Staff Report May 27, 2019NewsComments Off on 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.
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 www.epchihuahuas.com.
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.
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 www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report May 7, 2019NewsComments Off on Chihuahuas Establish All-Star Legacy Scholarship Program
Tuesday afternoon, El Paso Chihuahuas officials announce the establishment of the All-Star Legacy Scholarship Program which is designed to assist area high school students in pursuit of a post-secondary education with financial support and information as they go through the process of pursuing a college degree.
“It is a privilege for us to provide college assistance through the All-Star Legacy Scholarship Program to local students in our community,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “As we stated from the beginning, our mission is about more than baseball.”
Students can enter the All-Star Program as freshmen and will continue until graduation. To remain in the program students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and contribute a minimum of 20 hours of community service per year.
Five students from the El Paso County and Doña Ana County areas will be selected to participate in the All-Star Program. The deadline to submit an application is May 30, 2019.
The Program was created as part of the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby to be held at Southwest University Park July 8-10, and is intended to serve as a legacy to hosting this prestigious event in El Paso.
Students can enter as freshmen and will continue until graduation. To remain in the program students will have to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and contribute a minimum of 20 hours of community service per year.
Throughout their time in the program these student all-stars will be invited to events where they will receive information on financial aid, college applications, and related topics.
College tours and meetings with admissions counselors at local post-secondary schools will be included.
Each year the El Paso Chihuahuas will recognize the five newest members of the program as well as those who will be graduating from their respective colleges. Students will be judged based on academic performance, extra-curricular and community activities, community service, and financial need, and will be selected by a committee of volunteers.
Once students are selected for the All-Star Scholarship Program they will receive a scholarship of $1,000 which will be paid directly to the post-secondary school they select after the student shows proof of full-time enrollment.
For more information on the All-Star Legacy Scholarship Program, interested students may contact Kate Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (915) 242-2029.
The Salt Lake Bees could have not even shown up to Southwest University Stadium on Monday - the batters anyway.
The pitchers, on the other hand, were necessary for the 15-0 shellacking that included six Chihuahuas home runs and tied the team record for most home runs in a game.
The Chihuahuas started their assault on the Bees with a first-pitch-of-the-game home run by leadoff man Michael Gettys (.275 BA, 9 HR).
It might as well have been an omen: The Dogs scored in all but one of their eight innings.
By the end of the 1st they were four runs up and had two home runs under their belt. By the end of the 4th inning, the Chihuahuas had scored 9 unanswered runs. You get the picture.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .316 and in home runs by 24, kept the heat on the Bees by 13 scoring runs for starter Logan Allen before his exit in the 6th inning.
Allen (5.16 ERA) did his part by only allowing two hits and three walks after facing 21 batters.
Chihuahuas reliever Carlos Torres came in to pitch for Allen in the 7th and kept the shutout intact while earning his first save of 2019.
The winner was undoubtedly Allen (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Adrian De Horta (0-1), who was recently promoted from Double-A Mobile BayBears.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-20), El Paso (22-9)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 8.25) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (3-1, 5.34). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.321 BA) went 4-5 Monday with two home runs and four RBIs.
Monday’s victory was the team’s 400th franchise win.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Video: El Paso Chihuahuas | Gallery: Johnny Yturales El Paso Herald-Post
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)
Ty France’s two-run homer with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning gave the El Paso Chihuahuas an 11-10 walk-off win over the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday afternoon.
France also homered in the eighth inning, his second consecutive multi-home run game.
The Chihuahuas trailed 7-2 before scoring once in the sixth and six times in the eighth to go ahead, then Tacoma’s three-run top of the ninth changed the lead again. The Chihuahuas hit four homers after the seventh inning and five in the game, tying the team record.
Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for El Paso and has a .393 batting average through 61 plate appearances this season. The victory moved El Paso’s winning streak to six games and put the Chihuahuas record (7-6) above .500 for the first time in 2019.
El Paso native Fernando Rodriguez was the winning pitcher in his first home game with the team.
The Chihuahuas have scored 48 runs on 59 hits over their last four completed games.
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-1, 9.64) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Rowley (1-0, 5.63). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 11 Tacoma 10 – Wednesday | Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (5-9), El Paso (7-6)