The El Paso Chihuahuas won their second straight game Sunday, defeating the Sacramento River Cats 10-3. The Chihuahuas clinched a series win with the victory.
Brett Nicholas went 4-for-5 with two doubles and five RBIs Sunday. Nicholas had nine hits and 10 RBIs in the three-game series against Sacramento.
Jerry Keel pitched seven innings and allowed only one earned run, turning in his second straight strong start. Keel has surrendered only two earned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.
Between Keel and Brett Kennedy, El Paso starting pitchers went 14 innings and allowed two earned runs in the last two games of the series.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch in his third MLB injury rehab game for Sacramento.
The Chihuahuas do not play on Monday.
El Paso 10 Sacramento 3 – Sunday
WP: Keel (3-1) | LP: Johnson (0-3) | S: None | Time: 2:36 | Attn: 8,908
Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (43-58), El Paso (54-47)
Next Game: Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Security Service Field. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 13.50) vs. Colorado Springs RHP Aaron Brooks (6-3, 3.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (41-41), El Paso (44-39)
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Sam Howard (3-5, 5.53) vs. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (6-2, 3.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Colin Rea pitched six innings in his first Triple-A start of the season, as the El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Sacramento River Cats 3-1 Saturday.
Rea surrendered one run, giving El Paso starters 16 innings and only one run allowed in the series.
El Paso pitching has held Sacramento to only two total runs in the first three games of the series. Two-time MLB All-Star Johnny Cueto started for the River Cats on MLB rehab and allowed only one baserunner, an infield single by Luis Urias, in 3.2 innings.
Auston Bousfield went 2-for-4 with a double in the win for the Chihuahuas.
Shane Peterson had a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the seventh inning and is 7-for-15 pinch hitting this season.
The Chihuahuas have won four games in a row, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League, and are above .500 for the first time since May 27.
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
It was a rather unusual game the Chihuahuas played against the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday, ending with a walk-off win for the Dogs 7-6.
El Paso starting pitcher Walker Lockett (5.12 ERA) battled through five innings and gave up four runs, but the baseball gods smiled at the Dogs in their half of the fifth inning. Dogs’ catcher Brett Nicholas walked and made it to second on a single by center fielder Auston Bousfield.
A well-placed bunt to third allowed shortstop the speedy Javy Guerra to load the bases. DH Nick Schulz was walked and put El Paso
on the board (4-1, Nashville).
With the baseball gods still smiling on El Paso, Nashville put in reliever J.B. Wendelken (2.50 ERA) to face right fielder Forrestt Allday (.244 BA). Allday smacked it to deep left field where the ball was caught as the runners tagged up.
Bousfield scored on the sacrifice fly but then an errant throw by Sounds left fielder Anthony Garcia missed its target at second base and quietly rolled between first base and home, and right into the visiting dugout. Guerra scored on the error and Schulz made it to third base (4-3, Nashville).
El Paso second baseman Luis Urias walked. Then third baseman, and El Paso favorite, Carlos Asuaje hit into a fielder’s choice which got Urias out at second but allowed Schulz to score and tie the game at 4. The inning ended when first baseman Allen Craig hit a routine fly ball to center field.
Still, the Chihuahuas were back in the game.
El Paso broke the tie in the seventh inning on an unusual at bat by Asuaje. Urias was standing at second with two outs when Asuaje hit a deep line drive down the left field line that smacked the wall very near the painted line. Urias scored and Asuaje raced home on what looked like an inside-the-park home run but was called out.
Sounds coaches immediately went to discuss the call with the umpires and after a quick meeting, the call was reversed and the ball was said to be foul.
So reset: Urias back to second base and a winded Asuaje back to the plate. Asuaje singled to right field and Urias beat the throw home. Asuaje saw the throw go home and tried to take an extra base but Sounds catcher Bruce Maxwell nailed him at second base.
The Dogs added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Nicholas smacked a home run to right field, (6-4, El Paso).
Of course, wins at home have not been easy for the Chihuahuas thus far in the season, so Nashville comes back to tie the game in the ninth on a couple of well-placed hits and a sacrifice fly.
This time, however, the Dogs did not lay down and roll over. The Sounds walked two batters and gave Urias a chance to end the game. Urias singled to right field and pinch runner Dusty Coleman was sent home and called out at the plate. Asuaje was intentionally walked so that Sounds reliever Bobby Wahl (2.60 ERA) could face Craig with bases load and two outs.
The veteran Craig (.275 BA) stepped up and took a hard swing at the first pitch Wahl threw and there it went: slow blooper over first base
that landed fair in shallow right field.
The winning oitcher was Tyler Webb and the losing pitcher was Wahl.
Box Score | Team Records: Nashville (30-33), El Paso (33-33)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Nashville RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 1.50) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 3.16). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez |Photo Gallery by Deborah Hill, El Paso Herald-Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Iowa Cubs 4-2 Saturday for their second straight win and fourth victory in their last six tries.
Chihuahuas starter Dillon Overton allowed one earned run in seven innings and has pitched five innings or more with two earned runs or less allowed in his last four starts. Overton has surrendered only one earned run in his last 14 innings.
Luis Urias went 2-for-5 and has reached base six times in nine plate appearances this series.
Javy Guerra went 3-for-5, falling a triple shy of a cycle in his first three-hit game for El Paso. Iowa manager Marty Pevey was ejected in the top of the first inning after an argument over a close pitch to Auston Bousfield.
Allen Craig went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit single, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
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.
The El Paso Chihuahuas finished their five-game homestand with a 5-0 win over the Sacramento River Cats Sunday night. It was El Paso’s fourth shutout win of the year.
El Paso scored early against former Chihuahua Casey Kelly, plating two runs in the second and three more in the third. Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-4 for El Paso, while Allen Craig and Shane Peterson collected two hits each.
Javy Guerra hit an RBI single in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to six games, matching a season high.
El Paso starter Dillon Overton pitched seven shutout innings, throwing only 85 pitches in the process. Overton retired 18 batters in a row at one point. Sunday’s game was preceded by a 28-minute delay, the first rain delay in El Paso this year.
The Chihuahuas do not play on Monday.
Next Game: Tuesday, 6:05 pm at Werner Park. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (3-2, 2.81) vs. Omaha RHP Glenn Sparkman (3-0, 3.13). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 5 Sacramento 0 – Sunday
Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (28-30), El Paso (28-30)