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)
Shed Long hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Tacoma Rainiers a 7-5 victory, their second straight walk-off win over the El Paso Chihuahuas.
For the second night in a row, El Paso came back with multiple runs after the seventh inning to tie the Rainiers, with Wednesday’s three-run eighth highlighted by Jose Pirela’s two-run double.
Seth Mejias-Brean and Jason Vosler had two hits apiece for El Paso in the loss.
El Paso’s Eric Yardley threw four shutout innings of relief in his home state Wednesday. Alex Dickerson was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, moving El Paso’s league-leading total to nine hit by pitches in seven games.
Team Records: El Paso (1-6), Tacoma (3-4) | Box Score
The Las Vegas Aviators scored five runs in the fourth inning Saturday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-5.
The Chihuahuas’ pitching staff struck out 15 batters in the loss.
El Paso had two home runs in the game, one by Luis Urias leading off the bottom of the first inning and the other by Alex Dickerson, his first homer since September 22, 2016 while with San Diego.
Ty France went 1-for-4 with a double and has at least one extra-base hit in each of El Paso’s first three games.
Phil Maton struck out five batters in 2.2 innings in his first Triple-A outing of the year. The appearance made Maton the fifth player in Chihuahuas history to play for the team in four different seasons.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (3-0), El Paso (0-3)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Tyler Alexander (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
“If you build it, he will come” and he is coming to El Paso! Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the iconic baseball movie “Field of Dreams,” is scheduled to appear at the Chihuahuas game vs. the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s affiliate) on Friday, April 5, 2019.
“It was while in El Paso shooting a movie in 1985, that I fell in love with Minor League Baseball,” Dwier said. “The atmosphere, the proximity to the players, and the fun I had there reminded me ‘of all that was good about America, and could be again.’ I am so happy to be returning to El Paso to pick up the fun where I left off and to answer the question, ‘Is this heaven?’ with the obvious answer, ‘No, it’s El Paso.’”
“After seeing and hearing Dwier as the keynote speaker at last year’s Minor League Baseball Promotions Seminar, we knew we had to invite him to a Chihuahuas game,” said MountainStar Sports Group Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “People here will appreciate his enthusiasm and love for baseball.”
Including “Field of Dreams,” Brown has 59 acting credits to his name and is also the author of the critically-acclaimed book “If You Build It … A Book About Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams.”
Brown’s appearance is a part of the Chihuahuas 30th Anniversary Celebration of the “Field of Dreams” movie release. As part of the festivities, guests will have the opportunity to meet Brown on the concourse during the game and as well as play catch with the actor postgame.
Both experiences are on a first come first served basis. Gates open at 6 p.m. and first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
***SPOLER ALERT*** “Field of Dreams,” released on May 5, 1989, is a movie about an Iowa corn farmer, Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, who hears voices telling him “If you build it, he will come.” Kinsella interprets this as a message to build a baseball field in his corn fields. After enlisting the help of an author and building the field, the ghosts of the 1919 White Sox team begin to play on the field. It is not until the end of the movie when he realizes the field was to be built for his father, John Kinsella.
As part of the night’s celebration, the Chihuahuas are offering a Field of Dreams Package in the Budweiser Bullpen Patio. The ticket includes a private meet-and-greet with Brown, a 90-minute all-inclusive buffet, and one person will be selected at random to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Fans can enter-to-win three tickets as part of the Field of Dreams Contest! The contest includes three tickets to the Field of Dreams Package, an autographed baseball and an autographed copy of Brown’s book. Fans can enter online.
The 2019 All-Star season kicks off in El Paso on April 4, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. versus Las Vegas at Southwest University Park. The five-game homestand includes Field of Dreams Night as well as 70’s Night with a fireworks spectacular postgame (April 6), Kids Day Sunday featuring an appearance by Curious George (April 7), and concludes on Monday, April 8 with a mini bat giveaway presented by Southwest University.
Individual game tickets are on sale now, and guests are encouraged to purchase early and to receive a savings over day of game prices.
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (915) 533-BASE or by visiting the Southwest University Park Box Offices on Durango Street and/or Santa Fe Street.
The box offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The El Paso Chihuahuas announced their 2019 All-Star Season promotions, themes and giveaways schedule on Thursday.
This year’s lineup includes 13 Fireworks Spectaculars, 10 giveaways and a new look for Thrifty Thursday presented by Speaking Rock Entertainment Center.
The Chihuahuas kick-off the 2019 All-Star Season on April 4 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics affiliate). Rally towels are the premiere giveaway on Opening Night and Mini Bats presented by Southwest University, featuring a full-color picture of Southwest University Park, will be handed out to guests on Monday, April 8.
Fans can enjoy three midweek 11:05 a.m. day games on April 17, April 22 and May 22.
Chihuahuas are bringing back popular giveaways from 2018 with new looks: Road Jersey Fleece Blanket (May 6), Dri-fit Shirt (June 27) and Soft Hoodie presented by Sarah Farms (August 26).
The 2019 giveaway docket also includes new premium giveaway items: Howling Dog Poncho (April 17) and Chihuahuas Beach Tote (May 21).
Thrifty Thursday offerings, presented by Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, will now consist of $2 hot dogs, $2 12oz beer, $2 12oz margaritas and $2 20oz sodas for 2.5 hours after gates open (excluding April 4).
The Chihuahuas will also have a new look for Wednesday’s Diablos Days (excluding July 3), as they bring back the Diablos’ “Chile D” Pepper logo worn by the El Paso Double-A team from 1999-2004.
Fan favorite promotion, GECU Bark at the Park, will be moved to three Friday Nights in 2019 on May 31, July 26 and August 23 and will include dog giveaways for the first dogs in attendance (Bow Tie, Travel Bowl and Dog Hat, respectively).
Guests are invited to enjoy baseball on four major holidays in 2019: Easter Sunday (April 21), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), Father’s Day (June 16) and GECU Independence Day Celebration (July 1-3). 2019’s GECU Independence Day Celebration will include three consecutive nights of the best fireworks show in town.
Military, first responders and veterans will continue to enjoy a 25% savings on Monday through Thursday games (excludes April 4 and July 3) via epchihuahuas.com, GovX.com or in person with valid ID at either of the Southwest University Park box office locations.
On Military Mondays presented by Prudential, all active military and veterans will get to enjoy one complimentary Jumbo Hot Dog Meal with valid military ID.
Guests with paid admission must be present to receive a giveaway and only one giveaway per person will be allowed based on availability. All promotions, themes, and dates are subject to change. More themes, giveaways & promotions will be announced throughout the 2019 season.
Individual game tickets go on sale online Saturday, February 23 at 12:01 a.m. Chihuahuas fans will have an in-person pre-purchase opportunity on Friday, February 22 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Durango Box Office at Southwest University Park.
As part of the pre-purchase opportunity, four “Golden Tickets” will be given away at random to those patrons who pre-purchase in person on Friday containing Team Shop gift cards worth $100, $75, $50 & $25 available for use through April 8, 2019.
Beginning February 27, the Durango & Santa Fe Box Offices will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Both box offices will be closed on the weekend unless it is a game day.
Tickets are available starting at $5. Purchasers who buy in advance will enjoy savings ranging from $2.00 – $3.00 per ticket on reserved seating versus purchasing on the day of the game.
Bundle packages for the 32nd edition of the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby to be played at Southwest University Park, July 8-10, in a nationally televised game, are currently on sale! Group leaders are able to purchase a group to the All-Star Game and/or the Home Run Derby now. Individual tickets to the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby will go on sale at a later date.
11 – Thank You Thursdays presented by Prudential and
Thrifty Thursdays presented by Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
12 – Fetch the Fun Fridays
10 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturdays
10 – Kids Day Sundays
April 4 – Opening Night with Rally Towel Giveaway
April 5 – 30th Anniversary Celebration of Field of Dreams
April 6 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturday
April 7 – PBS Character Appearance
April 8 – Mini Bat Giveaway presented by Southwest
April 16 – Howling Dog Poncho Giveaway
April 17 – Baseball in Education Day/Day Baseball
April 18 – Military Appreciation Night presented by GECU
April 19 – Fetch the Fun Friday
April 20 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturday
April 21 – Easter Sunday
April 22 – Baseball in Education Day/Day Baseball
May 3 – Boy Scout Sleepover Night presented by GECU
May 4 – First Responders and Hero Night presented by
The Hospitals of Providence
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
May 6 – Road Jersey Fleece Blanket Giveaway May 7 – Youth Baseball Night May 8 – Teacher Appreciation Night May 9 – Nurse Appreciation Night presented by
The Hospitals of Providence May 10 – Girl Scout Sleepover Night May 21 – Chihuahuas Beach Tote Giveaway May 22 – Baseball in Education/Day Baseball May 23 – Thrifty Thursday presented by
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center May 24 – Fetch the Fun Friday May 29 – Diablos Day and Seniors Eat Free Wednesday May 30 – Thrifty Thursday presented by
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center May 31 – Bark at the Park presented by GECU June 1 – Tribute to Rom Com Night June 2 – Strike Out Cancer Night presented by
The Hospitals of Providence June 12 – Diablos Day and Seniors Eat Free Wednesday June 13 – Pride Night June 14 – U.S. Army’s Birthday Celebration
presented by GECU June 15 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturday
June 16 – Father’s Day
June 17 – Youth Softball Night June 18 – Taco Tues & Brews presented by Isabella Foods June 25 – Youth Baseball Night June 26 – Swim Night June 27 – Dri-fit Shirt Giveaway June 28 – Fetch the Fun Friday June 29 – Night of Royalty, Prince and Princess Night June 30 – Kids Day Sunday July 1 – GECU Independence Day Celebration July 2 – GECU Independence Day Celebration July 3 – GECU Independence Day Celebration July 11 – Youth Soccer Night July 12 – Fetch the Fun Friday July 13 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturday July 14 – PBS Character Appearance July 26 – Bark at the Park presented by GECU July 27 – Fireworks Spectacular Saturday July 28 – PBS Character Appearance August 7 – Diablos Day and Seniors Eat Free Wednesday August 8 – Health Care Professionals Appreciation August 9 – Fetch the Fun Friday August 10 – 50th Anniversary of Woodstock August 11 – Kids Day Sunday August 12 – Martial Arts Night August 13 – Spirit Night presented by GECU August 19 – Youth Football Night August 20 – Taco Tues & Brews presented by
Isabella Foods August 21 – Diablos Day and Seniors Eat Free Wednesday August 22 – Military Appreciation Night
presented by GECU August 23 – Bark at the Park presented by GECU August 24 – Wizard and Witch Night August 25 – PBS Character Appearance August 26 – Soft Hoodie Giveaway presented by
Sarah Farms August 27 – Veterans Night presented by Texas Lottery August 28 – Diablos Day and Seniors Eat Free Wednesday August 29 – Fan Appreciation Day
Staff Report January 3, 2019NewsComments Off on Southwest University Park, Spectra FoodServices to Hold Job Fair for 2019 Gameday and Event Staff
Southwest University Park and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2019 job fair in a two-day event in mid-January.
The job fair starts on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the WestStar Club at Southwest University Park.
Southwest University Park hiring managers are looking for “qualified, hardworking candidates with great guest service skills who are able to work baseball and soccer home games as well as other sporting and non-sporting events.”
The Chihuahuas are looking to fill the following positions for people 18 years or older:
Box Office Service and Cashiers
Cash Room Attendant
Parking Lot Attendants
Facilities and Grounds Crew
Game Day Entertainment Staff
Bark Brigade and Social Square Staff
Kids Playground Attendants
Mesilla Valley Transportation 50/50 Raffle Sellers
Candidates should enter through the Clock Tower/VIP Entrance on the corner of Durango Street and Franklin Avenue
Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. A positive, friendly attitude is essential. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Officials also ask for no calls regarding the jobs.
Spectra will be hiring various positions in the following ballpark areas:
City Hall Grill, Sun Kings Saloon and WestStar Club Bar Areas
Concessions – Cashiers, Runners, Prep Cooks, Stand Leads, Stand Managers
Restaurant – Servers & Runners
Cashiers & Cash Room Attendant
The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC, Leg Up Entertainment and Spectra are equal opportunity employers. Candidates must be 18 years of age to apply, must be able to pass a background check and must be able to work all home games and additional events as needed.
Applicants that are younger than 18 are asked to send their resume or an email to the following Human Resources Jobs address: email@example.com.
Staff Report November 29, 2018NewsComments Off on Chihuahuas, Chick-fil-A to Partner for ‘Paws for Presents’ Toy Drive
The El Paso Chihuahuas and area Chick-fil-A restaurants present “Paws for Presents”, a holiday toy drive assisting the Child Crisis Center of El Paso and Jardin de los Niños in Las Cruces.
“We hope the El Paso and Las Cruces communities will come out and support the Paws for Presents Toy Drive so that we can bring some holiday cheer to those who are going through difficult times,” said Chick-Fil-A Operator Edgar Ortega. “In Chick-fil-A, our goal is to inspire people to take good care of each other. We look forward to seeing the joy on the faces of the people who are touched by our community’s generosity.”
The drive started Tuesday, November 27th and continues through Saturday, December 15th. The Chihuahuas and Chick-fil-A request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 12.
“The Chihuahuas are proud to partner with Chick-fil-A on this special toy drive to help give kids in our region a smile and some toys during the holidays,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the seven El Paso Chick-fil-A locations, the three Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces or the Chihuahuas Team Shop.
The Team Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Any monetary donations can be made at the Chihuahuas Team Shop located at Southwest University Park. Monetary donations will not be accepted at Chick-fil-A locations.
The Child Crisis Center was opened in 1980 and serves to “protect children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy and family support services,” according to the website.
Jardin de los Niños opened in 1995 and serves to provide education, intervention and services to homeless or near homeless children.
El Paso, Texas
Chick-fil-A Sunland Park Mall 750 Sunland Park Dr.
Chick-fil-A Mesa Street 7597 N. Mesa St.
Chick-fil-A North Hills 10721 Gateway South Blvd.
Chick-fil-A Airway 1300 Airway Blvd.
Chick-fil-A Cielo Vista Mall 8401 Gateway West
Chick-fil-A Zaragoza 1840 N. Zaragoza Rd.
Chick-fil-A Montana 12240 Montana Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
Chick-fil-A Mesilla Valley Mall 700 S. Telshor Blvd. #1254, Las Cruces
Chick-fil-A University 1105 E. University Ave., Las Cruces
Chick-fil-A Lohman 2091 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces
The El Paso Chihuahuas announced their 2019 season schedule, including the dates for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star game.
The season kicks off in El Paso on April 4th versus the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) at Southwest University Park.
The 140-game schedule includes the 32nd edition of the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Southwest University Park, July 8-10, in a nationally televised game. The game includes a number of events including the Home Run Derby.
“The Chihuahuas ownership and staff are looking forward to the All-Star season filled with new promotions, fun and events. Our sixth season will also see our 3-millionth fan!” said Sr. Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.
As members of the Pacific Coast League’s (PCL) Pacific Conference, the Chihuahuas will face Albuquerque, Fresno, Las Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake and Tacoma four times, twice each in home-and-away series.
The Chihuahuas will take on each member of the American Conference once, including visits to Iowa (June 4-6), Omaha (June 7-10), Nashville (July 30-August 1) and Memphis (August 2-5). Round Rock will visit El Paso in a three game series, August 7-9, and San Antonio, who will make the move from Double-A to Triple-A in 2019, will follow, August 10-13.
Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th in a five game home series vs. the Las Vegas 51s to kick-off a 12-game April home schedule that includes Easter Sunday on April 21st. The Chihuahuas will play 15 home games in May and June, including Father’s Day on June 16th, 10 home games in July and finish the home season on Thursday, August 29th.
The regular season ends in Sacramento on Labor Day, September 2nd.
The Chihuahuas ended their Fifth Season Celebration with their fourth consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division title, won 82 games – the most since making the move to El Paso, and welcomed more than 500,000 fans through the Southwest University Park gates for the fifth consecutive season.
The Chihuahuas are currently taking deposits for 2019 Season Seats, Groups and Premium Hospitality Events. All patrons who purchase Season Seats and Paw-tial Plans, as well as any groups who place deposits, will receive priority purchase for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
After being held scoreless on one hit through six innings Saturday, the El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for five consecutive hits and four runs in the top of the seventh inning and beat the Fresno Grizzlies 4-2.
It was the Chihuahuas’ second consecutive win to tie the best-of-five series 2-2.
Fresno scored in the top of the first inning and the Grizzlies’ 1-0 lead held until the Chihuahuas’ seventh-inning rally. Saturday was the first time in the series the team that scored first didn’t win the game.
Colin Rea pitched well in a no-decision for El Paso, allowing only one run in 5.1 innings. Brett Nicholas went 2-for-4 with a double and a game-tying RBI single.
Recently-promoted El Paso reliever Gerardo Reyes pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save in as many nights.
The winner of Sunday’s game will face Memphis or Oklahoma City in a best-of-five series for the Pacific Coast League championship.
The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday but lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 in Game 2 of the Pacific Conference Finals.
The Grizzlies now hold a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.
Ty France went 4-for-5 with three RBIs for El Paso and is hitting .667 through the first two games of the series.
The Chihuahuas had double-digit hit totals in both games of the series. This is the second time Fresno has taken a 2-0 playoff series lead over El Paso, as the 2015 Grizzlies did the same thing in an eventual four-game series win.
The Grizzlies, who set the single-season league strikeout record in 2018, struck out 15 Chihuahuas on Thursday. The Chihuahuas are now 12-10 all-time in playoff games.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (2-0), El Paso (0-2)
Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round, Game 3 – Friday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (0-0, -.–) vs. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.