El Paso fell one run short of the biggest comeback in team history Thursday, as the Albuquerque Isotopes held on to beat the Chihuahuas 9-8.
El Paso trailed 9-0 in the fourth inning before eight unanswered runs got them within one. The team record for biggest comeback win is seven runs, set multiple times.
One night after hitting a home run in the RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game, Luis Urias hit his 18th regular season homer of the season for El Paso.
The Isotopes scored eight runs in the second inning, matching the most runs allowed in an inning this season by the Chihuahuas. Albuquerque’s Drew Weeks hit two homers in the inning to tie a Pacific Coast League record.
Former San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso had two RBIs for Albuquerque Thursday in his first game in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-5, 8.01) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Albuquerque 9 El Paso 8 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (38-53), El Paso (55-35)
WP: Howard (2-1) | LP: Keel (6-4) | S: Johnson (2) | Time: 3:33 | Attn: 7,596
Aderlin Rodriguez absolutely CRUSHED this 3 Run HR
The El Paso Chihuahuas had a hard time getting outs on Friday as the Dogs dropped the series opener against the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-3. El Paso pitchers gave up 12 hits and their hitters struggled to get hits – in two innings combined.
Starter Walker Lockett (4.98 ERA) struggled through 3 2/3 innings throwing 80 pitches and was charged with nine hits eight runs. The Chihuahuas kept pace with the ‘Topes until the fourth inning when an evening rain came and brought six Albuquerque runs with it.
El Paso reliever Kyle McGrath (3.23 ERA) came in for Lockett but the ‘Topes ended the fourth ahead 8-2.
Albuquerque added a run in the sixth inning when outfielder Mike Tauchman (.349 BA) tripled and was brought home by a Josh Fuentes (.331 BA) sacrifice fly to center field, ‘Topes 9-2.
El Paso gave the crowd a brief chance to cheer in the ninth inning when center fielder Forrestt Allday (.230 BA) tripled on a well-hit ball to right center with two outs. Infielder Luis Urias followed with a single and brought him home.
Hope fizzled soon after when infielder Carlos Asuaje (.338 BA) grounded out and ended the game, ‘Topes 10-3.
One of the few Chihuahuas highlights was Asuaje who with a single to center field in the third inning, had a nine-game hitting streak.
The winning pitcher was Nelson Gonzalez (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Lockett (3-7).
The El Paso Chihuahuas three-game winning streak ended Thursday, as the Albuquerque Isotopes won 5-2 at Southwest University Park. The Chihuahuas offense had 10 hits and three walks but left 12 runners on base.
El Paso took an early 1-0 lead when Jabari Blash started the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer to center field. It was Blash’s team-leading 20th home run. Albuquerque went ahead to stay with a three-run, eight-batter top of the fourth.
Former National League MVP Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Albuquerque.
Jordan Lyles had his best start as a Chihuahua Thursday, lasting five innings and allowing two earned runs. The Chihuahuas had excellent relief work from Christian Bethancourt and Adam Cimber, who combined on three perfect innings out of the bullpen.
Travis Jankowski was ejected after arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning, the Chihuahuas’ fifth ejection this season.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Zach Jemiola (5-3, 5.88) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (6-8, 4.95). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (61-63), El Paso (61-64)
Albuquerque 5 El Paso 2 – Thursday
WP: Carpenter (8-9)
LP: Lyles (0-1)
S: Estevez (2)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
Kyle Lloyd got his first Triple-A win Wednesday after allowing only one run in 6.2 innings, as the El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 2-1 at Southwest University Park.
The Chihuahuas moved past the Isotopes in the standings, into second place by themselves, two games behind first place Salt Lake. Albuquerque dropped to third, 2.5 games out of first.
Albuquerque’s Jordan Patterson hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, his sixth homer against El Paso this season in 12 games versus the Chihuahuas.
El Paso plated both of its runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Christian Villanueva and a sacrifice fly by Diego Goris.
The Chihuahuas have won three consecutive games and seven of their last 10. El Paso turned three double plays in the win.
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Ryan Carpenter (7-9, 4.50) vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 10.38). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (60-63), El Paso (61-63)
El Paso 2 Albuquerque 1 – Wednesday
WP: Lloyd (1-3)
LP: Howard (4-3)
S: Baumann (1)
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-2 Tuesday, winning their second straight game and sixth of their last nine.
The Chihuahuas scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, marking their second straight game with runs in at least three of the first four innings.
Travis Jankowski went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored atop the order for El Paso.
Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his third homer in his last four games. Schimpf has 34 home runs in 108 career games with the Chihuahuas. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his second homer of the homestand.
Chris Huffman collected his first Triple-A win, while Kevin Quackenbush saved his second consecutive game.
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Sam Howard (4-2, 3.88) vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-3, 7.03). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (60-62), El Paso (60-63)
El Paso 4 Albuquerque 2 – Tuesday
WP: Huffman (1-1)
LP: Flemer (7-7)
S: Quackenbush (2)
Photos by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored 12 unanswered runs in the second half of Sunday night’s game and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-5. The Isotopes won three of the four games in the series. El Paso went 3-5 on its eight-game road trip.
Manuel Margot went 1-for-3 with two walks, a two-run triple and two stolen bases in his fifth MLB injury rehab game.
El Paso starter Zach Lee pitched four perfect innings to begin his seventh start before Albuquerque reached base four times in the fifth. Chihuahuas reliever Carter Capps and manager Rod Barajas were ejected in the eighth inning after two illegal pitches were called on Capps.
They were the third and fourth ejections of the Chihuahuas season.
Sunday’s first pitch was delayed 19 minutes by inclement weather in the area.
Next Game:Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Tyler Beede (3-5, 5.40) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (37-38), Albuquerque (38-37)
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored six runs in the top of the 14th inning and beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 13-10 Saturday night and into Sunday morning. It set new Chihuahuas team records for most innings and longest time of game.
The two clubs tied the Pacific Coast League record for total players used with 40, a mark that had been met only three times previously in the PCL’s 114-year history.
The teams combined to use 19 different pitchers, which set a new league record, while Albuquerque became the first team in PCL history to use 10 pitchers in one game.
The five hour 35 minute game was also the longest in Isotopes history, a club that has been in existence since 2003. There were 43 hits in the game.
The 14-inning affair was the most innings in a game involving the Padres Triple-A affiliate since May 8, 2012 when the Tucson Padres lost in 16 innings at New Orleans.
The Chihuahuas trailed in the ninth inning before Tony Cruz hit an RBI single to tie the game, El Paso’s third ninth-inning comeback in Albuquerque this month.
The Chihuahuas appeared to be in control after Diego Goris hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning but Albuquerque’s Cristhian Adames homered in the bottom of the 11th to keep the game going. El Paso scored six runs on six hits in a 10-batter top of the 14th inning when Albuquerque was forced to use two position players as pitchers.
The Isotopes brought in three runs in the bottom of the 14th and had the tying run in the on deck circle when the marathon game concluded.
Next Game:Sunday, 6:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso Zach Lee (1-1, 5.32) vs. Albuquerque LHP Harrison Musgrave (2-1, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (37-38), Albuquerque (37-37)
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored in their first five innings Friday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-5. The Isotopes have taken the first two games of the four-game series.
Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, the eighth time in the last 10 games El Paso starting pitching has allowed a run or runs in the first inning.
San Diego lefty Christian Friedrich allowed six runs on six hits in a three-inning injury rehab start. El Paso relievers Carter Capps, Jason Jester and Logan Bawcom all pitched scoreless innings in the loss.
Infielder Jose Rondon went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles on the day he was transferred from Double-A San Antonio.
Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-4 with his first two Triple-A doubles this season and a walk. Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a long solo home run to left-center field in the sixth inning.
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso Tyrell Jenkins (4-8, 7.44) vs. Albuquerque RHP Jon Gray (MLB rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (36-38), Albuquerque (37-36)
Albuquerque held El Paso to three hits Thursday in the Isotopes’ 8-1 win over the Chihuahuas at Isotopes Park. It was the second time this season Albuquerque pitching limited El Paso to three hits or less.
San Diego Padres pitcher Jered Weaver allowed three runs on five hits in a three-inning injury rehab start. Weaver, the three-time Major League All-Star, is currently on San Diego’s DL with a hip injury.
El Paso’s lone run came on a solo home run by Nick Schulz, who has two Triple-A homers this year, with both coming in Albuquerque.
Former Padres minor leaguer Barry Enright held El Paso to one run in seven innings Thursday. All eight Albuquerque runs came with two outs. Rafael Ortega walked twice but did not get a hit, ending his hitting streak at 16 games, the longest by a Chihuahua this season.
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Christian Friedrich (MLB rehab) vs. Albuquerque LHP Sam Howard (0-0, 6.48). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (36-37), Albuquerque (36-36)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by multiple runs late in Wednesday and Thursday’s games and came back to win both times in Albuquerque.
For the second straight day, El Paso was down to its final strike Thursday before scoring twice in the ninth to go ahead and win by a run.
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Christian Villanueva hit a high home run over the left field wall to get El Paso within one. Rocky Gale doubled with one out in the top of the ninth and scored on River Stevens’ two-out, two-strike RBI single.
After a pinch-hit walk pushed Stevens to second, Rafael Ortega struck a single to center field to score Stevens with the go-ahead run. The ninth-inning rally came against Albuquerque closer Matt Carasiti, one of the top relievers in the Pacific Coast League.
The Chihuahuas took three of the four games in Albuquerque and have won two of their last three road series. Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill and second baseman Rafael Ynoa were both ejected arguing a check swing call after the bottom of the eighth.
Nick Buss went 2-for-4 in the win for El Paso.
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Dean Deetz (0-1, 27.00) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 5.63). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (29-32), Albuquerque (29-31)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by four runs in the seventh inning before coming back to win 6-5 in Albuquerque Wednesday night.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, El Paso had back-to-back doubles by Jabari Blash and Christian Villanueva to make it 5-2. RBI singles by Carlos Asuaje and Villanueva in the eighth got El Paso within one.
Then, with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth, Rafael Ortega lined an RBI single to center field to score Nick Buss with the tying run. Diego Goris raced home from third a few pitches later on a wild pitch.
The Isotopes had repeated chances to add runs late, leaving nine runners on base in their final five innings. Albuquerque loaded the bases with no outs in both the seventh and eighth innings but did not score either time.
Tony Cruz hit a solo home run in the third, his first homer in a Chihuahuas uniform. Villanueva and Buss had two hits each for El Paso. Logan Bawcom, Rafael De Paula and Phil Maton each threw a scoreless outing late to get out of jams and help the Chihuahuas comeback. Maton is now tied for the PCL lead in saves.
Next Game:Thursday, 12:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 5.21) vs. Albuquerque LHP Ryan Carpenter (2-5, 6.57). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-32), Albuquerque (29-30)
The El Paso Chihuahuas had an early three-run lead but weren’t able to pick up their third consecutive win, falling to the Albuquerque Isotopes 9-6 Tuesday.
Jabari Blash hit two home runs for El Paso, bringing his Triple-A season total to seven. It was the first multi-home run game by a Chihuahuas player since Jose Pirela on May 20 versus Oklahoma City.
River Stevens collected his first two Triple-A hits, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a hit by pitch. Stevens started at third base for El Paso one day after being transferred from Double-A San Antonio.
Carter Capps allowed one run in one inning in his return to the Chihuahuas bullpen on MLB rehab.
The Chihuahuas had two impressive outfield assists Tuesday. The first came when Diego Goris relayed a throw from left field in the second inning to cut down a runner at home plate and the second when Rafael Ortega started a double play in right center field by catching a fly ball then throwing to third base to nab the runner trying to tag up from second.
Next Game:Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-1, 5.84) vs. Albuquerque TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (27-32), Albuquerque (29-29)
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored 10 early runs and held off Albuquerque’s late comeback attempt in a 10-7 win Monday night at Isotopes Park. The Chihuahuas have won two games in a row.
El Paso brought in runs in each of the first four innings, including home runs on back-to-back pitches by Dusty Coleman and Nick Schulz in the second. It was the third set of back-to-back home runs by the Chihuahuas this season and marked the first Triple-A homer for Schulz.
Andre Rienzo pitched five shutout innings in his third spot start for El Paso. Chihuahuas lefty Keith Hessler picked up a one-pitch save after entering when Albuquerque brought the tying run to the plate in its three-run ninth-inning rally.
The Chihuahuas led 10-1 at the seventh inning stretch before the Isotopes’ late offense.
Rafael Ortega went 2-for-4 with two triples in the win. Rocky Gale, Diego Goris, Rienzo and Schulz had two hits also.
Next Game:Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (4-5, 6.51) vs. Albuquerque TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (27-31), Albuquerque (28-29)
The El Paso Chihuahuas were held to two hits in their 5-2 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night at Southwest University Park. It was only the fifth time in team history El Paso was limited to two hits.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Chihuahuas executed a double steal, with Carlos Asuaje running home from third on a throw to second base to tie the game.
El Paso went ahead one inning later on Franchy Cordero’s solo home run. It was the left-handed hitting Cordero’s fifth homer of the year, with three of them traveling out to left field.
The Chihuahuas lead was short-lived, as the Isotopes scored three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Jordan Patterson’s two run homer, his second longball of the series. Patterson had at least one RBI in all four games of the series.
The Chihuahuas lost three of the four games, El Paso’s first series loss since April 15-17 at Reno.
Next Game:Saturday, 5:35 pm at First Tennessee Park. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (2-2, 5.79) vs. Nashville RHP Daniel Gossett (0-2, 4.94). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (14-14), El Paso (13-16)
Albuquerque 5 El Paso 2 – Friday
WP: Jemiola (3-2)
LP: Magill (2-2)
S: Carasiti (6)
Photo Gallery courtesy Andres Acosta, Herald-Post Chief Photographer