Dean Anna walked in the top of the 11th inning with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run in Omaha’s 6-5 win over El Paso Sunday night. The Storm Chasers’ win dropped the Chihuahuas’ 2017 extra-inning record to 5-4.
It was El Paso’s second extra-inning defeat in the last five games.
The Chihuahuas trailed 4-0 in the sixth inning when El Paso sent eight batters to the plate and scored five runs. The first five batters of the inning all scored before the first out was recorded.
The sixth-inning rally included a three-run home run to center field by Franchy Cordero on the day he was optioned from San Diego.
San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski went 1-for-5 in his second MLB injury rehab game with El Paso.
Next Game:Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Omaha RHP Luke Farrell (7-4, 4.07) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-3, 6.48). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Omaha (46-53), El Paso (50-51)
Omaha 6 El Paso 5 – Sunday – 11 Innings
WP: Stout (5-0)
LP: Jester (4-1)
Gallery courtesy Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
The El Paso Chihuahuas clubbed four home runs in their 12-6 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Saturday night at Southwest University Park.
Ryan Schimpf hit two of the homers and now has three longballs in his last two games.
Nick Schulz went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, his second consecutive game with a homer and multiple hits. Christian Villanueva and Rocky Gale also collected three hits for El Paso.
All nine starting batters had a hit or an RBI for El Paso.
Rehabbing San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski went 1-for-5 in his first game with El Paso since 2015. With Saturday’s win and Albuquerque’s loss, the Chihuahuas are now in a second place tie, four games behind first place Salt Lake.
It’s the first time the Chihuahuas have been in second place since June 20; El Paso is 29-12 when scoring first.
Next Game:Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Omaha RHP Andres Machado (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-3, 6.47). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Omaha (45-53), El Paso (50-50)
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored six late runs Friday but could not put together their second comeback win in a row, losing to the Omaha Storm Chasers 7-6.
It was the first matchup of the season between the two teams and Omaha’s first visit to El Paso since June 2015.
Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Chihuahuas rallied for three runs on four hits, including a solo home run by Nick Schulz, his third of the Pacific Coast League season and his first homer at Southwest University Park.
Ryan Schimpf also went deep in the game, hitting a lengthy two-run home run past the right field pole in the bottom of the eighth to get El Paso within one. Neither team scored in the ninth inning.
Dusty Coleman went 2-for-4 and reached base five consecutive times for a stretch across Thursday’s game in Sacramento and Friday’s in El Paso. Nick Buss went 2-for-4 with two singles and has a .374 batting average through his 75 PCL games this year.
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Omaha RHP Christian Binford (3-7, 8.80) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (3-7, 5.49). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Omaha (45-52), El Paso (49-50)
Omaha 7 El Paso 6 – Friday
WP: Skoglund (4-4)
LP: Kelly (2-2)
S: Zimmer (1)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas put together a late comeback Thursday and beat the Sacramento River Cats 5-3 at Raley Field.
The Chihuahuas split the four-game series in Sacramento and had five wins and three losses on their post all-star break right-game road trip.
El Paso starter Kyle Lloyd allowed three earned runs in six innings while pitching in front of family and friends near his hometown.
The Chihuahuas trailed 3-2 with two outs in the eighth when consecutive RBI hits by Peter Van Gansen, Christian Villanueva and Nick Buss put El Paso ahead 5-3. Carter Capps’ two-inning save kept the score at 5-3.
Chase d’Arnaud played first base for just the second time in his career and started two double plays. Dusty Coleman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, while Buss and Rocky Gale also had two hits each.
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Omaha LHP Eric Skoglund (3-4, 4.09) vs. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (2-1, 4.70). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (49-49), Sacramento (40-57)
The El Paso Chihuahuas had runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field.
The Chihuahuas have dropped two games in a row, the first time they’ve lost consecutive games since July 5-6 in Las Vegas.
Wynton Bernard led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, Sacramento’s first leadoff home run since August 5, 2015.
Trailing 3-0 in the eighth, the Chihuahuas loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles but had to settle for one run on an RBI walk by Christian Villanueva.
Dillon Overton pitched well in the loss, continuing El Paso’s string of strong starting pitching. Overton allowed three runs in six innings in his fourth Chihuahuas appearance. Rocky Gale went 2-for-4 Wednesday and is 7-for-21 on the current road trip.
Sacramento’s Tyler Beede has thrown 15 innings against the Chihuahuas this year and let in only three runs.
Next Game:Thursday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-1, 5.96) vs. Sacramento RHP Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.33). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (48-49), Sacramento (40-56)
The El Paso Chihuahuas led by three runs at Tuesday’s seventh inning stretch but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 7-6 in 12 innings.
El Paso is now 5-3 in extra-inning games this season. The defeat snapped El Paso’s four-game winning streak.
El Paso turned double plays on the infield to end the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the 11th but Sacramento’s Ryan Lollis started the bottom of the 12th with a double. He advanced to third base on a ground out and jogged home one batter later when Trevor Brown lined a single past diving third baseman Ryan Schimpf.
It was the second extra-inning game of the road trip, as the Chihuahuas won in 10 innings on July 15th at Reno.
Christian Villanueva went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a walk on Tuesday. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-6 Tuesday and is 10-for-24 since being outrighted from San Diego.
El Paso’s offense has nine or more hits in five consecutive games.
Next Game:Wednesday, 1:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-2, 6.75) vs. Sacramento RHP Tyler Beede (5-7, 5.12). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (48-48), Sacramento (39-56)
The El Paso Chihuahuas started their series in Sacramento with a 7-3 victory over the River Cats Monday night at Raley Field.
It was El Paso’s fourth consecutive win, tying the Chihuahuas longest winning streak mark of 2017 and setting a new season high for longest road winning streak.
Bryan Rodriguez had his second consecutive strong start, allowing three earned runs in 6.2 innings. It was the fourth game in a row El Paso’s starter pitched into the sixth inning or later and allowed three runs or less. Rafael Ortega went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the win.
Rocky Gale had two RBI singles Monday and has three RBI hits in his last two games.
The Chihuahuas have won seven of their last eight games. El Paso is above .500 for the first time since April 13, when the club was 4-3.
Next Game:Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80) vs. Sacramento RHP Albert Suarez (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (48-47), Sacramento (38-56)
The El Paso Chihuahuas had 17 hits in their 10-3 win over the Reno Aces Sunday afternoon at Greater Nevada Field. All nine starting Chihuahuas, including pitcher Michael Kelly, had at least one hit in the rout.
The Chihuahuas won three of the four games in Reno and took their second straight series, as El Paso swept Salt Lake in the series before the PCL all-star break. El Paso has won six of its last seven games.
Kelly tossed seven innings Sunday and allowed three runs. It was the third straight game El Paso’s starter went more than five innings and allowed three runs or less. Chase d’Arnaud went 4-for-5 with a double on Sunday.
The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since June 20.
Next Game:Monday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (2-7, 5.63) vs. Sacramento TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (47-47), Reno (55-39)
El Paso homered in both the ninth and 10th innings Saturday in the Chihuahuas’ 6-5 win over the Reno Aces. The Chihuahuas are now 5-2 in extra-inning games this season.
The Chihuahuas led 4-0 in the third when Reno started its comeback. The Aces scored once in the third and twice each in the sixth and eighth to go ahead 5-4. Ryan Schimpf then struck a solo home run to right field in the top of the ninth, his second homer in as many games, to tie the score 5-5.
Franchy Cordero’s deep home run to right-center put the Chihuahuas ahead 6-5 in the 10th. The Chihuahuas have eight home runs in their last two games.
Kyle Lloyd had his best Triple-A start to date, allowing only two earned runs in 5.1 innings. Lloyd struck out nine, matching the amount of strikeouts he had in 17.1 Triple-A innings entering play.
Nick Buss went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and now has a .390 batting average through 69 games with the Chihuahuas.
Next Game:Sunday, 2:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (1-1, 6.48) vs. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (7-5, 6.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (46-47), Reno (55-38)
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit five home runs in their 10-4 win over the Reno Aces Friday night at Greater Nevada Field. It was El Paso’s highest single-game home run total of the season and the most home runs allowed in a game by Reno this year.
Nick Buss and Collin Cowgill hit back-to-back home runs for the Chihuahuas in the fourth inning, El Paso’s first set of back-to-back home runs since Diego Goris and Jabari Blash on July 3 at home versus Reno. Buss went 3-for-4 and is batting .390 in 68 PCL games this season.
Cowgill’s homer came on his first Triple-A swing since late May, as he was activated from the disabled list earlier on Friday.
Goris hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, El Paso’s first pinch-hit homer of the year. The Chihuahuas’ previous pinch-hit home run came from Alex Dickerson at Iowa on May 23, 2016.
Reno’s Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, the second inside-the-park homer against the Chihuahuas this month.
Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-1, 6.75) vs. Reno RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 9.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (45-47), Reno (55-37)
Reno’s five-run fourth inning rally helped the Aces beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-2 Thursday at Greater Nevada Field.
It was the first game after the Pacific Coast League all-star break and the opener of the Chihuahuas’ eight-game road trip.
Rafael Ortega went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run, collecting three of El Paso’s five hits. Franchy Cordero hit his ninth triple, which ties him for the PCL lead, despite playing in only 53 of the Chihuahuas’ 91 games.
Neither team had any hits through the first three innings Thursday. Rocky Gale went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the loss. Righty relievers Christian Bethancourt and Jason Jester both pitched scoreless innings for the Chihuahuas out of the bullpen.
Nick Buss walked in a pinch-hitting appearance one day after collecting a single in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Next Game:Friday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 7.34) vs. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (5-4, 5.42). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (44-47), Reno (55-36)
El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Nick Buss went 1-for-2 and played right field for the Pacific Coast League in the CHI Franciscan Health Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday night in Tacoma, Washington.
The Minor Leagues’ home run leader might not have won the Derby on Monday, but Renato Nunez smacked a three-run rocket to lift the Pacific Coast League to a 6-4 win over the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday before a crowd of 7,024 at Cheney Stadium.
The 17th-ranked A’s prospect earned the BUSH’s Beans MVP Award for the PCL, which snapped a four-game losing streak in the midseason classic.
“Good thing was we won the game,” Nunez said. “I was able to hit that ball well and I’m just happy to be here. Tacoma was amazing and I have a couple friends who are here. It was good.”
Fresno Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco led his team to victory for the second time, having won the All-Star Game in 2005.
“It was a great team effort,” DeFrancesco said. “We got everybody in the game, the substitutions went smoothly and the pitching was outstanding. The defense was incredible and we got a couple big hits.”
BUSH’s Beans International League MVP Richie Shaffer of the Columbus Clippers got things started with a second-inning solo homer off Iowa Cubs right-hander Seth Frankoff. The Home Run Derby participant’s ball cleared both the right field wall and the glove of a leaping Alex Verdugo, in town after appearing in the All-Star Futures Game.
“That was a ton of fun,” Shaffer said. “Came up a little short, but there’s a ton of talent here.
“We had a lot of guys in the dugout there at the end. We had a chance to win it there, competitive juices were flowing. It was a lot of fun.”
The PCL evened the score in the bottom of the frame when Astros No. 23 prospect Colin Moran drilled a shot to straight right off IL starter Tom Eshelman, recently called up to Lehigh Valley. Eshelman retired the other six batters he faced, five on popups or routine fly balls.
“I think it was a fastball in,” Moran said. “I just got enough of it, got it over the fence.”
The wheels appeared to come off for the IL and Yankees prospect Caleb Smith in the fourth. Dodgers No. 3 prospect Willie Calhoun doubled with one out and immediately scored on a single by Colorado Springs Sky Sox first baseman Garrett Cooper. Moran’s second hit of the night set the stage for Nunez, who sent a laser into the party deck in left field for a three-run homer and a 5-1 lead.
“I had men on second and first and I was just ready to hit that pitch,” said Nunez, who leads all Minor Leaguers with 24 homers. “I think it was a changeup and I was able to hit it well … over there.”
Over there was in the party deck filled with Minor League executives, who got used to dodging balls during Monday’s Home Run Derby.
“Nunez killed that ball,” said Moran, who wasn’t as impressed with his own base hit. “That was pure luck. I was looking for a fastball and just kind of waved at a slider. It hit the base, I think, at third. I’d take that tomorrow a lot more than today.”
The IL closed the gap with the fourth homer of the contest, courtesy of Rays top prospect Willy Adames, who took a fifth-inning pitch from Tacoma’s Jean Machi the other way and over the wall in right. Machi appeared to have limited the damage to one run, but a passed ball by Fresno’s Max Stassi allowed Pawtucket’s Rusney Castillo to reach base and eventually score on a double by Shaffer. After a brief mound visit by Nashville pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, Machi retired Brentz to end the inning.
“I just went out there and told him to relax,” Rodriguez said. “I asked him, ‘What’s your best pitch versus a lefty?’ He said curveball, so I said ‘OK, throw a curveball and when you get ahead, you’re just going to expand the zone.’ We had the two lefties coming up. It seemed to relax him and he made great pitches.”
In the bottom of the fifth, Calhoun stroked his second double of the night to the gap in right-center, driving home Reno’s Christian Walker to restore the PCL’s two-run lead.
“I just tried to stay short and see a pitch up,” Calhoun said. “I was able to do that and put a good swing on it.”
Several PCL pitchers were lights-out. Starter Wilmer Font of Oklahoma City pitched a 1-2-3 first and Salt Lake’s Troy Scribner worked around a hit by striking out the side in the third. Dodgers right-hander Madison Younginer retired the side in order in the fourth, Sacramento’s Tyler Rogers allowed a walk in the sixth and Reno’s Jimmie Sherfy pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.
The players appeared to have fun, especially at second base. Home Run Derby champion Bryce Brentz followed Shaffer’s blast with a walk and took second two outs later on Adames’ infield single. The threat ended when Adames was playfully frozen and tagged out by Rosario, who could have simply stepped on the bag for the force.
Jared Ravich is a senior software engineer for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
Staff Report July 9, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Bees for Breakfast! Chihuahuas Sweep Salt Lake with 5-2 Win Sunday439
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Salt Lake Bees 5-2 Sunday at Southwest University Park, giving El Paso three consecutive wins over Salt Lake.
The Chihuahuas swept the Bees, their second series sweep of the year and their first since mid-June against Tacoma.
Jabari Blash went 1-for2 with a home run and a walk. The homer was his third in his last seven games. Franchy Cordero also homered, a towering fly ball that flew over the batter’s eye in the bottom of the third.
El Paso starter Bryan Rodriguez allowed only one run in seven innings of work, his longest start of the season.
Sunday was the final time the Chihuahuas and Bees will meet this season, with El Paso winning 10 of the 16 meetings this year. The Chihuahuas enter the Pacific Coast League all-star break in third place, five games behind first place Salt Lake.
Next Game:Thursday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso TBA vs. Reno TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (49-41), El Paso (44-46)
El Paso 5 Salt Lake 2 – Sunday
WP: Rodriguez (2-7)
LP: Meyer (0-1)
Photos by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report July 8, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Bust Bees Again 5-4; Blash Goes 3-for-3339
The El Paso Chihuahuas knocked off the Salt Lake Bees 5-4 Saturday to win their second consecutive game against the top team in the division.
Saturday’s contest was tied at three in the bottom of the sixth when Jabari Blash rocked a two-run double off the left field wall. The Bees scored once and put the tying run on at third base in the top of the ninth inning but Jason Jester got a game-ending groundout to clinch his second save in as many days.
Blash reached base four times Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Nick Buss had two more hits in four at bats and now has a .389 average as he nears the required number of plate appearances to qualify for the league batting title. Dusty Coleman went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the Chihuahuas’ win.
The Chihuahuas have now won three of their four series against Salt Lake this season. Also, El Paso has scored in the first inning in its last three games.
El Paso has won four of six games and with a victory Sunday would sweep the Bees in the final game before the Pacific Coast League all-star break.
Next Game:Sunday, 10:05 am at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 6.16) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-7, 6.09). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (49-40), El Paso (43-46)
El Paso 5 Salt Lake 4 – Saturday
WP: Magill (6-4)
LP: Scribner (9-3)
S: Jester (3)
Photos by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report July 7, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Squash Bees Early, Take 9-5 Win477
The El Paso Chihuahuas had a six-run first inning and never trailed after that in their 9-5 win over the Salt Lake Bees Friday night.
Michael Kelly allowed only one hit in five innings and picked up his first Triple-A win of the season. Diego Goris and Christian Villanueva both hit homers for El Paso, giving the Chihuahuas 10 home runs in their last six games.
The Bees entered Friday with the best fielding percentage in the Pacific Coast League but committed four errors in the loss.
The Chihuahuas are now seven games behind first place Salt Lake with two head to head matchups remaining before the Pacific Coast League all-star break.
El Paso has won three of its last five games overall and has an 8-6 record versus the Bees this year.
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Troy Scribner (9-2, 4.41) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (5-4, 4.02). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (49-39), El Paso (42-46)
El Paso 9 Salt Lake 5 – Friday
WP: Kelly (1-1)
LP: Diaz (3-6)
S: Jester (2)
Photos by El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer Andres Acosta