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Chihuahuas Unveil New Logos for 2019 Season

The El Paso Chihuahuas unveiled a new set of alternate logos and jerseys on Thursday ahead of the 2019 All-Star Season.

The unveiling included a new Howling Chihuahuas logo and two updated El Paso and “EP” marks. The Chihuahuas will also have a new look for Wednesday’s Diablos Days, as they bring back the Diablos’ “Chile D” Pepper logo worn by the El Paso Double-A team from 1999-2004.

“In our sixth season, the All-Star Season, it was time to add to the iconic family of Chihuahuas logos,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “These logos embody the fun we, and the community, associate with Chihuahuas baseball. We are also proud to add the star on the mountain to our primary road jersey.”

The Howling Chihuahuas logo features the profile of the Chihuahuas logo wearing a sombrero with “EP” across the brim signifying El Paso. A black alternate jersey will feature the Howling Chihuahuas with colorful trim on the sleeves similar to a serape – a traditional cloak or blanket in the Hispanic culture.

The Chihuahuas debuted a new road jersey, featuring a graduated gray landscape of the Franklin Mountains with the mountain star. The El Paso word mark has been updated from the original dual tones of white and tan to a clean and crisp white look. The enhanced word mark will also be featured on a new all black alternate jersey.

The Chihuahuas home jersey and red alternate jersey will remain the same.

Jerseys, apparel and some of the new logoed caps are now available for purchase at the Chihuahuas Durango Team Shop and online. The team shop is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. The jerseys are also available online.

The reveal also included the on-sale of the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby ticket bundles that will be made available to the general public on Cyber Monday.

Full Season Seat Holders will be given the first opportunity to purchase bundle packages to the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday.

For all ticketing information, prices and availability, interested fans can visit the Chihuahuas’ website.

Chihuahuas Announce 2019 All-Star Season Schedule

The El Paso Chihuahuas announced their 2019 season schedule, including the dates for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star game.

The season kicks off in El Paso on April 4th versus the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) at Southwest University Park.

The 140-game schedule includes the 32nd edition of the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Southwest University Park, July 8-10, in a nationally televised game. The game includes a number of events including the Home Run Derby.

“The Chihuahuas ownership and staff are looking forward to the All-Star season filled with new promotions, fun and events. Our sixth season will also see our 3-millionth fan!” said Sr. Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.

As members of the Pacific Coast League’s (PCL) Pacific Conference, the Chihuahuas will face Albuquerque, Fresno, Las Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake and Tacoma four times, twice each in home-and-away series.

The Chihuahuas will take on each member of the American Conference once, including visits to Iowa (June 4-6), Omaha (June 7-10), Nashville (July 30-August 1) and Memphis (August 2-5).  Round Rock will visit El Paso in a three game series, August 7-9, and San Antonio, who will make the move from Double-A to Triple-A in 2019, will follow, August 10-13.

Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th in a five game home series vs. the Las Vegas 51s to kick-off a 12-game April home schedule that includes Easter Sunday on April 21st. The Chihuahuas will play 15 home games in May and June, including Father’s Day on June 16th, 10 home games in July and finish the home season on Thursday, August 29th.

The regular season ends in Sacramento on Labor Day, September 2nd.

The Chihuahuas ended their Fifth Season Celebration with their fourth consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division title, won 82 games – the most since making the move to El Paso, and welcomed more than 500,000 fans through the Southwest University Park gates for the fifth consecutive season.

The Chihuahuas are currently taking deposits for 2019 Season Seats, Groups and Premium Hospitality Events. All patrons who purchase Season Seats and Paw-tial Plans, as well as any groups who place deposits, will receive priority purchase for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.

For more information call (915) 533-BASE, email tickets@epchihuahuas.com, or visit EPChihuahuas.com.

Individual game ticket sales, game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.

2019 Chihuahuas Schedule

DATE                                       TEAM                                                   AFFILIATE

April 4-8                                  Las Vegas 51s                                 New York Mets

April 9-11                               at Tacoma Rainiers                       Seattle Mariners

April 12-15                             at Reno Aces                                   Arizona Diamondbacks

April 16-18                             Tacoma Rainiers                            Seattle Mariners

April 19-22                             Reno Aces                                        Arizona Diamondbacks

April 24-28                             at Las Vegas 51s                             New York Mets

April 29-May 2                      at Fresno Grizzlies                         Houston Astros

May 3-6                                   Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

May 7-10                                 Albuquerque Isotopes                  Colorado Rockies

May 11-14                              at Sacramento River Cats            San Francisco Giants

May 16-20                              at Albuquerque Isotopes             Colorado Rockies

May 21-24                              Reno Aces                                        Arizona Diamondbacks

May 25-May 28                     at Fresno Grizzlies                         Houston Astros

May 29-June 2                       Tacoma Rainiers                            Seattle Mariners

June 4-6                                   at Iowa Cubs                                   Chicago Cubs

June 7-10                                at Omaha Storm Chasers              Kansas City Royals

June 12-14                              New Orleans Baby Cakes             Miami Marlins

June 15-18                              Oklahoma City Dodgers               Los Angeles Dodgers

June 20-24                              at Tacoma Rainiers                       Seattle Mariners

June 25-28                              Sacramento River Cats                 San Francisco Giants

June 29-July 3                        Fresno Grizzlies                             Houston Astros

July 4-7                                    at Salt Lake Bees                            Los Angeles Angels

July 8-10                                 Triple-A All-Star Game              El Paso, Texas

July 11-14                               Albuquerque Isotopes                  Colorado Rockies

July 15-18                               at Reno Aces                                   Arizona Diamondbacks

July 19-21                               at Albuquerque Isotopes             Colorado Rockies

July 23-25                               at Las Vegas 51s                             New York Mets

July 26-28                               Las Vegas 51s                                 New York Mets

July 30-August 1                    at Nashville Sounds                       Oakland A’s

August 2-5                              at Memphis Redbirds                    St. Louis Cardinals

August 7-9                              Round Rock Express                     Texas Rangers

August 10-13                         San Antonio Missions                   Milwaukee Brewers

August 15-18                         at Salt Lake Bees                            Los Angeles Angels

August 19-21                         Fresno Grizzlies                             Houston Astros

August 22-25                         Sacramento River Cats                 San Francisco Giants

August 26-29                         Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

August 30-September 2      at Sacramento River Cats            San Francisco Giants

 

 2019 Chihuahuas Home Schedule

DATE                                       TEAM                                                   AFFILIATE

April 4-8                                  Las Vegas 51s                                 New York Mets

April 16-18                             Tacoma Rainiers                            Seattle Mariners

April 19-22                             Reno Aces                                        Arizona Diamondbacks

May 3-6                                   Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

May 7-10                                 Albuquerque Isotopes                  Colorado Rockies

May 21-24                              Reno Aces                                        Arizona Diamondbacks

May 29-June 2                       Tacoma Rainiers                            Seattle Mariners

June 12-14                              New Orleans Baby Cakes             Miami Marlins

June 15-18                              Oklahoma City Dodgers               Los Angeles Dodgers

June 25-28                              Sacramento River Cats                 San Francisco Giants

June 29-July 3                        Fresno Grizzlies                             Houston Astros

July 8-10                                 Triple-A All-Star Game              El Paso, Texas

July 11-14                               Albuquerque Isotopes                  Colorado Rockies

July 26-28                               Las Vegas 51s                                 New York Mets

August 7-9                              Round Rock Express                     Texas Rangers

August 10-13                         San Antonio Missions                   Milwaukee Brewers

August 19-21                         Fresno Grizzlies                             Houston Astros

August 22-25                         Sacramento River Cats                 San Francisco Giants

August 26-29                         Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

 

Affiliations are current as of September 11th.  |  Dates subject to change.  |   Times and promotions to be determined in the future.

2019 Home Schedule Breakdown

By Month

April                              12

May                                15

June                               15

July                                10

August                           18

 

By Day of the Week

Sunday                          10

Monday                        8

Tuesday                        9

Wednesday                  10

Thursday                      11

Friday                           12

Saturday                       10

 

By Team

Albuquerque                 8

Fresno                            8

Las Vegas                       8

New Orleans                 3

Oklahoma City              4

Reno                                8

Round Rock                  3

Sacramento                   8

Salt Lake                        8

San Antonio                   4

Tacoma                          8

Grizzlies End Chihuahuas’ Season with 10-1 Win

The Fresno Grizzlies defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-1 Sunday night to take the fifth and deciding game of the Pacific Conference Finals.

Sunday was the first time in the five-game series the home team won. The Chihuahuas took the first lead of the game on a second-inning RBI single by Raffy Lopez before Fresno’s 10 unanswered runs.

Sunday was the only game of the series that was not settled by one or two runs.

Sunday was the second consecutive year that the Chihuahuas’ season ended on a decisive fifth game, after falling to Memphis in the finale of the 2017 PCL Championship Series.

El Paso is now 14-12 all-time in postseason games.

The Grizzlies will advance to play the Memphis Redbirds in the PCL Championship Series.

Fresno 10 El Paso 1 – Sunday:  WP: Dykxhoorn (1-0)  |  LP: Lockett (0-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:49  |  Attn: 7,588

Box Score    |    Team Records: El Paso (2-3), Fresno (3-2)

Chihuahuas Notes: Five Years of Honors

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AWARDS

2014

  • MiLB Clash of the Caps Winner
  • Top-10 Finish in Mascot Mania
  • Andy Beggs, PCL Turf Management Finalist
  • Brad Taylor, PCL Executive of the Year Finalist
  • MiLB Promotion of the Year

2015

  • Andy Beggs, PCL Turf Management of the Year

2016

  • Nate Jones, PCL Turf Management Finalist
  • Lizette Espinosa, PCL Female Executive of the Year, MiLB Finalist
  • El Paso Chihuahuas, PCL Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award, MiLB Finalist
  • Hunter Renfroe, MiLB Top Offensive Player
  • Kyle McGrath, MiLB Top Relief Pitcher
  • El Paso Chihuahuas recipient of the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award

2017

  • Travis Howard, PCL Turf Management of the Year
  • El Paso Chihuahuas recipient of the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award

2018

  • Travis Howard, PCL Turf Management of the Year

 

TEAM AWARDS

2015

  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division Champions

2016

  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division Champions
  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference Champions
  • Pacific Coast League Champions

2017

  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division Champions
  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference Champions

2018

  • Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division Champions

 

PLAYER AWARDS

2014

  • Yeison Asencio, Cody Decker, Jason Lane, Rymer Liriano & Colin Rea named Padres Organization All-Stars
  • Jonathan Galvez Triple-A All-Star

2015­­

  • Rocky Gale, Cody Decker, Brett Wallace, Jake Goebbert, Alex Dickerson, Travis Jankowski, Rymer Liriano, & Colin Rea named Padres Organization All-Stars
  • Cody Decker Triple-A All-Star
  • Alex Dickerson Named Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year
  • Cody Decker named PCL Player of the Week on May 11, 2015
  • Marcos Mateo named PCL Pitcher of the Week on June 15, 2015
  • Chris Smith named PCL Pitcher of the Week on August 3, 2015

2016

  • Carlos Asuaje, Manny Margot, & Hunter Renfroe named to MLB’s Futures Game
  • Carlos Asuaje, Casey McElroy, & Hunter Renfroe named Triple-A All-Stars
  • Carlos Asuaje, Austin Hedges, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe Named to All-Pacific Coast League Team
  • Carlos Asuaje named Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year
  • Hunter Renfroe named Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player
  • Manuel Margot named Pacific Coast League Championship Series Most Valuable Player
  • Austin Hedges, Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero, Dinelson Lamet, Kyle McGrath named Padres Organization All-Stars
  • Casey McElroy named PCL Player of the Week on May 9, 2016
  • Ryan Schimpf named PCL Player of the Week on June 6, 2016
  • Daniel McCutchen named PCL Pitcher of the Week on June 13, 2016
  • Austin Hedges named PCL Player of the Week on June 27, 2016 and July 4, 2016

2017

  • Nick Buss named Triple-A All-Star
  • Jamie Romak named PCL Player of the Week on April 24, 2017
  • Christian Villanueva named PCL Player of the Week on May 22, 2017
  • Christian Villanueva named PCL Player of the Week on July 3, 2017
  • Bryan Rodriguez named PCL Pitcher of the Week on August 7, 2017
  • Hunter Renfroe named PCL Player of the Week on August 28, 2017
  • Christian Villanueva, Franchy Cordero, Rafael Ortega, Jabari Blash, Nick Buss, and Chris Huffman named Padres Organization All-Stars

2018

  • Brett Kennedy & Luis Urias named Triple-A All-Stars
  • Luis Urias named to MLB’s Futures Game
  • Luis Urias named to the All-Pacific Coast League Team
  • Brett Nicholas named PCL Player of the Week on April 23, 2018
  • Travis Jankowski named PCL Player of the Week on April 30, 2018
  • Franmil Reyes named PCL Player of the Week on May 7, 2018
  • Forrest Allday named PCL Player of the Week on July 9, 2018

Comeback Chihuahuas! Dogs Draw Even with 4-2 Win over Fresno, Force Game 5

After being held scoreless on one hit through six innings Saturday, the El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for five consecutive hits and four runs in the top of the seventh inning and beat the Fresno Grizzlies 4-2.

It was the Chihuahuas’ second consecutive win to tie the best-of-five series 2-2.

Fresno scored in the top of the first inning and the Grizzlies’ 1-0 lead held until the Chihuahuas’ seventh-inning rally. Saturday was the first time in the series the team that scored first didn’t win the game.

Colin Rea pitched well in a no-decision for El Paso, allowing only one run in 5.1 innings.  Brett Nicholas went 2-for-4 with a double and a game-tying RBI single.

Recently-promoted El Paso reliever Gerardo Reyes pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save in as many nights.

The winner of Sunday’s game will face Memphis or Oklahoma City in a best-of-five series for the Pacific Coast League championship.

El Paso 4 Fresno 2 – Saturday – WP: Wieck (1-1)  |  LP: Sneed (0-1)  |  S: Reyes (2)  |  Time: 2:44  |  Attn: 5,116

Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (2-2), Fresno (2-2)

Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round, Game 5 – Sunday, 6:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHPWalker Lockett (0-0, 9.64) vs. Fresno RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (0-0, -.–).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com.

Stayin’ Alive: Chihuahuas Blank Fresno 2-0

The El Paso Chihuahuas shut out the Fresno Grizzlies 2-0 Friday in Game 3 of the best-of-five playoff series to keep their season alive.

The Chihuahuas now trail Fresno two games to one.

Allen Craig hit a two-run double over right fielder Kyle Tucker in the first inning to bring in the only two runs of the game.

It was the third shutout win in Chihuahuas’ postseason history, with September 9, 2016 at Tacoma and September 15, 2017 versus Memphis being the others.

Cal Quantrill pitched six shutout innings for the Chihuahuas Friday in the first playoff start of his professional career.

The Chihuahuas’ bullpen was able to leave five Fresno runners on base in the final three innings of the game. El Paso has had eight hits or more in all three games of the series.

The Chihuahuas are now 4-0 all-time in the third game of the Conference Finals (the first round of the PCL playoffs).

El Paso 2 Fresno 0 – Friday : WP: Quantrill (1-0)  |  LP: Armenteros (0-1)  |  S: Reyes (1)  |  Time: 2:51  |  Attn: 9,902

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (1-2), Fresno (2-1)

Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round, Game 4 – Saturday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Colin Rea (0-0, -.–) vs. Fresno RHP Cy Sneed (0-0, -.–).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Video+Story: Grizzlies Survive Dogs’ Rally 7-5; Chihuahuas Trail 2-0 in Series

The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday but lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 in Game 2 of the Pacific Conference Finals.

The Grizzlies now hold a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.

Ty France went 4-for-5 with three RBIs for El Paso and is hitting .667 through the first two games of the series.

The Chihuahuas had double-digit hit totals in both games of the series. This is the second time Fresno has taken a 2-0 playoff series lead over El Paso, as the 2015 Grizzlies did the same thing in an eventual four-game series win.

The Grizzlies, who set the single-season league strikeout record in 2018, struck out 15 Chihuahuas on Thursday. The Chihuahuas are now 12-10 all-time in playoff games.

Fresno 7 El Paso 5 – Thursday WP: Thornton (1-0)  |  LP: Allen (0-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:38  |  Attn: 5,215

Box Score  |  Team Records: Fresno (2-0), El Paso (0-2)

Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round, Game 3 – Friday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (0-0, -.–) vs. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Video courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas

Gallery+Video+Story: Grizzlies Get By Chihuahuas in Extra Innings 8-7

The Fresno Grizzlies (1-0) survived the El Paso Chihuahuas (0-1) 8-7 in 10 innings in game one of the PCL Pacific Championship Wednesday night from Southwest University Park.

Fresno improved to 6-6 in extra frames and 26-11 in 2018 set openers. Brendan McCurry (1-0) enjoyed the victory after one and one-third innings of shutout ball. Brad Wieck (0-1) suffered the decision despite whiffing two in one-plus frames.

Fresno jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first. After a pair of free passes and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Yordan Alvarez scorched a two-run double to left. Both Kyle Tuckerand Jack Mayfield came around to score. Then, an error and fielder’s choice plated two more for the Grizzlies.

In the bottom of the second, El Paso cut the deficit to 4-3. Allen Craig crushed a pitch to dead center. The solo shot was his first of the postseason. Three batters later, Dusty Coleman connected on a pitch and powered it over the left-center wall. His first homer of the series knocked in a pair.

An eight-hitter bottom of the third put the Chihuahuas up 5-4. Ty France (2-for-4) spanked a single to center, adding Forrestt Allday. Then, Brett Nicholas (2-for-4) stroked a single to right, knocking in France.

Tucker evened the contest at five in the top of the fifth when he sprinted home on a wild pitch. Later, Nick Tanielu (2-for-4) made it 7-5 Fresno when he rocketed a two-run clout to left field. It was his first of the playoffs. That would end the evening for El Paso righty Walker Lockett. He was charged with seven runs (five earned) on four hits, five walks and three strikeouts in four and two-thirds frames.

On the other side, Brady Rodgers departed after four innings. He scattered six hits, five runs (earned), while walking three and punching out four. Ralph Garza followed Rodgers and flung two scoreless frames, whiffing one. Riley Ferrell mustered one and two-thirds innings of shutout relief, too.

A two-run bottom of the seventh by the Chihuahuas knotted the score at seven. Raffy Lopez (2-for-5) found green grass to right, notching Shane Peterson. Then, a sacrifice fly to deep center by Coleman allowed Craig to waltz home.

Myles Straw provided the Grizzlies with an 8-7 lead in the top of the tenth. He roped a single to right, inching Alex De Goti home. With the one-run advantage, Matt Ramsey fanned Nicholas with two runners on to end the ballgame. He secured his first save in the process.

Garrett Stubbs recorded two hits and a walk in the win. Both teams combined for 15 walks, four hit batters and 17 punchouts.

Both squads continue the PCL Pacific Championship series with game two Thursday evening from Southwest University Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PT. Fresno RHP Trent Thornton (0-0, 0.00) and El Paso LHP Logan Allen (0-0, 0.00) are the probable matchup.

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post 

Story Courtesy MiLB.com | Video courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas

Video+Gallery+Story: Tacoma Tops Chihuahuas 5-4; Playoffs Start Wednesday

The El Paso Chihuahuas might have lost 5-4 to the Tacoma Rainiers in the season’s last game on Monday, but they were still the 2018 PCL Pacific Southern Division champions for the fourth consecutive year.

El Paso started strong in the first inning with a two-run double by left fielder Shane Peterson (.286 BA), Peterson ended the season with a 12-game hitting streak, El Paso 2-0.

The Dogs were gifted a run by Tacoma starter Casey Lawrence in the second inning when Forrestt Allday (.281 BA) smacked a two-out gentle roller near the mound with Brett Nicholas (.291 BA) on third base.

Allday sped toward first and Lawrence, undoubtedly pressured, slipped as he reached for the ball and couldn’t get a grip. Allday reached and Nicholas scored, El Paso 3-0.

Tacoma was determined to get those runs back in the third inning when catcher Cameron Rupp (a 6-foot-2-inch monster of a ball player with 260 pounds on him) smashed a fast ball off of El Paso starter Colin Rea (5.08 ERA) that ended up somewhere over the big green wall in center field – with two runners on base. The game was tied and the crowd of 7,523 grew quiet.

Fresh off of a 17 home-game winning streak, the Chihuahuas came back to smack Lawrence around in the third inning. Top prospect Francisco Mejia (.328 BA) doubled to the right field corner and moved to third on a Ty France groundout. Peterson, who had three RBIs in the game, smacked a single to right field and brought in Mejia, El Paso 4-3.

Unfortunately for El Paso, Lawrence (3.31 ERA) gave way to the Tacoma bullpen in the fourth inning and the Dogs’ fortune went with him. The Chihuahuas were hitless against the bullpen, striking out seven times and only getting on base once in the ninth with a walk.

Tacoma on the other hand, added runs in the fourth and seventh innings, Tacoma 5-4.

The winning pitcher was Trevor Frank (1-0) and the losing pitcher was hop-stepper Carter Capps (1-1). Daniel Schlereth earned his first save with a fly-ball out to left and two strikeouts.

Now the focus changes, as the Dogs will begin the best-of-five first-round playoff series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Southwest University Park against the Fresno Grizzlies – the Houston Astros’ AAA affiliate. The series promises to be an exciting match-up for El Paso, who went 7-9 against Fresno in the regular season.

Tacoma 5 El Paso 4 – Monday: WP: Frank (1-0)  |  LP: Capps (1-1)   |  S: Schlereth (1)  |  Time: 2:35  |  Attn: 7,523

Box Score   |   Team Records: Tacoma (65-73), El Paso (82-57)

Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round – Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Brady Rodgers (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Video & Stats courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas

Video+Story: Playoff-Bound Chihuahuas Soak Up Rainiers 9-4

The playoffs-bound El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 9-4 on Sunday in a no-nonsense style poised for post-season success.

The Dogs came in hot from losing a 17 home-game winning streak on Saturday and established their dominance early and never looked back. El Paso put three runs on the board against Tacoma starter David Rollins in the first inning by stringing hits together. Rollins faced eight Chihuahuas and gave up five singles and three RBIs, El Paso 3-0.

The assault on Rollins (9.61 ERA) continued in the bottom of the second with a two-run shot that was launched off of Francisco Mejia’s bat and straight into the glove of a fan on the Peter Piper Pizza Porch.

Three consecutive singles brought in one more run and Rollins finally managed to get out of the inning by striking out Dusty Coleman, El Paso 6-0.

Tacoma showed a little life in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Seth Mejias-Brean (.266 BA), El Paso 6-1.

El Paso answered in their half of the fourth inning by loading the bases with no outs before Allen Craig hit into a double play but brought in Mejia to make it El Paso 7-1.

The Rainiers came back in the seventh and eighth and threw up another three inconsequential runs making it El Paso 7-4.

The fiery dogs came back in the eighth and added another couple of runs just to remind the Rainiers who was on top and go to the ninth with a five-run lead, El Paso 9-4.

El Paso righty Kyle Lloyd set them down in order in ninth inning and giving teammate Cal Quantrill (3-1) the win and Rollins his third loss.

After Monday’s final game in the Tacoma series, El Paso (82-56) will begin their quest for the 2018 PCL title against the Fresno Grizzlies (81-57) on Wednesday.

Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post / Video and Stats Courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas

El Paso 9 Tacoma 4 – Sunday: WP: Quantrill (3-1)  |  LP: Rollins (0-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:40  |  Attn: 9,831

Box Score   |   Team Records: Tacoma (65-73), El Paso (82-56)

Next Game: Monday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Casey Lawrence (7-4, 2.58) vs. El Paso RHP Colin Rea (3-2, 5.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Video+Story: Tacoma Tops Chihuahuas in Extra Innings 5-4

It might have been “Harry Potter” night on Saturday at Southwest University Park, but there was no more magic for the El Paso Chihuahuas in their 5-4 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers.

The loss was a bit of a surprise to most of the 9,559 muggles who were undoubtedly there to watch the playoff-bound Dogs win their 18th consecutive home game, but instead saw the Rainiers conjure up a 10th-inning rally.

Tacoma scored four of their five runs via the long ball. The first home run came in the third inning and was a monster that left so fast and high over the Peter Piper Pizza deck in left field, that most of the people in that area seemed unaware a rocket was hit toward them, Tacoma 2-0.

The fiery Chihuahuas came back in their half of the fourth inning and put up four runs of their own to take the lead. The first two runs came from a Francisco Mejia (.301 BA) two-run blast into the Big Dog House in right field and tied the game at 2.

Third baseman Dusty Coleman (.201 BA) came up big with a blooper to center field that scored two more runs for the Dogs, El Paso 4-2.

Tacoma whittled away at the lead with a home run over the right field corner in the sixth inning, and tied it up in the eighth inning with another blast into the Big Dog House in right field.

The Dogs were muzzled in the ninth and were forced into extra innings.

Tacoma started out the 10th inning with a runner on second base – as per the new MILB rule intended to expedite the game. One pitch by Chihuahuas reliever Kyle McGrath (2.75 ERA) to the lead-off man Gordon Beckham (.303 BA) brought that runner home, Tacoma 5-4.

El Paso seemed destined to win this game, too. But, well, the magic was not there. The Chihuahuas loaded the bases with no outs in their half of the 10th inning but the next two batters failed to get the ball out of the infield and the game ended with a 4-3 double play.

The winning pitcher was Mike Morin (5-2) and the losing pitcher was McGrath (7-3). Ryan Garton earned his third save despite loading the bases with a passed ball and a walk.

Story by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post  |  Stats/Video courtesy EP Chihuahuas

Tacoma 5 El Paso 4 – Saturday – 10 Innings :WP: Morin (5-2) | LP: McGrath (7-3) | S: Garton (4) | Time: 2:54 | Attn: 9,559

Box Score  |  Team Records: Tacoma (64-72), El Paso (81-55)

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP David Rollins (0-2, 7.88) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (2-1, 3.81). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Video+Story: Chihuahuas Rally Rains on Tacoma’s Parade, Dogs Win 7-6

The El Paso Chihuahuas were doing something Friday they hadn’t done in more than 40 days: losing a game at home. But thanks to the Big Dog in the sky, the Chihuahuas magically beat the Tacoma Rainiers 7-6.

The Dog’s ninth-inning heroics kept their home-game winning streak alive at 17.

The Chihuahuas (81-55) have already clinched a playoff berth and really could have just played casually without giving this game much thought. And a loss seemed likely in a game that was full of peculiarities including an El Paso home run that appeared fair to everyone in the park but one umpire.

El Paso starter Walker Lockett (4.73 ERA) kept the Tacoma lineup at one run until the fifth inning when the Rainiers threw up five runs. Lockett gave way to righty T.J. Weir who restored order and got the final out to end the inning, Tacoma 6-0.

Tacoma starter Ross Detwiler (4.89 ERA) went seven strong innings keeping El Paso scoreless until the fifth, when right fielder Forrestt Allday singled in a run to center field, Tacoma 6-1. There could have been another two runs on what appeared to be a Nick Schulz home run down the left field line that looked like it sailed fair past the foul pole then curved behind it.

The crowd of 9,178 amateur umpires in the stands let official umps hear it.

El Paso catcher Raffy Lopez was tossed after the umpires objected to reliever Carter Capps’ unusual wind-up motion. Capps has used a “hop-step” delivery for most, if not all, of his career and has stirred controversy for years. El Paso manager Rod Barajas was tossed shortly after Lopez, apparently also arguing in favor of Capps’ style.

Capps changed his motion and walked a batter to allow lefty Brad Wieck to finish warming up.

The Dogs started to growl again in the eighth inning with a two-run Ty France long ball that bounced off the third deck of the Dog House in right center field, Tacoma 6-3.

Wieck (3.63 ERA) was lights-out in his two innings of work, allowing only two hits but striking out six batters.

And then the magic.

First baseman Brett Nicholas led off the ninth inning with a home run that bounced of the Dog House – within a few feet of where France’s blast had hit the inning before, Tacoma 6-4. Dusty Coleman doubled down the left field line. Auston Bousfield popped a looper over the second baseman’s glove to put runners on the corners.

Schulz, who was apparently robbed of that home run in the fifth, hit a sinking liner to center field that was caught but brought home the speedy Coleman, El Paso 6-5.

Allday walked and moved Bousfield to second base. France came up as the Dogs’ last hope to keep the streak alive with two outs. He hit a long fly ball that appeared to be headed to that same spot on the Dog House he had already marked and the Rainier center fielder chased after it and threw up his arm to catch it. The ball slipped through and fell at the base of the wall, El Paso walked off 7-6.

The winning pitcher was Wieck (3-0) the losing pitcher was Tyler Higgins (1-1).

By Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

El Paso 7 Tacoma 6 – Friday – WP: Wieck (3-0) | LP: Higgins (1-1) | S: None | Time: 2:59 | Attn: 9,178

Box Score   |   Team Records: Tacoma (64-72), El Paso (81-55)

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Christian Bergman (8-10, 5.00) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (4-0, 0.82). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Grizzlies Top Chihuahuas 5-1; Peterson Hitting Streak Now at 10 Games

The Fresno Grizzlies beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-1 Thursday to give El Paso its first series loss since July 12-15 versus Reno.

Fresno won two of the three games but the Chihuahuas won four of seven on their road trip.

Luis Perdomo allowed three runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings in his second MLB injury rehab start for the Chihuahuas. Kyle Lloyd and Dillon Overton pitched scoreless relief outings following Perdomo’s start.

Brady Rodgers threw seven shutout innings for Fresno Thursday, facing the minimum number of Chihuahuas’ batters through the first five innings.

El Paso’s lone run came on an RBI double by Shane Peterson, who went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The Chihuahuas remain one victory behind the Memphis Redbirds for most wins in the Pacific Coast League this season.

Fresno 5 El Paso 1 – Thursday – WP: Rodgers (3-3)  |  LP: Perdomo (6-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:52  |  Attn: 7,859

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (80-55), Fresno (79-56)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5, 5.21 vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (5-9, 4.69). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Chihuahuas Skin Grizzlies 6-3; Dogs Reach 80-Win Season

The El Paso Chihuahuas reached 80 wins in a season for the first time after beating the Fresno Grizzlies 6-3 Wednesday night at Chukchansi Park.

Colin Rea pitched five shutout innings for El Paso, allowing only one hit. Rowan Wick picked up his ninth save of the year to surpass Robert Stock for the 2018 team lead.

Shane Peterson went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the sixth inning, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Peterson has 17 hits during the nine games.

Carlos Asuaje went 2-for-3 with a walk in his first game back since being optioned by San Diego.

Fresno struck out 12 El Paso batters Wednesday and to reach 1,281 this year, setting the Pacific Coast League single-season record.

With Wednesday’s win, the Chihuahuas now have a 45-23 road record.

El Paso 6 Fresno 3 – Wednesday: WP: Rea (3-2)  |  LP: Dykxhoorn (5-3)  |  S: Wick (9)  |  Time: 2:58  |  Attn: 6,012

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (80-54), Fresno (78-56)

Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (6-2, 3.52) vs. Fresno RHP Brady Rodgers (2-3, 6.62). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Grizzlies Grill Chihuahuas 9-4; Mejia, Bousfield Go Long in Loss

The Fresno Grizzlies scored eight runs by the end of the third inning in their 9-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night.

It was only the second loss for the Chihuahuas in their last 14 games.

Francisco Mejia drove in two runs Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly. Ty France was hit by two pitches and has reached base multiple times in three consecutive games.

Auston Bousfield hit a high solo home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning, his second Triple-A homer of the season.

T.J. Weir and Brad Wieck both pitched scoreless relief outings in the loss for El Paso. Cal Quantrill became the first El Paso starting pitcher to receive a loss since Jordan Lyles on July 24, a span of 31 games.

Fresno’s Kyle Tucker hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, his seventh homer in six games since being optioned by the Astros.

Fresno 9 El Paso 4 – Tuesday:  WP: Ferrell (1-1)  |  LP: Quantrill (2-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:03  |  Attn: 5,940

Box Score    |   Team Records: El Paso (79-54), Fresno (78-55)

Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Colin Rea (2-2, 5.66) vs. Fresno RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (5-2, 4.36). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Chihuahuas Blank Tacoma 1-0; 79th Win Breaks Franchise Record

The El Paso Chihuahuas closed their four-game series in Tacoma with a 1-0 win over the Rainiers Monday night.

It was El Paso’s seventh shutout of the season. The Chihuahuas won three of the four games, their seventh series win in the last eight tries.

Logan Allen pitched five shutout innings for El Paso and moved his Triple-A ERA to 0.84 in his first four Pacific Coast League starts. Kazuhisa Makita, Carter Capps and Rowan Wick each threw scoreless relief outings out of the El Paso bullpen Monday.

The only run of the game came on a second inning RBI single by Chihuahuas’ designated hitter Shane Peterson.

Monday’s win was El Paso’s 79th of the season, setting a new team record, eclipsing the 2015 Chihuahuas, who finished 78-66.

El Paso 1 Tacoma 0 – Monday: WP: Allen (4-0)  |  LP: Bergman (8-10)  |  S: Wick (8)  |  Time: 2:44  |  Attn: 5,771

Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (79-53), Tacoma (64-68)

Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (2-0, 2.74) vs. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (8-1, 3.65). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

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