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).
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 www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas 11 El Paso 2 – Saturday | Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (61-45), El Paso (63-43)
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 www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 6 Tacoma 1 – Saturday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (46-28), Tacoma (35-40)
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.
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 email@example.com 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