The Reno Aces calmed the Chihuahuas’ bats on Monday, but still didn’t have enough oomph to pull off a win as El Paso finished the series sweep with a 4-3 win.
The Dogs started scoring early as they had in the previous games but were at least kept to single digits by Aces starter Anthony Vasquez (4.11 ERA), who went five innings and gave up two runs.
The Chihuahuas started scoring in the 1st inning with an RBI double down the left-field line by infielder Luis Urias (.364 BA), El Paso 1-0.
The Dogs’ second run came in the 3rd inning via a long Josh Naylor (.282 BA) double to the right field wall. The speedy Urias started running on contact and was waved home even though the ball was already at the cut-off man, second baseman Juniel Querecuto, behind first base.
Querecuto’s throw might have been in time to get Urias, who hadn’t even begun his slide home, but rolled right past the catcher and allowed Urias to score – El Paso 2-0.
Reno’s only run came from a Kevin Cron (.349 BA) blast over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in left field in the 6th inning, El Paso 2-1.
Chihuahuas catcher Austin Allen (.302 BA) answered in their half of the 6th inning with a 424-foot solo shot over right field, El Paso 3-1. El Paso showed little more muscle in the 7th inning when pinch hitter Peter Van Gansen (.400 BA) dropped a ball into the Big Dog House balcony, El Paso 4-1.
The Aces were poised to come back in the 9th inning after a powerful Yasmany Tomas (.302 BA) two-run home run that banged off the top of the center field wall well above the “406” mark, El Paso 4-3.
A two-out walk and later stolen base by outfielder Tim Locastro made Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez call for another pitcher: El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.70 ERA). The last ball was hit high and deep to right field as both Rodriguezes and the rest of the stadium held their breath: out.
The winning pitcher was Dietrich Enns (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Vasquez (0-1). Rodriguez earned his first save of 2019. Attendance was 7,816 at Southwest University Park.
Chihuahuas slugger Ty France (.423 BA) was hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning and now leads the league in HBP at 9.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Photographer: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
It was back-to-back day at Southwest University Ballpark on Sunday: consecutive wins and home runs were rampant as the Chihuahuas beat the Reno Aces again, this time 10-2 to win the series.
El Paso scored first in the 1st inning after second baseman Ty France was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Dogs added a second run on a long sacrifice fly to center field by catcher Austin Allen, El Paso 2-0.
First baseman Connor Panas lead off the second with a rocket that bounced off the bottom of the center field scoreboard, El Paso 3-0.
And then the backs. Outfielder Josh Naylor hammered the first pitch of the 3rd inning 471 feet that landed somewhere over the Big Dog House in right field. Next, France (El Paso’s other power hitter), smacked a ball over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch – El Paso 5-0.
The Chihuahuas got another quality start from the pitching staff, this time Cal Quantrill went six good innings only allowing six hits and one run. Quantrill struck out five and walked one.
The Aces, who have only scored four runs so far in the series, scored a run in the 5th inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by second baseman Domingo Leyba, El Paso 5-1.
And then, El Paso answered, as Naylor lead off with – you guessed it – another home run. This one 444 feet toward right field and near Santa Fe Street. And, of course, France followed with his own fireworks and completed the back-to-back show. By the end of the 5th inning, El Paso lead 10-1.
The Aces came back in the 8th inning to score one more run on an RBI single by Wyatt Mathisen, but faded out 10-2.
The winning pitcher was Cal Quantrill (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Justin Donatella (1-1). Attendance was 5,695 at Southwest University Park.
Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (1-0, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-12), El Paso (10-7)
The El Paso Chihuahuas let the Reno Aces know early on that they meant to win on Saturday, pounding them with 8 runs in the first three innings on their way to a 12-1 victory.
The Dogs went through the entire lineup in the 1st inning, but got help from Aces starter Taylor Widener (12.27 ERA) who hit the lead-off batter, gave up a couple hits and home run before walking two batters, El Paso 3-0.
The Chihuahuas came back in the second to add four more runs starting with a long home run to the deepest part of center field (more than 400 feet) by center fielder Michael Gettys (.262 BA), El Paso 7-0.
El Paso second baseman Ty France (.431 BA) came up in the 3rd inning and looped a ball over into shallow left field to score another run, El Paso 8-0.
Chihuahuas’ starter Logan Allen might have struggled with a high ERA before Saturday, but thanks to the Reno Aces, Allen earned his first win this season, dropped his ERA to single digits, and went six solid innings.
Allen only struggled a bit in the 5th inning when he gave up an RBI to Aces outfielder Andrew Aplin, El Paso 8-1.
The Chihuahuas continued their assault into the 8th inning when they added another three runs behind a two-run home run by pinch hitter Jacob Scavuzzo (.194 BA) and an RBI double by Alex Dickerson (.349 BA).
The winning pitcher was Allen (1-1, 7.88 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Widener (0-2). Attendance was 8,212 at Southwest University Park.
Two Chihuahuas were one solid swing away from hitting for the cycle on Saturday: Infielder Ty France needed a double and infielder Matthew Batten needed a home run.
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Justin Donatella (1-0, 2.53) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (2-1, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-11), El Paso (9-7)
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
El Paso Chihuahuas starting pitcher Jerry Keel did it all Friday night against the Reno Aces: seven solid innings and three impressive at-bats that yielded an RBI in the Dogs’ 4-1 win.
Keel (2-0) stumbled once in the 4th inning when he gave up a long double to Reno right fielder Travis Snider that scored a runner from third base, Reno 1-0.
Somewhat shaken, Keel regained his composure after a meeting with the infield and was able to get out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.
The Chihuahuas’ bats must have been inspired by Keel’s 4th inning comeback because left fielder Josh Naylor (.242 BA) started the inning with a solo blast that hit about 15-feet up on the light pole above the Big Dog House in right field.
Dogs slugger Ty France was hit by the first pitch following the home run and eventually made it home on a bloop single by third baseman Matthew Batten (.286 BA), El Paso 2-1.
Keel, still fresh off sitting the Aces down in their half of the 4th, stepped into the box and made Reno’s starter Kevin McCanna throw pitch after pitch before making contact and sailing a ball over the infield to shallow center, El Paso 3-1.
The Chihuahuas finished the 4th, and the scoring, with a sacrifice fly to left field by center fielder Michael Gettys, El Paso 4-1.
The winning pitcher was Keel and the losing pitcher was McCanna (0-1). Attendence was 6.903 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-10), El Paso (8-7)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Widener (0-1, 9.00) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (1-0, 4.91). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Eric Young Jr.’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning put the Tacoma Rainiers ahead to stay in their 7-6 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park.
The loss ended El Paso’s six-game winning streak.
Ty France went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, the sixth time in the last seven games France has recorded multiple hits. Jose Pirela went 1-for-4 with a two-run single, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, while ending his string of seven straight multi-hit games.
El Paso trailed 6-0 in the third inning and eventually came back to tie the game 6-6, the second straight game that the Chihuahuas overcame a deficit of five runs or more. The tying run came on Jacob Scavuzzo’s homer in the bottom of the eighth.
El Paso’s Matthew Batten went 2-for-4 with his first Triple-A home run. The Chihuahuas have 74 hits over their last five completed games.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Clarke (1-1, 7.36) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (1-0, 4.91). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Tacoma 7 El Paso 6 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (6-9), El Paso (7-7)
The El Paso Chihuahuas advanced their winning streak to five games Tuesday with a 13-5 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Southwest University Park.
El Paso’s Cal Quantrill got the win after striking out seven batters, the most by a Chihuahuas pitcher in a game this season, and going 5.2 innings for the second consecutive start.
Ty France went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs, El Paso’s first multi-homer game since Allen Craig on July 25, 2018 at Colorado Springs.
The Chihuahuas had 18 hits in the win, setting a season high for single-game team hits.
The Chihuahuas have scored 37 runs and piled up 49 hits in their last three finished games. Tuesday’s eight-run win matched El Paso’s largest margin of victory this season.
Next Game: Wednesday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 5.19) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (1-0, 5.63). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 13 Tacoma 5 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (5-8), El Paso (6-6)
Monday afternoon’s game between the El Paso Chihuahuas and Reno Aces at Greater Nevada Field has been suspended in the 11th inning because of a Pacific Coast League travel curfew and will be resumed on July 15, 2019 during El Paso’s next visit to Reno.
The score is tied 5-5 and the continuation will start with the beginning of the 11th inning.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (5-6), Reno (3-8)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Tyler Danish (0-2, 18.41) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (1-1, 8.31). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored seven runs in the fourth inning of their 12-4 win over the Reno Aces Sunday afternoon at Greater Nevada Field.
The 13-batter rally was the highest-scoring inning of the season for El Paso.
Jose Pirela has a six-game hitting streak for the Chihuahuas and has gone nine for his last 15 with nine RBIs and four extra-base hits during that span. During a stretch from midway through Friday’s game through the middle of Sunday’s game, Pirela reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances.
El Paso has compiled 24 runs and 31 hits over the last two games. The Chihuahuas have won four consecutive games and sealed their first series win of the season with Sunday’s victory.
Former Chihuahua Cody Decker moved in from the outfield and pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Reno.
El Paso 12 Reno 4 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (5-6), Reno (3-8)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning Friday before scoring six unanswered runs to beat the Reno Aces 6-4.
The Chihuahuas had four hits and a walk in the seventh inning, including a game-tying double by Michael Gettys. Jose Pirela’s broken-bat, bases-loaded, two-run single came with two outs in the eighth to put El Paso ahead.
Luis Perdomo pitched the final two innings to secure the first save of his professional career.
Dietrich Enns pitched four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four for El Paso. Ty France went 3-for-4 with three singles for the Chihuahuas. Five of El Paso’s nine games this year have been decided by one or two runs.
The victory gives El Paso back-to-back wins for the first time in 2019.
El Paso 6 Reno 4 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (3-6), Reno (3-6)
The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied to tie Tuesday’s game in Tacoma with a run in the eighth inning and another in the ninth but surrendered a bases-loaded, walk-off single to Tito Polo in the Rainiers’ 5-4 win. It was El Paso’s first road game of the season.
Ty France and Jose Pirela both hit solo home runs for El Paso, giving the Chihuahuas 10 home runs through the first six games of the season.
Fernando Rodriguez pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts in his season debut and became the first El Paso native to play for the Chihuahuas.
Gerardo Reyes also threw a scoreless outing for the Chihuahuas. El Paso turned three double plays in the loss, tying a season high.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (0-1, 27.00) vs. Tacoma LHP Tommy Milone (0-0, 11.25). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (1-5), Tacoma (2-4)
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored 10 late runs to beat the Las Vegas Aviators 10-6 Sunday for their first win of the 2019 season.
Sunday’s game was a scoreless tie entering the sixth inning.
Alex Dickerson hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, his second homer in as many days. Josh Naylor hit a long home run to center field in the eighth, his first career Triple-A homer.
El Paso has seven home runs in the first four games of the season.
Esteban Quiroz reached base five times Sunday, going 3-for-3 with two walks. Quiroz has a .588 on-base percentage through the season’s first four games.
Chihuahuas’ batters were hit by four pitches Sunday, one shy of a Pacific Coast League single-game record.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (3-1), El Paso (1-3)
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Tanner Anderson (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The Las Vegas Aviators scored five runs in the fourth inning Saturday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-5.
The Chihuahuas’ pitching staff struck out 15 batters in the loss.
El Paso had two home runs in the game, one by Luis Urias leading off the bottom of the first inning and the other by Alex Dickerson, his first homer since September 22, 2016 while with San Diego.
Ty France went 1-for-4 with a double and has at least one extra-base hit in each of El Paso’s first three games.
Phil Maton struck out five batters in 2.2 innings in his first Triple-A outing of the year. The appearance made Maton the fifth player in Chihuahuas history to play for the team in four different seasons.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (3-0), El Paso (0-3)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Tyler Alexander (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post