FILE: The Chihuahuas are the only PCL team to reach the playoffs in both 2016 and 2017 and the first Padres’ Triple-A affiliate to win three straight division titles since the 1975-1977 Hawaii Islanders.
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)
El Paso 5 Sacramento 3 – Thursday
WP: Bethancourt (2-0)
LP: Sitton (5-2)
S: Capps (1)