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.
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The El Paso Chihuahuas showed some spunk against the Reno Aces on Tuesday pitching a shutout until the 9th inning with a final score of 7-1.
The Dogs scored in the 1st inning after Reno starting pitcher Braden Shipley walked El Paso shortstop Luis Urias and outfielder Franmil Reyes. The Chihuahuas hottest hitter, Diego Goris (.384), whipped a single to right and scored Urias.
In the 3rd, Urias got on board with a single to center. Catcher Brett Nicholas moved him over with what looked like a gentle half swing that rolled between the Aces’ defenders into right field, leaving runners on first and second bases. Then, as if the Dogs had decided to slow things down a bit, Reyes sent a slow roller over second base, sending the speedy Urias home.
The highlight of the Chihuahuas assault came in the 6th when Nicholas doubled into the gap and started looking for a ride home. Reyes singled to left — but not far enough to move Nicholas. Outfielder Allen Craig moved the runners with a walk and loaded the bases.
With runners in scoring position — a situation the Dogs have unfortunately rolled over on in recent games – the next batter strikes out, but hope comes in the form of outfielder Nick Schulz who walked and brings in Nicholas.
The crowd of 6,242 gave a good cheer with a hint of apprehension, as if they expected a few more to score and now it’s the pitcher’s turn to bat.
Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas seized the opportunity and decided to pinch hit Shane Peterson with two outs. And he got all of it.
Peterson became the third Chihuahua to hit a pinch-hit long ball this season, but this one in grand style: bases loaded and over 400 feet to land underneath the centerfield scoreboard. The score was 7-0, El Paso.
The only threat from the Aces came in the 9th, when El Paso pitcher Colten Brewer allowed a couple hits and had a wild pitch that combined, allowed a single run.
Overall, the El Paso pitching was strong and allowed that run, struck out six, and only two walks. The winning pitcher was Kyle Lloyd (3-1) with Braden Shipley (2-3) taking the loss.
Catcher Raffy Lopez was promoted to the Padres to fill in for injured catcher Austin Hedges. Lopez caught Tuesday in the Padres victory over the Giants (3-2)
The Chihuahuas are still in 1st place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division. The Salt Lake Bees are in 2nd place, trailing by a single game.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (8-18), El Paso (17-9)
Next Game: Wednesday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Clarke (1-4, 7.43) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 4.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Reno 1 – Tuesday
WP: Lloyd (3-1)
LP: Shipley (2-3)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
And the home runs kept coming at Southwest University Park on Sunday as the Salt Lake Bees took the rubber game of the five-game series with the El Paso Chihuahuas.
While the Bees took this one 6-4, the Dogs are still sitting on top of the PCL Pacific Southern Division at 16-8; the Bees are 15-9.
The Bees’ infielder Ryan Schimpf started the offense with a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of RHP Luis Perdomo. The Bees’ Zack Houchins tacked on another run on the board with a long ball in the 3rd. Perdomo gave up another homer to Schimpf in the 4th before being replaced by reliever Michael Mariot (9.31 ERA) who was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
The Dogs barked back in the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run by outfielder Allen Craig; and a three-run 7th inning starting with a double by Cory Spangenberg who made it to third base when it was misplayed in the outfield. Unfortunately, they lost their bite after that.
The winning pitcher is Adam Hofacket (3-0) and the losing pitcher is Luis Perdomo (1-1). The save went to Ian Krol.
Top prospect Luis Urias got on base all five times he was at the plate going 3-3 with two walks, two doubles and a single.
Sunday was the third sstraight game that catcher Raffy Lopez hit a home run. He is batting .274 and has 5 home runs this season.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (15-9), El Paso (16-8)
Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Kris Medlen (0-3, 6.00) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (2-1, 2.52). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Salt Lake 6 El Paso 4 – Sunday
WP: Hofacket (3-0)
LP: Perdomo (1-1)
S: Krol (3)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post Gallery by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas made it a nail-biter on Wednesday in their 4-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees, but their three homers gave them just enough oomph.
The Bees struck first in the 2nd inning, scoring a couple runs by stringing four singles together before El Paso’s starter Walker Lockett settled down. Lockett kept the lid on the Bees allowing second baseman Luis Urias and shortstop Javy Guerra to blast a pair of homers in consecutive innings (5th and 6th) giving El Paso the lead, 3-2.
And then it happened, El Paso brought in reliever Kyle McGrath, who happens to be a great pitcher in his own right. But today, Salt Lake’s DH Ben Revere hit a ball to right field that might have very well landed on Santa Fe Street and tied the game (3-3). McGrath, however, settled down after that and retired four of the next five batters he faced. Allowing the Dogs’ left fielder, Shane Peterson, to smack the tie-breaking long ball in the 8th inning.
McGrath earned the win but it’s also important to remember Lockett’s performance today, Manager Rod Barajas said. “(Lockett) knew what was working for him,” said Barajas about his starter. “He had a great changeup today and he took advantage of it.”
Reliever Michael Mariot got the save.
El Paso’s key hits in the victory came from Peterson (2 for 4), Urias (3 for 5), and Guerra (1 for 3 with a walk), who seems to be coming into his own as a hitter.
“Guerra’s one of those guys who you look at him and watch him take batting practice and ground balls, and you know the potential is off the charts,” Barajas said. “The ball really jumps off his bat when squares it up. … He’s special defensively already, we know he’s able to do it at the Big League level. It’s just matter of trying to find that bat and get it consistent. He’s off to a great start this year.”
Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (1-0, 1.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (3-4), El Paso (5-2)