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.
The El Paso Chihuahuas might have lost 5-4 to the Tacoma Rainiers in the season’s last game on Monday, but they were still the 2018 PCL Pacific Southern Division champions for the fourth consecutive year.
El Paso started strong in the first inning with a two-run double by left fielder Shane Peterson (.286 BA), Peterson ended the season with a 12-game hitting streak, El Paso 2-0.
The Dogs were gifted a run by Tacoma starter Casey Lawrence in the second inning when Forrestt Allday (.281 BA) smacked a two-out gentle roller near the mound with Brett Nicholas (.291 BA) on third base.
Allday sped toward first and Lawrence, undoubtedly pressured, slipped as he reached for the ball and couldn’t get a grip. Allday reached and Nicholas scored, El Paso 3-0.
Tacoma was determined to get those runs back in the third inning when catcher Cameron Rupp (a 6-foot-2-inch monster of a ball player with 260 pounds on him) smashed a fast ball off of El Paso starter Colin Rea (5.08 ERA) that ended up somewhere over the big green wall in center field – with two runners on base. The game was tied and the crowd of 7,523 grew quiet.
Fresh off of a 17 home-game winning streak, the Chihuahuas came back to smack Lawrence around in the third inning. Top prospect Francisco Mejia (.328 BA) doubled to the right field corner and moved to third on a Ty France groundout. Peterson, who had three RBIs in the game, smacked a single to right field and brought in Mejia, El Paso 4-3.
Unfortunately for El Paso, Lawrence (3.31 ERA) gave way to the Tacoma bullpen in the fourth inning and the Dogs’ fortune went with him. The Chihuahuas were hitless against the bullpen, striking out seven times and only getting on base once in the ninth with a walk.
Tacoma on the other hand, added runs in the fourth and seventh innings, Tacoma 5-4.
The winning pitcher was Trevor Frank (1-0) and the losing pitcher was hop-stepper Carter Capps (1-1). Daniel Schlereth earned his first save with a fly-ball out to left and two strikeouts.
Now the focus changes, as the Dogs will begin the best-of-five first-round playoff series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Southwest University Park against the Fresno Grizzlies – the Houston Astros’ AAA affiliate. The series promises to be an exciting match-up for El Paso, who went 7-9 against Fresno in the regular season.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (65-73), El Paso (82-57)
Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round – Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Brady Rodgers (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
The playoffs-bound El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 9-4 on Sunday in a no-nonsense style poised for post-season success.
The Dogs came in hot from losing a 17 home-game winning streak on Saturday and established their dominance early and never looked back. El Paso put three runs on the board against Tacoma starter David Rollins in the first inning by stringing hits together. Rollins faced eight Chihuahuas and gave up five singles and three RBIs, El Paso 3-0.
The assault on Rollins (9.61 ERA) continued in the bottom of the second with a two-run shot that was launched off of Francisco Mejia’s bat and straight into the glove of a fan on the Peter Piper Pizza Porch.
Three consecutive singles brought in one more run and Rollins finally managed to get out of the inning by striking out Dusty Coleman, El Paso 6-0.
Tacoma showed a little life in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Seth Mejias-Brean (.266 BA), El Paso 6-1.
El Paso answered in their half of the fourth inning by loading the bases with no outs before Allen Craig hit into a double play but brought in Mejia to make it El Paso 7-1.
The Rainiers came back in the seventh and eighth and threw up another three inconsequential runs making it El Paso 7-4.
The fiery dogs came back in the eighth and added another couple of runs just to remind the Rainiers who was on top and go to the ninth with a five-run lead, El Paso 9-4.
El Paso righty Kyle Lloyd set them down in order in ninth inning and giving teammate Cal Quantrill (3-1) the win and Rollins his third loss.
After Monday’s final game in the Tacoma series, El Paso (82-56) will begin their quest for the 2018 PCL title against the Fresno Grizzlies (81-57) on Wednesday.
Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post / Video and Stats Courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas
It might have been “Harry Potter” night on Saturday at Southwest University Park, but there was no more magic for the El Paso Chihuahuas in their 5-4 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers.
The loss was a bit of a surprise to most of the 9,559 muggles who were undoubtedly there to watch the playoff-bound Dogs win their 18th consecutive home game, but instead saw the Rainiers conjure up a 10th-inning rally.
Tacoma scored four of their five runs via the long ball. The first home run came in the third inning and was a monster that left so fast and high over the Peter Piper Pizza deck in left field, that most of the people in that area seemed unaware a rocket was hit toward them, Tacoma 2-0.
The fiery Chihuahuas came back in their half of the fourth inning and put up four runs of their own to take the lead. The first two runs came from a Francisco Mejia (.301 BA) two-run blast into the Big Dog House in right field and tied the game at 2.
Third baseman Dusty Coleman (.201 BA) came up big with a blooper to center field that scored two more runs for the Dogs, El Paso 4-2.
Tacoma whittled away at the lead with a home run over the right field corner in the sixth inning, and tied it up in the eighth inning with another blast into the Big Dog House in right field.
The Dogs were muzzled in the ninth and were forced into extra innings.
Tacoma started out the 10th inning with a runner on second base – as per the new MILB rule intended to expedite the game. One pitch by Chihuahuas reliever Kyle McGrath (2.75 ERA) to the lead-off man Gordon Beckham (.303 BA) brought that runner home, Tacoma 5-4.
El Paso seemed destined to win this game, too. But, well, the magic was not there. The Chihuahuas loaded the bases with no outs in their half of the 10th inning but the next two batters failed to get the ball out of the infield and the game ended with a 4-3 double play.
The winning pitcher was Mike Morin (5-2) and the losing pitcher was McGrath (7-3). Ryan Garton earned his third save despite loading the bases with a passed ball and a walk.
Story by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post | Stats/Video courtesy EP Chihuahuas
The El Paso Chihuahuas were doing something Friday they hadn’t done in more than 40 days: losing a game at home. But thanks to the Big Dog in the sky, the Chihuahuas magically beat the Tacoma Rainiers 7-6.
The Dog’s ninth-inning heroics kept their home-game winning streak alive at 17.
The Chihuahuas (81-55) have already clinched a playoff berth and really could have just played casually without giving this game much thought. And a loss seemed likely in a game that was full of peculiarities including an El Paso home run that appeared fair to everyone in the park but one umpire.
El Paso starter Walker Lockett (4.73 ERA) kept the Tacoma lineup at one run until the fifth inning when the Rainiers threw up five runs. Lockett gave way to righty T.J. Weir who restored order and got the final out to end the inning, Tacoma 6-0.
Tacoma starter Ross Detwiler (4.89 ERA) went seven strong innings keeping El Paso scoreless until the fifth, when right fielder Forrestt Allday singled in a run to center field, Tacoma 6-1. There could have been another two runs on what appeared to be a Nick Schulz home run down the left field line that looked like it sailed fair past the foul pole then curved behind it.
The crowd of 9,178 amateur umpires in the stands let official umps hear it.
El Paso catcher Raffy Lopez was tossed after the umpires objected to reliever Carter Capps’ unusual wind-up motion. Capps has used a “hop-step” delivery for most, if not all, of his career and has stirred controversy for years. El Paso manager Rod Barajas was tossed shortly after Lopez, apparently also arguing in favor of Capps’ style.
Capps changed his motion and walked a batter to allow lefty Brad Wieck to finish warming up.
The Dogs started to growl again in the eighth inning with a two-run Ty France long ball that bounced off the third deck of the Dog House in right center field, Tacoma 6-3.
Wieck (3.63 ERA) was lights-out in his two innings of work, allowing only two hits but striking out six batters.
And then the magic.
First baseman Brett Nicholas led off the ninth inning with a home run that bounced of the Dog House – within a few feet of where France’s blast had hit the inning before, Tacoma 6-4. Dusty Coleman doubled down the left field line. Auston Bousfield popped a looper over the second baseman’s glove to put runners on the corners.
Schulz, who was apparently robbed of that home run in the fifth, hit a sinking liner to center field that was caught but brought home the speedy Coleman, El Paso 6-5.
Allday walked and moved Bousfield to second base. France came up as the Dogs’ last hope to keep the streak alive with two outs. He hit a long fly ball that appeared to be headed to that same spot on the Dog House he had already marked and the Rainier center fielder chased after it and threw up his arm to catch it. The ball slipped through and fell at the base of the wall, El Paso walked off 7-6.
The winning pitcher was Wieck (3-0) the losing pitcher was Tyler Higgins (1-1).
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (64-72), El Paso (81-55)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Christian Bergman (8-10, 5.00) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (4-0, 0.82). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The Fresno Grizzlies beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-1 Thursday to give El Paso its first series loss since July 12-15 versus Reno.
Fresno won two of the three games but the Chihuahuas won four of seven on their road trip.
Luis Perdomo allowed three runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings in his second MLB injury rehab start for the Chihuahuas. Kyle Lloyd and Dillon Overton pitched scoreless relief outings following Perdomo’s start.
Brady Rodgers threw seven shutout innings for Fresno Thursday, facing the minimum number of Chihuahuas’ batters through the first five innings.
El Paso’s lone run came on an RBI double by Shane Peterson, who went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The Chihuahuas remain one victory behind the Memphis Redbirds for most wins in the Pacific Coast League this season.
The Fresno Grizzlies scored eight runs by the end of the third inning in their 9-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night.
It was only the second loss for the Chihuahuas in their last 14 games.
Francisco Mejia drove in two runs Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly. Ty France was hit by two pitches and has reached base multiple times in three consecutive games.
Auston Bousfield hit a high solo home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning, his second Triple-A homer of the season.
T.J. Weir and Brad Wieck both pitched scoreless relief outings in the loss for El Paso. Cal Quantrill became the first El Paso starting pitcher to receive a loss since Jordan Lyles on July 24, a span of 31 games.
Fresno’s Kyle Tucker hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, his seventh homer in six games since being optioned by the Astros.
The El Paso Chihuahuas closed their four-game series in Tacoma with a 1-0 win over the Rainiers Monday night.
It was El Paso’s seventh shutout of the season. The Chihuahuas won three of the four games, their seventh series win in the last eight tries.
Logan Allen pitched five shutout innings for El Paso and moved his Triple-A ERA to 0.84 in his first four Pacific Coast League starts. Kazuhisa Makita, Carter Capps and Rowan Wick each threw scoreless relief outings out of the El Paso bullpen Monday.
The only run of the game came on a second inning RBI single by Chihuahuas’ designated hitter Shane Peterson.
Monday’s win was El Paso’s 79th of the season, setting a new team record, eclipsing the 2015 Chihuahuas, who finished 78-66.
ROUND ROCK, Texas – With a week left in the 2018 regular season, the Pacific Coast League released Monday its end of the year All-Star team and the Chihuahuas’ Luis Urias has been selected.
The 12-man roster, which is assembled through a vote of the League’s field managers, media representatives and broadcasters, features three players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list – Urias (No. 22, El Paso), Alex Verdugo (No. 28, Oklahoma City) and Tyler O’Neill (No. 47, Memphis).
Urias, elected as the team’s second baseman, is joined in the infield by first baseman A.J. Reed (Fresno), shortstop Ildemaro Vargas (Reno) and third baseman Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque). All four, along with four others, also received mid-season All-Star honors.
Reed’s PCL-leading 27 home runs and 106 RBI has helped Fresno lock up the Pacific Northern Division. His infield corner mate Fuentes, who was the PCL’s BUSH’S® All-Star MVP, has enjoyed a breakthrough year; he sits at or near the top of numerous offensive categories, including topping the circuit in hits (166) and total bases (261).
Vargas recently saw his club-record 35-game hitting streak come to an end, the fifth longest streak in the PCL’s 116-year history.
O’Neill, Verdugo and Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman make up the outfield. The Cardinals prospect, O’Neill, has been among the most prolific home run hitters in the League for a Memphis team that has sewn up their second consecutive American Southern Division. Verdugo (.335) and Tauchman (.326) are part of a tight race for the PCL’s batting title.
Joining the rest of the position players are catcher Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs) and designated hitter Kevin Cron (Reno). Bethancourt has posted an .822 OPS in 94 games as the primary catcher for a Sky Sox team in the hunt for the American Northern title.
The Diamondbacks farmhand, Cron, has driven in the second-most runs in the League (91), even though he missed the first month of the season while recovering from an injury.
Dakota Hudson, tabbed by MLB Pipeline as St. Louis’ No. 4 prospect, is the right-handed starting pitcher. The Mississippi State product is the PCL’s ERA (2.50) and wins (13) leader, despite not appearing in a Triple-A game in over a month because of his first Major League promotion.
The team’s left-handed starter is Oklahoma City’s Manny Banuelos. The southpaw has recorded a 3.59 ERA and has struck out 126 hitters in 105.1 innings on the campaign. Round Rock Express hurler R.J. Alvarez, who has saved more games than any other PCL pitcher this season (23), was named the team’s reliever.