The El Paso Chihuahuas scored the three final runs of the regularly scheduled game Tuesday but lost to the Reno Aces 5-3. It was El Paso’s third consecutive loss.
Jose Pirela went 4-for-4 with two home runs for the Chihuahuas and now has 14 hits, four homers and 13 RBIs in five games against Reno this season. Matthew Batten went 2-for-4 for El Paso and now has hits in nine of his last 10 games.
Ben Lively pitched five shutout innings for Reno Tuesday. Aces’ starters have allowed only one run in 13 innings in this series.
Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 13.50) vs. Reno RHP Riley Smith (1-0, 6.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Reno 5 El Paso 3 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (57-38), Reno (41-54)
Reno starter Matt Koch pitched eight innings in the Aces’ 9-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday night at Greater Nevada Field.
It was the longest start by an Aces pitcher this year. Monday’s game started El Paso’s three-city road trip, the Chihuahuas longest road trip of the year.
Matthew Batten’s RBI single in the top of the fifth gave El Paso a 1-0 lead and gave Batten 15 RBIs in his last nine games.
One week after winning the Jarritos Triple-A Home Run Derby in El Paso, Reno’s Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Chihuahuas righty Emmanuel Ramirez allowed four runs in five innings in his first Triple-A start of the season Monday, which was his 25th birthday.
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his first MLB injury rehab game for Reno.
Next Game: Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field, completion of suspended game from April 15. El Paso RHP Tyler Higgins (3-0, 5.40) vs. Reno TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Reno 9 El Paso 2 – Monday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (56-38), Reno (41-53)
It was a slow burn for the El Paso Chihuahuas who just fizzled 12-3 against the Albuquerque Isotopes in the near-100-degree temperature of Sunday’s game – which also served as the longest home game of the season.
The Isotopes were at Southwest University Park playing like a playoff-bound powerhouse making a pit stop to spank a division rival in late August – they were dominant. The only problem is they are actually a sub-.500 team, in 4th place in their division and are about 17 games behind the team they beat.
The grilling actually started in the 2nd inning for the Chihuahuas when the ‘Topes piled on five runs to make it 6-1.
The ‘Topes feasted on the Dogs’ pitching all through the game and by the 9th inning the scores was 12-2. The last run the Dogs scored was made on a bases-loaded walk. El Paso made the last three outs on two strikeouts and weak infield flyball.
The winning pitcher was Pat Dean (3-9, 7.24 ERA). The losing pitcher was Dietrich Enns (9-6, 5.84 ERA). There were 7,549 fans sizzling in their seats at Southwest University Ballpark.
El Paso is still leads the Pacific Coast League-Pacific Southern Division.
Albuquerque 12 El Paso 3 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (40-54), El Paso (56-37)
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-0 Saturday for their first win in three tries since the Pacific Coast League All-Star Break.
Dillon Overton pitched five scoreless innings Saturday in his third start of the season vs. Albuquerque.
Kyle Lloyd threw two scoreless relief innings in his first Triple-A game of the season. Brad Wieck struck out five in a two-inning outing to close the game and has struck out 22 batters in Triple-A this season, compared to only three walks.
Ty France went 3-for-4 with an RBI Saturday on his 25th birthday. Jason Vosler drove in four runs on a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer.
Esteban Quiroz homered as well for El Paso, his 15th longball of the year.
It was El Paso’s second shutout win of the season.
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Pat Dean (2-9, 7.74) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (9-5, 6.43). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Albuquerque 0 – Saturday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (39-54), El Paso (56-36)
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored nine early runs for the second straight night and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 13-1 Friday.
It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Chihuahuas.
Sam Hilliard went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, the Isotopes’ second grand slam in as many nights.
El Paso’s sole run came on an RBI single by Boog Powell in the bottom of the fourth.
Infielder Matthew Batten pitched a scoreless ninth inning for El Paso, the fourth time this season a Chihuahuas position player has pitched, with three of those outings taking place in games vs. the Isotopes.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.20) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-4, 7.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Albuquerque 13 El Paso 1 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (39-53), El Paso (55-36)
El Paso fell one run short of the biggest comeback in team history Thursday, as the Albuquerque Isotopes held on to beat the Chihuahuas 9-8.
El Paso trailed 9-0 in the fourth inning before eight unanswered runs got them within one. The team record for biggest comeback win is seven runs, set multiple times.
One night after hitting a home run in the RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game, Luis Urias hit his 18th regular season homer of the season for El Paso.
The Isotopes scored eight runs in the second inning, matching the most runs allowed in an inning this season by the Chihuahuas. Albuquerque’s Drew Weeks hit two homers in the inning to tie a Pacific Coast League record.
Former San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso had two RBIs for Albuquerque Thursday in his first game in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-5, 8.01) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Albuquerque 9 El Paso 8 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (38-53), El Paso (55-35)
WP: Howard (2-1) | LP: Keel (6-4) | S: Johnson (2) | Time: 3:33 | Attn: 7,596
Aderlin Rodriguez absolutely CRUSHED this 3 Run HR
The El Paso Chihuahuas won 9-2 over the Salt Lake Bees Sunday in the final game before the Pacific Coast League All-Star break.
The Chihuahuas enter the All-Star Break 21 games over .500 and in first place in the Southern Division by four and a half games, with a Sunday night game involving second place Las Vegas still pending.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Harvey took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in a 3.1 inning injury rehab start Sunday.
El Paso’s Kazuhisa Makita was the winning pitcher Sunday and hasn’t allowed any runs in six Triple-A innings, striking out nine in that time.
Matthew Batten went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday and has driven in nine runs over his last two games. Sunday’s win was El Paso’s fifth this season in which they didn’t hit a home run.
The Chihuahuas took three of the four games in Salt Lake and have won four of five overall.
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque TBA vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Salt Lake 2 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (55-34), Salt Lake (39-50)
Austin Allen hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the top of the 10th inning, in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 9-7 win over the Salt Lake Bees Friday.
Allen has hit six home runs in his last seven games and has two multi-homer games since June 29. Esteban Quiroz also homered for El Paso, advancing El Paso’s season total to 189, which leads all of professional baseball.
The Chihuahuas stole four bases Friday to set a season high.
El Paso also turned four double plays to match a season high. The Chihuahuas are now 4-1 in extra-inning games this year, while the Bees dropped to 3-4.
The Chihuahuas and Bees have split the first two games of the series.
Next Game: Saturday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (8-5, 5.32) vs. Salt Lake TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Salt Lake 7 – Friday – 10 Innings | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (53-34), Salt Lake (39-48)
Tuesday night’s Chihuahuas game against the Fresno Grizzlies could have started in the 4th inning when they were tied at 6 – and it could have ended soon after.
But the game had to go the required distance, and the Grizzlies piled up five more runs by the 6th inning to thrash the Dogs 11-9. .
The Chihuahuas had two chances late in the game to catch up to the Grizzlies with the bases loaded. Michael Gettys (.248 BA), who has 20 home runs this season, was fanned in the 8th inning.
Seth Mejias-Brean came up as a pinch hitter in the 9th as the Dogs’ last hope. The bases loaded on two outs and by that time, the score was 11-9 Fresno.
The pitch flew out of the closer’s hand and Mejias-Brean attacked it with a ferocious swing that sounded like it missed the barrel of the bat and floated to to shallow center field where a Grizzly claw was waiting.
With the loss, the Chihuahuas are trailing the five-game series with the Grizzlies 3-1, but have a chance to at least draw closer with a win in the last game Wednesday.
Tuesday’s loss had little effect on the standings: the Dogs are still in top of the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division with a 51-33 record.
The winning pitcher was Erick Fedde (12.60 ERA, 1-1). The losing pitcher was Kyle McGrath (8.23 ERA, 3-3). There were 6,845 at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Joe Ross (2-0, 3.68) vs. El Paso LHP Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 11 El Paso 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (44-41), El Paso (51-33)
The home-run hitting leaders of the PCL finally came back to Southwest University Park on Monday after a two-game skid and unloaded four long balls on the Fresno Grizzlies in their 11-1 win.
The Chihuahuas dropped the first two games of the series against Fresno but still sit atop the PCL- Pacific Southern Division and lead the league in home runs (178) and total bases (1,618).
The Dogs started declawing the Grizzlies in the 3rd inning with Jose Pirela (.344 BA) two-RBI triple that rolled to the left field wall. Pirela caught a lift home on the first of Aderlin Rodriguez’s home runs – it was an impressive and rarely seen arching ball that flew to the deepest part of center field and flew over the 50-foot green wall marked “406.” El Paso scored four on two swings.
El Paso followed up in the 4th inning with back-to-back homers by infielder Jason Vosler (.290 BA) and outfielder Matthew Batten (.317 BA). Vosler’s homer was tall and sailed in the that winds headed in the same direction.
The ball landed within a few feet of a brand new Mustang on display before bouncing out to Santa Fe Avenue.
Following the back-to-back dingers, catcher Webster Rivas (.243 BA) slammed a liner to the “406” in center field that looked like the third “back” but it was caught over-the-shoulder style by the speedy Fresno center fielder, El Paso 6-0.
El Paso continued to sprinkle in runs through the 8th inning, including the second homer by Rodriguez (.278 BA) that flew over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in left field and landed somewhere in the alley.
The Dogs’ pitching deserves a lot of credit for the win.
Starter Dietrich Enns went more than six innings striking out 8, walking 4, and giving up no runs. The only Fresno run made blemished the scoreboard in the 8th inning from a couple of back-to-back doubles off a reliever.
The winning pitcher was Enns (8-5, 5.32 ERA). The losing pitcher was Ben Braymer (0-1, 9.35 ERA). There were 7,334 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Erick Fedde (0-1, 15.75) vs. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-2, 7.19). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 11 Fresno 1 – Monday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (43-41), El Paso (51-32)