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)
The El Paso Chihuahuas and Sacramento River Cats had a real pitcher’s duel going through the first four innings and then it turned into a comedy of errors that left the River Cats laughing the hardest, en route to a 8-4 win.
It was just one of those games for the Dogs that unfortunately ended in their third consecutive defeat.
The game took its first turn in the 4th inning when Sacramento left fielder Austin Slater scalded a ground ball toward the shortstop, who had left to cover second base as center fielder Steven Duggar was stealing second.
The ball made it through the infield and to Chihuahuas left fielder Shane Peterson who charged the ball and missed it. As Peterson turned to recover the ball, Duggar scored and Slater landed at second base.
A couple of Sacramento singles later, the Cats piled on a couple more runs — 3-0, Sacramento.
The Chihuahuas pitchers settled down after that and their bats actually came alive in the 7th inning. Peterson singled to right field and wound up at third base after a double by outfielder Forrest Allday — runners on second and third.
Pinch hitter Allen Craig is called in and gets the Dogs on the board with a two-run single. El Paso managed to tie the game on a Luis Urias single and an error on the center fielder.
Still in a tie game, the Chihuahuas batters went up to hit with a renewed sense of confidence. Peterson battled his way to first on a walk and up came infielder Javy Guerra, who had turned in some remarkable defensive plays. Guerra pummeled a pitch to right center field wall to score Peterson and slowed down at second base.
The Cats center fielder threw it to the shortstop before throwing it to catcher Trevor Brown and then Guerra gets to second base. Brown was standing between the mound and third base when he realized that Guerra had nonchalantly walked toward third from second. He was tagged and called out as the crowd was trying to figure out what they had just seen.
Regardless, it was going to be a Chihuahuas’ win going into the 9th inning and all that stood between that were three outs. Instead, Sacramento scratched their way back with a five-run inning and silenced the Chihuahuas with a strikeout and game-ending double play.
The winning pitcher was Manny Parra (2-1). The losing pitcher was Tyler Webb (1-1).
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Casey Kelly (5-4, 5.65) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 3.51). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas were a bit over-matched Friday against the Sacramento River Cats in the 8-1 loss. For the second day in a row, the Dogs were nearly shut out after giving away at-bats and weak starting pitching.
Sacramento batters just piled on the runs against Dogs’ starter Chris Huffman and never looked back. Huffman (6.71 ERA) eight hits, seven earned runs including a home run, and walked three hitters.
El Paso’s only run came against Sacramento’s starter Tyler Beede who threw a one-hitter into the 6th inning. Beede (5.60 ERA) walked infielders Diego Goris and Javy Guerra on consecutive at-bats in the 2nd inning, then catcher A.J. Kennedy hit a sacrifice fly to score Goris.
The game was eerily similar to Thursday’s 7-3 loss against Sacramento in which the Dogs were held to only one hit into the 9th inning. The Chihuahuas have been struggling to score runs since the San Diego Padres started promoting some of the more productive players.
In the last month, the Chihuahuas players who’ve left for San Diego include: Franmil Reyes (.346 BA in PCL), Travis Jankowski (.363 BA in PCL), and Raffy Lopez (.300 BA in PCL)
The winning pitcher was Beede (3-5). The losing pitcher was Huffman (2-4).
Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (27-29), El Paso (27-29)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Taylor Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs. El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (0-3, 10.47). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
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.
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.
The Fresno Grizzlies snuck past the El Paso Chihuahuas 2-1 Tuesday afternoon and won three of the five games in the series.
After the first 10 Chihuahuas were set down, Carlos Asuaje hit a ground ball single in the top of the fourth and later scored on an RBI single by Diego Goris. Jack Mayfield’s game-tying RBI in the fourth and go-ahead RBI in the sixth put Fresno ahead to stay.
Dillon Overton pitched well in the loss for El Paso, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings.
The Chihuahuas loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning but Fresno starter Josh James kept all three runners on base, ending the inning on Luis Urias’ fly ball to the warning track in center field.
The Chihuahuas ended their nine-game road trip with five wins and four losses.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (26-27), Fresno (31-22)
Next Game: Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Daniel Camarena (0-0, 1.50) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (2-5, 5.31). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The Fresno Grizzlies piled up 16 hits Monday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 11-2. The 16 hits matched the Chihuahuas season high for hits allowed.
Fresno had seven batters or more come to bat in each of the first three innings and built a 10-2 lead before the fourth. Eight of nine starting Grizzlies had at least one hit.
Brett Nicholas went 2-for-4 with a double and has reached base in nine straight games. Eric Yardley pitched a scoreless seventh inning, his second scoreless outing in as many days after returning from Double-A San Antonio.
Diego Goris threw a scoreless eighth inning in his second pitching appearance of the season. The infielder has now pitched four times professionally and hasn’t allowed any runs.
El Paso’s error in the second inning was only the second in the Chihuahuas last eight games.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (26-26), Fresno (30-22)
Next Game: Tuesday, 12:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 3.54) vs. Fresno RHP Josh James (0-2, 4.40). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.