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Video+Gallery+Story: Diablos dump Baby Cakes 10-9

The New Orleans Baby Cakes came into El Paso and smacked 17 hits for nine runs. Against any other team, that might have been enough.

Against the Chihuahuas, however, that just got their bats going in El Paso’s 10-9 win.

The Cakes had the hits but just couldn’t string enough together to make the difference. New Orleans left eight runners on base with all their hits.

The El Paso Chihuahuas lead the Pacific Coast League in many offensive categories but the difference Wednesday was definitely their long-ball capability.

They hit four home runs on Wednesday to total 142 on the season, so far.

The Dogs are on pace to get near the 1974 Sacramento team who set the minor league baseball record at 305. If the Dogs stay this hot, they are projected to hit 297 – only eight team runs from the record.

Chihuahuas center fielder started off the home run show in the 1st inning with a liner that rocketed just beyond the GECU Green Seats in center, New Orleans 2-1.

The Cakes added a couple more runs on hits by the end of the 3rd inning. Then the Cakes starter, Ben Meyer, hit shortstop Luis Urias with a pitch. Then a single by third baseman Ty France. And then of course, a bomb by right fielder Jose Pirela, the game was tied.

New Orleans kept sprinkling in hit and runs. By the bottom of the 6th inning, they lead 7-5.

Two walks and an RBI single later, France stepped up to the plate with two men on. He launched a ball high over the GECU Green Seats and actually out of the park. El Paso took control, 9-7.

The cakes came back in the 8th inning to hit in a couple more runs but the homer-hitting Dogs answered with another dinger, this time by pinch hitter Seth Mejias-Brean, El Paso 10-9.

El Paso reliever Andres Munoz earned the W (2-1). There were 6,616 fans at Southwest University Park.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Hector Noesi (5-3, 2.64) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-2, 5.79). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 10 New Orleans 9 – Wednesday |  Box Score  |  Team Records: New Orleans (35-31), El Paso (42-23)

WP: Munoz (2-1)  |  LP: Bugg (0-2)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:08  |  Attn: 6,616

Author: Larry Monarrez   |  Photographer – Johnny Yturales

Aces down Diablos 9-1

The Reno Aces held the El Paso Chihuahuas to three hits in their 9-1 win at Southwest University Park Wednesday afternoon. The three hits matched El Paso’s lowest hit output of the season.

Chihuahuas catcher A.J. Kennedy hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second of the year, to produce El Paso’s run. Reno hit five homers Wednesday, setting a new Chihuahuas’ season high for home runs allowed in a game.

The Aces list of home runs included a pinch-hit shot by former Chihuahua Cody Decker, his 199th career minor league home run.

El Paso relievers Robert Stock and Luis Perdomo each threw a scoreless inning Wednesday. San Diego catcher Francisco Mejia went 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter in his second MLB injury rehab assignment game.

The Chihuahuas won seven straight against Reno earlier this season but the Aces have claimed the first two games of the current series.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Reno (19-27), El Paso (29-17)

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (1-1, 9.62) vs. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (2-1, 8.16). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno 9 El Paso 1 – Wednesday

WP: Widener (3-3)  |  LP: Enns (5-3)  |  S: None  |   Time: 3:00  |  Attn: 9,105

‘Topes trip up Chihuahuas 6-2

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.

Author:  Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post

Chihuahuas Unveil New Logos for 2019 Season

The El Paso Chihuahuas unveiled a new set of alternate logos and jerseys on Thursday ahead of the 2019 All-Star Season.

The unveiling included a new Howling Chihuahuas logo and two updated El Paso and “EP” marks. The Chihuahuas will also have a new look for Wednesday’s Diablos Days, as they bring back the Diablos’ “Chile D” Pepper logo worn by the El Paso Double-A team from 1999-2004.

“In our sixth season, the All-Star Season, it was time to add to the iconic family of Chihuahuas logos,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “These logos embody the fun we, and the community, associate with Chihuahuas baseball. We are also proud to add the star on the mountain to our primary road jersey.”

The Howling Chihuahuas logo features the profile of the Chihuahuas logo wearing a sombrero with “EP” across the brim signifying El Paso. A black alternate jersey will feature the Howling Chihuahuas with colorful trim on the sleeves similar to a serape – a traditional cloak or blanket in the Hispanic culture.

The Chihuahuas debuted a new road jersey, featuring a graduated gray landscape of the Franklin Mountains with the mountain star. The El Paso word mark has been updated from the original dual tones of white and tan to a clean and crisp white look. The enhanced word mark will also be featured on a new all black alternate jersey.

The Chihuahuas home jersey and red alternate jersey will remain the same.

Jerseys, apparel and some of the new logoed caps are now available for purchase at the Chihuahuas Durango Team Shop and online. The team shop is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. The jerseys are also available online.

The reveal also included the on-sale of the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby ticket bundles that will be made available to the general public on Cyber Monday.

Full Season Seat Holders will be given the first opportunity to purchase bundle packages to the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday.

For all ticketing information, prices and availability, interested fans can visit the Chihuahuas’ website.

Story+Gallery: Diablos Dunk River Cats 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 3-0 at the seventh inning stretch Wednesday night but came back to beat the Sacramento River Cats 4-3. It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

The Chihuahuas sent seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored three runs to tie the game. Scoreless innings from El Paso relievers T.J. Weir and Tyler Webb set up a potential walk-off situation for El Paso.

Diego Goris led off the bottom of the ninth with a high fly ball into the right field corner and it was misplayed by Austin Slater for a three-base error.

One batter later, Javy Guerra lined a single through the drawn-in infield to win the game.

The victory was El Paso’s second walk-off win of the year. Seth Simmons pitched well in his first Triple-A start of the season, holding Sacramento to one run in six innings.

Wednesday was El Paso’s fifth one-run game in the last eight contests.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Sacramento (25-29), El Paso (27-27)

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Conner Menez (0-1, 9.00) vs. El Paso RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 4.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 4 Sacramento 3 – Wednesday

WP: Webb (1-0)  LP: Parra (1-1)  S: None  Time: 2:41  Attn: 5,880

Photos by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald-Post

Grizz Ride J.D. Davis’ Cycle to 9-7 Win Over Chihuahuas

It was only two pitches: Two pitches that made the difference in the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-7 loss against the Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday.

El Paso’s pitchers struggled on Thursday. Each of the four pitchers allowed runs to the hot-hitting Grizzlies. Fresno third baseman J.D. Davis (.425 BA) led the way by hitting for the cycle and alone accounted for five of the their runs.

El Paso starter Chris Huffman (5.80 ERA) went three innings and gave up four earned runs. Relievers T.J. Weir (6.23 ERA) and Kyle McGrath (5.87 ERA) each allowed two earned runs. And Colten Brewer (5.51 ERA) allowed one.

El Paso hitters struggled through the first five innings against Fresno starter Josh James who was throwing in the mid-90s and struck out 10 of the 16 batters he faced, allowing only three hits and two earned runs. The Dogs, however, found their swing in the 6th with back-to-back doubles and a two-run home run by designated hitter Allen Craig (.241 BA) that smacked into the center field scoreboard.

The score was tied 6-6 in the 6th inning, anyone’s game. Fresno scored once more in the 7th and finished it off with back-to-back long balls in the 9th. The Chihuahuas showed some spark in their half of that inning but only managed to score one run on a Brett Nicholas (.301 BA) single to right field.

So again, just two pitches. You can choose any one of those pitches that scored a run and the result would have been the same: El Paso’s pitching is struggling.

The winning pitcher was Matt Ramsey (2-1). The losing pitcher was Brewer (0-3) and the save went to Brendan McCurry.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP David Paulino (0-0, 4.85) vs. El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (0-1, 2.70). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

Stats by El Paso Chihuahuas:

Fresno 9 – El Paso 7 – Thursday  WP: Ramsey (2-1)  |  LP: Brewer (0-3)  |   S: McCurry (7)   |   Time: 3:04  |  Attn: 6,341

Box Score: Box Score   |   Team Records: Fresno (25-16), El Paso (20-21)

Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Chihuahuas Bite Back, Top Reno 6-3

Walker Lockett pitched into the seventh inning in Monday’s 6-3 win for the El Paso
Chihuahuas over the Reno Aces. Lockett allowed only two runs, which was the third
consecutive game El Paso’s starter allowed two runs or less. The win snapped a
three-game losing streak.

Allen Craig started at first base and went 3-for-4 with a long home run to left
field and two RBIs. The top three hitters in the Chihuahuas’ order, Luis Urias,
Auston Bousfield and Brett Nicholas had two hits apiece. Trey Wingenter and Tyler
Webb both tossed scoreless outings out of the El Paso bullpen. Jose Castillo pitched
the ninth inning and let in one run in his Triple-A debut.

The victory pushed El Paso’s record to above .500. The Chihuahuas have not had a
losing record at any point this season. Shane Peterson went 1-for-5 and now has 998
minor league hits in his career. El Paso’s 13-6 road record is the best in the
Pacific Coast League.

Box Score Team Records: El Paso (20-19), Reno (16-23)

Next Game: Tuesday, 12:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (3-1,
3.10) vs. Reno RHP Jake Buchanan (1-3, 4.63). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso
and www.epchihuahuas.com

 

Reno Home Run Lifts Aces Over Chihuahuas 5-4

The Reno Aces beat the El Paso Chihuahuas by one run for the second consecutive game Sunday, winning 5-4.

The Chihuahuas had a strong start for the second straight day, with Dillon Overton allowing two first inning runs before retiring the final 14 batters he faced.

The Chihuahuas scored in the fourth on A.J. Kennedy’s first Triple-A hit, an RBI single off former MLB All-Star Clay Buchholz. Franmil Reyes and Diego Goris hit back-to-back RBI singles one inning later to put El Paso ahead 3-2.

The lead held until Anthony Recker’s two out, two-strike home run put Reno ahead by a run in the eighth. Recker has four home runs in six games against El Paso this season.

Auston Bousfield hit a solo home run against former AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz in the ninth inning, Bousfield’s first homer of the season between Double-A and Triple-A.

Overton went 1-for-2 at the plate and is now 3-for-4 this season batting.

Reno 5 El Paso 4 – Sunday – WP: Krehbiel (2-1)  LP: McGrath (1-2)  S: Feliz (1)  Time: 2:32  Attn: 3,681

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (19-19), Reno (16-22)

Next Game: Monday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-3, 5.49) vs. Reno RHP Albert Suarez (0-0, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno Doubles Up Dogs 2-1; Reyes Takes MiLB Home Run Lead

Jesse Scholtens pitched well for El Paso in his Triple-A debut Saturday but the Chihuahuas lost the road trip opener to the Reno Aces 2-1.

Scholtens allowed two runs in 6.2 innings but suffered the loss. Reno starter Taylor Clarke pitched well also, limiting El Paso to one run in seven innings. Clarke has held El Paso to three runs in 14 innings this season.

Franmil Reyes drove a solo home run into Reno’s right field bullpen in the fourth inning. It was his 14th homer of the season, separating him from Double-A Harrisburg’s Juan Soto for the Minor League Baseball lead in home runs.

The Chihuahuas loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning but weren’t able to score and tie the game. Auston Bousfield pinch ran for El Paso in the ninth inning on the day he arrived from Double-A San Antonio.

El Paso’s two hits tied the team record for fewest hits in a game.

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (19-18), Reno (15-22)

Reno 2 El Paso 1 – Saturday  WP: Clarke (3-5)  LP: Scholtens (0-1)  S: Hagens (1)  Time: 2:30  Attn: 6,374

Next Game: Sunday, 2:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 0.00) vs. Reno RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.12). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Gallery+Story: Tacoma Tops Chihua-Diablos 8-5; Reyes’ Hit Streak Broken

The El Paso Chihuahuas started out the 2018 season on fire, but in the last 14 games seem to be in some kind of funk. They’ve lost 11 of the last 14, and that trend continued Wednesday night as the Dogs dropped their fifth straight game Wednesday, this time to the Tacoma Rainiers 8-5.

El Paso scored first in the bottom of the 2nd inning when infielder Javy Guerra scored from second base on a hit single from catcher Stephen McGee (.125 BA). Tacoma answered in the 3rd with a two-run homer by third baseman Taylor Motter (.190 BA).

It was still a close game and El Paso starter Walker Lockett (1-3) seemed to settle down until the 5th in which he gave up a triple to outfielder John Andreoli. Andreoli scored on a single to center by shortstop Zach Vince. Vince scored on a sacrifice fly to left center field.

The Rainiers scored again when infielder Gordon Beckham hit a sacrifice fly to center and scored outfielder Ian Miller.

Tacoma tacked on three more runs, one in the 6th charged to Lockett and two in the 9th on a two-run homer by Cameron Perkins off of Dogs’ reliever Robert Stock (.450 ERA).

The crowd of 6,592 were treated to a suspenseful 9th when El Paso shortstop Javy Guerra started a modest rally the inning with a single on a throwing error. Then outfielder Shane Peterson singled with one out. Outfielder Cory Spangenberg doubled them in and advanced to third base on a wild pitch.

It looked like there was still hope as the heart of the lineup was set to come up with only one out. Second baseman Luis Urias drove in Spangenberg on a 4-to-3 groundout. But then, the rally fizzled on a Brett Nicholas fly ball to centerfield.

Rob Whalen (4-2) was the winning pitcher. Lockett (1-3) was the losing pitcher.

Box Score   |   Team Records: Tacoma (16-17), El Paso (18-16)

WP: Whalen (4-2)  LP: Lockett (1-3)  S: None  Time: 2:52  Attn: 6,592

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Max Povse (1-5, 7.58) vs. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (2-1, 3.13). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery by Steven Cottingham, Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery+Story: Rainiers’ Rally Soaks Chihuahuas 10-6

The Tacoma Rainiers broke a late tie with a four-run top of the ninth inning Tuesday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-6.

It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Chihuahuas have dropped four consecutive games.

Franmil Reyes went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and now has multiple hits in eight consecutive games. He has a nine-game hitting streak overall and has compiled 16 RBIs in eight games this month.

Reliever Kazuhisa Makita pitched two scoreless innings for the Chihuahuas on the day he arrived to El Paso. The Chihuahuas’ opponent has scored first in all four games of El Paso’s current losing streak.

Box Score  |   Team Records: Tacoma (15-17), El Paso (18-15)

Next Game: Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Rob Whalen (3-2, 6.00) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-2, 4.91). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

Tacoma 10 El Paso 6 – Tuesday

WP: Morin (2-0) LP: Brewer (0-2) S: None Time: 3:09 Attn: 6,288

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Sunday Slugfest! Isotopes top Chihuahuas 14-12

The Albuquerque Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 14-12 Sunday in a slugfest that had 34 combined hits and seven home runs. Both teams hit a grand slam.

The Chihuahuas trailed 8-2 in the top of the fifth when they batted around and scored six runs, their third comeback of six runs or more this season. Dusty Coleman went 2-for-5 with four RBIs on the Chihuahuas’ second grand slam of the season.

Diego Goris and Luis Urias collected four hits each, including a home run by both.

Franmil Reyes homered in his fifth straight game, has eight home runs in his last five games and leads all of Minor League Baseball with 13 this season. Reyes has compiled four straight three-hit games, six straight multi-hit games and has a .696 batting average in May.

The Chihuahuas set a season high with 18 hits Sunday. It was the first time all season the Chihuahuas lost in a game in which they outhit their opponent. Reyes and Goris hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, El Paso’s first set of back-to-back homers since April 7 at Las Vegas (Brett Nicholas and Javy Guerra).

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (18-13), Albuquerque (14-17)

Next Game: Monday, 11:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso TBA vs. Albuquerque LHP Sam Howard (1-3, 5.87). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Albuquerque 14 El Paso 12 – Sunday

WP: Gonzalez (1-0)

LP: McGrath (1-1)

S: Johnson (6)

Time: 3:28

Attn: 9,147

Record Crowd in ABQ Watches Isotopes Beat Chihuahuas 4-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning Saturday but lost 4-1 to the Albuquerque Isotopes.

It was only the second road loss for El Paso in 14 tries.

Franmil Reyes went 3-for-4 with another home run, his seventh in his last four games. Reyes had two homers in each of the three games leading up to Saturday’s contest. Dusty Coleman went 1-for-3 with his second double in as many games.

Tyler Webb, Robert Stock and Colten Brewer all pitched scoreless outings out of El Paso’s bullpen. The loss dropped the Chihuahuas out of first place for the first time this year.

Saturday’s crowd of 16,975 was the largest in the 16-year history of Isotopes Park.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (18-12), Albuquerque (13-17)

Next Game: Sunday, 1:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 5.81) vs. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-3, 4.42). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Albuquerque 4 El Paso 1 – Saturday

WP: Hessler (1-1)

LP: Huffman (2-2)

S: Johnson (5)

Time: 2:45

Attn: 16,975

Reno Relief Shuts Down Dogs 6-5; Reyes’ Home Run Show Continues

El Paso outfielder Franmil Reyes put on another show Thursday night in the Chihuahuas’ 6-5 loss to the Reno Aces. Reyes (.293 BA) has four towering opposite-field home runs in the last two games and nine already in the season.

A Reyes two-run homer in the 1st inning gave the Dogs the lead for three innings.

El Paso starter Brett Kennedy (.245 ERA) was mowing through the Aces lineup in the first three innings, striking out six hitters of the first 10. Kennedy gave up his first hit in 4th to Aces third baseman Kristopher Negron. Then, consecutive singles to the next two Aces and a 2-run double to outfielder Yasmany Tomas. Tomas makes it to third on a fielding error and is brought home on a triple by infielder Ildemaro Vargas, making 3-2 Aces.

The Aces taced on another couple runs in the 5th inning. El Paso answered in the 6th when Reyes singled to left, advanced to third on a Diego Goris (.372 BA) double, and scored on a fielder’s choice.

Aces reliever Joey Krehbiel struck out the side in the 7th as the home crowd of 6,189 began to grow restless. Relief finally came in the 8th inning when — when you guessed it — power-man Franmil Reyes hit another two-run long ball.

The game was tied, but not for long.

El Paso reliever Trey Wingenter walks Reno’s Evan Marzilli (.467 BA) with two out and is replaced by Jonathan Aro. Aro’s first pitch to Kristpher Negron is wild and advances Marzilli to second.  Negron is eventually walked and catcher Michael Perez hits a long single to right field that scores Marzilli.

Reno reliever Jake Barrett shut down the Dogs in order in the 9th, allowing Reno to take the series 3-1.

The winning pitcher was Krehbiel (1-1). The losing pitcher was Wingenter (1-2). Barret earned his first save.

Box Score   |   Team Records: Reno (10-18), El Paso (17-11)

Next Game: Friday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (1-1, 4.50) vs. Albuquerque RHP Yency Almonte (1-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno 6 El Paso 5 – Thursday

WP: Krehbiel (1-1)

LP: Wingenter (1-2)

S: Barrett (1)

Time: 2:49

Attn: 6,189

Author:  Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Video+Story – Reno Strikes Back: Aces Take Chihuahuas 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas might have lost 3-4 to the Reno Aces on Wednesday, but outfielder Franmil Reyes’ hitting made it a show worth watching anyway.

Reyes went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored all three of the runs El Paso put on the board. He started with a walk in the 2nd inning and moved up to third base on subsequent plays. At third base and with two outs, Reyes scored on an errant pickoff attempt by Aces pitcher Taylor Clarke.

Reno answered in the 4th, loading the bases with one out against El Paso starter Walker Lockett (4.91 ERA). A sacrifice fly to left field by Aces infielder Marcus Littlewood scored outfielder Socrates Brito.

Lockett ended the inning in a tie by striking out Kristopher Negron.

In the El Paso half of the 4th, Reyes came to the plate with one out and no one on base. Reyes let loose on the Aces’ pitch and sent it 400-plus feet to center field, missing the bottom of the scoreboard by a few feet. Clarke made the Chihuahuas come to heel and ended the inning with a ground out and a strikeout, but El Paso led by another Reyes run.

The top of the 5th can only be described as one of those things that happens in baseball: a series of events that if separated or even had happened in a different order might have ended in a Chihuahuas win.

Aces third baseman Jack Reinheimer walks with two outs, then steals second and scores on a single by Brito who moved to second base after an El Paso throwing error (Reyes). Ex-Chihuahua Cody Decker then tripled on a hit off the center field wall and in comes Brito.

Again, still on two outs, Aces catcher Anthony Recker (.341) skies a fly ball to third baseman Diego Goris, who apparently tracked it and lost it in the bright desert sky. Decker was running home on contact because there were two outs and scored when the ball lightly bounced on the grass a few feet beside Goris and shortstop Dusty Coleman.

Goris made it up to the home crowd with a dazzling over-the-shoulder catch which he nearly had to be in a full sprint to get in foul territory; finally, the third out.

The Dogs had one more flash of brilliance in the 6th, again by power-man Reyes. He slammed another Clarke pitch to right center field, this time into the top-deck seats of the center field building. The crowd of 8,843 (mostly area schoolchildren) roared as Reyes circled the bases and brought the Dogs within a run.

Unfortunately for El Paso and the schoolchildren, it didn’t happen today. Aces relief pitchers Albert Suarez and Jimmie Sherfy shut down the Dogs in the 8th and 9th, striking out a combined four of the six batters they faced — including Reyes in the 9th.

The winning pitcher was Clarke (2-4) with the save going to Sherfy (5 saves). The losing pitcher was Lockett (1-2).

Box Score  |  Team Records: Reno (9-18), El Paso (17-10)

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Troy Scribner (2-1, 6.05) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 1.29). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno 4 El Paso 3 – Wednesday

WP: Clarke (2-4)

LP: Lockett (1-2)

S: Sherfy (5)

Time: 2:41

Attn: 8,843

Author:  Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

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