Staff Report June 16, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Sweep Series: Take Down Tacoma 9-3944
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored seven runs in the first two innings and held on to their big lead in Friday’s 9-3 win over Tacoma. The Chihuahuas won all four games against the Rainiers, completing their first series sweep of the season.
It is also El Paso’s first four-game winning streak of the year.
Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs, his first multi-home run game of the year. Cruz didn’t have any homers in his first 21 games and now has hit three in his last three games.
Rafael Ortega went 1-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the second longest streak by a Chihuahua this year, behind only Jamie Romak’s 15-game streak. Christian Villanueva also homered as part of his 1-for-3 day.
El Paso brought in seven runs in the first two innings, with all of the runs driven in on two-out hits.
El Paso won five of the seven games on the homestand and the Chihuahuas have taken seven of their last nine games overall. The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since April 30.
Next Game:Saturday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (4-7, 7.46) vs. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (3-1, 5.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (35-31), El Paso (34-34)
Staff Report June 15, 2017SportsComments Off on Three In a Row: Chihuahuas Roll Over Rainiers 5-1383
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 5-1 Thursday, handing Tacoma its third consecutive loss. The Chihuahuas have taken the first three games of the four-game series, clinching their first home series win since the opening series of the season.
Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to right field. Schimpf is 4-for-16 with two homers and two singles since being optioned to El Paso. Hector Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI in an MLB injury rehab game for the Chihuahuas.
Rafael Ortega and Nick Buss had two hits each in the win, with Ortega extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
El Paso relievers Cesar Vargas, Rafael De Paula and Logan Bawcom tossed scoreless outings and stopped Tacoma from making a serious comeback attempt.
Chihuahuas catcher Rocky Gale nabbed former Chihuahua Ryan Jackson trying to steal second base in the seventh inning and has caught 45% of attempted base stealers this season, tops in the Pacific Coast League.
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 8.22) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (1-1, 6.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (35-30), El Paso (33-34)
Staff Report June 14, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Story: Asuaje’s Late Homer Breaks Tie, Chihuahuas Win 9-6273
Carlos Asuaje hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning to break a late tie and give the El Paso Chihuahuas a 9-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday night at Southwest University Park. The game featured five lead changes.
Rafael Ortega went 2-for-5 with two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Blash has six home runs in his last eight games and has joined Cody Decker and Hunter Renfroe as Chihuahuas to homer in four consecutive games.
Six different Chihuahuas had multi-hit games Wednesday. The Chihuahuas have won two games in a row and five of their last seven and are currently in third place, four games behind first place Salt Lake.
Next Game:Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Andrew Moore (3-2, 3.12) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 6.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (35-29), El Paso (32-34)
Staff Report June 13, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Story: Chihuahuas Top Tacoma 3-1 Tuesday Night270
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit two early home runs and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 3-1 Tuesday in Game 1 of a four-game series.
Rafael Ortega began the bottom of the first with a home run to right field, his fourth longball of the season and second that came to lead off a first inning for El Paso.
Dusty Coleman’s sacrifice fly in the second gave El Paso its second run and Christian Villanueva started the fourth inning with a homer, his seventh of the year, with all of them coming in his last 28 games.
Andre Rienzo allowed only one run in his six-inning start. Former Rainiers Carter Capps and Logan Bawcom pitched scoreless innings against their former club. Keith Hessler and Adam Cimber combined on a scoreless ninth, with Cimber picking up his first Triple-A save.
The quick-paced contest was El Paso’s shortest game by time this year.
Next Game:Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (0-3, 5.18) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 4.94).
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.
Staff Report April 19, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Dogs Don Diablos Unis; Down Tacoma 9-4442
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
Staff Report April 18, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Comeback Chihuahuas! Dogs Topple Tacoma 4-3682
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
Staff Report April 15, 2017SportsComments Off on Tacoma Takes Soggy Series with 2-1 Win Over Chihuahuas Friday Night466
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.
Staff Report April 14, 2017SportsComments Off on Dogs Split Doubleheader at Tacoma: Take 1st Game 1-0, Lose 2nd 5-0444
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
Staff Report April 11, 2017SportsComments Off on Tacoma Tops Chihuahuas 7-2; Dogs End 16 Inning Scoreless Streak588
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 Tacoma833
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 1618
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 Playoffs536
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 5632
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.