzo each tossed a scoreless inning out of the El Paso bullpen in the shutout win.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (1-2), El Paso (2-1)
Next Game:Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas LHP Sean Gilmartin (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Las Vegas 0 – Saturday
WP: Jenkins (1-0)
LP: Hand (0-1)
Photo Gallery Courtesy Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report April 6, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Play Ball! Chihuahuas Dominate Las Vegas 8-1 to Start Season557
Walker Lockett allowed only one run in six innings of work Thursday, as the El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Las Vegas 51s on opening night 8-1. The Chihuahuas are now 3-1 all-time in season-opening games and 3-1 all-time in their first home game of a season.
The Chihuahuas broke a scoreless tie with a four-run bottom of the fourth, with runs coming in on a two-run double by Jabari Blash and a two-run home run by Collin Cowgill.
Franchy Cordero’s first Triple-A home run sailed over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-0 El Paso.
Carlos Asuaje hit a single to right field in the bottom of the seventh and rounded the bases to score on a play at the plate when Las Vegas outfielder Travis Taijeron overran the ball.
Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch for El Paso, joining Asuaje and Cordero as Chihuahuas with multi-hit games on Thursday.