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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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).
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
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).
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
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit two singles in the top of the ninth inning Monday but lost to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 2-0.
It was the third time this season the Chihuahuas were shut out. The loss ended El Paso’s four-game winning streak.
Colin Rea pitched five shutout innings for El Paso and struck out 10 batters, tying El Paso’s 2018 single-game high. Jerry Keel, Eric Lauer and Kyle Lloyd also struck out 10 batters in a game this season.
The Chihuahuas held Oklahoma City to seven runs in the four-game series.
El Paso ended its six-game road trip 4-2. The Chihuahuas went 15-10 in July. The Chihuahuas do not play on Tuesday.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (58-49), Oklahoma City (58-47)
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans LHP Jarlin Garcia (2-2, 5.01) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (4-9, 4.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.