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 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)
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 kept hitting home runs on Friday – three more for the day – but not enough to earn a win against the New Orleans, as the ‘Cakes won 7-4.
It started out promising for the Chihuahuas when they scored two in the 1st inning – both home runs on two outs.
Third baseman Ty France (.433 BA) pummeled one to straight center and hadn’t even sat down when right fielder Jose Pirela (.379 BA) launched one about 480 feet over center field and everything else before landing on Santa Fe Street, El Paso 2-0.
The El Paso lead only lasted a couple innings though. New Orleans came back and knocked in a couple runs on hits.
France answered the call again in the 3rd inning and smacked another home run to keep hope alive, El Paso 3-2.
Unfortunately, the ‘Cakes scored again in the 4th. This time with a two-run dinger by the catcher Tyler Heineman (.309 BA), New Orleans 4-3.
The Chihuahuas never really showed their teeth after that. They let out a muffled growl in the 6th inning when first baseman Jason Vosler smacked in a runner from third but was thrown out at first base, New Orleans 5-4.
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th inning. Nope, sorry. The game ended on a strike out.
The winning pitcher was Zac Gallen (9-1, 1.77 ERA). The losing ptcher was Dietrich Enns (7-4, 5.55 ERA). R.J. Alvarez earned the save. There were 8,089 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
New Orleans 7 El Paso 4 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (37-31), El Paso (42-25)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Brock Stewart (1-4, 6.45) vs. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-1, 5.24). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 Tuesday to win their 11th straight game, setting a new team record for longest winning streak.
It was the second consecutive comeback victory for the Chihuahuas, who trailed 4-1 in the fifth inning.
Jason Vosler went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, the 10th multi-homer game by Chihuahuas individual players since April 16. Alex Dickerson went 4-for-5 with an RBI, tying El Paso’s season high for hits in a game by an individual player.
El Paso’s 65 home runs lead all of Minor League Baseball.
The Chihuahuas have won 17 of their last 18 games and now have a 10-2 road record.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:35 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (1-1, 8.15) vs. Fresno RHP Austin Voth (2-1, 3.06). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Fresno 5 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (18-7), Fresno (11-14)
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 3-2 Thursday night in the second straight one-run game between the two teams.
The Chihuahuas took three of the four games at Cheney Stadium, their first series win since April 21-23 at Las Vegas.
With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Luis Urias grounded an RBI double past Tacoma’s diving third baseman to give the Chihuahuas a 3-2 lead.
Tacoma had an opportunity to put the tying run at third base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh but the Chihuahuas threw out Kirk Nieuwenhuis trying to stretch a double into a triple.
Urias went 2-for-4 with a hit by pitch and has reached three times in each of the last three games. Starter Dillon Overton picked up his first Triple-A win of the season and has allowed only two runs in 13.1 innings at Cheney Stadium in his El Paso career.
Overton threw 6.1 innings Thursday, his longest start of the year.
The El Paso Chihuahuas might have lost 3-4 to the Reno Aces on Wednesday, but outfielder Franmil Reyes’ hitting made it a show worth watching anyway.
Reyes went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored all three of the runs El Paso put on the board. He started with a walk in the 2nd inning and moved up to third base on subsequent plays. At third base and with two outs, Reyes scored on an errant pickoff attempt by Aces pitcher Taylor Clarke.
Reno answered in the 4th, loading the bases with one out against El Paso starter Walker Lockett (4.91 ERA). A sacrifice fly to left field by Aces infielder Marcus Littlewood scored outfielder Socrates Brito.
Lockett ended the inning in a tie by striking out Kristopher Negron.
In the El Paso half of the 4th, Reyes came to the plate with one out and no one on base. Reyes let loose on the Aces’ pitch and sent it 400-plus feet to center field, missing the bottom of the scoreboard by a few feet. Clarke made the Chihuahuas come to heel and ended the inning with a ground out and a strikeout, but El Paso led by another Reyes run.
The top of the 5th can only be described as one of those things that happens in baseball: a series of events that if separated or even had happened in a different order might have ended in a Chihuahuas win.
Aces third baseman Jack Reinheimer walks with two outs, then steals second and scores on a single by Brito who moved to second base after an El Paso throwing error (Reyes). Ex-Chihuahua Cody Decker then tripled on a hit off the center field wall and in comes Brito.
Again, still on two outs, Aces catcher Anthony Recker (.341) skies a fly ball to third baseman Diego Goris, who apparently tracked it and lost it in the bright desert sky. Decker was running home on contact because there were two outs and scored when the ball lightly bounced on the grass a few feet beside Goris and shortstop Dusty Coleman.
Goris made it up to the home crowd with a dazzling over-the-shoulder catch which he nearly had to be in a full sprint to get in foul territory; finally, the third out.
The Dogs had one more flash of brilliance in the 6th, again by power-man Reyes. He slammed another Clarke pitch to right center field, this time into the top-deck seats of the center field building. The crowd of 8,843 (mostly area schoolchildren) roared as Reyes circled the bases and brought the Dogs within a run.
Unfortunately for El Paso and the schoolchildren, it didn’t happen today. Aces relief pitchers Albert Suarez and Jimmie Sherfy shut down the Dogs in the 8th and 9th, striking out a combined four of the six batters they faced — including Reyes in the 9th.
The winning pitcher was Clarke (2-4) with the save going to Sherfy (5 saves). The losing pitcher was Lockett (1-2).
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (9-18), El Paso (17-10)
Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Troy Scribner (2-1, 6.05) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 1.29). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
ROUND ROCK, Tx – The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Travis Jankowski has been named the Player of the Week for April 23-29, 2018.
Jankowski reached base in 18-of-23 plate appearances and his .783 on-base percentage led the PCL, along with his .706 batting average, 12 hits and 1.724 OPS. In five games, Jankowski totaled 16 bases (1 double, 1 home run), drove in four runs, scored five runs and walked five times to only one strikeout.
The 26-year-old recorded multiple hits in each game, highlighted by a three-hit, three-RBI, one-walk performance in an April 23 win against Las Vegas. He also reached base four times in two other El Paso wins, April 25 against Salt Lake (three hits, one walk) and April 28, also against the Bees (two hits, two walks).
Jankowski’s hot play earned him a promotion to San Diego; he got recalled on April 29.
The Pennsylvania native has been in the San Diego organization for his entire seven-year career after being drafted out of Stony Brook University in the first round (44th overall) in 2012. Jankowski has hit .363 (29-for-80) with a .452 on-base percentage and a .902 OPS in 22 games with the Chihuahuas this year. He has spent parts of three seasons in El Paso and batted .329 (104-for-316) with a home run, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 81 games.
Jankowski has also played in 193 career Major League contests, collecting 116 hits, including four home runs. This is his first career Player of the Week award.
Also, Memphis Redbirds left-hander Austin Gomber was named Pitcher of the Week. On April 23 at Iowa, Gomber tied Memphis’ single-game franchise record with a 16-strikeout performance.
Gomber, tabbed as the Cardinals’ top left-handed pitching prospect by Baseball America, received his first Major League call-up on April 29.