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Chihuahuas, Locos, Southwest University Park announce partnership with Professional Sports Catering

The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC and Southwest University Park announced today that Professional Sports Catering, LLC (PSC) will serve as the new food and beverage provider for Southwest University Park.

“The culinary experience has long been a critically important part of any ballpark visit and the source of many great memories for fans of all ages,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford.

“Our organization recognizes our responsibility in this area and is proud establish this new partnership with PSC to continue to provide guests with the highest quality food and beverage products and extraordinary service.”

PSC will manage gameday food and beverage including concessions, premium areas, the WestStar Club and suites. They will also manage food and beverage service for all non-gameday events at Southwest University Park.

“As we enter our seventh season for baseball at Southwest University Park and the second for soccer, we are pleased to welcome Professional Sports Catering to El Paso,” said Sr. Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “The social and hospitable nature of our city calls for fun food and beverages to keep the guest experience the best it can be. PSC’s focus on analytics and research will create more options and increased service for our guests.”

“PSC was formed over 10 years ago to deliver a major-league food and beverage experience at the minor-league level,” said Chief Executive Officer and founder of PSC, Tom Dickson. “We are tremendously excited today to announce our partnership with the Chihuahuas and the Locomotive to provide their guests a first-class hospitality experience.  We know the bar has been set very high at Southwest University Park, and PSC is committed to reaching and exceeding all guest expectations at the ballpark this summer and for years to come.”

Founded in 2006 by Tom Dickson, owner of the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays Class A affiliate), PSC focuses exclusively on Minor League Baseball, and as a result, understands MiLB values: providing the best service with the highest quality food and beverage products.

In 2014, PSC partnered with world renowned restaurateur, Levy Restaurants, to combine the creativity of Minor League Baseball with world class innovation and premium services, establishing themselves as one of the best food and beverage concessionaires in the country.

Ledford added, “PSC is an industry leader with creative and progressive leadership that will help both the Chihuahuas and Locomotive continue to meet and exceed our fans’ expectations.”

Currently, PSC services 27 MiLB ballparks, four Spring Training facilities and two Independent League baseball organizations. Of the 27 MiLB teams it currently partners with, 10 are Triple-A teams, including Pacific Coast League members Fresno Grizzlies, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces and Salt Lake Bees.

Kickoff for El Paso Locomotive FC is March 14 versus Portland Timbers 2 at Southwest University Park. Individual game tickets, Season Seat Memberships Group Tickets and Premium Areas are currently on sale online, (915) 235-GOAL and at the Southwest University Park Box Office.

The Chihuahuas Opening Day is slated for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate) at Southwest University Park. Individual tickets are on sale online, at the Southwest University Park box offices or by calling (915) 533-BASE.

Chihuahuas, L&F Distributors release Co-Branded Budweiser Can

On Friday, the El Paso Chihuahuas and L&F Distributors released a co-branded Budweiser can featuring the Chihuahuas logo.

The Chihuahuas are the first Minor League Baseball team to be featured on a Budweiser can.

“What an amazing opportunity presented to us by L&F Distributors and Budweiser,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “This shows the belief and continued recognition of our Chihuahuas brand. To pair it with Budweiser, a worldwide brand, is just incredible.”

The limited-edition 16oz can features the Chihuahuas primary mark and a QR code directing purchasers to the Chihuahuas website.

“Having the Chihuahuas logo on our Budweiser can is something we have been working towards since our partnership began in 2014,” said Nick LaMantia, General Manager of L&F Distributors West.

“The El Paso Chihuahuas are the only Minor League Baseball team to have their logo on the Budweiser can, every other team a part of this program is a Major League team. That’s something El Pasoans should be proud of, it says a lot about this team and a lot about the city of El Paso.”

L&F Distributors are a Founding Corporate Partner and the official beer partner for Southwest University Park,

Officials add that the can will be distributed to stores around El Paso.

Individual game tickets for the 2020 regular season will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 22 beginning at 10 a.m. in person at the Southwest University Park Box office and online.

Chihuahuas Opening Day is slated for Tuesday, April 14 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate). The team starts the regular season Thursday, April 9 on the road against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels affiliate).

Season Seat Memberships, Groups, Premium Hospitality Events, and single-game Suites are also on sale and officials say dates are filling up fast. For more information call (915) 533-BASE, email, or visit

Chihuahuas 2020 Opening Day, Saturday individual game tickets on-sale for limited time

The El Paso Chihuahuas announced today that for the first time in its history, Opening Day and Saturday games for the upcoming season will be available for purchase prior to the traditional on-sale date in the spring.

A limited number of tickets for Opening Day and the 11 Saturdays of the 70-game 2020 season will go on sale to the general public at midnight on November 20 until 11:59 p.m. on November 29. Tickets will be available for purchase online.

“Heading into our seventh season, we want to respond to input from our fans and give access for Opening Day and Saturday tickets earlier than we ever have,” said MountainStar Sports Group Sr. Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “Our fans will have the best opportunity ever to lock down early these very popular Opening Night and weekend Chihuahuas tickets.”

Due to the popular demand of Opening Day and Saturday games, patrons are encouraged to purchase early to reserve seats now!

Opening Day is slated for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate) at Southwest University Park.  Saturdays will once again include the very popular Chihuahuas postgame Fireworks Spectaculars – choreographed to the respective evening’s theme. Theme nights and promotions will be announced at a later date.

A complete schedule of individual game tickets available for purchase is below.

The Chihuahuas are currently taking deposits for NEW 2020 Season Seat Memberships. Six levels of Memberships are available offering members unprecedented in-Ballpark access during the season, year-round membership benefits new for 2020 and exclusive VIP treatment to its members.

For more information on NEW 2020 Season Seat Memberships, call or text an Account Executive at (915) 533-BASE.

Groups, Premium Hospitality Events, and single-game suites are also on sale and dates are filling up fast! For more information call (915) 533-BASE, email, or visit the Chihuahuas website.


WHO: El Paso Chihuahuas

WHAT: 2020 Opening Day & Saturday Games Individual Game Ticket Flash Sale

WHEN: Midnight on November 20 and will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 29

WHERE: Available online only at



DATE                  TEAM                                                AFFILIATE

April 14*            Las Vegas Aviators                        Oakland A’s

April 18              Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

May 2                  Tacoma Rainiers                            Seattle Mariners

May 9                  Sacramento River Cats                San Francisco Giants

May 16                Salt Lake Bees                                Los Angeles Angels

May 30                Albuquerque Isotopes                 Colorado Rockies

June 6                  Las Vegas Aviators                        Oakland A’s

June 20               Memphis Redbirds                        St. Louis Cardinals

July 11                 Fresno Grizzlies                             Washington Nationals

August 1             Omaha Storm Chasers                 Kansas City Royals

August 15          Reno Aces                                        Arizona Diamondbacks

August 29          Fresno Grizzlies                             Washington Nationals

* Opening Day

Chihuahuas maul Grizzlies 9-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas started their final homestand of the 2019 regular season with a 9-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Monday night.

San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix needed only 54 pitches to throw five shutout innings in an MLB injury rehab assignment start. Tom Colletti pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his first Triple-A appearance to end the game.

Outfielder Taylor Kohlwey also played in his first Triple-A game Monday, reaching base twice on a double and a walk for the Chihuahuas.

Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs on the day he was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

Seth Mejias-Brean, Rodrigo Orozco and Austin Allen also had three hits for the Chihuahuas.

Fresno shortstop Matt Reynolds was ejected in the top of the sixth inning after arguing a called third strike.

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Scott Copeland (4-5, 6.87) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (8-5, 6.13).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

El Paso 9 Fresno 1 – Monday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Fresno (55-71), El Paso (74-52)

WP: Nix (1-0)  |  LP: Espino (7-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:48  |  Attn: 5,914

Salt Lake sinks Chihuahuas 12-5

The Salt Lake Bees hit six home runs in their 12-5 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark.

The two teams have split the first two games of the series. The loss ended El Paso’s six-game winning streak.

The Bees sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning against El Paso starter Dietrich Enns, who was pulled after two-thirds of an inning, his shortest outing of the year.

Salt Lake’s Michael Hermosillo hit three home runs in the first four innings before going hitless in his final two at-bats of the game.

Chihuahuas outfielder Michael Gettys went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 30th homer of the season, tying Hunter Renfroe’s single-season team record that was set in 2016.

San Diego Padres reliever Robert Stock allowed two runs in a one-inning MLB injury rehab outing.

Tyler Higgins threw two scoreless innings and hasn’t allowed a run or hit in his last five innings of work.

Next Game: Saturday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (2-1, 12.18) vs. Salt Lake RHP Nick Tropeano (2-6, 6.44).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

Salt Lake 12 El Paso 5 – Friday  |  Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (72-51), Salt Lake (52-71)

WP: Hutchison (1-0)  |   LP: Enns (11-9)  |  S: None   |   Time: 2:50  |   Attn: 11,176

Chihuahuas win at Nashville 8-5, Take series 2-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Nashville Sounds 8-5 Thursday and took two of the three games in the series.

Ty France went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the win for the Chihuahuas.

Boog Powell and Webster Rivas had three hits each in the victory. Michael Gettys and Esteban Quiroz homered for El Paso, giving the Chihuahuas 220 home runs in 110 games this season.

Emmanuel Ramirez got the win after pitching six innings and allowing four runs in his best Triple-A start to date. The Chihuahuas now have a 40-18 road record this season.

El Paso is now 9-2 all-time at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park.

Next Game: Friday, 6:05 pm at AutoZone Park. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (6-7, 7.85) vs. Memphis RHP Jake Woodford (6-6, 4.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

El Paso 8 Nashville 5 – Thursday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (65-45), Nashville (45-63)

WP: Ramirez (1-1)  |  LP: Maness (6-4)  |  S: Megill (3)  |  Time: 2:44  |  Attn: 9,816

Vegas crushes Chihuahuas 11-2; Dog’s Pacific Southern lead drops to two games

Well, the Las Vegas Aviators might have landed in El Paso on Friday but they flew right past the Chihuahuas again Saturday, this time 11-2.

El Paso (63-43) lost the second consecutive game to their nearest competitor in the Pacific Coast League-Pacific Southern Division and the Aviators (61-45) are now just two games behind the Dogs with a little more than a month left in the season.

Las Vegas hitters were just dialed in to the Dogs pitching, bringing in 11 runs on 14 hits. El Paso starter Jerry Keel threw 112 pitches in 5  2/3 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits, including three home runs.

The Dogs’ bullpen wasn’t too shabby, they gave up two runs in three-plus innings.

The Chihuahuas’ bats, on the other hand,  were dormant. Slugger Josh Naylor (.324 BA) scored the first of their two runs in the 1st inning on a powerful RBI triple that split the diamond and squeaked through the Vegas outfielders to the center field wall, Aviators 2-1.

The Dogs’ last run came on a home run by catcher Webster Rivas (.286 BA) in the 7th inning that excited the crowd but barely concerned the Aviators as they cruised through to a win and a menacing two-game difference to reach the top spot in the division.

The winning pitcher was Parker Dunshee (6.12 ERA, 3-4) and the losing pitcher was Keel (7.85 ERA, 6-7). There was nothing to save for the Aviators as 9,159 fans sat at Southwest University Ballpark.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Paul Blackburn (7-3, 4.88) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 15.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

Las Vegas 11 El Paso 2 – Saturday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Las Vegas (61-45), El Paso (63-43)

WP: Dunshee (3-4)  |  LP: Keel (6-7)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:14  |  Attn: 9,159

Pirela, Getty Homers lift Chihuahuas over Tacoma 6-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 1-0 in the eighth inning but hit two late, three-run home runs to come back and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 6-1 Saturday.

Jose Pirela’s three-run shot in the eighth inning extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Michael Gettys’ three-run homer in the top of the ninth gave him home runs in four straight games.

San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet allowed one run in five innings in his second MLB injury rehab start for El Paso, striking out eight Rainiers, the same team he set the Chihuahuas’ single-game strikeout record against on April 20, 2017 with 13.

Tacoma starter Jon Niese didn’t allow any El Paso hits until the sixth inning Saturday.

The Chihuahuas have won three of their last four games overall and four of their last five against Tacoma.

Next Game: Sunday, 2:35 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-2, 6.51) vs. Tacoma RHP Mike Wright (0-1, 2.66). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

El Paso 6 Tacoma 1 – Saturday  | Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (46-28), Tacoma (35-40)

WP: Megill (2-0)  |  LP: Gillies (0-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:09  |  Attn: 6,783

Chihuahuas capture Storm Chasers 6-3 in extra innings

El Paso starter Kyle McGrath pitched seven perfect innings in the Chihuahuas’ 6-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.

Omaha’s first baserunner came on a single to lead off the eighth inning. It was the closest the Chihuahuas have ever come to a no-hitter or perfect game.

McGrath’s seven perfect innings came exactly 13 years after the most recent no-hitter by the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, Portland’s combined perfect game at Sacramento on June 9, 2006.

The Chihuahuas scored three times in the top of the 10th inning on an RBI single by Jose Pirela and a two-run home run by Aderlin Rodriguez, his first Triple-A homer.

The win moved El Paso’s extra-inning record to 3-0, with all three extra-inning games coming on the road.

The Chihuahuas scored once in the first and twice in the second Sunday and have had at least one run in the first or second inning in all six games of their current road trip.

Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Werner Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (4-2, 4.99) vs. Omaha RHP Scott Blewitt (4-5, 6.41). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

El Paso 6 Omaha 3 – Sunday – 10 Innings  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (41-22), Omaha (31-33)

WP: Maton (1-1)  |  LP: Zimmer (1-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:22  |  Attn: 4,271

Chihuahuas wreck Storm Chasers 6-2

A five-run, 10-batter second inning led the El Paso Chihuahuas to a 6-2 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Friday night at Werner Park.

The second-inning rally included a three-run double from Ty France in his first game back since being optioned by San Diego.

France has 31 RBIs in 20 Triple-A games this season.

Dillon Overton allowed two runs in five innings and picked up his second win in as many starts. Brad Wieck tossed two scoreless innings in his first game since being optioned by San Diego.

Catcher Webster Rivas went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his first Chihuahuas game and hit his first Triple-A home run.

The Chihuahuas bullpen has not allowed an earned run in its last 15 innings. El Paso has won all four games of its Midwest road trip and has won six in a row overall.

El Paso 6 Omaha 2 – Friday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (40-21), Omaha (30-32)

WP: Overton (2-2)  |  LP: Hernandez (1-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:51  |  Attn: 7,278

Next Game: Saturday, 6:05 pm at Werner Park. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (7-3, 5.05) vs. Omaha RHP Kyle Zimmer (1-2, 5.76). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up to host food drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up to host the fifth annual food drive at Southwest University Park this week.

The drive will take place Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd when the Chihuahuas host the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners affiliate). The drive will benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

Whataburger will give Chihuahuas fans who donate three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last. Every $1 donation produces up to 7 meals.

“We are proud to once again partner with Whataburger to assist in making this year’s food drive the best one yet,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “I hope that many Chihuahuas fans can help support this important initiative locally.”

“At Whataburger, it’s important for us to be involved in the local communities where we do business and help ensure everyone has something to eat,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We hope all our fans in El Paso will help us as we fight to end hunger and join us as we team up with the Chihuahuas to take on the Tacoma Rainiers.”

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park.

Donations of canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans will be accepted. Fans may also make monetary donations.

Susan Goodell, Chief Executive Officer of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger states, “We are grateful to the El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger for hosting such a fun and easy way to help the 200,000 food insecure individuals in our community.  This is a win/win opportunity for everyone. Fans are treated to a great experience, as well as a delicious Whataburger; and those who do not have enough to eat, win by the generosity of fans who are willing to donate.”

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse.

Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here.

Chihuahuas fold Aces 10-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas might have been playing the Reno Aces, but it seemed as though the Dogs were holding all the cards in their 10-4 win.

El Paso let the Aces know early it was going to be a tough night. Seth Mejias-Brean (BA), batting in the 4-hole, landed the first shot with an RBI single to left field that left runners on the corners. Left fielder Matthew Batten (BA) followed it with liner to the left field corner that cleared the bases.

Right fielder Jacob Scavuzzo (BA) followed with a bloop single that dropped in behind second base but allowed Batten – who had started running on contact with two outs – to speed home and slide in the fourth run, El Paso 4-0.

The Dogs laid another pounding on the Aces in the 3rd inning that started with another Batten RBI double. Now with Batten on and Mejias-Brean in front of him, Scavuzzo took a swing that resulted with the ball in the GECU Green Seats and three RBIs, El Paso 8-0.

Reno responded – or maybe I should say the wind responded – in the 4th with a couple of seemingly routine fly balls that were dropped in the outfield. The most dramatic was a long high fly ball that had center fielder Michael Gettys leaning and dancing as the crowd collectively let out a sigh, El Paso 8-2.

The Aces burped out a couple more runs here and there but seemed lost at the plate against El Paso’s pitching. The loudest  run for Reno was a 9th-inning dinger to left field by slugger Yasmany Tomas (.311 BA). Coincidentally, Tomas was the Ace who hit the elusive ball to the center field wall that made Gettys dance.

The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (1-1, 7.30 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Braden Shipley (1-2, 9.53 ERA). Attendance was 6,246 at Southwest University Park.

Box Score   |  Team Records: Reno (19-28), El Paso (30-17)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Jon Duplantier (0-1, 3.55) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

By Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post

Duke City Domination! Chihuahuas crush Isotopes 21-10

The El Paso Chihuahuas set a new team single-game runs record in Monday night’s 21-10 win over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.

The Chihuahuas led 12-0 in the second inning and 18-4 in the fifth. The previous team runs record was 17, set vs. Las Vegas on May 4, 2016.

El Paso’s eight-run second inning matched a season high for runs in an inning. The Chihuahuas’ 22 hits was one shy of the team record. All nine Chihuahuas starting players had at least one extra-base hit Monday.

The Chihuahuas hit five homers in the rout, including two each by Josh Naylor and Jacob Scavuzzo, moving the team total to 104 in 45 games.

The Chihuahuas finished their nine-game, 10-day road trip with five wins and four losses.

Monday’s first pitch came with a 45 degree temperature, the coldest Chihuahuas game of the season.

El Paso 21 Albuquerque 10 – Monday

WP: Stock (3-0)   |   LP: Dean (0-3)   |   S: None   |   Time: 3:45   |   Attn: 6,568

Box Score      Team Records: El Paso (29-15), Albuquerque (23-22)

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Matt Koch (0-1, 7.04) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-2, 8.53). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

Urias goes yard again, Bullpen throws smoke as Chihuahuas beat RiverCats 5-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Sacramento River Cats 5-3 Monday night at Raley Field and have taken two of the first three games of their road trip.

Cal Quantrill allowed three runs in five innings in his first start since returning from a stint with the San Diego Padres.

Luis Urias hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his fourth home run in his last four games.

Chihuahuas reliever Fernando Rodriguez threw three perfect innings after Quantrill left the game.  El Paso’s bullpen retired 14 of the River Cats’ final 15 batters.

El Paso hitting coach Morgan Burkhart was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Clemons in the third inning, the Chihuahuas’ third ejection of the season.

The Chihuahuas are now 14-4 in road games this season.

El Paso 5 Sacramento 3 – Monday  WP: F. Rodriguez (2-0)  |  LP: Suarez (2-3)  |  S: Higgins (2)  |  Time: 2:44  |Attn: 4,951

Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (26-12), Sacramento (18-20)

Next Game: Tuesday, 1:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (4-0, 4.60) vs. Sacramento RHP Shaun Anderson (2-1, 4.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

‘Topes trip up Chihuahuas 6-2

Well, it was bound to happen: the Chihuahuas finally reached double digits. El Paso (23-10) went a little cold and lost 6-2 against the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday, marking only the tenth time they’ve lost all season.

It was like the Isotopes had stolen the Chihuahuas’ Wheaties this morning and their bats stayed home in a hunger protest. The Dogs had only four hits all game and could never string any together.

Although two of their four hits were homers. Outfielder Boog Powell, (.458 BA, 3 HR) slammed one in the 5th inning and Seth Mejias-Brean (.322 BA, 4 HR) landed a pinch-hit home run somewhere in the GECU Green Seats in the 8th.

El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.91 ERA) started the game and did well enough, but could only go three innings before being pulled for Kyle McGrath.

The game just exploded on McGrath (7.04 ERA): he gave up seven hits, five runs and one walk, by the end of the 5th.

The Chihuahuas looked as if they had regrouped and positioned themselves to get back in the game with two men on base in the bottom of the 9th, but that rally fizzled when the ‘Topes closer struck out three of the five batters he faced.

The winning pitcher was Peter Lambert (2-2) and the losing pitcher was McGrath (1-1). Attendance was 5,554 at Southwest University Park.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Albuquerque (18-16), El Paso (23-10)

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 7.40) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.85). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and

Author:  Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post

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