The El Paso Chihuahuas just couldn’t string any hits together after the 5th inning and rolled over quietly to give the Salt Lake Bees a 7-5 win in the series opener Friday.
The Dogs started out hot, with a two-run line drive home run down the right-field line by catcher Austin Allen, (.305 BA). That, followed by a Jason Vosler RBI single in the 2nd inning gave the Chihuahuas a nice little cushion, El Paso 3-0.
El Paso-native, and Chihuahuas starter, Fernanado Rodriguez kept the Bees contained until the 3rd inning when he gave up a three-run bomb to designated hitter Jared Walsh to center field: tie game, 3-3.
The Chihuahuas came right back in the 4th inning and bvroke the tie with a two-run bomb by second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.277 BA) to center field, El Paso 5-3.
El Paso reliever Paco Rodriguez (12.60 ERA), who relieved Fernando Rodriguez, was tagged with four runs and the loss after giving up four hits and earn runs in the 5th inning, Salt Lake 7-5.
The Dogs went down in order the last couple of innings.
The winning pitcher was Matt Custred (1-1) and the losing pitcher was P. Rodriguez (0-1). Jake Jewell (5.40 ERA) earned the save. Attendance was 7,403 at Southwest University Park.
The Dogs are coming home hot after a 12-game winning streak. They are also still in first place in the Pacific Coast League and are the only team to have single-digit losses (19-9).
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-17) El Paso (19-9)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.41). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas’ team-record 12-game winning streak ended Thursday afternoon in Fresno, as the Grizzlies shut out El Paso 2-0.
It was the first time the Chihuahuas were shut out this season.
Fresno starter Kyle McGowin pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine, establishing a new Grizzlies’ 2019 high for strikeouts in a game by an individual pitcher. McGowin also hit two doubles and scored a run.
El Paso relievers Gerardo Reyes, Eric Yardley and Tyler Higgins each threw a scoreless outing Thursday.
The Chihuahuas had at least one runner reach base in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Thursday was El Paso’s first day-game loss after eight wins this year in day games.
All four games of the series in Fresno were decided by one or two runs.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Jaime Barria (1-0, 5.06) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 2 El Paso 0 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (19-8), Fresno (12-15)
Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas and the El Paso Locomotive FC, has partnered with KultureCity to be a certified sensory inclusive venue during all baseball, soccer and special events beginning with the Chihuahuas eight-game homestand on Friday, May 3rd.
This new initiative will assist in accommodating all patrons who visit the ballpark that have sensory challenges.
All Chihuahuas and Locomotive full-time staff members, as well as gameday staff, are now certified and trained to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and are prepared to accommodate those who require assistance in an overload situation.
“We are proud to make Southwest University Park even more welcoming for everyone in our community by making it the region’s first certified sensory inclusive sports and entertainment venue,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.
As part of the certification process, sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to all guests at Southwest University Park who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These bags can be checked-out at Guest Services located at Section 112.
Patrons who require a quiet and secure environment are asked to visit Guest Services for the designated location.
According to KultureCity, sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in large venues.
With its new certification, Southwest University Park is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event at the ballpark.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a baseball game or a soccer game, a true community binding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.
“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that MountainStar Sports Group and Southwest University Park is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism.
Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 200 sensory inclusive venues in three countries; this includes special events such as: NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, and MLB All-Star Weekend.
For more information on KultureCity and sensory inclusion, visit their website.
The Chihuahuas return to the ballpark to face Salt Lake and Albuquerque in an eight-game homestand starting on Friday, May 3rd. The homestand features a fireworks spectacular on Saturday, May 4th and the first El Paso Margaritas game on Sunday, May 5th!
Tickets are available starting at $5. Purchasers who buy in advance will enjoy savings ranging from $2.00 – $3.00 per ticket on reserved seating versus purchasing on the day of the game.
Tickets can be purchased at the Southwest University Park box offices, online or by calling (915) 533-BASE. The Durango & Santa Fe Box Offices will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 30 minutes postgame on gamedays.
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)
El Paso Chihuahuas IF Luis Urias has been selected the Player of the Week for the period of April 22-28, 2019, the League office announced Monday.
Urias slugged six home runs in six games, totaling 35 bases, the most in Minor League Baseball. He batted .429 (12-for-28) and finished among PCL weekly leaders in home runs (t-1st), runs scored (11, t-1st), OPS (1.750, 2nd), hits (t-2nd), slugging percentage (1.250, 3rd) and RBI (11, 4th).
Urias also drew nearly as many walks (3) as strikeouts (4). Urias’ efforts helped El Paso sweep a five-game series from Las Vegas to overtake first place in the Pacific Southern Division.
The Mexico native finished the week in historic fashion. He had a pair of solo home runs in a 12-3 win over Las Vegas on April 27.
The next day, he homered in each of his first three at-bats to become the first player in El Paso Chihuahuas history to hit three or more home runs in a single game.
His five home runs in consecutive games matched the PCL record for home runs in a two-game span, done twice previously, most recently by Phoenix’s Matt Williams in 1988 (May 25-26).
In total, Urias had hits in five of six contests. He also had three hits on April 24 against the Aviators, finishing the game with two triples, one walk and one RBI.
Urias began the season in El Paso, playing four games for the Chihuahuas, before getting recalled to San Diego. He appeared in 11 games for the Padres and then got optioned back to El Paso on April 21.
In his 10 games with Chihuahuas this season, Urias has hit .391 (18-for-46) with seven home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.440 OPS. Urias was a mid- and post-season PCL All-Star in 2018 after collecting 133 hits in 120 games.
The 21-year-old, who entered the season as the Padres’ No. 3 prospect by Baseball America, has won Player of the Week once before. He was honored by the Double-A Texas League in April 2017 as a member of San Antonio.
Luis Urias hit three home runs in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 10-6 win over the Las Vegas Aviators Sunday afternoon.
It was the first three-homer game by an individual player in Chihuahuas’ history. The three longballs came in the first four innings and he followed them up with two walks and a strikeout.
El Paso hit 21 home runs in the series, three shy of the Pacific Coast League record. The Chihuahuas and Aviators combined for 34 homers in the series, four shy of the PCL record. El Paso has had nine multi-homer games by individual players since April 16.
El Paso scored twice in the first inning Sunday, their eighth straight game in which they’ve scored in the first frame.
The Chihuahuas have won 15 of their last 16 games and nine in a row overall, one victory away from tying the team record for consecutive wins.
El Paso is now 7-0 in day games this season.
Next Game: Monday, 7:35 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.39) vs. Fresno RHP Paolo Espino (2-1, 6.86). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 10 Las Vegas 6 – Sunday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (16-7), Las Vegas (15-9)
Jacob Scavuzzo hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning Thursday in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 9-8 win over the Las Vegas Aviators.
It was one of two homers for Scavuzzo, his second consecutive multi-homer game. Scavuzzo has 12 hits this season and eight are home runs.
Luis Urias hit a solo homer in the top of the first, marking the fifth time in as many games El Paso scored in the first inning. The Chihuahuas hit five home runs in the game to tie a season high and a team record.
Michael Gettys went 2-for-5 with five RBIs atop the El Paso batting order Thursday.
The Chihuahuas have won six consecutive games and 12 of their last 13.
Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (3-1, 4.87) vs. Las Vegas RHP Daniel Mengden (3-0, 3.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Las Vegas 8 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (13-7), Las Vegas (15-6)
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored eight runs before making an out in the third inning in their 15-7 win over the Las Vegas Aviators at brand new Las Vegas Ballpark Wednesday.
The eight-run rally was El Paso’s highest-scoring inning of the season. The Chihuahuas have won 11 of their last 12 games and five in a row.
Josh Naylor hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, the fourth consecutive game El Paso scored in the first inning. Luis Urias went 3-for-5 with two triples and has two consecutive multi-hit games since being optioned by San Diego.
Jacob Scavuzzo went 4-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs, El Paso’s fifth multi-homer game by an individual player since April 16. Six of Scavuzzo’s 10 hits this season have been home runs.
The Chihuahuas matched their season high with 19 hits on Wednesday
Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (1-1, 7.88) vs. Las Vegas LHP Tyler Alexander (0-0, 4.40). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 15 Las Vegas 7 – Wednesday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (12-7), Las Vegas (15-5)
The Reno Aces calmed the Chihuahuas’ bats on Monday, but still didn’t have enough oomph to pull off a win as El Paso finished the series sweep with a 4-3 win.
The Dogs started scoring early as they had in the previous games but were at least kept to single digits by Aces starter Anthony Vasquez (4.11 ERA), who went five innings and gave up two runs.
The Chihuahuas started scoring in the 1st inning with an RBI double down the left-field line by infielder Luis Urias (.364 BA), El Paso 1-0.
The Dogs’ second run came in the 3rd inning via a long Josh Naylor (.282 BA) double to the right field wall. The speedy Urias started running on contact and was waved home even though the ball was already at the cut-off man, second baseman Juniel Querecuto, behind first base.
Querecuto’s throw might have been in time to get Urias, who hadn’t even begun his slide home, but rolled right past the catcher and allowed Urias to score – El Paso 2-0.
Reno’s only run came from a Kevin Cron (.349 BA) blast over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in left field in the 6th inning, El Paso 2-1.
Chihuahuas catcher Austin Allen (.302 BA) answered in their half of the 6th inning with a 424-foot solo shot over right field, El Paso 3-1. El Paso showed little more muscle in the 7th inning when pinch hitter Peter Van Gansen (.400 BA) dropped a ball into the Big Dog House balcony, El Paso 4-1.
The Aces were poised to come back in the 9th inning after a powerful Yasmany Tomas (.302 BA) two-run home run that banged off the top of the center field wall well above the “406” mark, El Paso 4-3.
A two-out walk and later stolen base by outfielder Tim Locastro made Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez call for another pitcher: El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.70 ERA). The last ball was hit high and deep to right field as both Rodriguezes and the rest of the stadium held their breath: out.
The winning pitcher was Dietrich Enns (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Vasquez (0-1). Rodriguez earned his first save of 2019. Attendance was 7,816 at Southwest University Park.
Chihuahuas slugger Ty France (.423 BA) was hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning and now leads the league in HBP at 9.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Photographer: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
It was back-to-back day at Southwest University Ballpark on Sunday: consecutive wins and home runs were rampant as the Chihuahuas beat the Reno Aces again, this time 10-2 to win the series.
El Paso scored first in the 1st inning after second baseman Ty France was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Dogs added a second run on a long sacrifice fly to center field by catcher Austin Allen, El Paso 2-0.
First baseman Connor Panas lead off the second with a rocket that bounced off the bottom of the center field scoreboard, El Paso 3-0.
And then the backs. Outfielder Josh Naylor hammered the first pitch of the 3rd inning 471 feet that landed somewhere over the Big Dog House in right field. Next, France (El Paso’s other power hitter), smacked a ball over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch – El Paso 5-0.
The Chihuahuas got another quality start from the pitching staff, this time Cal Quantrill went six good innings only allowing six hits and one run. Quantrill struck out five and walked one.
The Aces, who have only scored four runs so far in the series, scored a run in the 5th inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by second baseman Domingo Leyba, El Paso 5-1.
And then, El Paso answered, as Naylor lead off with – you guessed it – another home run. This one 444 feet toward right field and near Santa Fe Street. And, of course, France followed with his own fireworks and completed the back-to-back show. By the end of the 5th inning, El Paso lead 10-1.
The Aces came back in the 8th inning to score one more run on an RBI single by Wyatt Mathisen, but faded out 10-2.
The winning pitcher was Cal Quantrill (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Justin Donatella (1-1). Attendance was 5,695 at Southwest University Park.
Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (1-0, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-12), El Paso (10-7)
The El Paso Chihuahuas let the Reno Aces know early on that they meant to win on Saturday, pounding them with 8 runs in the first three innings on their way to a 12-1 victory.
The Dogs went through the entire lineup in the 1st inning, but got help from Aces starter Taylor Widener (12.27 ERA) who hit the lead-off batter, gave up a couple hits and home run before walking two batters, El Paso 3-0.
The Chihuahuas came back in the second to add four more runs starting with a long home run to the deepest part of center field (more than 400 feet) by center fielder Michael Gettys (.262 BA), El Paso 7-0.
El Paso second baseman Ty France (.431 BA) came up in the 3rd inning and looped a ball over into shallow left field to score another run, El Paso 8-0.
Chihuahuas’ starter Logan Allen might have struggled with a high ERA before Saturday, but thanks to the Reno Aces, Allen earned his first win this season, dropped his ERA to single digits, and went six solid innings.
Allen only struggled a bit in the 5th inning when he gave up an RBI to Aces outfielder Andrew Aplin, El Paso 8-1.
The Chihuahuas continued their assault into the 8th inning when they added another three runs behind a two-run home run by pinch hitter Jacob Scavuzzo (.194 BA) and an RBI double by Alex Dickerson (.349 BA).
The winning pitcher was Allen (1-1, 7.88 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Widener (0-2). Attendance was 8,212 at Southwest University Park.
Two Chihuahuas were one solid swing away from hitting for the cycle on Saturday: Infielder Ty France needed a double and infielder Matthew Batten needed a home run.
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Justin Donatella (1-0, 2.53) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (2-1, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-11), El Paso (9-7)
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post