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FILE: The Chihuahuas and Rainiers split the four-game series and El Paso won nine of the 16 meetings between the teams in 2017

Tacoma Edges Chihuahuas 3-2; Dogs Return Home Thursday

The El Paso Chihuahuas had a late lead Tuesday but lost to the Tacoma Rainiers 3-2 at Cheney Stadium.

The Chihuahuas and Rainiers split the four-game series and El Paso won nine of the 16 meetings between the teams in 2017.

The Chihuahuas scored once each in the first and fourth innings to go ahead 2-0, the sixth consecutive game in which they took the first lead. Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chihuahuas reliever Jose Valdez surrendered a two-run home run inside the right field pole to Joey Wong, giving the Rainiers a 3-2 advantage.

The Chihuahuas had key opportunities to add runs in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs and in the eighth when they began the inning with three straight hits, but did not score in either frame.

Jordan Lyles had his longest and best start to date with El Paso, allowing only one run in 5.2 innings. Adam Cimber had his second scoreless outing of the series and Kevin Quackenbush pitched a 1-2-3 eighth out of the Chihuahuas bullpen.

The Chihuahuas do not play on Wednesday.

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento TBA vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (64-66), Tacoma (64-66)

Tacoma 3 El Paso 2 – Tuesday

WP: Kiekhefer (3-3)

LP: Valdez (3-4)

S: Gomez (1)

Time: 2:45

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One comment

  1. Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas let this win one get away when he replaced pitcher Adam Cimber with Jose Valdez. Adam Cimber is a very better pitcher while Jose Valdez is a mediocre pitcher.
    I guess that Rod Barajas don’t know how to use a winning strategy that you never replace your good pitchers while he is winning. It’s to late in the season to gamble when you are only one game away from tying for 1st place in the PCL Southern Division.
    Rod Barajas reminds me of then San Francisco Giants manager, Dusty Baker during the 2002 World Series when the Giants were winning and probably would had won the 2002 World Series. An Excellent pitcher by the Giants was replaced by a mediocre pitcher in the bottom of the 7th giving the Anaheim Angles the 2002 World Series Title. The only good thing is that the Las Vegas 51’s beat the Salt Lake Bees so that enables the El Paso Chihuahuas to stay one game behind the 1st place Bees in the PCL Southern Division.
    But time is running out and Rod Barajas should reconsider his strategy on who can pitch and who can’t pitch a game resulting into a win.

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