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Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas down Salt Lake 12-5, still trail Las Vegas by two games

The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Salt Lake Bees 12-5 Wednesday, winning their fourth game in their last five tries.

First-place Las Vegas also won Wednesday, keeping the Chihuahuas two games out of first place with five games remaining.

The Chihuahuas sent 12 batters to the plate in a nine-run bottom of the fourth inning, collecting nine consecutive hits in the rally, two consecutive hits shy of the Pacific Coast League record.

The nine runs fell one run shy of the team record for runs in an inning. Michael Gettys hit his 31st home run of the season in the fourth, setting a new Chihuahuas single-season home run record, previously held by Hunter Renfroe (30 in 2016).

The top three hitters in El Paso’s batting order – Rodrigo Orozco, Travis Jankowski and Aderlin Rodriguez had three hits each.

Jerry Keel was the winning pitcher Wednesday and he hasn’t lost in six August starts this year.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-3, 10.33). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 12 Salt Lake 5 – Wednesday  |  Box Score   |    Team Records: Salt Lake (57-77), El Paso (79-56)

WP: Keel (10-7)  |  LP: Klonowski (1-8)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:01  |  Attn: 7,279

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Ty France Named PCL Rookie of the Year

ROUND ROCK, Texas – In a deep pool of candidates, El Paso Chihuahuas infielder Ty France emerged at the top, narrowly beating out Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Sam Hilliard, to earn the Pacific Coast League’s 2019 Rookie of the Year.

France joins outfielder Alex Dickerson (2015) and infielder Carlos Asuaje (2016) as the players in El Paso’s short history to win the award.

France, who was tabbed by Baseball America as San Diego’s No. 28 prospect entering the season, had been the Chihuahuas everyday third baseman prior to his promotion to the Padres. In 76 games with the Chihuahuas, France hit .399 (118-for-296), with 118 hits and 27 home runs.

His .399 average would have set a new modern era PCL record (.384, Jose Martinez, Omaha, 2015) and would have been the highest batting average since Ox Eckhardt also hit .399 in 1935, but France did not meet the 2.7 at-bats per team game minimum to qualify. The all-time PCL record is also held by Eckhardt, which he set in 1933 with a .414 batting average.

The Downey, California-native did not hit below .359 for a 30-day period that he was in Triple-A, and his batting average for the season never fell below .303. His average dipped to .303 just eight games into the 2019 season on April 11, and never went below .351 from that point on.

Frances’s most prolific offensive month came in June, when he hit .359 (28-for-78) with 10 home runs and 27 RBI while posting a 1.272 OPS in just 21 games.

France adds another accolade to a growing list for his play this season, as the 25-year-old was named both a mid- and postseason All-Star. France, who started at third base for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game, was the All-Star MVP after hitting a solo home run in the PCL’s victory over the International League.

France was also named PCL Player of the Week twice during the 2019 season (April 21 and June 16).

The Padres 34th round selection of the 2015 draft out of San Diego State University began the season with the Chihuahuas and hit.418 (33-for-79) with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 19 games before making his Major League debut on April 26 against the Washington Nationals.

In his only at-bat of the game in his debut, France notched his first Major League hit off Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough as a pinch-hitter.

In his minor league career, the seventh-year professional has played in 534 career games, hitting .294 (575-for-1957) with 69 home runs and 352 RBI. He has been a mid-season All-Star each of the last three seasons including back-to-back midsummer classic nominations in 2017 and 2018 with the San Antonio Missions, then in the Double-A Texas League.

Since 1998, the PCL’s field managers, media representatives and broadcasters have voted for the best first-year Triple-A player.

Along with France and Hilliard, a total of 10 players, from eight different teams, received vote(s). France joins the likes of Felix Hernandez (2005), Howie Kendrick (2006), Adam Eaton (2012) and last year’s recipient, Josh Fuentes, to have won this award.

Chihuahuas squeeze by Salt Lake 7-6; ‘Dogs now two games behind Las Vegas

The El Paso Chihuahuas held on to beat the Salt Lake Bees 7-6 Tuesday and they gained a game on first-place Las Vegas.

The Chihuahuas now trail by Las Vegas by two games with six to play in the 2019 regular season.

El Paso second baseman Peter Van Gansen went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple and sacrifice fly Tuesday.

Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run that was measured at 481 feet. Matthew Batten had two hits for El Paso and has reached base in 11 of his last 17 plate appearances.

The win moved El Paso’s record to 54-16 when scoring first.

There was a one hour and three minute delay because of hail and rain in the top of the first inning on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Jeremy Beasly (1-0, 5.40) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (9-7, 6.85).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 7 Salt Lake 6 – Tuesday  |  Box Score  |   Team Records: Salt Lake (57-76), El Paso (78-56)

WP: Reyes (4-1)  |  LP: J. Rodriguez (3-3)  |  S: Megill (5)  |  Time: 3:07  |  Attn: 7,678

Salt Lake stings Chihuahuas 11-3; ‘Dogs in 2nd, three games behind Las Vegas

The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Salt Lake Bees 11-3 in the opener of a four-game series at Southwest University Park Monday night.

El Paso’s three runs in the bottom of the ninth stopped the club from being shut out for the fifth time this season.

Salt Lake’s Drew Hutchison pitched seven shutout innings, his longest start of the season. Michael Gettys went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Chihuahuas. El Paso’s Jason Vosler went 0-for-4, ending his 16-game hitting streak.

Position players Peter Van Gansen, Boog Powell and Matthew Batten all pitched for the Chihuahuas in the loss.

Both teams lost their designated hitter, as Salt Lake DH Jared Walsh came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Bees.

The first-place Las Vegas Aviators also lost Monday night, so the Chihuahuas are in second place, three games back with seven to play in the regular season.

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 6.15) vs. El Paso RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (2-3, 10.99).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Salt Lake 11 El Paso 3 – Monday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: Salt Lake (57-75), El Paso (77-56)

WP: Hutchison (2-0)  |  LP: Enns (11-10)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:16  |  Attn: 7,681

Ty France Named to 2019 All-Pacific Coast League Team

ROUND ROCK, Texas – With a week left in the 2019 regular season, the Pacific Coast League announced Monday its end of the year All-Star team.

The 12-man roster, which is assembled through a vote of the League’s field managers, media representatives and broadcasters, features three players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list – Kyle Tucker (No. 13, Round Rock), Carter Kieboom (No. 21, Fresno) and Isan Diaz (No. 84, New Orleans).

Of the 12-man roster, nine members of the postseason All-Star team also received mid-season All-Star honors.

Kieboom and Diaz, elected as the team’s middle infielders, are joined in the infield by first baseman Kevin Cron (Reno), and third baseman Ty France (El Paso). Cron, who was also named a PCL postseason All-Star as designated hitter in 2018,  leads the PCL in home runs (38), slugging percentage (.789), OPS (1.227) and is fourth in RBI (101).

His infield corner mate France, who was the PCL’s All-Star Game MVP, has enjoyed a breakthrough year; prior to his MLB promotion, he sat at or near the top of numerous offensive categories, including topping the circuit in average (.399) and home runs (27).

Diaz, the team’s second baseman, leads the Baby Cakes in hits (115), HR (27), RBI (70) and doubles (21). For Kieboom, he is tied for eighth in the league in walks with 63.

Tucker, and Albuquerque’s Sam Hilliard and Yonathan Daza make up the outfield. Tucker became just the fifth player in the 116-year history of the PCL to have a 30-30 season, hitting 30 home runs while also having 30 stolen bases.

Hilliard and Daza both place amongst the top ten in several offensive categories.

Joining the rest of the position players are catcher David Freitas (San Antonio) and designated hitter Jared Walsh (Reno).

Freitas leads the league in batting average at .386 and is the front runner for the batting title, and in doing so would become the third full-time catcher in PCL history and first since Jesse Gonder in 1962 with San Diego.  The Angels farmhand, Walsh, is fourth in the league in home runs (34), and ranked third in on-base percentage (.430).

Colin Rea (Iowa), was named the right-handed starting pitcher. The Indiana State product leads the league in ERA (3.74) and wins (14) and has been a key catalyst for the Iowa Cubs in their quest for the American Northern Title. The team’s left-handed starter is Omaha’s Foster Griffin. The southpaw has racked up 103 strikeouts in 117.2 innings on the campaign.

Nashville Sounds closer David Carpenter, who has saved more games than any other PCL pitcher this season (20), was named the team’s reliever.

Chihuahuas blank Sacramento 6-0. ‘Dogs remain in 2nd place with 8 games left

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Sacramento River Cats 6-0 Sunday, El Paso’s third shutout win of the year.

The Chihuahuas and River Cats split the four-game series. Sacramento didn’t have any extra-base hits Sunday.

Dillon Overton pitched six shutout innings to get the win for the third time in his last four appearances. Matthew Batten had two hits and a walk in his first three plate appearances and reached base on eight consecutive plate appearances dating back to Saturday before an eighth inning groundout Sunday.

Jason Vosler went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, his 20th homer of the season.

Vosler has a 16-game hitting streak, tying Jose Pirela for El Paso’s longest streak of the year. This is the third consecutive season Vosler has hit 20 or more home runs.

First-place Las Vegas also won Sunday, placing El Paso three games back with eight to play, while Sacramento’s magic number remains one to clinch the Northern Division.

Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.91) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (11-9, 6.56).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 6 Sacramento 0 – Sunday  |   Box Score   |   Team Records: Sacramento (69-63), El Paso (77-55)

WP: Overton (9-5)  |  LP: Smith (7-4)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:42  |   Attn: 8,969

Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas soak RiverCats 18-8, Remain in 2nd behind Vegas

The El Paso Chihuahuas had two different seven-run innings in their 18-8 win over the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night at Southwest University Park.

El Paso’s Rodrigo Orozco and Matthew Batten both reached base five times in the win.

Jason Vosler went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, advancing his hitting streak to 15 games. Seth Mejias-Brean drove in four runs Saturday for the Chihuahuas with a two-run double and a two-run home run, his 11th homer of the season.

Saturday was the fourth time this season El Paso scored 18 or more runs in a game.

Sacramento’s pitching staff entered Saturday with the second-fewest walks in the Pacific Coast League but the River Cats walked 10 Chihuahuas in eight innings Saturday.

The Chihuahuas remain in second place, three games back with nine to play, as first place Las Vegas won Saturday night in Tacoma.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Burch Smith (1-0, 1.86) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (8-5, 6.10).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 18 Sacramento 8 – Saturday  |   Box Score   |  Team Records: Sacramento (69-62), El Paso (76-55)

WP: Higgins (4-1)  |  LP: Johnson (1-2)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:32  |  Attn: 10,025

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

River Cats’ rally dooms ‘Dogs, Sacramento wins 11-5; Allen hits 21st homer

The El Paso Chihuahuas lost an early lead for the second straight night Friday and fell to the Sacramento River Cats 11-5.

Sacramento’s victory moved the River Cats’ magic number to two in their attempt to clinch the Northern Division title.

Austin Allen went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, his second straight game with a homer. Allen has at least one extra-base hit in his last 11 games.

Jason Vosler went 1-for-3 before being removed in a double switch, advancing his hitting streak to 14 games.

Sacramento’s Joey Rickard reached base six times Friday, going 4-for-4 with two walks.

The Chihuahuas’ loss, combined with the Las Vegas Aviators’ win at Tacoma, puts El Paso in second place, three games back, with 10 regular season games remaining.

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Chase Johnson (1-1, 7.59) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-3, 11.01).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Sacramento 11 El Paso 5 – Friday   |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Sacramento (69-61), El Paso (75-55)

WP: Haley (2-1)  |  LP: Megill (2-2)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:10  |  Attn: 8,834

Video+Story: Sacramento swats Chihuahuas 9-3; Allen joins the 20 Home Run club

The Sacramento River Cats beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-3 Thursday in a series-opening win at Southwest University Park.

The Chihuahuas led 3-2 entering the fifth inning before Sacramento’s seven unanswered runs.

Austin Allen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 20th of the season, joining Ty France and Michael Gettys as Chihuahuas players to hit 20 or more homers in 2019.

El Paso infielders Peter Van Gansen and Matthew Batten both pitched a scoreless inning for the Chihuahuas.

El Paso starter Emmanuel Ramirez struck out nine River Cats to set his new season high. The River Cats hit five home runs Thursday, including three in the seventh inning.

The win moved Sacramento’s magic number to four in a pursuit to clinch the Northern Division.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Justin Haley (1-1, 8.31) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (9-7, 7.09).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Sacramento 9 El Paso 3 – Thursday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Sacramento (68-61), El Paso (75-54)

WP: Menez (3-0)  |  LP: Ramirez (2-3)  |   S: None  |  Time: 2:47  |  Attn: 7,331

Video+Story: Walk-off Win! Chihuahuas rally to down Grizzlies 9-8

Austin Allen’s high walk-off single to right field ended the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 9-8 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Wednesday night.

El Paso trailed 7-4 in the eighth inning. It was the team’s fourth walk-off win of the season.

The Chihuahuas took two of three against Fresno and won 10 of 16 against the Grizzlies this season.

Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in the win. The homer was his sixth in his last seven games. Jason Vosler went 1-for-4 with a walk, moving his hitting streak to 12 games.

Most of the runs Wednesday came late, as the score was 3-2 entering the seventh inning.

The Chihuahuas win, combined with the first-place Las Vegas Aviators’ win, keeps El Paso in second place, one game back, with 12 games to play in the regular season.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Conner Menez (5-3, 3.60) vs. El Paso RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (2-2, 11.57).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 9 Fresno 8 – Wednesday   |   Box Score   |   Team Records: Fresno (56-72), El Paso (75-53)

WP: Reyes (3-1)  |   LP: Blazek (2-2)   |   S: None  |  Time: 3:18  |   Attn: 6,952

Grizzlies rally to beat Chihuahuas 9-4; ‘Dogs drop to 2nd place

The El Paso Chihuahuas had an early 4-0 lead Tuesday but the Fresno Grizzlies scored nine unanswered runs and won 9-4.

The two teams have split the first two games of the series.

Seth Mejias-Brean had a walk and hit by pitch Tuesday and has reached base six times in the last two games.

Jason Vosler went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, moving his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League. El Paso relievers Trevor Megill, Tyler Higgins and Travis Radke didn’t allow any earned runs Tuesday.

The Chihuahuas made one error Tuesday, ending a five-game errorless streak, which matched their season high.

The loss moved El Paso to second place, a half-game behind first-place Las Vegas, with the Aviators game Tuesday night still pending.

Fresno 9 El Paso 4 – Tuesday  |   Box Score   |   Team Records: Fresno (56-71), El Paso (74-53)

WP: Bourque (2-1)  |  LP: Makita (3-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:59  |  Attn: 6,960

Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno LHP Ben Braymer (4-10, 4.57) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (11-9, 6.73).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Chihuahuas to Host El Paso Strong Night this Saturday

Officials with the El Paso Chihuahuas announced Tuesday that the team would hold an ‘El Paso Strong Night,’ a celebration of the El Paso community and a commemoration of those victims of the August 3rd tragedy.

El Paso Strong Night will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 when the Chihuahuas take on the Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants affiliate).

A portion of each fundraising ticket sold will go back to the Paso del Norte’s El Paso Victims Fund. The link to the ticket here.  The night’s 50/50 raffle will also benefit the Victims Fund.

The first 7,000 fans through the gates will receive an El Paso Strong rally towel. During the game there will be a special moment of silence for the crowd to “stand united.”

The game will also feature a postgame fireworks spectacular choreographed to music and songs that highlight the city of El Paso.

As part of the night, the Chihuahuas will auction off the caps worn by the San Diego Padres during their August 8th batting practice. All proceeds will benefit the El Paso Victim’s Fund.

The Chihuahuas have partnered with Text to Engage, a local mobile phone auction company for the 2019 season. The mobile auction will begin 12 p.m. Saturday and will conclude at 12 p.m. Tuesday.

The game will also feature the national anthem and the color guard by the Border Patrol, the honoring of first responders and a moment of silence for the victims and their families.

More announcements will be forthcoming.

Chihuahuas maul Grizzlies 9-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas started their final homestand of the 2019 regular season with a 9-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Monday night.

San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix needed only 54 pitches to throw five shutout innings in an MLB injury rehab assignment start. Tom Colletti pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his first Triple-A appearance to end the game.

Outfielder Taylor Kohlwey also played in his first Triple-A game Monday, reaching base twice on a double and a walk for the Chihuahuas.

Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs on the day he was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

Seth Mejias-Brean, Rodrigo Orozco and Austin Allen also had three hits for the Chihuahuas.

Fresno shortstop Matt Reynolds was ejected in the top of the sixth inning after arguing a called third strike.

Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Scott Copeland (4-5, 6.87) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (8-5, 6.13).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 9 Fresno 1 – Monday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Fresno (55-71), El Paso (74-52)

WP: Nix (1-0)  |  LP: Espino (7-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:48  |  Attn: 5,914

‘Dogs squash Bees’ rally to win 10-8

The El Paso Chihuahuas held off a late Sale Lake comeback attempt and beat the Bees Sunday 10-8.

El Paso led 10-2 in the eighth inning before four eighth-inning runs and two ninth-inning runs by the Bees. The two teams split the four-game series.

Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs and now has four homers in his last four games. Austin Allen and Matthew Batten also had three hits for El Paso Sunday.

Chihuahuas starter Jerry Keel allowed only one run in six innings.

Boog Powell stole a base for the Chihuahuas and is now 13-for-13 in stolen bases attempts this season.

El Paso ends its road trip in first place by a half-game over Las Vegas, which hosts Albuquerque Sunday night.

Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Scott Copeland (4-5, 6.87) vs. El Paso RHP Jacob Nix (0-0, -.–).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 10 Salt Lake 8 – Sunday  |   Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (73-52), Salt Lake (53-72)

WP: Keel (9-7)  |  LP: Alexander (1-5)  |  S: Higgins (4)  |  Time: 3:18  |  Attn: 4,251

Salt Lake stops Chihuahuas’ rally, Bees win 5-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored the final three runs of Saturday night’s game but lost to the Salt Lake Bees 5-4.

The Chihuahuas have dropped two games in a row after their six-game winning streak.

Chihuahuas catcher Austin Allen went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, his seventh homer in nine games versus Salt Lake this season. The Bees hit three home runs in the win and have hit nine homers in the last two games.

El Paso relievers Trevor Megill, Eric Yardley and Gerardo Reyes all pitched a scoreless, hitless outing on Saturday.

Salt Lake starter Nick Tropeano was ejected in the sixth inning, the fifth Bees’ player ejection of 2019.

Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (8-7, 5.33) vs. Salt Lake RHP Jason Alexander (1-4, 10.06).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Salt Lake 5 El Paso 4 – Saturday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (72-52), Salt Lake (53-71)

WP: Tropeano (3-6)  |   LP: Ramirez (2-2)  |  S: Del Pozo (2)  |  Time: 2:35  |  Attn: 13,921

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