The El Paso Chihuahuas might have been playing the Reno Aces, but it seemed as though the Dogs were holding all the cards in their 10-4 win.
El Paso let the Aces know early it was going to be a tough night. Seth Mejias-Brean (BA), batting in the 4-hole, landed the first shot with an RBI single to left field that left runners on the corners. Left fielder Matthew Batten (BA) followed it with liner to the left field corner that cleared the bases.
Right fielder Jacob Scavuzzo (BA) followed with a bloop single that dropped in behind second base but allowed Batten – who had started running on contact with two outs – to speed home and slide in the fourth run, El Paso 4-0.
The Dogs laid another pounding on the Aces in the 3rd inning that started with another Batten RBI double. Now with Batten on and Mejias-Brean in front of him, Scavuzzo took a swing that resulted with the ball in the GECU Green Seats and three RBIs, El Paso 8-0.
Reno responded – or maybe I should say the wind responded – in the 4th with a couple of seemingly routine fly balls that were dropped in the outfield. The most dramatic was a long high fly ball that had center fielder Michael Gettys leaning and dancing as the crowd collectively let out a sigh, El Paso 8-2.
The Aces burped out a couple more runs here and there but seemed lost at the plate against El Paso’s pitching. The loudest run for Reno was a 9th-inning dinger to left field by slugger Yasmany Tomas (.311 BA). Coincidentally, Tomas was the Ace who hit the elusive ball to the center field wall that made Gettys dance.
The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (1-1, 7.30 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Braden Shipley (1-2, 9.53 ERA). Attendance was 6,246 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (19-28), El Paso (30-17)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Jon Duplantier (0-1, 3.55) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (18-27), El Paso (29-16)
Next Game: Wednesday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Widener (2-3, 10.06) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (5-2, 5.17). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas set a new team single-game runs record in Monday night’s 21-10 win over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.
The Chihuahuas led 12-0 in the second inning and 18-4 in the fifth. The previous team runs record was 17, set vs. Las Vegas on May 4, 2016.
El Paso’s eight-run second inning matched a season high for runs in an inning. The Chihuahuas’ 22 hits was one shy of the team record. All nine Chihuahuas starting players had at least one extra-base hit Monday.
The Chihuahuas hit five homers in the rout, including two each by Josh Naylor and Jacob Scavuzzo, moving the team total to 104 in 45 games.
The Chihuahuas finished their nine-game, 10-day road trip with five wins and four losses.
Monday’s first pitch came with a 45 degree temperature, the coldest Chihuahuas game of the season.
Sam Hilliard’s diving catch down the right field line ended Sunday’s game and left the tying run on base, as the Albuquerque Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-4.
The Isotopes came from behind to score four runs in a nine-batter bottom of the eighth, culminating with Drew Weeks’ go-ahead, two-run, pinch-hit homer.
Logan Allen pitched well Sunday, allowing one run on three hits in a five-inning start for El Paso. Jason Vosler, Jacob Scavuzzo and Seth Mejias-Brean all homered for El Paso, moving the team total to 99 in 44 games.
Sunday’s one-run affair was the first of the series’ four games that was decided by fewer than six runs. Sunday was just the third time this season El Paso lost after scoring first.
The Isotopes have clinched a series win, El Paso’s first series loss since April 9-11 at Tacoma.
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven early runs Saturday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-2.
The Isotopes have taken two of the first three games in the five-game series.
El Paso’s Fernando Rodriguez took the loss after a 3.2-inning spot start, his longest outing of the season. Boog Powell reached base four times in the loss, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a solo homer.
Michael Gettys’ solo home run provided the other Chihuahuas run Saturday.
The 10-run defeat was El Paso’s most lopsided loss of the season.
Chihuahuas infielder Peter Van Gansen moved to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his first career pitching appearance.
Albuquerque 12 El Paso 2 – Saturday
WP: C. Gonzalez (3-3) | LP: F. Rodriguez (1-1) | S: None | Time: 3:10 | Attn: 14,222
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-14), Albuquerque (22-21)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.99) vs. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas had 16 hits in their 11-5 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night at Isotopes Park.
El Paso’s Jason Vosler had his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run in the second inning.
Matthew Batten, Josh Naylor and Chris Stewart had three hits apiece for the Chihuahuas. El Paso starter Dietrich Enns picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season and his fourth win in his last six starts.
El Paso relievers Robert Stock, Luis Perdomo and Paco Rodriguez all tossed scoreless outings in the game’s final innings.
The Chihuahuas have won four of the six games on the team’s current road trip and 27 of their last 34 overall.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-13), Albuquerque (21-21)
Next Game: Saturday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Fernando Rodriguez (1-0, 4.22) vs. Albuquerque RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3, 7.71). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven runs before making an out Thursday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-2.
The Isotopes’ rally included seven consecutive hits to start the bottom of the first.
Former Chihuahua Tim Melville was the winning pitcher against El Paso for the second time in seven days and has allowed only one run in 10 innings through his two starts with the Isotopes, both of which came against the Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas infielder Matthew Batten pitched the bottom of the eighth inning, his first career appearance on the mound and the first Chihuahuas position player pitching appearance this season.
The eight-run loss matched the largest margin of victory by a Chihuahuas opponent this season
The El Paso Chihuahuas started their nine-game road trip with a 7-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night at Raley Field. The Chihuahuas now have a 13-3 road record.
Luis Urias went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs. Urias has six hits, including three home runs, over his last two games. Esteban Quiroz also went deep for El Paso and has four homers in his last five games. The Chihuahuas have a league-leading 89 home runs this season in 37 games.
The Chihuahuas scored three first inning runs Saturday and have outscored opponents 42-16 in first innings this season.
There was a chill that came over El Paso on Friday and it must have really settled over the Chihuahuas’ bats as the Dogs lost to the Albuquerque Isotopes 2-1.
The Chihuahuas are the Pacific Coast League leaders in runs (265), home runs (86), hits (406), and RBIs (253). But that didn’t mean much to ‘Topes pitchers who kept them at five hits, one home run and off balance at the plate. The Chihuahuas were 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Isotopes scored quickly off of starter Dillon Overton (5.60 ERA) with a first-pitch home run. Overton came back to retire the next the batters in order though, ‘Topes 1-0.
Albuquerque added their final run in the 2nd with a home run but Overton made his way out of the inning successfully, ‘Topes 2-0.
The Dogs had one show of force in the 3rd by shortstop Luis Urias (.349 BA). Urias nailed a liner to center field that flew over the Green Seats, ‘Topes 2-1.
The winning pitcher was Tim Melville (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Overton (0-1). Overton should get credit for going seven innings and only giving up a couple of runs.
On any other night, perhaps a warmer one, the offensive juggernaut that is the Chihuahuas might have earned him a win
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (19-17), El Paso (24-11)
Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 5.16) vs. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (1-0, 6.48). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas battled out a 5-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday to lead the series 2-1.
El Paso starter Jerry Keel (4.60 ERA) went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits. The first run came as an RBI single to shortstop Pat Valaika in the 1st.
The Chihuahuas wasted no time reclaiming their house when second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.317 BA) lifted a homer past the GECU Green Seats in the 2nd inning.
The Dogs tacked on a couple more, as catcher Chris Stewart (.217 BA) hit one off the left field foul pole in the 2nd inning and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (.322 BA) singled in a run in the 3rd inning.
The Chihuahuas added two more runs in the 7th inning when Quiroz popped a broken-bat looper into shallow center field that scored two runs, El Paso 5-2.
The winning pitcher was Keel (3-0) and the losing pitcher was Jake McGee, who is on a minor league rehab assignment for the Rockies after a left knee sprain in April. Attendance was 8,792 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (18-17), El Paso (24-10)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 7.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Video: El Paso Chihuahuas
It doesn’t seem to matter who the Chihuahuas face these days because the result is the same: an El Paso victory.
The Albuquerque Isotopes (17-16) were the latest victims on Tuesday when they lost 6-3 to the Chihuahuas (22-9). As has been the norm of late, the Dogs piled on early in the game and taxed the opposing team for multiple runs.
The Dogs have been on a hot streak: winning six consecutive series and 21 of their last 24 games.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .318 and in home runs by 21 more than their nearest opponent in the Southern Division (Albuquerque), are also tops in professional baseball with 78 home runs.
With the very first pitch of the game, center fielder Michael Gettys’ (.275 BA, 10 HR) mouth must have watered as that ball left the Isotopes starter’s hand because he nailed it over the fence to set the tone.
The Dogs knocked in a couple more RBIs before first baseman Jason Vosler (.269 BA) connected one to center field that scored two more, El Paso 5-0.
El Paso starter Dietrich Enns (4.54 ERA) had a quality start going seven innings and allowing two runs, two walks and striking out seven hitters. The ‘Topes first run came in the 4th when Gettys lost the ball in the windy center field sky and couldn’t make the out, El Paso 5-1.
Dogs outfielder Boog Powell (.409 BA) launched a homer in the 6th inning to cushion the lead a little more, El Paso 6-1.
The ‘Topes made a earnest attempt to come back in the later innings but fell short in the 9th, leaving a man in scoring position after scoring a run, El Paso 6-3.
The winning pitcher was Enns (4-1) and the losing pitcher was Chichi Gonzalez (2-2). Attendance was 6,129 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (17-16), El Paso (23-9)
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (1-2, 6.59) vs. El Paso RHP Fernando Rodriguez (1-0, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
The Salt Lake Bees could have not even shown up to Southwest University Stadium on Monday - the batters anyway.
The pitchers, on the other hand, were necessary for the 15-0 shellacking that included six Chihuahuas home runs and tied the team record for most home runs in a game.
The Chihuahuas started their assault on the Bees with a first-pitch-of-the-game home run by leadoff man Michael Gettys (.275 BA, 9 HR).
It might as well have been an omen: The Dogs scored in all but one of their eight innings.
By the end of the 1st they were four runs up and had two home runs under their belt. By the end of the 4th inning, the Chihuahuas had scored 9 unanswered runs. You get the picture.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .316 and in home runs by 24, kept the heat on the Bees by 13 scoring runs for starter Logan Allen before his exit in the 6th inning.
Allen (5.16 ERA) did his part by only allowing two hits and three walks after facing 21 batters.
Chihuahuas reliever Carlos Torres came in to pitch for Allen in the 7th and kept the shutout intact while earning his first save of 2019.
The winner was undoubtedly Allen (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Adrian De Horta (0-1), who was recently promoted from Double-A Mobile BayBears.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-20), El Paso (22-9)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 8.25) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (3-1, 5.34). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.321 BA) went 4-5 Monday with two home runs and four RBIs.
Monday’s victory was the team’s 400th franchise win.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Video: El Paso Chihuahuas | Gallery: Johnny Yturales El Paso Herald-Post