The El Paso Chihuahuas started their four-game road trip with a convincing 10-1 win over the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field Thursday.
Chihuahuas pitching held Sacramento to four hits and retired the final 13 batters of the game.
San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. The homer was against San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was also on an MLB rehab assignment. Hedges has three home runs in his last five games for El Paso.
Allen Craig started the game 4-for-4 with four singles before flying out in his final at-bat with a chance to tie the Chihuahuas’ record for hits in a game. Craig is batting .415 in 16 June games.
Dillon Overton pitched four shutout innings to start the game and hasn’t allowed any runs in 11 innings against Sacramento this season.
Sacramento used seven pitchers Thursday, three of which lasted less than one inning.
The El Paso Chihuahuas’ bats came alive against the Memphis Redbirds, delivering a 7-4 win on Tuesday and prevented the Dogs from dropping another series in June.
The split helped save El Paso from an embarrassing 1-5 series record this month and helps the Dogs head to Sacramento for a four-game series with some good mojo.
The Redbirds began the scoring in the fourth inning, with couple of sleepy RBIs that were partly the result of an error and a base on balls, Memphis 2-0.
The Dogs answered back immediately in their half of the fourth with a loud triple to right field by shortstop Luis Urias. Catcher Austin Hedges had a sacrifice fly to right field to score Urias, Memphis 2-1.
The Chihuahuas added another two runs with a pinch-hit two-run home run by Shane Peterson in the fifth. It was Peterson’s second pinch-hit home run this season.
The El Paso hit parade continued in the sixth inning with a couple of doubles, a single and a 330-plus foot two-run home run down the right field line, El Paso 7-2.
El Paso’s relief pitchers combined for two runs and four strikeouts in four innings. The Redbirds’ biggest threat came in the eighth when they loaded the bases but were limited to two runs, El Paso 7-4.
The winning pitcher was Brett Kennedy (4-0) and the losing pitcher was Kevin Herget (3-6). Robert Stock (2.01 ERA) earned the save.
El Paso Chihuahuas starter Walker Lockett pitched a brilliant game against the Memphis Redbirds on Monday, and had a decent shot to win – if not for the five-run first inning.
The Dogs lost to the Redbirds, 5-2, despite out-hitting them 10-5.
Lockett (4.66 ERA) had a 32-pitch first inning in which he faced eight batters hit one of them and gave up two singles, a double and a home run. Lockett settled down and pitched six scoreless innings until he was replaced by Kyle McGrath in the eighth inning.
The Dogs answered, albeit humbly, in the third inning. Outfielder Forrestt Allday doubled and scored on a couple of singles by Wil Meyers and Austin Hedges.
The misfortune and inability to score runs continued in the eighth inning when the Chihuahuas loaded the bases and were only able to bring one run home via a Luis Urias walk.
The Dogs left 15 runners on base and were 1-13 with runners in scoring position.
The winning pitcher was Dakota Hudson (9-2) and the losing pitcher was Lockett (2-6). The save went to Edward Mujica.
Box Score | Team Records: Memphis (43-28), El Paso (34-37)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Memphis RHP Kevin Herget (3-5, 3.86) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 3.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post / Gallery by ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Oscar Mercado struck a pinch-hit, two-run single to break an eighth-inning tie in the Memphis Redbirds’ 8-6 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday night.
Two San Diego Padres homered for the Chihuahuas Sunday on MLB rehab assignments. Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second homer in three games with El Paso this season.
Hedges’ Padres teammate Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a line drive solo home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the sixth.
One night after hitting for the cycle, Carlos Asuaje went 2-for-4 and has six hits in his last nine at bats. Shane Peterson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the loss. Tyler Webb tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning for El Paso
The teams have split the first two games of the series.
Box Score | Team Records: Memphis (42-28), El Paso (34-36)
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Memphis RHP Dakota Hudson (8-2, 2.18) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (2-5, 5.12). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Carlos Asuaje hit the second cycle in El Paso Chihuahuas history Saturday in a 13-1 win over the Memphis Redbirds.
It was the first cycle of Asuaje’s professional career. The Chihuahuas’ previous cycle was hit by Taylor Lindsey on July 19, 2016, also in a home game against the Redbirds.
The Chihuahuas scored six times in a 10-batter bottom of the second inning and the Redbirds never mounted a comeback threat for the remainder of the game. El Paso added multiple runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings.
Asuaje finished the night 4-for-5 with five RBIs. El Paso catcher Brett Nicholas went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in the win.
All nine spots in the El Paso batting order reached base on a hit or a walk. Luis Perdomo allowed one run in six innings to record his fourth win.
Brothers Luis and Ramon Urias played against each other in the game.
The El Paso Chihuahuas showed some bite against the Nashville Sounds on Friday but weren’t sharp enough to finish them off in the 8-6 extra-inning game.
Sounds starter Eric Jokisch (4.62 ERA) went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 11, gave up two runs and walked one. Jokisch gave up the runs in the second inning when second baseman Carlos Asuaje doubled and was brought home by outfielder Forrestt Allday who made it to second on a fielding error.
The speedy Allday scored on a single by Auston Bousfield, El Paso 2-1.
El Paso starter Dillon Overton (2.96 ERA) pitched six innings and gave up four runs, walked none and struck out seven. Most of the damage occurred in the fifth inning when he faced seven batters – four of which hit doubles, making the score Nashville 4-2.
At this point, the game was in reach for the Chihuahuas. Both teams’ starters had given them enough to be competitive so a Allen Craig home run in the eighth started to give the crowd some hope, with Nashville only leading by one, 4-3.
Nashville answered with two insurance runs in the ninth off of reliever Colten Brewer (5.28 ERA).
The Dogs went into the ninth inning down by three and the number seven hitter leading off – it didn’t look promising. Somebody forgot to tell Allday that and he led off with a single. A strikeout and two walks later, the bases are loaded for pinch hitter Shane Peterson.
Peterson hits the ball to second and pitcher Dean Kiekhefer rushes to cover first for the out but misses the ball and allows two runs to score on the error. Infielder Luis Urias lines out to right field and Franchy Cordero tagged up and reached home, tie game 6-6.
The 10th inning started with Sounds first baseman Steve Lombardozzi on second base as per the new rule. Next came shortstop Jorge Mateo who gently pushed a home run over the right field wall, giving Nashville the 8-6 lead.
The Chihuahuas left the field with their tails between their legs after a disheartening 10th inning, where two of the three batters struck out.
The winning pitcher was Kiekhefer (4-0) and the losing pitcher was Brewer (1-4). The save went to Jeremy Bleich.
Box Score | Team Records: Nashville (32-33), El Paso (33-35)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Memphis RHP Daniel Poncedeleon (5-2, 2.41) vs. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (3-2, 3.55). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas led most of the game against Nashville on Thursday, but the Dogs’ bullpen gave away the lead away, allowing six runs in three innings, ending in a 7-5 loss.
El Paso got on the board first in the third inning after Allen Craig walked and Shane Peterson singled to get on base. Chihuahuas catcher Brett Nicholas came up after and knocked a home run to center field, El Paso 3-0.
The Dogs followed in the fourth inning with another two runs – thanks in part to a little baseball magic.
Franchy Cordero singled and stole second base. Wil Meyers came up and hit a ball to center field that was so high, Cordero had time to run to third base turn back to second as the Sounds center fielder looked like he had it.
And then the magic: Cordero noticed the Sounds outfielder asking for help and waving his arms as if he had lost the ball. He quickly turned around and scored standing up as Meyers got to second base. Luis Urias doubled into right field to score Myers, El Paso 5-1.
El Paso starter Brett Kennedy (3.0 ERA) went five innings and only gave up one run in the fourth. And then, the bullpen came in. Reliever Jesse Scholtens pitched his way through the seventh inning and allowed two runs, El Paso 5-3.
And then the magic just ended for the Chihuahuas in the eighth inning. The wind began to blow hard and some rain fell at University Park. El Paso’s Trey Wingenter started the inning with a walk to Sounds infielder Franklin Barrento and a single to Sheldon Neuse. Wingenter loaded the bases by walking Sounds DH Steve Lombardozzi.
A sacrifice fly scored another run and that was all Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas had to see to go to the bullpen, El Paso still led 5-4.
The Chihuahuas hopes to contain the Sounds the eighth inning fell on the shoulders of reliever Tyler Webb (2.55 ERA). With the wind blowing and a light drizzle falling, Webb warmed up and took the mound.
A couple of rain drops later, Nashville first baseman Nick Martini drives the ball through the blowing wind and over the right field wall, Nashville 7-5.
The winning pitcher was Sounds reliever Ryan Dull (1.50 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Wingenter (4.94 ERA). Josh Lucas got the save.
Box Score | Team Records: Nashville (31-33), El Paso (33-34)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Nashville LHP Eric Jokisch (1-7, 4.95) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-2, 2.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words by Larry Monarrez | Photos by Alicia Renteria and Ace Acosta – El Paso Herald-Post
The Omaha Storm Chasers strung together three consecutive singles in the bottom of the ninth inning and came back to beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-5 Thursday night at Werner Park.
The walk-off hit was a two-run single by Adalberto Mondesi against Chihuahuas reliever Kazuhisa Makita.
The Chihuahuas trailed with two outs and two strikes twice in the top of the ninth inning before Nick Schulz’ bases-loaded walk and Forrestt Allday’s two-run single put El Paso in front, 5-4. Allday went 2-for-5 Thursday and went 6-for-13 in the Omaha series.
Allen Craig was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the series and eighth of the season.
The Chihuahuas have scored the first run in four straight games. Omaha pitching struck out 16 Chihuahuas Thursday.
All three games of the series were tied entering the eighth inning and were decided by one run.
The El Paso Chihuahuas started their seven-game road trip with four runs in the top of the first inning Tuesday but lost their early lead and fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers 6-5.
Luis Perdomo allowed two runs in five innings in his first start since returning from the disabled list.
The Chihuahuas sent nine batters to the plate in the five-hit top of the first, the second time in as many games El Paso scored four or more runs in the first three innings. With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Omaha’s Ryan O’Hearn hit a go-ahead home run, his seventh homer of the year.
Former San Diego Padres reliever Brandon Maurer pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save.
Brett Nicholas went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for El Paso. Nicholas has 45 RBIs this season, the second most in the Pacific Coast League and only one behind Fresno’s Kyle Tucker for the league lead.
It was a long game for the El Paso Chihuahuas and their fans alike, as they faced the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday and lost 7-3.
For eight straight innings the Dogs were held to a single hit.
Sacramento pitcher Conner Menez (3.27 ERA) pitched seven innings and struck out eight hitters and only walked one. El Paso starter Miguel Diaz (7.00 ERA) pitched three innings and faced 15 batters: struck out two, walked two and gave up four earned runs.
The Dogs could not get anything going against Sacramento until the bottom of the 9th. Outfielder Nick Schulz lead off the inning and blasted the ball to deep center field and ended up at second base. Leadoff man Auston Bousfield walked.
Then the crowd of 6,804 started to anticipate another come-from-behind win as the meat of the Chihuahuas lineup came up.
Unfortunately, there was enough meat for a light snack. Top prospect Luis Urias (.266 BA) hit a sacrifice fly to right and moved Schulz to third. Shortstop Carlos Asuaje lined out to third base, now there’s two outs.
And just as the crowd’s hopes were almost dashed, catcher Brett Nicholas singled on a blooper into left field that Sacramento’s Hunter Pence could not get under and scores Schulz — avoiding the shutout. More excitement filled the stands as pinch hitter Shane Peterson (.242 BA) slammed a ball into left field over Pence’s glove and scored two runs on the double.
Then it was infielder Javy Guerra’s turn. But Guerra, who won last night’s game for the Dogs with a walkoff hit, struck out swinging.
The Chihuahuas are now 27-28 this season. The winning pitcher was Menez (1-1). The losing pitcher was Diaz (0-1).
Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (26-29), El Paso (27-28)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Tyler Beede (2-5, 6.23) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (2-3, 6.07). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
San Diego Padres rehabbing outfielder Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs Wednesday but the El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Tacoma Rainiers 5-4.
El Paso trailed by two entering the ninth, scored a run and brought the tying run to third, but a deep fly ball to right field by Brett Nicholas was caught on the warning track to end the game.
Auston Bousfield went 3-for-5 atop the Chihuahuas’ order Wednesday and has reached base multiple times in all three games of the Tacoma series. Shane Peterson started the ninth-inning rally with a pinch-hit single, extending his hitting streak to six games.
Former Rainier Jonathan Aro threw two shutout innings in his former ballpark, his second straight scoreless appearance at Cheney Stadium.
Luis Urias also went 3-for-5, his second consecutive game reaching base three times.
Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-1, 3.86) vs. Tacoma RHP Rob Whalen (5-2, 5.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas have had a difficult month of May so far winning a meager five of their last 19 games, and Sunday was no different. The Dogs couldn’t get much going on their nine hits and lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 7-2.
The Grizzlies ripped into El Paso starter Walker Lockett (5.16 ERA) from the moment he got on the mound. He gave up three runs even before most of the crowd of 8,414 had gotten to their seats. Locket settled down after that and five scoreless innings into the 7th before giving up another homerun to designated hitter Jon Kemmer.
The story for the Chihuahuas on Sunday though was lack of timely hits and runs. Even first baseman Diego Goris, who presently leads the team in batting with a .312 average, was hitless. The Dogs’ only runs came off a couple of doubles in the 2nd and 3rd innings. They were held to three hits and no runs after the 3rd.
Fresno scored four more runs in the last three innings.
An argument can be made that Sunday’s loss are on the count of El Paso’s shaky pitching and nothing to do with hitting. But the fact of the matter is that the Chihuahuas have been outscored an average of 2.7 runs in their May losses so far — hardly an insurmountable number.
So what’s happened to the El Paso hits?
On May 1, El Paso sat in first place of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern division (albeit still early in the season) and as May 20, they’re in third place. Such a quick decline can come from many things …it’s baseball, right? But it’s important to remember that the Dogs’ hitters have been called up to the San Diego Padres.
Some of the players that helped El Paso’s strong start are: Raffy Lopez (.300 BA PCL), Travis Jankowski (.363 BA PCL), and Franmil Reyes (.346 BA PCL).
Hopefully, San Diego will keep their mitts off of Goris who has shown his versatility playing several positions for El Paso.
These transactions are necessary to keep the Big League club competitive but can also have quick consequences to their affiliates.
For example, the Chihuahuas have not won a series since beating the Las Vegas 51’s on April 23 — it’s been seven series, about a month, and quite a few transactions ago.
The Reno Aces got past the El Paso Chihuahuas 3-1 Tuesday in a quick-moving game at Greater Nevada Field. The Aces won three of the four games in the series.
El Paso’s lone run came on a solo home run by Brett Nicholas in the top of the eighth inning, his 11th home run of the season. The longball stopped El Paso from being shut out for the first time this season.
Nicholas had multiple hits and at least one RBI in both of the final two games of the series.
The Chihuahuas had strong starting pitching in the series, as none of the four starters allowed more than two earned runs. Neither team scored more than six runs in any of the four games at Greater Nevada Field, which is usually known as a hitters’ ballpark.
Tuesday’s contest finished three minutes longer than the shortest nine-inning game in Chihuahuas’ history, set April 30, 2016 at Fresno.