Matthew Batten hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning of El Paso’s 7-4 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies Sunday night.
It was the fourth inside-the-park home run in Chihuahuas’ history and the first since Raffy Lopez hit one on April 12, 2018.
Aderlin Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his fourth homer of the season. Seth Mejias-Brean had an RBI double and a walk and has reached base multiple times in each of his last seven starts.
The Chihuahuas’ bullpen didn’t allow any earned runs in the final 5.1 innings Sunday.
Fresno and El Paso entered Sunday’s game with a 44-44 all-time head-to-head record.
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno LHP Ben Braymer (0-0, 5.79) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (7-5, 5.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 7 El Paso 4 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (43-40), El Paso (50-32)
The Chihuahuas let the Sacramento River Cats know early that is was going to be all about El Paso on Friday night. The Dogs went through the whole lineup and exploded with four runs on their way to 9-5 victory.
The real news is that the mighty Chihuahuas bats earned this win without any home runs – just timely hits.
In fact, the only home run was hit by ‘Cats infielder Zach Green that split the two brick buildings in right field and bounced out to the street. No word yet on any damage to any El Paso streetcars.
The Chihuahuas offense was good, as most other nights, but starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet and reliever Andres Munoz (3.45 ERA) were pretty dominant and limited the ‘Cats to five hits and three runs in seven innings.
The reason? At least 100 reasons called “miles per hour.”
The pitchers were blazing fast balls past the Sacramento hitters near or past 100 mph every time they let the heat loose. Add that to a breaking ball in the mid-80s and you have quite a combined pitching performance.
The ‘Cats tried to claw their way back in the 9th inning and added a couple runs on another pitcher, but were put to sleep quick on a 6-4-3 double play.
The Dogs still sit atop the PCL Pacific Southern Division, now with 50-30 record. This victory won the four-game series against the ‘Cats 3-1.
The winning pitcher was Lamet (1-0, 4.80 ERA). The losing pitcher was Enderson Franco (2-3, 6.65 ERA). There were 7,067 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Kyle McGowin (5-2, 4.34) vs. El Paso RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Sacramento 5 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-40), El Paso (50-30)
The El Paso Chihuahuas and the Sacramento River Cats returned to their normal roles Thursday night: El Paso the vicious offensive team that leads professional baseball with 170 home runs and the ‘Cats a barely .500 team.
The result was a hit-laden and very slow-paced 17-6 victory for El Paso.
The ‘Cats started the scoring in the 1st with two home runs but checked out after that. They sprinkled in a few runs through the 7th inning but left the field a little outmatched and with a position player on the mound.
The Chihuahuas on the other hand, matched the ‘Cats two runs in the 1st inning and hardly stopped scoring. They scored in six of the eight innings they played and scored more than run in all but one of those.
The Dogs annihilated the ‘Cats pitching staff facing five pitchers and a position player – and the position player (catcher Ronnie Freeman) was the only one who did not give up one of El Paso’s 20 hits.
Just about every El Paso batter got at least one hit, but shortstop Seth Mejias-Brean (.335 BA) went 4-for-5.
The El Paso at-bats were becoming so time consuming that some fans began to yell for an end to the game loud enough to be heard throughout the park.
The Dogs are still leading the PCL-Pacific Southern Division with their 50 wins and there closest rival, the Las Vegas Aviators, trail by five games.
The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73 ERA). The losing pitcher was Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29 ERA). There were 8,075 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (2-2, 6.32) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (MLB rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 17 Sacramento 6 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-39), El Paso (49-30)
The El Paso and Sacramento ball clubs were at it again on Wednesday, but this time the Chihuahuas just rolled over for the ‘Cats and lost it 5-4.
The Dogs, that still lead PCL-Southern with a 48-30 record, exploded with four runs in the 1st inning.
A two-run bomb by Ty France (.386 BA) followed by another two-run blast by Jose Pirela (.297 BA) made it look like the Dogs were going to power their way to another win.
Unfortunately, the Dogs buried their bats after the 1st and forgot where they left them.
Meanwhile, Sacramento clawed their way to a tie in the 4th inning and capped it off with what turned out to be the winning run in the 7th inning.
The winning pitcher was Tyler Rogers (4-2, 3.11 ERA). The losing pitcher was Eric Yardley (0-2, 3.09 ERA). Jandel Gustave (5.17 ERA) earned the save and his fastball in the upper 90s sat the Dogs down 1-2-3.
There were 6,008 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Andrew Suarez (3-5, 5.34) vs. El Paso RHP Robert Stock (3-0, 3.08). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Sacramento 5 El Paso 4 – Wednesday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-38), El Paso (48-30)
It was an epic battle at Southwest University Ballpark on Tuesday night: a real eye-for-an-eye, run-for-a-run fight. Fortunately for the Dogs, they turned the bats on late in the game to give Sacramento the black eye with 12-11 El Paso win.
The El Paso Chihuahuas and the Sacramento River Cats are nowhere near each other in terms of stats: the ‘Cats, a barely .500 team and El Paso leading in several offensive categories and leading the PCL-Southern division with a 47-29 record.
But Tuesday night, they were scrapping like, well, like ‘Cats and Dogs.
It was all El Paso through the 4th inning, the Dogs led the River Cats 4-0. But then a couple of softly hit singles piled up in favor of Sacramento to deliver an RBI and set the stage for shortstop Abiatal Avelino (.278 BA).
Avelino came to the plate with two ‘Cats on and nailed one to the GECU Green Seats where it might have hit a fan. The home run tied the game and drew staff to the area. Before the staff even cleared, another bomb landed within a few feet of the first home run. Just like that, the ‘Cats led 5-4.
One team scored and the other responded. El Paso answered in their half of the 4th inning with an RBI single by first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez (.254 BA) to tie it at 5.
And so it went, blow by blow. Sacramento scored two more and El Paso answered with three, El Paso 8-7 in the bottom of the 5th.
The ‘Cats scored two more runs off a broken-bat single to center and a play that got their manager tossed. First baseman Austin Slater hit the ball to second baseman Esteban Quiroz who tried to tag the runner coming into second base. That runner, Chris Shaw, slightly angled his shoulders and stepped around Quiroz to avoid the tag.
The umpire called him out for running out of the base path. That was enough for Sacramento manager Dave Brundage to run out to the umpire for an explanation. What he ended up getting was a free ticket back to the clubhouse.
The teams were tied, 9-9 by the end of the 7th inning.
The Dogs were down by one run in the bottom of the 8th inning until shortstop Seth Mejias-Brean (.324 BA) shot a screaming groundball past third base and down the line into left field to score outfielder Michael Gettys, the game was tied again.
A wild pitch with a man on third delivered the go-ahead run but the Chihuahuas had a little more to give. Left fielder Matthew Batten (.319 BA) earned a walk and made it to third on a long single, men on the corners for the Dogs. Quiroz (.281 BA) singled him in for the twelfth run.
Of course, the ‘Cats tried to come back and did manage to score one more but just ran out of lives: El Paso 12-11.
The winning pitcher was Andres Munoz (3-2, 3.95 ERA). The losing pitcher was Williams Jerez (2-3, 4.08 ERA). Gerardo Reyes (2.59 ERA) and his fastball in the upper 90s, earned his third save.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Conner Menez (0-0, 3.31) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (7-5, 5.88). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 12 Sacramento 11 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (39-38), El Paso (48-29)
As part of America’s birthday celebration, the Chihuahuas announce the unveiling of the Stars and Stripes jersey to be worn during the July 1st, 2nd and 3rd Independence Day Celebration games.
The jerseys will accompany the best fireworks in El Paso beginning with the addition of a postgame Fireworks Spectacular on July 1st & 2nd and an extended postgame fireworks program on July 3rd. The games are sponsored by GECU.
Made by OT Sports, the jerseys showcase the patriotic red, white & blue colors. The Chihuahuas will auction the game-worn Stars and Stripes jerseys on July 3rd, with proceeds benefiting the Borderland 100 Club of El Paso.
The New Era 59FIFTY fitted Stars and Stripes cap, which made its initial debut in 2008, can be seen across Minor and Major League Baseball during the Independence Day weekend around the country.
Season Seat Holders will be granted early entry into Thursday’s Chihuahuas game with the option to purchase the cap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Chihuahuas Team Shop on Durango.
The cap will be made available to ticketed fans at 6 p.m. when gates open.
Sales will open to the general public on Friday morning, June 28th at 10 a.m. at the Chihuahuas Team Shop. Limited quantities of caps are available.
Independence Day weekend is part of a five game series versus the Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals) starting on Saturday, June 29. Saturday will feature a Fireworks Spectacular!
During the GECU Independence Day Celebration, the Chihuahuas will continue to offer their day of the week promotions as well as GovX.com savings for active duty military, veterans, first responders and government officials.
The nine game homestand kicks off with a four game series versus the Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) and concludes with a five game slate versus the Fresno Grizzlies, the Washington Nationals affiliate.
This will be the first time the Nationals affiliate will visit El Paso.
A complete list of specials and promotions for the nine game homestand is listed below. Promotions are subject to change.
Advanced purchase for the homestand is encouraged. Purchasing early also gives fans a savings versus walk-up prices. Fans can buy tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Offices.
The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tacoma’s Chris Mariscal hit a game-ending grand slam Monday in the Rainiers’ 7-4, 10-inning win over the El Paso Chihuahuas at Cheney Stadium.
Michael Gettys went 1-for-4 with a double, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, while ending his home run streak at five games. Ty France went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his 17th homer of the season and second in as many days.
Robert Stock pitched two scoreless, hitless innings in his second start of the series for El Paso.
The Chihuahuas won three of the five games on the visit to Tacoma and the two teams split their 16 games this year.
It was El Paso’s first extra-inning loss of the season and Tacoma’s first extra-inning win of the year.
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Ty Blach (2-4, 5.85) vs. El Paso RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Tacoma 7 El Paso 4 – Monday – 10 Innings | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (47-29), Tacoma (36-41)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 6-0 in the fifth inning Sunday but came back to beat the Tacoma Rainiers 8-7.
El Paso’s four-run fifth inning rally included a three-run homer by Michael Gettys, moving his home run streak to five games, tying the Chihuahuas team record. Ty France hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh with two outs to put El Paso ahead.
It was El Paso’s third grand slam this season and second against Tacoma.
Gerardo Reyes and Robbie Erlin threw scoreless relief outings for the Chihuahuas to close the game. Erlin’s save was his first since 2010 at Low-A Hickory in the Texas Rangers organization.
Jose Pirela went 0-for-4 Sunday, ending his hitting streak at 16 games.
The Chihuahuas have won four of their last five games and have a 6.5-game first-place lead over second place Las Vegas.
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Robert Stock (3-0, 3.33) vs. Tacoma LHP Sean Nolin (1-0, 3.52). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 8 Tacoma 7 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (47-28), Tacoma (35-41)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 1-0 in the eighth inning but hit two late, three-run home runs to come back and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 6-1 Saturday.
Jose Pirela’s three-run shot in the eighth inning extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Michael Gettys’ three-run homer in the top of the ninth gave him home runs in four straight games.
San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet allowed one run in five innings in his second MLB injury rehab start for El Paso, striking out eight Rainiers, the same team he set the Chihuahuas’ single-game strikeout record against on April 20, 2017 with 13.
Tacoma starter Jon Niese didn’t allow any El Paso hits until the sixth inning Saturday.
The Chihuahuas have won three of their last four games overall and four of their last five against Tacoma.
Next Game: Sunday, 2:35 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-2, 6.51) vs. Tacoma RHP Mike Wright (0-1, 2.66). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 6 Tacoma 1 – Saturday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (46-28), Tacoma (35-40)
The El Paso Chihuahuas played the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday, but it seemed more like they were practicing for the upcoming Home Run Derby.
The Dogs, playing as the El Paso Margaritas, pounded in five home runs in their 19-9 victory.
The game seemed pretty evenly matched up until the 5th inning: it was tied and both teams still had their starters in the game – although Dodgers starter Dennis Santana was looking a little wobbly.
Oklahoma City came up in the 5th and tacked four runs on the board and seemed to have it in the bag. A four-run lead going into the middle of the inning would be enough to squeeze another victory out of the league’s most prolific offensive team.
Oklahoma was never heard from again after the 5th inning. The Dogs came in to hit their way to eight runs in that inning alone. Hit after hit, every single position player – not pitchers, they can’t usually hit anyway – managed to get a timely hit.
Most notable in the 5th was Michael Gettys (.244 BA) and his three-run bomb.
El Paso lead 13-9 by inning’s end and never looked back.
The Dogs home runs came from: infielder Jason Vosler (.272 BA) in the 3rd inning, outfielder Boog Powell (.304 BA) in the 4th inning, Gettys in the 5th, Esteban Quiroz (.271 BA) in the 6th inning, and Aderlin Rodriguez (.231 BA) in the 6th.
By the time the Dodgers’ last three hitters – who coincidentally all ended in 4-3 groundouts – got in the box in the 9th, the score was 19-9 and the Dodgers seemed to just want to forget about this game.
The winning pitcher was Jerry Keel (6-2, 6.69 ERA). The losing pitcher was Zac Rosscup (0-1, 12.00 ERA). There were 6,387 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
El Paso 19 Oklahoma City 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (29-41), El Paso (44-27)
The El Paso Chihuahuas played the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Monday and won – well, most of the night actually. But by game’s end, it was Dodgers 3-2.
The Chihuahuas (43-27) didn’t lose much in the game, they still lead the Pacific Coast League’s Southern Division by 5.5 games ahead of Las Vegas Aviators (38-32). Maybe just a little pride.
El Paso, the league’s home run leaders, lost by a home run to the team the with league’s next-to-last home run total – not to mention a losing record. Oklahoma City is presently at 29-40.
The Dogs started out well enough. Second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.267 BA) smacked a ball at 400 feet in front of the “406” mark on the wall in deep center. Lucky for the Dogs, the center fielder missed the catch and let it bounce off the wall.
Quiroz stopped at second with an RBI until center fielder Boog Powell (.293 BA) doubled him home, El Paso 2-0.
And so it remained: a battle between fragile bull pens. El Paso kept ahead until the 7th inning when Dodgers first baseman Connor Joe (.287 BA) smacked a liner into the gap in left center that scored two runs.
The difference in the game came in the 8th inning. Oklahoma City’s catcher, Will Smith, smacked a beautiful arching long ball that flew somewhere past the “GECU” in the Green Seats, Dodgers 3-2.
The winning pitcher was Josh Sborz (2-3, 4.91 ERA). The losing pitcher was Andres Munoz (2-2, 3.27 ERA). There were 6,313 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Oklahoma City 3 El Paso 2 – Monday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (29-40), El Paso (43-27)
ROUND ROCK, Texas – El Paso Chihuahuas infielder Ty France and Iowa Cubs RHP Alec Mills have been selected the Pacific Coast League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 10-16, the League office announced Monday.
France, who was also selected the PCL Player of the Week for the week of April 15-21, hit .476 with six home runs and nine RBI while scoring 10 runs with 10 hits for the week.
The San Diego State product homered in five-consecutive games from June 10 to June 15, including a two-homer game on June 14 vs. New Orleans. France also hit safely in all six games and had a four-hit, three RBI performance on June 12 vs. New Orleans.
On the season, the 24-year-old France is batting .427 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI. During the week, he led or tied for the league lead in runs scored (10, T-1st), total bases (28, T-1st), home runs (6, 1st), slugging percentage (1.333, 1st), OPS (1.910, 1st) and was second in on-base percentage (.577).
France has also spent time with the parent club San Diego Padres this season, including making his Major League debut on April 26 against the Washington Nationals.
Mills, who started two games this past week for the I-Cubs, went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA over 12.2 innings, and also led the league with a 0.87 WHIP in terms of starting pitchers with two or more starts.
The University of Tennessee-Martin alum started his week tossing 6.2 innings in a 13-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on June 10. The right-hander surrendered only two earned runs on four hits while walking just one batter and striking out four.
On June 16 against the Sacramento River Cats, Mills went six scoreless innings, issuing just three walks while striking out five but did not factor into the decision.
On the season, Mills is 3-2 with a 5.33 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts with 56 strikeouts. This is his second PCL Pitcher of the Week honor in his career (8/5/2018 with Iowa) and fifth overall having won twice in 2015 with the Carolina Mudcats of the High-A Carolina League, and once in the Double-A Texas League in 2016 with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.