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
To celebrate its rich baseball history, the Chihuahuas are bringing the Diablos name back to El Paso where it belongs for Diablos Days Wednesdays at Southwest University Park
Fans will get the first crack at purchasing tickets for Diablos Days when individual game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m.
On Wednesdays in 2017 (excluding June 14th, the U.S. Army’s Birthday presented by GECU), the Chihuahuas will travel back to 1987 and wear retro El Paso Diablos uniforms. These throwbacks feature red pinstripes with yellow accents, red socks and red cap with that classic Diablos text.
“We are extremely proud and excited to bring this iconic name and look back under the control of Minor League Baseball and more importantly, El Paso, its true home,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.
Diablos Days features uniforms from the 1987 season in honor of the 30th anniversary and the success of the late-80s’ teams.
In 1986, the Diablos won the Texas League Pennant and in 1988, had a young prospect named Gary Sheffield. Sheffield went on to become a nine-time Major League Baseball All-Star, slugging 509 homeruns during his 22-season career.
On top of wearing Diablos uniforms, the Chihuahuas will resurrect some of the sights and sounds of the Dudley Dome.
Fans are encouraged to bring their handkerchiefs to wave “Bye Bye Baby” as the visiting pitcher gets taken out of the game, get their voices ready to shout “We Want A HIT!” and more.
A complete new videoboard look with Diablos themes will complete the transformation of Diablos Days.
In honor of the U.S. Army’s 242nd Birthday Celebration presented by GECU on Wednesday, June 14th, the team will wear its Chihuahuas camo jerseys to pay tribute to our troops in place of Diablos uniforms.
Wednesdays will continue to feature Seniors Eat Free presented by CBS 4, 92.3 The Fox, Jose, Tricolor and El Paso Inc. where Chihuahuas guests ages 60 years and older will receive a free Jumbo Hotdog Meal.
Also new to the Days of the Week lineup are Salute to Service Thursdays and Flat Screen Fridays.
On Thursdays starting on April 20th, the Chihuahuas will thank all military and first responders, past and present, for their commitment to the community. To receive the special rate of $10 ticket in Zone E and enjoy the Thrifty Thursday specials, service members will simply need to present the appropriate ID.
New to Fetch the Fun Fridays, the Chihuahuas will be giving away four flat-screen TVs at each of its 14 Friday home games! There are unlimited ways fans will be able to win these TVs: dance contests, social media trivia, rock/paper/scissors and more! Contestants will have to be present at the game to win!
Headlining the 2017 promotional schedule are a replica PCL Championship Ring giveaway presented by Southwest University (April 9th), Core Four Bobblehead Series presented by GECU: Carlos Asuaje (May 15th), Manuel Margot (June 26th), Austin Hedges (July 24th) and Hunter Renfroe (August 14th), 90’s Night (June 3rd) and the return of Way Out West Fest Night (August 12th), to name a few! A full list of 2017 promotions can be found at epchihuahuas.com.
Individual game tickets to the El Paso Chihuahuas 2017 regular season will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 4th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Durango Box Office at Southwest University Park.
The Chihuahuas will host a mini-Fan Fest for guests who purchase in-person on Saturday. Those in attendance between 10 a.m. and noon will have the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets on Saturday. Tickets will be available for purchase online at EPChihuahuas.com or over the phone starting at noon.
Season Seat Holders will be given the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1st with Paw-tial Plan Holders receiving the same pre-purchase benefit on Thursday, March 2nd. Members of the general public may fill out an interest form to receive a pre-purchase opportunity on Friday, March 3rd.
Season Seat Holders will be instructed via email as to how they can purchase their tickets. There is a six (6) ticket limit for Opening Night and July 3rd games. The ticket limit is per account and not based on the number of Season Seats purchased.
Beginning March 6th, the Durango Box Office will be open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Opening Day. The Santa Fe Box Office will be closed until Opening Day. Hours are subject to change.
Tickets are available starting at $5. Purchasers who buy in advance will enjoy a savings ranging from $2.00 – $3.00 per ticket on reserved seating versus purchasing on the day of the game.
The Chihuahuas Opening Day is Thursday, April 6th at 7:05 p.m. versus the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets), the start of a five game homestand. Season Seats, Paw-tial Plans, and Baseball 2 Business plans are on sale now. The Chihuahuas are also accepting group and hospitality reservations. For information on Corporate Partnerships, Season Seats, group rates and our new and unique hospitality areas, call (915) 533-BASE or visit EPChihuahuas.com.