The El Paso Chihuahuas mounted a dramatic rally in the ninth inning Thursday but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 11-10.
Trailing 11-8 in the bottom of the ninth, El Paso rattled off three consecutive singles and scored two runs on a wild pitch and a Jabari Blash sacrifice fly.
Christian Villanueva was at third base representing the tying run with one out but was stranded after a groundout to second base and a line drive back to the pitcher by the Chihuahuas.
Villanueva went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. He hit four homers in the four-game series. El Paso reliever Adam Cimber tossed two scoreless innings and hit a double in his first professional plate appearance.
Cimber was the second Chihuahuas pitcher to collect his first professional hit this homestand, with Dillon Overton doing the same on Monday. Diego Goris went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer, his sixth longball of the year.
The River Cats took three of four in the series, handing El Paso its second consecutive series loss.
In happier news, the franchise celebrated their 2 millionth fan through the gates Thursday night. Chihuahuas officials greeted Retired Army veteran, Jerry Sheppard as he and his family walked though the gates.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Erik Jokish (6-3, 5.25) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 5.90). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (32-46), El Paso (38-42)
Sacramento 11 El Paso 10 – Thursday
WP: Snelten (1-0)
LP: Quackenbush (2-1)
S: Law (1)