Photo Courtesy Wilson Tsoi | El Paso Chihuahuas
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.
Team Records: El Paso (3-1), Tacoma (1-3)
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
El Paso 5 Tacoma 4 – Saturday
WP: Baumann (1-0)
LP: Alburquerque (1-1)
S: Maton (1)