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Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Ground 51’s 3-2; Dog’s Pacific Southern Lead Grows

The El Paso Chihuahuas’ lineup might not have blown the the Las Vegas 51s out of the sky on Thursday, but excellent pitching and defense kept the 51s in their hangar and earned El Paso a 3-2 win in the tense game.

The victory extends the Dogs’ lead to 5 1/2 games over the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL Pacific Southern Division. The Bees lost to the Reno Aces 7-5.

The Dogs came home as the same fiery team that had won seven straight home games last week – even though the road trip was less than stellar with only three wins – and scratched together a win that was complete with dramatic defensive plays and finger-pointing match initiated by the visiting dugout in the sixth inning.

But before that, the Dogs wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning, starting with a triple to right center field by infielder Luis Urias, who went 3-for-4 and narrowly missed hitting for the cycle (just a home run). Catcher Francisco Mejia (.338 BA) followed with an RBI single up the middle, El Paso 1-0.

And there it stayed, 1-0, for six innings, until one wild pitch by El Paso starter Walker Lockett hit 51s’ cleanup man Peter Alonso (.247 BA).

Alonso took a few steps toward the mound on his way to first base but was clearly bothered and stared at Lockett a few seconds as the Las Vegas bench started hollering at the Dogs dugout. Alonso appeared to cool off on the base, but teammate Christian Colon was still chirping.

Colon was thrown out, but not before he decided to let the umpires know exactly what he thought of the decision. A still-rowdy Colon then decided to rush the Dogs’ dugout after getting a few thoughts and comments from the El Paso bench. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied and nearly met at home plate with the crowd jeering.

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the worst that happened was an exchange of mad mugs and finger pointing. El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick was also tossed after a meeting between the umpires.

Both teams returned to their posts to the tune of “Why can’t we be friends” by War and resumed the close game. Lockett was eventually able to get out of the inning cleanly with a double play.

A fired-up Chihuahuas lineup came up in their half of the sixth inning and added two more runs on consecutive doubles by Urias and Mejia, and an RBI single by outfielder Shane Peterson.

El Paso was now a comfortable 3-0 over the 51s.

A cinch, right? But Las Vegas had other ideas and a little steam to blow off of their own. Lockett’s only costly mistake came in the seventh inning to third baseman Patrick Kivlehan when he got all of a fastball and quickly buried it 477 feet toward center field, El Paso 3-1.

The 51s were shut down 1-2-3 in the eighth inning, so the Dogs needed only three outs to call it a night. Again, a cinch, right? Nope. Urias made a possibly game-saving play at third base on a brutally hit ground ball along the foul line and threw out shortstop Luis Guillorme by a step.

Pinch hitter Jose Lobaton followed with a fly ball that sailed through the humid air just past the center field wall, El Paso 3-2.

Las Vegas pinch hitter Matt Den Dekker, who had come in for the pitcher in the seventh inning, was up next with two outs. Den Dekker hit a liner to the left field gap that looked like it was going to fall in for a hit when center fielder Dusty Coleman raced in and threw his body toward it at full speed.

Coleman stood victoriously with his glove in the air to show the umpires and the home crowd of 8,577 that it was over, El Paso 3-2.

The winning pitcher was Lockett (5-9) and the losing pitcher was Scott Copeland (2-2). Rowan Wick earned the save for the Dogs.

El Paso 3 Las Vegas 2 – Thursday

WP: Lockett (5-9)  |  LP: Copeland (2-2)  |  S: Wick (6)  |  Time: 2:14  |  Attn: 8,577

Box Score   |   Team Records: Las Vegas (61-62), El Paso (70-52)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Drew Gagnon (5-4, 4.81) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (1-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Chihuahuas Squash Bees 7-1; Dog’s Lead Now at 4.5 Games

The El Paso Chihuahuas fell behind 1-0 early before scoring seven unanswered runs to beat the Salt Lake Bees 7-1 Wednesday.

Paso won two of the three games at Smith’s Ballpark to take a 4.5-game first place lead in the Southern Division standings with 18 games to play.

Five of the Chihuahuas’ seven runs came on two-out RBI hits. Forrestt Allday and Luis Urias reached base three times each atop the El Paso order with two hits and a hit by pitch from both.

Kyle Lloyd allowed only one run in four innings and has let in only one run in 11 innings since returning from the disabled list.

The Bees entered the series with the most hits and runs in the Pacific Coast League but the Chihuahuas’ pitching staff held Salt Lake to only eight runs in the three games.

The Chihuahuas are now 52-28 all-time versus Salt Lake and have a 30-11 record at Smith’s Ballpark.

El Paso 7 Salt Lake 1 – Wednesday

WP: McGrath (5-2)  |  LP: Mahle (3-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:46  |  Attn: 11,598

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (69-52), Salt Lake (65-57)

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Scott Copeland (2-1, 3.13) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (4-9, 4.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Chihuahuas Smoke Bees 6-3; Extend Lead to 3.5 Games

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Salt Lake Bees 6-3 Tuesday to push their first place lead to 3.5 games with 19 to play. El Paso also clinched the season series over the Bees.

Javy Guerra went 1-for-4 with a two-run home and an RBI groundout. It was Guerra’s 10th homer of the season, marking the second time in his career he’s reached a double-digit home run total.

Luis Urias reached base four times Tuesday on two doubles, a single and a walk.

Dillon Overton pitched six innings and allowed three runs to get the win. It was the fourth consecutive game El Paso’s starter has lasted six innings or more.

Travis Radke picked up the save on the day he arrived from High-A Lake Elsinore.

El Paso 6 Salt Lake 3 – Tuesday

WP: Overton (6-2)  |  LP: Unsworth (6-1)  |  S: Radke (1)  |  Time: 3:04  |  Attn: 12,094

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (68-52), Salt Lake (65-56)

Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 5.84) vs. Salt Lake RHP Deck McGuire (1-1, 9.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Salt Lake Scores Late to Sting Chihuahuas 4-3; Dog’s Lead Drops to 2.5 Games

The Salt Lake Bees scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 4-3 in walk-off fashion Monday.

Salt Lake’s win moved the second place Bees to 2.5 games behind the first place Chihuahuas with two games remaining in the head-to-head series.

El Paso starter Jerry Keel matched his season high by pitching 7.1 innings Monday. He allowed only two runs but did not factor in the decision.

Luis Urias went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, including a game-tying sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. Chihuahuas’ catcher Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead home run in the top of the eighth.

Five of the last six Chihuahuas games have been decided by one run.

Salt Lake 4 El Paso 3 – Monday

WP: Rhoades (4-3)  |  LP: Weir (2-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:38  |  Attn: 10,208

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (67-52), Salt Lake (65-55)

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (5-2, 2.97) vs. Salt Lake RHP Dylan Unsworth (6-0, 5.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Rally Lifts Chihuahuas over Sacramento 4-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas hit four singles in the top of the ninth inning to break a late tie and beat the Sacramento River Cats 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.

Cal Quantrill pitched well in his second Triple-A game, allowing only one run in six innings. Quantrill has a 2.25 ERA through his two starts with El Paso.

Forrestt Allday and Shane Peterson had two hits each for the Chihuahuas on Sunday.

Eric Yardley threw two scoreless relief innings leading up to El Paso’s ninth-inning rally. Rowan Wick picked up his second save in as many games for the Chihuahuas. There were only 12 combined runs in the low-scoring four-game series.

The Chihuahuas and River Cats split the four-game series.

El Paso 4 Sacramento 1 – Sunday

WP: Yardley (3-0)  |  LP: Law (1-2)  |  S: Wick (5)  |  Time: 2:51  |  Attn: 6,238

Box Score  |   Team Records: El Paso (67-51), Sacramento (47-72)

Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (4-1, 3.60) vs. Salt Lake RHP Osmer Morales (4-3, 6.22). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Chihuahuas Sink River Cats 2-1, Maintain 3.5 Game Lead in Pacific Southern Division

Logan Allen pitched six shutout innings in his Triple-A debut Saturday, as the El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Sacramento River Cats 2-1.

It was the third consecutive low-scoring game, as the two teams have combined for only seven runs in the first three games of the series.

Allen Craig hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, his 13th homer of the season for the Chihuahuas. El Paso’s other run came in the top of the sixth when Raffy Lopez delivered an RBI single. Rowan Wick retired all four batters he saw to record his fourth Triple-A save of the season.

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 0-for-2 in an injury rehab appearance for Sacramento. El Paso is now 40-11 when scoring first this season.

The Chihuahuas gained a game on second place Salt Lake and now sit in first place by 3.5 games in the Southern Division.

El Paso 2 Sacramento 1 – Saturday

WP: Allen (1-0)  |  LP: Johnson (0-6)  |  S: Wick (4)  |  Time: 2:50  |  Attn: 12,771

Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (66-51), Sacramento (47-71)

Next Game: Sunday, 2:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.00) vs. Sacramento RHP Shaun Anderson (1-2, 4.88). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

River Cats Sink Chihuahuas’ Rally, Win 1-0

The El Paso Chihuahuas had two singles with no outs in the top of the ninth inning but were unable to score and lost to the Sacramento River Cats 1-0 Friday night at Raley Field.

The River Cats have taken the first two games of the series.

Neither team scored until the bottom of the eighth, when Sacramento’s Cesar Puello hit a two-out RBI single. The Chihuahuas were held to one baserunner through their first seven innings before two batters reached in both the eighth and ninth innings.

El Paso starter Kyle Lloyd pitched four shutout innings and has now combined for seven shutout innings since returning from the disabled list on August 3.

Lloyd also hit a triple to right field in the top of the third.

Relievers T.J. Weir and Eric Yardley threw scoreless outings for the Chihuahuas Friday.

Sacramento 1 El Paso 0 – Friday

WP: Gomez (1-0)  |  LP: Aro (2-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:27  | Attn: 10,300

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (65-51), Sacramento (47-70)

Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (0-0, -.–) vs. Sacramento RHP Jordan Johnson (0-5, 7.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

River Cats Rough Up Chihuahuas 2-1; Dogs Stay in 1st Place

All three runs in Thursday’s game at Raley Field came on solo homers, as the Sacramento River Cats beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 2-1.

Even with the loss, the Chihuahuas continue to lead the Pacific Southern Division by 3.5 games, with 24 to play in the regular season.

Chihuahuas third baseman Ty France went 2-for-4 with a home run in his Triple-A debut, while Myles Schroder and Peter Bourjos both went deep for Sacramento.

El Paso starter Dillon Overton allowed one run in six innings in a no-decision Thursday. Sacramento has scored just one run against Overton in 17 innings this season.

The loss ended El Paso’s seven-game winning streak, which fell one win short of tying the team record for consecutive wins.

Sacramento 2 El Paso 1 – Thursday

WP: Stratton (2-0)  |  LP: Simmons (1-1)  |  S: Rogers (2)  |  Time: 2:17  |  Attn: 6,591

Box Score  |   Team Records: El Paso (65-50), Sacramento (46-70)

Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 6.55) vs. Sacramento RHP Casey Kelly (10-9, 4.78). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Video courtesy Sacramento River Cats/Twitter

Video+Story: Series Sweep! Chihuahuas Rally to Beat Round Rock 7-6

Chihuahuas fans who may have missed the fireworks shows this season, got their money’s worth Tuesday night via the on-field baseball pyrotechnics in the 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Round Rock Express.  Fans were even treated to a shouting match between manager Rod Barajas and the home plate umpire late in the game.

The Dogs won their seventh consecutive home game – a first for the 2018 season – and are now a more comfortable 4 1/2 games ahead of the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL Pacific Southern Division with just 25 games left in the regular season. The Bees lost again to the Omaha Chasers on Tuesday 5-0.

The Dogs started their assault with a Javy Guerra triple to right field that was just a few feet from going over the fence and followed it with a walk by Dusty Coleman. With men on the corners, Forrestt Allday singled and Guerra scored on a bad throw from the third baseman, El Paso 1-0.

Second baseman Luis Urias moved the runners station to station and left it up to catcher Francisco Mejia. Mejia had a hard-hit grounder to second and the speedy Coleman raced home and Allday advanced, El Paso 2-0. Designated hitter Raffy Lopez doubled in Allday for the third and final run of the third inning, El Paso 3-0.

The Express were kept quiet by El Paso starter Jerry Keel (3.60 ERA) until the fifth inning.  That’s when he gave up a two-run home run to DH Tony Sanchez (.322 BA), El Paso 3-2. The Express followed with an RBI double by second baseman Christian Lopes (.242 BA) and tied the game 3-3.

The Chihuahuas came back in the bottom of the fifth, believing they were bigger dogs and scored two more runs. First baseman Allen Craig came up to the plate with two men on and hit a bases-clearing double, El Paso 5-3.

In the seventh inning, the Express scored three runs; with the first run crossing the plate thanks to a looper to center field. The next two came in on a single by third baseman Andy Ibanez, Round Rock 6-5.

And then in the seventh the fireworks went off. The home plate umpire had already punched out the last two Chihuahuas in the sixth, with what appeared to be a shifting strike zone when he cashed out leadoff man Allday. Allday turned to talk to the umpire about the call as he walked toward the dugout and was intercepted by Barajas but not before he tossed Allday.

Barajas, a former MLB catcher, was apparently already steamed about the strike zone victimizing the Chihuahuas in the sixth and threw his cap at the umpire’s feet. Barrajas was at the umpire’s face when the shouting match began and the crowd roared.

The heated discussion lasted less than a minute but would have made Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda proud. Barrajas was also tossed of course, but not before firing up the Chihuahuas dugout and the home crowd.

The Dogs came up in the ninth not just as bigger dogs but as rottweilers – undoubtedly inspired by Barrajas’ passion. Guerra bunted his way on for a single. Coleman doubled down the left field line and Guerra was stopped at third.

Brett Nicholas replaced Allday in the lineup and with the crowd crossing their fingers, singled to right field and scored Guerra and Coleman for the walkoff and seventh consecutive win, El Paso 7-6.

The winning pitcher was Brad Wieck (2-0) and the losing pitcher was R.J. Alvarez (3-3).

El Paso 7 Round Rock 6 – Tuesday

WP: Wieck (2-0)  |  LP: Alvarez (3-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:49  |  Attn: 8,166

Box Score   |   Team Records: Round Rock (52-63), El Paso (65-49)

Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (5-2, 3.12) vs. Sacramento RHP Jordan Johnson (0-5, 7.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post

Video+Pic – El Paso Chihuahuas

Video+Story: Six in A Row! Dogs Dominate Round Rock 10-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas dogpiled the Round Rock Express 10-3 and jumped three and a half games ahead of the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

The Bees lost 5-4 to the Omaha Storm Chasers after the game was called – coincidentally because of a storm – in five innings.

The Dogs went through the entire lineup and wasted no time at all pounding Express starter Tyler Wagner (4.83 ERA) for five runs in the first inning.

Second baseman Luis Urias smacked a no-doubter over the left field wall that also scored Forrestt Allday, who had just singled before him. Center fielder Auston Bousfield added another two runs on a double that was just a few inches away from being a home run over the left field wall.

Shortstop Javy Guerra followed with a two-out triple that hit high off the left field wall and scored Bousfield, El Paso 5-0.

The Express answered meekly in the fourth inning with one run, after stringing some hits together. Round Rock could have gotten back into the game with the bases loaded and one out, but the strong El Paso infield turned a 5-4-3 double play that got Chihuahuas starter Cal Quantrill (3.00 ERA) out of the inning, El Paso 5-1.

The Express added another run after consecutive doubles in the sixth inning before the Dogs sat them down in order with groundouts, El Paso 5-2.

The Chihuahuas then walked their way to another run in the sixth after three base on balls and a hit batter. The bases were loaded with one out for DH Raffy Lopez (.282 BA) who grounded out to the third baseman but still managed an RBI, El Paso 7-2.

Round Rock’s last run was scored on an RBI single to left field that rolled all the way to the wall, El Paso 7-3.

The Chihuahuas loaded up the bases in three innings, the last time in the seventh. The Express faced the entire lineup and again walked three hitters, but this time only gave up three runs, El Paso 10-3.

The winning pitcher was Quantrill (1-0) and the losing pitcher was Wagner (1-5).

El Paso 10 Round Rock 3 – Monday

WP: Quantrill (1-0)  |  LP: Wagner (1-5)  |  S: Yardley (1)  |  Time: 2:55  |  Attn: 6,994

Box Score   |  Team Records: Round Rock (52-62), El Paso (64-49)

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Round Rock RHP Richelson Pena (3-2, 5.31) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (4-1, 3.34). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post

Video+Pic – El Paso Chihuahuas

Video+Story: Coleman’s 3-Run Walk Off Lifts Chihuahuas Over Round Rock 4-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas might not have played the cleanest game on Sunday against the Round Rock Express, but they cranked a 4-1 victory out in dramatic fashion.

The Dogs’ win let them keep pace with the Salt Lake Bees – who also won Sunday – in the race for the PCL Pacific Southern Division title. El Paso is in first place, while the Bees trail by two and a half games.

The Express starter, Adrian Sampson (4.33 ERA), was a tough opponent for seven innings and limited El Paso to one run in the third inning. The run was scored by DH Francisco Mejia (.382 BA), who went 3-for-4, after catcher Raffy Lopez singled him home from second base, El Paso 1-0.

And it stayed like that until the seventh inning because of several brilliant defensive plays by the Dogs’ middle infield: second baseman Luis Urias and shortstop Javy Guerra. The duo was robbing the Express of hits showing MLB-caliber instinct and speed.

But not even Guerra and Urias were able to stop those game-tying back-to-back doubles by the Express.

The game was tied all the way to the ninth inning when the Chihuahuas got a couple of men on base with only one out. It was the bottom of the lineup though – statistically speaking, the odds were against the Dogs. There was about an 80-percent chance of failure. And so it went, the No. 8 batter flies out to left field – now there was two men on with two outs and third baseman Dusty Coleman (.181 BA) comes up.

With the crowd of 9,226 chanting “we want a hit,” Coleman hit one of the highest homeruns this season. It was so high, the crowd grew silent as the Express left fielder tracked the ball to the wall and watched it barely sail over him, El Paso 4-1.

The winning pitcher was Kyle McGrath (4-2) and the losing pitcher was Ricardo Rodriguez (1-2).

El Paso 4 Round Rock 1 – Sunday

WP: McGrath (4-2)  |  LP: Rodriguez (1-2)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:47  |  Attn: 9,226

Box Score   |  Team Records: Round Rock (52-61), El Paso (63-49)

Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Round Rock RHP Tyler Wagner (1-4, 4.44) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (10-0, 2.72). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post

‘Dogs Derail Round Rock 5-3; Stay in First Place

The El Paso Chihuahuas kept their winning streak going on Saturday by beating the Round Rock Express 5-3.

The victory marked their fourth consecutive win at home in 2018 and keeps the Dogs two and a half games ahead of the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL Pacific Southern Division. The Bees also won their game against the Omaha Storm Chasers.

El Paso’s lineup scored first in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Diego Goris and a sacrifice fly to right field by Auston Bousfield, El Paso 2-0.

The Chihuahuas struck again in the fifth inning on an Allen Craig RBI and a Shane Peterson RBI, El Paso 4-0.

The good times continued for the Dogs in the fifth inning when Francisco Mejia hit a sharp single to right field with two runners on. The ball was thrown in from right field and cut off between second and third bases, leaving the speedy infielder Luis Urias in a game of pickle that would have made any kid smile.

Urias had made them throw the ball around long enough for Forrestt Allday to score, El Paso 5-0.

El Paso starter Jacob Nix made his AAA debut and first win on a strong showing. He pitched six scoreless innings and struck out three. The Dog relievers struggled a bit and gave up three runs in the seventh inning but came back strong and closed it out, El Paso 5-3.

The winning pitcher was Nix (1-0) and the losing pitcher was Michael Roth (6-7). The save went to Rowan Wick.

El Paso 5 Round Rock 3 – Saturday

WP: Nix (1-0)  |  LP: Roth (6-7)  |  S: Wick (3)  |  Time: 2:49  |  Attn: 8,933

Box Score   |   Team Records: Round Rock (52-60), El Paso (62-49)

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Round Rock RHP Adrian Sampson (5-4, 4.56) vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 7.20). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Author: Larry Monarrez – Special to the El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Bounce Baby Cakes 5-4; Sweep Series

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 5-4 Friday to complete a sweep of the three-game series. It was El Paso’s fifth sweep of the year and the first one at home.

The teams exchanged runs early in a game that had four lead changes. Francisco Mejia lined a solo home run to right field in the first inning, his first homer in the Padres organization.

Dillon Overton allowed four runs in six innings and got the win for the second start in a row since returning from the disabled list.

El Paso has won nine of its last 11 games and eight home games in a row versus New Orleans dating back to 2014.

The Chihuahuas have completed eight straight errorless games.

El Paso 5 New Orleans 4 – Friday

WP: Overton (5-2)  |  LP: Gallen (7-6)  |  S: Wick (2)  |  Time: 2:43  |  Attn: 8,200

Box Score   |   Team Records: New Orleans (50-60), El Paso (61-49)

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Round Rock LHP Michael Roth (5-4, 5.00) vs. El Paso RHP Jacob Nix (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery+Story: ‘Dogs Dominate New Orleans 11-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas were just plain hungry against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Thursday night, eating up four of their pitchers en route to an 11-4 win.

The Dogs also kept the Salt Lake Bees two and a half games behind them in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, since both teams won.

El Paso showed some firepower in this game, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits and going 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

They started the hit parade with a first-inning double by leadoff man Auston Bousfield. Bousfield went 3-for-5 with all three of those hits being doubles. A fielder’s choice ground out landed catcher Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) on first base and Bousfield on third. Then right fielder Franmil Reyes (.324 BA) slammed a three-run homerun against Cakes starter Dillon Peters (6.40 ERA), El Paso 3-0.

The Dogs came back with a seven-run barrage in the third inning and chased the beleaguered Peters out of the game. The Dogs’ third included a three-run homerun by outfielder Shane Peterson, an RBI triple by infielder Luis Urias and three singles.

El Paso led the Cakes 10-0 after that shelling.

Chihuahuas starter Jerry Keel (3.34 ERA) kept the cakes cool until the fifth inning when outfielder Austin Dean (.306 BA) got a hold of a ball and sent it out past the left field fence in a hurry, El Paso 10-2.

New Orleans added another couple of runs in the eighth inning against Kyle McGrath. The Cakes strung together three hits and two runs but McGrath was able to get out of the inning without further damage, El Paso 10-4.

Just when the Cakes thought the Chihuahuas were done, the Dogs’ Diego Goris doubled and was brought home by – you guessed it – Bousefield’s last double of the day, El Paso 11-4.

The winning pitcher was Keel (4-1) and the losing pitcher was Peters (2-7).

Chihuahuas Notes

Highly-touted catching prospect Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) made his home debut Tuesday. Mejia hit the ball hard all night but made a huge impression with his arm. He scooped up a ball on a sacrifice bunt and nailed a perfect throw to second base for a speedy runner who had a huge lead.

El Paso 11 New Orleans 4 – Thursday

WP: Keel (4-1)  |  LP: Peters (2-7)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:51  |  Attn: 7,043

Box Score   |   Team Records: New Orleans (50-59), El Paso (60-49)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Zac Gallen (7-5, 3.59) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (4-2, 2.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post

Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery+Video+Story: Chihuahuas Bite Baby Cakes 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas powered their way to a come-from-behind win against the New Orleans Baby Cakes 4-3 on Wednesday and stayed in first place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

The Chihuahuas and the Salt Lake Bees have been battling for first place since the All-Star break. The Dogs’ win and Bees’ loss on Wednesday left Salt Lake two and half games behind El Paso.

The Cakes started scoring in the first inning off of starter Brett Kennedy (2.72 ERA) who gave up a double to Cakes leadoff man Austin Dean. The next two hitters brought Dean home on consecutive infield but well-placed groundouts, New Orleans 1-0.

Dogs left fielder Shane Peterson came up in the second inning and hit a home run to center field so high, that it hit his profile picture on the scoreboard – at least 400 feet in distance and 60 feet high when it hit the board. El Paso tied it up, 1-1.

New Orleans didn’t miss a step in coming back in the third inning though, they landed a couple of extra-base hits that scored a couple runs on Kennedy, New Orleans 3-1. Kennedy has been one of the Dogs’ best pitchers this year but did struggle a bit on Tuesday. He gave up three runs on six hits in just five innings of work.

The Chihuahuas had a little luck in the fourth inning and were gifted a run on a Javy Guerra flyball that looked to be foul but was so high up it changed directions as it came down and had a trio of Cakes dancing back and forth trying to catch it. Just before landing it veered toward fair territory and hit the foul line in shallow left field while the Cakes’ players helplessly watched from several feet away on the foul side, New Orleans 3-2.

The Dogs threatened New Orleans several times until the eighth inning when they made good. First basemen Allen Craig hit a ball that looked to be a homerun to everybody in the park but suddenly lost steam at the Peter Piper deck. That ball to left field at least gave Craig a double.

Catcher Raffy Lopez came up next and blasted a ball that bounced on top of the center field wall (not the yellow line, the tall green wall in straight center) and likely ended up on Santa Fe Street, El Paso 4-3.

The Cakes went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Chihuahuas reliever Brad Wieck (5.11 ERA) earned his first win for his two innings of work. The losing pitcher was Jose Quijada and the save went to Trey Wingenter.

El Paso 4 New Orleans 3 – Wednesday

WP: Wieck (1-0)  |  LP: Quijada (2-3)  |  S: Wingenter (4)  |  Time: 2:40  |  Attn: 7,527

Box Score   |   Team Records: New Orleans (50-58), El Paso (59-49)

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans LHP Dillon Peters (2-6, 5.66) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-1, 3.41). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post  |  Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

 

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