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 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 September 11, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas PCL Championship Bound! Renfroe’s 2-Run Homer Lifts Dogs over Tacoma719
Pacific Coast League MVP Hunter Renfroe had the biggest hit of the Chihuahuas’ season in El Paso’s 5-4 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Saturday night.
It was El Paso’s third consecutive win to clinch the best of five series against Tacoma, sending the Chihuahuas to their first championship series in team history.
The Chihuahuas trailed 4-2 in the top of the seventh when a two-out error by Tacoma third baseman Zach Shank prolonged El Paso’s inning. The Chihuahuas took advantage later in the inning when Carlos Asuaje hit an RBI single to get within one.
Trailing by a run in the top of the eighth, Austin Hedges walked to begin the inning and scored one batter later when Renfroe hit a high home run that snuck over the left field wall and gave the Chihuahuas a 5-4 late advantage.
Tacoma had the potential tying runs on base in both the eighth and ninth innings but El Paso’s bullpen held on to secure the win.
The Chihuahuas outscored the Rainiers 24-11 in the series. El Paso’s back-to-back wins at Cheney Stadium were especially impressive, where Tacoma had a league best 46-26 home record during the regular season.
Renfroe went 3-for-4 with a double and the homer after starting the series 0-for-11. Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 Saturday and had nine hits in the four-game series.
Next Game: Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Southwest University Park. Pitching matchup and opponent TBA. Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report September 9, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Shutout Rainiers in Tacoma 7-0; Now Lead PCL Series 2 to 1544
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 7-0 Friday night at Cheney Stadium to take a two games to one lead in the best of five series.
El Paso would clinch a berth in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series with a win in either of the next two games in Tacoma. Friday’s win was the first shutout in Chihuahuas’ postseason history.
Austin Hedges hit a two-out RBI double in the top of the first inning, giving El Paso the first run of the game for the second consecutive contest. Hedges went 3-for-4 Friday after starting the series 1-for-10. One inning later, Jose Rondon belted a two-run home run, his first of the playoffs, and Nick Noonan scored on a Tacoma error to put El Paso ahead 4-0.
El Paso’s late insurance runs came on a solo home run by Noonan and two RBI singles by designated hitter Carlos Asuaje. Chihuahuas’ starter Bryan Rodriguez tossed five shutout innings. El Paso starters have allowed only one run in 11.1 innings over the last two games.
The Chihuahuas won Games 2 and 3 by a combined score of 14-1.
The Chihuahuas’ leadoff batter reached base in five of the first six innings Friday.
Next Game: Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Pacific Coast League playoffs at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, -.–) vs. Tacoma RHP Joe Wieland (0-0, -.–). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report September 7, 2016SportsComments Off on Story+Gallery: Tacoma Tops Chihuahuas in Extra Innings 6-5; Takes Lead 1-0 in PCL Playoffs431
The El Paso Chihuahuas had a two-run ninth-inning comeback to tie the Tacoma Rainiers but eventually lost 6-5 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League playoffs Wednesday night.
It was the first extra-inning postseason game in Chihuahuas’ team history.
The Rainiers scored three times on five hits against Frank Garces in the second, but the Chihuahuas got within one over the next three innings on an RBI single by Diego Goris and a solo home run by Manuel Margot. Trailing 5-2 in the sixth inning, the Chihuahuas got back within two when Tacoma shortstop Tyler Smith dropped a pop up with two runners on.
The Chihuahuas were down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth when Nick Noonan and Manuel Margot hit doubles on back-to-back pitches to get within one and put the tying run on second base with no outs. After Hunter Renfroe walked, Austin Hedges hit a hard ground ball to Tacoma second baseman Mike Freeman, who flipped to second base for the inning’s second out.
As the shortstop Smith tried to turn a game-ending double play, Renfroe’s hard slide forced a high throw and caused the tying run to score with two outs in the ninth inning.
El Paso had opportunities in extra innings, including having the winning run at second with one out in the bottom of the 11th, but Tacoma reliever Al Alburquerque retired Renfroe and Hedges to end the inning.
The Rainiers strung together three straight singles in the 12th, including an RBI single to left field by Zach Shank, the eventual game-winning hit.
Margot went 4-for-6 with all four hits coming after the fourth inning. The Chihuahuas went 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in the loss.
Next Game: Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Pacific Coast League playoffs at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Cody Martin (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.–). Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report August 6, 2016SportsComments Off on Story + Pics: Rainiers Survive Chihuahuas Rally, Win 7 to 5503
Former San Diego Padre and El Paso Chihuahua Joe Wieland put together his third strong start of the year against El Paso on Saturday, as the Rainiers beat the Chihuahuas 7-5.
Wieland has thrown 18.2 innings versus El Paso this season and allowed only four runs, striking out 24 and walking two.
Two nights after a five-hit game, Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Margot entered Saturday with the second most outfield assists in the Pacific Coast League and added another one in the top of the fourth inning, throwing out Tacoma’s Jesus Sucre on a play at the plate. Hector Sanchez and Nick Noonan both hit late home runs for El Paso.
El Paso is now on a rare stretch where the club has lost three of its last four series. The Rainiers won 10 of the 16 meetings between the two teams during the 2016 regular season. Tacoma had an excellent offensive series, piling up 58 hits in the four games.
Next Game: Sunday at 6:05 pm vs. Fresno at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (8-9, 3.12) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-5, 5.23). Game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report August 5, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Soak Up Rainiers 7-5, End 4 Game Skid483
The El Paso Chihuahuas won a back-and-forth game 7-5 Friday at Southwest University Park against the Tacoma Rainiers and in the process avoided their first five-game losing streak of the season. The game featured six different lead changes.
Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, with two of those RBI hits putting El Paso ahead at the time they occurred. Nick Torres, Diego Goris and Nick Noonan all had two hits for the Chihuahuas. Kevin Quackenbush threw two shutout innings of relief to get his first Triple-A win of the season.
Goris made a quick play on a ground ball that hit third base to end the game and give Keith Hessler his second save of the year.
Patrick Kivlehan went 0-for-3 with a run scored in his first game with the Chihuahuas after being claimed on waivers by San Diego earlier in the week. The win put El Paso in first place by 6.5 games with 30 games remaining in the regular season and the results of tonight’s Las Vegas 51s game still pending.
Next Game: Saturday at 7:05 pm vs. Tacoma at Southwest University Park. Tacoma TBA vs. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-7, 6.35). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report August 4, 2016SportsComments Off on Southwest Slugfest! Tacoma holds off Chihuahuas Comeback 16 to 15471
The Tacoma Rainiers held off El Paso’s second late comeback attempt Thursday and beat the Chihuahuas 16-15 in a chaotic game at Southwest University Park.
The Chihuahuas have lost four consecutive games for the first time since April 10-14, with the last three losses of that streak also coming against Tacoma.
Trailing 10-4 at the seventh inning stretch, the Chihuahuas pounded eight hits in a ten-batter span and scored six times to tie the game. The Rainiers immediately countered with six runs of their own to go ahead 16-10, before El Paso brought in three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth at the end of the one-run loss.
Manuel Margot went 5-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs, his first five-hit game and first multi-home run game at the Triple-A level. Margot had two extra-base hits while he was a triple shy of the cycle, doubling in the seventh inning and cranking his second homer in the ninth.
Hector Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and Nick Torres went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the loss. Hunter Renfroe and Diego Goris had three hits each and joined Margot as players who fell a triple shy of a cycle Thursday. The Chihuahuas led off the first three innings with home runs.
El Paso entered the game with a dependable .981 fielding percentage, good for fifth-best in the league, but made three errors Thursday leading to eight unearned runs.
Next Game: Friday at 7:05 pm vs. Tacoma at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Jarrett Grube (1-2, 3.83) vs. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (5-1, 4.70). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Sam Gaviglio shut down the El Paso Chihuahuas’ offense Wednesday for the second time in six days, as the Tacoma Rainiers won at Southwest University Park 9-2.
Gaviglio allowed one run in six innings, after pitching 7.2 scoreless innings against the Chihuahuas on July 29 at Cheney Stadium.
Rainiers’ first baseman D.J. Peterson went 5-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run to lead off the seventh inning. El Paso center fielder Auston Bousfield nearly made a leaping catch on the play, but the ball bounced sharply to the right field corner and Peterson rounded the bases without a play at the plate.
It was the second inside-the-park home run in Southwest University Park history, with the first coming on April 29, 2014 off the bat of Fresno’s Gary Brown.
Nick Torres went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning on his first at bat in El Paso. Carlos Asuaje and Nick Noonan also collected two hits in the loss. Infielder Taylor Lindsey came in to pitch and threw knuckleballs in a perfect ninth inning, his third pitching appearance of the season.
Next Game: Thursday at 7:05 pm vs. Tacoma at Southwest University Park. Tacoma TBA vs. El Paso RHP Aaron Northcraft (5-1, 4.70). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report July 29, 2016SportsComments Off on Dogs Drop Another to Tacoma 2 to 1, Lose 2nd Straight Series567
The Tacoma Rainiers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a late scoreless tie and then beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 2-1.
Tacoma’s runs came on a solo home run by Patrick Kivlehan and a two-out, two-strike RBI double by former Chihuahua Daniel Robertson.
The Rainiers’ insurance run proved valuable when the Chihuahuas scored once in the top of the ninth on Austin Hedges’ sacrifice fly.
Frank Garces hadn’t allowed any runs in seven innings before surrendering two in the eighth in the loss. Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio tossed 7.2 shutout innings in a no-decision for Tacoma.
The Rainiers took three of the five games, handing El Paso its second consecutive series loss, the first time the Chihuahuas have suffered back-to-back series losses since the first road trip of the season.
Neither team had a runner reach third base in the first seven innings of Friday’s pitchers’ duel and neither side issued a walk until the eighth. Friday’s time of game was quicker than both of Thursday’s seven-inning doubleheader games.
Next Game: Saturday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Aaron Northcraft (4-1, 4.73) vs. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (0-0, 2.57). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com.