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2019 El Paso Chihuahuas Playoff Tickets go on sale August 2nd

Tickets for the 2019 El Paso Chihuahuas Pacific Coast League (PCL) playoffs go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, August 2nd.

The sales start at 10 a.m. at the Southwest University Park Box Office, online or by calling (915) 533-BASE. Tickets are currently on sale to Season Seat Holders and Paw-tial Plan Holders.

Fans have the option of purchasing strip tickets or individual game tickets for the playoffs. Each strip ticket includes one (1) seat for each potential home playoff game of each potential playoff round.

Fans who purchase a playoff ticket strip will enjoy a cost savings over those buying individual game tickets.

Season Seat Holders have the first opportunity to purchase 2019 playoff strips or individual game tickets. For any games not played, the value may be applied towards any 2020 Season Seat package.

Tickets for games that are not played are refundable.

The Chihuahuas have won four consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division titles, two PCL Pacific Conference titles and were the Pacific Coast League Champions in 2016.

The Chihuahuas currently sit in first place in the Pacific Southern Division with a two game lead over Las Vegas and have 32 regular season games remaining, 18 of which are at home. The final two regular season homestands begin on August 7th and August 19th and great seats remain for both.

Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance to enjoy a savings over day of game prices. For information call (915) 533-BASE or visit the Chihuahuas’ website.

2019 PCL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:

 

Conference Championship Series (Best of Five)

Wednesday, September 4 (Away Game)

Thursday, September 5 (Away Game)

Friday, September 6 (Home Game A)

Saturday, September 7 (Home Game B)*

Sunday, September 8 (Home Game C)*

    *if necessary

 

League Championship Series (Best of Five)

Tuesday, September 10 (Home Game C)

Wednesday, September 11 (Home Game D)

Friday, September 13 (Away Game)

Saturday, September 14 (Away Game)*

Sunday, September 15 (Away Game)*

    *if necessary

Chihuahuas rally to silence Sounds in 10 Innings 6-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by three runs in the eighth inning Tuesday before coming back to beat the Nashville Sounds 6-4 in 10 innings.

Dillon Overton allowed two earned runs in six innings for El Paso, his fourth consecutive start lasting five innings or more.

Chihuahuas relievers Trey Wingenter, Brad Wieck and Steven Wilson each threw a scoreless outing late in the game.

Travis Jankowski had four hits Tuesday, two days after getting three hits in El Paso’s most recent game Sunday.

The Chihuahuas are now 8-1 all-time at First Tennessee Park. The victory moved El Paso’s 2019 extra-inning record to 7-1.

Next Game: Wednesday, 6:05 pm at First Tennessee Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (4-3, 5.15) vs. Nashville RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-3, 7.23). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 6 Nashville 4 – Tuesday – 10 Innings  |   Box Score   |  Team Records: El Paso (64-44), Nashville (44-62)

WP: Wilson (1-1)  |  LP: Garrett (0-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:02  |  Attn: 7,086

The Scoop with Bill Knight: Austin Allen

For Austin Allen, it was the most curious of moments.

A swing and a miss seldom leads to a hug.

It was the most curious of moments.

Austin Allen  had just struck out, just made the short/long walk back to the El Paso Chihuahua dugout, briefly oblivious to the beautiful surroundings of Southwest University Park.

Seconds later, he was in the tunnel that leads to the clubhouse, doling out a seemingly never-ending hug to Chihuahua skipper Edwin Rodriguez .

A swing and a miss seldom leads to a hug.

This time, though, it did. Rodriguez had just done one of his favorite parts of the job – telling Allen he had touched a dream, telling him he had been called up to the San Diego Padres.

Laughing, Allen said, “I don’t even know how long I hugged Edwin. It was a long time. I might have even kissed him on the cheek … I don’t know.”

Rodriguez smiled at the memory and said, “I knew how hard he had worked. Not much was said. We were face to face, eye to eye. He had tears in his eyes and then he moved in and hugged me.”

Allen had grasped a dream, reaching the pinnacle of the crazy, hard knock world of professional baseball. For some, grabbing a handful of that dream is about as easy as closing a hand around a piece of cloud.

Allen played 19 games in the Major Leagues, stepping center stage on that grandest of stages. He played and played well as a Padre. He is back with the Chihuahuas now, fresh off the Triple-A All-Star game, ready to help a Chihuahua charge for yet another championship.

Allen is one of three Chihuahuas (along with Ty France  and Luis Urias ) who played in the Triple-A All-Star game. All three Chihuahuas drove in runs in a 9-3 Pacific Coast League win over the International League Wednesday night in front of 9,706 fans at Southwest University Park.

Now these three and the rest of this talented squad will make the run through July and August on their championship quest.

The pieces to the Austin Allen career puzzle have plopped smoothly into place thus far. The big, pleasant, positive young man from St. Louis, Mo., has moved quickly through the minor league system and that is not always easy to do. Some stall out completely as the grind and the competition steps on the throats of dreams. Others make it – but it takes them years piled upon years to get there.

He was drafted in the fourth round by San Diego in 2015, following a standout junior season at Florida Tech University in Melbourne, Fla. He spent the 2015 season at Tri-City in low Class A ball. He moved up to higher A ball in Fort Wayne in 2016 and spent 2017 in High Class A Lake Elsinore and finished in Double A San Antonio. He hit 22 home runs last season in San Antonio.

And now here he is … teetering on the brink of the grand stage and playing with the best of the best in the minor leagues.

Of course, like every baseball story, this one began at home, playing with brothers and friends in the back yard, playing in high school, moving on to college as that elusive dream of most little boys grew closer and closer.

“Actually, basketball was my first love,” he said. “I thought I’d go and play at Duke.”

And then came high school and priorities took a different road. In fact, school has been the most important part of this journey.

“Going to Florida Tech was the second best decision I made in my life,” he said. “Going to Chaminade (College Preparatory) for high school was the best.”

Chuckling at the memory, Allen said, “I thought I wanted to play basketball. I got to Chaminade and there was a guy named Bradley Beal there (now with the Washington Wizards). I saw him play and I thought, yeah, I don’t think basketball is in my future.”

Baseball, though, sure was.

He became a catcher in high school at the advice of his coach, Rick Strickland. He was only 5-foot-11 at the time and that seemed to be the best path toward a future in this summer game. He has since grown and is now approaching 6-3 and weighing around 220-pounds.

But how did he get to that second great choice, from St. Louis to Florida?

“I went to a showcase at Florida Gulf Coast,” he said. “I didn’t really feel I did that well at the showcase. I got back and I was sitting in class and my phone was blowing up. I checked it at lunch and it was from Melbourne, Fla. I had no idea who it was. An assistant coach at Florida Tech said they saw me and liked what they saw.”

Allen and his parents flew down for a visit. He visited one other school along the way but did not like the feel.

“The head coach, Greg Berkemeier, offered me,” he said. “I told my mom and dad I was going there. I felt like there was where I needed to be. Two days later I called them and told them I wasn’t sure how to do this, but that I wanted to commit to them.

“Like I said, that was the second best decision I’ve ever made,” Allen said. “If Florida Tech hadn’t come into my life, I don’t know where I’d be. They are my family.”

Allen fit right in and played very well. He played so well his sophomore season his coach called him in the summer and told him a lot of scouts were wishing he was a junior (so he could be drafted).

No worries; just a tad of patience.

The next year Allen hit .421 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI in just 49 games. And the Padres, patiently waiting that one year, drafted him fourth and the chase for a dream continued.

Minor league baseball, though, can be a grind. It is wonderful and you are playing baseball but it is a long season and sometimes the bus rides are forever and uncomfortable and late night fast food is the lone option.

But Allen made the most of it all and he still recalls one special moment in 2017 – again with Rodriguez starring as the central character.
“Until that year at Lake Elsinore in 2017, I hit mostly in the gaps,” he said. “Left center … right center. If it went out, good. But I was more of a doubles hitter. I went to Edwin and asked him what he saw.”

And?

“And that was the turning point,” Allen said. “He told me two things. It was the day before the all-star break and I hit one out, just crushed it. The day we came back I hit another one. Edwin was a career changer.”

And what were those two things?

“They were so simple,” he said. “But the verbiage just clicked with me. The first was start slow and start early and the second was stay connected, which means working on synchronizing.”

Pausing, shaking his head, Allen said, “That was a turning point. I was hitting .240 with four home runs. I finished with 22 (home runs) and I hit 22 last year in San Antonio.”

“He was just rushing everything,” Rodriguez said. “Austin and I worked together for the first time in 2017 in Lake Elsinore. His bat was there. Offense was going to carry him. At that time he was still trying to figure out catching.

“The last two years he has really worked on his defense,” Rodriguez said. “He has worked more than 100 percent on his defense. He has really taken the challenge of playing defense – calling games, blocking balls, framing. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he has worked on his defense.’

The defense is coming and the hitting is just getting better and better.

Allen was hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI in just 38 games with the Chihuahuas at the all-star break. He did have that 19 game interruption – albeit a very pleasant interruption – in the Major Leagues.

“We’ve been blessed with a lot of good catchers in these six years with the Chihuahuas,” said radio play-by-play announcer Tim Hagerty, who has seen all but two of the team’s games over that span. “We had Adam Moore , who went on to play in the Majors. We had Rocky Gale , who has played with the Padres and the Dodgers. And, of course, we had Austin Hedges , who might just win a Gold Glove this year, and Francisco Mejia , the two Padre catchers now.

“Austin (Allen) is right there with those guys,” Hagerty said. “He’s been working hard and he’s such a positive person. Anything the Padres want, he says yes. He’s had a quick ascent. You don’t see too many strong, left-handed power hitting catchers in the Major Leagues and that’s one of the reasons the Padres put him on their 40-man roster.”

Allen has nothing but praise for the Padre organization, for their help in nutrition and strength training and the all-important recovery. He continues to work, to work toward grasping that dream again.

It is so near.

“This is a great place to be,” he said. “The stadium is great and the fans are amazing. It’s fun to come to the park each day. The all-star game was fun, too. I was able to play in one at Lake Elsinore and another at San Antonio. You kind of get to be friends with some of those guys you play against and it’s fun to play with them.

“We are really looking forward to the rest of the season,” he said. “Edwin is always there. You might go 0-for-4 and ask him what he saw and he says it was fine, you are fine, it was just a baseball night.”

Sometimes, more often than is fun, very good players eat an 0-for-4 night. It is just baseball.

“Morgan Burkhart is a great hitting coach,” Allen said. “It’s such an advantage to have him and Edwin there every day – watching you, helping you, offering advice.”

The Triple-A All-Star game is now a joyous feast in the rear view mirror in the long and winding road that is the 2019 baseball season. For the third straight season, Austin Allen has been a part of those baseball star fiestas.

Now he goes back to work, continues to grind, continues to help the Chihuahuas chase another championship.

And he continues to wait for another of those special moments, another hug in the tunnel, another opportunity to grasp that elusive cloud of a dream that is Major League Baseball.

It is but a matter of time.

“Austin will be a Major Leaguer for a long, long time,” Rodriguez said.

And maybe, just maybe, Rodriguez will be there for that special moment, for another special face-to-face moment, for another endless hug.

Author: Bill Knight – El Paso Chihuahuas

Gallery+Story: Aviators bomb Chihuahuas 10-1; Sweep series, Dogs’ lead down to 1 game

The Las Vegas Aviators beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-1 Sunday to sweep the three-game series.

Austin Allen’s solo home run in the bottom of the ninth prevented the Chihuahuas from being shut out for the fourth time this season.

Designated hitter Travis Jankowski had three hits in the loss for El Paso.

Second-place Las Vegas has moved to one game behind the first-place Chihuahuas with 33 games remaining in the regular season.

El Paso has been in first place since April 26th. The Chihuahuas and Aviators split their 16 head-to-head matchups this season, with the road team winning seven of eight in both ballparks.

The Aviators hit 20 home runs in the series. It was the first time the Chihuahuas were swept in 2019.

Next Game: Tuesday, 6:05 pm at First Tennessee Park. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (6-4, 6.63) vs. Nashville LHP Wes Benjamin (4-5, 6.49). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Las Vegas 10 El Paso 1 – Sunday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Las Vegas (62-45), El Paso (63-44)

WP: Blackburn (8-3)  |  LP: Mitchell (0-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 2:58  |  Attn: 7,661

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

Vegas crushes Chihuahuas 11-2; Dog’s Pacific Southern lead drops to two games

Well, the Las Vegas Aviators might have landed in El Paso on Friday but they flew right past the Chihuahuas again Saturday, this time 11-2.

El Paso (63-43) lost the second consecutive game to their nearest competitor in the Pacific Coast League-Pacific Southern Division and the Aviators (61-45) are now just two games behind the Dogs with a little more than a month left in the season.

Las Vegas hitters were just dialed in to the Dogs pitching, bringing in 11 runs on 14 hits. El Paso starter Jerry Keel threw 112 pitches in 5  2/3 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits, including three home runs.

The Dogs’ bullpen wasn’t too shabby, they gave up two runs in three-plus innings.

The Chihuahuas’ bats, on the other hand,  were dormant. Slugger Josh Naylor (.324 BA) scored the first of their two runs in the 1st inning on a powerful RBI triple that split the diamond and squeaked through the Vegas outfielders to the center field wall, Aviators 2-1.

The Dogs’ last run came on a home run by catcher Webster Rivas (.286 BA) in the 7th inning that excited the crowd but barely concerned the Aviators as they cruised through to a win and a menacing two-game difference to reach the top spot in the division.

The winning pitcher was Parker Dunshee (6.12 ERA, 3-4) and the losing pitcher was Keel (7.85 ERA, 6-7). There was nothing to save for the Aviators as 9,159 fans sat at Southwest University Ballpark.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Paul Blackburn (7-3, 4.88) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 15.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Las Vegas 11 El Paso 2 – Saturday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Las Vegas (61-45), El Paso (63-43)

WP: Dunshee (3-4)  |  LP: Keel (6-7)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:14  |  Attn: 9,159

Aviators bomb Chihuahuas 20-11; Vegas sets record with 11 Home Runs

The Chihuahuas set a franchise record Friday night – allowing 11 home runs to the Las Vegas Aviators in their 20-11 loss.

The game is the first in a three-game weekend series that is equally important to both teams. The Chihuahuas still lead the Pacific Coast League-Pacific Southern Division in front of their nearest competitor, you guessed it: Las Vegas.

The story of this game can be told with the pitching. Both teams had less-than-sparkling pitching through the first four innings.

El Paso had the edge with 11 runs by the end of the 3rd inning, but the Aviators never quit landing balls over the fence.

Las Vegas scored at least one run in every inning but the 2nd. Four Aviators had a multi-home run game: catcher Sean Murphy (3 HR), shortstop Jorge Mateo (2 HR), outfielder Dustin Fowler (2 HR), and outfielder Mark Payton (2 HR).

In contrast, the Dogs’ five pitchers were bombed with 22 runs and 22 hits. Starter Emmanuel  Ramirez (14.59 ERA), alone, went 4 innings and was charged with 11 hits, nine runs and four home runs.

The winning pitcher was AJ Puk (2-0, 0.00 ERA), the losing pitcher was Steven Wilson (0-1, 3.54 ERA) and there were 7,949 fans who saw the Dogs get a whoopin’ at Southwest University Ballpark.

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Parker Dunshee (2-4, 6.49) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (6-6, 7.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Las Vegas 20 El Paso 11 – Friday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: Las Vegas (60-45), El Paso (63-42)

WP: Puk (2-0)  |  LP: Wilson (0-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:24  |  Attn: 7,949

Hot Dogs! Chihuahuas ground Aviators 15-9; Vosler hits for cycle

Jason Vosler hit for the cycle in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 15-9 win over the Las Vegas Aviators Thursday night.

Vosler joined Taylor Lindsey (2016) and Carlos Asuaje (2018) as players to hit a cycle in Chihuahuas’ history.

It was the first cycle of Vosler’s professional career.

Ty France and Aderlin Rodriguez had five hits each for El Paso, joining Esteban Quiroz as Chihuahuas players with a five-hit game in 2019.

The Chihuahuas 4-5-6 hitters (France, Vosler, Rodriguez) combined for 14 hits, including four home runs, and 13 RBIs Thursday.

Thursday was the final game of El Paso’s three-city road trip, with the team going 6-4 in the three series.

First place El Paso won two of the three games in Las Vegas to move to four games up on the second place Aviators.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Parker Dunshee (2-4, 6.49) vs. El Paso RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1, 12.38). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 15 Las Vegas 9 – Thursday  |  Box Score  |   Team Records: El Paso (63-41), Las Vegas (59-45)

WP: Enns (10-6)  |  LP: Anderson (6-5)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:23  |  Attn: 10,766

Chihuahuas ground Aviators 5-3; Quiroz, France, Gettys add to ‘Dogs homer tally

All five runs in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 5-3 win over the Las Vegas Aviators Wednesday came on home runs.

Ty France hit a three-run shot in the third inning, his 22nd homer of the season, while Michael Gettys and Esteban Quiroz added solo home runs for El Paso.

Dillon Overton got the win and has allowed five runs in 15.2 innings over his last three starts. Trey Wingenter faced the final four batters of the game Wednesday and retired all four, striking out three, to get his first Triple-A save of the season.

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea allowed five runs in 4.1 innings in an injury rehab start for Las Vegas.

The top two teams in the Southern Division have split the first two games of the series, positioning the Chihuahuas in first place by three games with 37 games to play in the regular season.

Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (9-6, 5.99) vs. Las Vegas RHP Brian Howard (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 5 Las Vegas 3 – Wednesday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (62-41), Las Vegas (59-44)

WP: Overton (6-4)  |  LP: Manaea (0-1)  |  S: Wingenter (1)  |  Time: 2:47  |  Attn: 7,665

Aviators down Chihuahuas 9-6; Southern Division lead now at 2 games

Las Vegas designated hitter Seth Brown hit two home runs in the Aviators’ 9-6 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night at Las Vegas Ballpark.

It was Brown’s third multi-homer game of the season.

The loss dropped El Paso’s first place lead in the Southern Division to two games, with five head-to-head matchups between the two teams over the next five nights.

The Aviators and Chihuahuas are the top two teams in the Pacific Coast League in both runs and hits.

Josh Naylor went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in the loss for El Paso. Tuesday was the Chihuahuas’ first loss at Las Vegas Ballpark in six games this season.

Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (5-4, 6.78) vs. Las Vegas LHP Sean Manaea (MLB rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Las Vegas 9 El Paso 6 – Tuesday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (61-41), Las Vegas (59-43)

WP: Puk (1-0)  |  LP: Mitchell (0-2)  |  S: Wendelken (1)  |  Time: 3:18  |  Attn: 7,998

Chihuahua rally falls short, Isotopes win 8-7

The El Paso Chihuahuas put two runners on base in the top of the ninth inning but lost to the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-7 Sunday night at Isotopes Park.

The loss snapped El Paso’s four-game winning streak.

Ty France went 3-for-4 with a walk and reached base at least three times in all three games of the series in Albuquerque. Josh Naylor went 2-for-5 with an RBI in his first game since being optioned by San Diego.

Jerry Keel hit an RBI single in the sixth inning, the second Chihuahuas’ pitcher to record an RBI hit in the last four games, as Dillon Overton did the same Thursday in Reno.

Sunday was the final meeting of the season between the two teams, with Albuquerque winning nine of the 16 matchups.

The Chihuahuas do not play on Monday.

Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 13.50) vs. Las Vegas RHP Tanner Anderson (6-4, 5.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Albuquerque 8 El Paso 7 – Sunday |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (61-40), Albuquerque (44-57)

WP: Rusin (1-1)  |  LP: Keel (6-6)  |  S: Tinoco (1)  |  Time: 2:58  |  Attn: 8,070

‘Dogs take extra innings to dump Isotopes 13-9

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored five runs in the top of the 11th inning Saturday and beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 13-9.

With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Albuquerque loaded the bases with no outs but did not score after a strikeout and double play.

Ty France went 4-for-5 with two doubles for El Paso, while Boog Powell and Austin Allen had three hits each.

Saturday’s game was the Chihuahuas’ longest of the season by both innings and time. The win moved El Paso’s 2019 extra-inning record to 6-1.

The Chihuahuas have won four consecutive games.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (6-5, 7.36) vs. Albuquerque LHP Chris Rusin (0-1, 6.52). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 13 Albuquerque 9 – Saturday – 11 Innings  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (61-39), Albuquerque (43-57)

WP: Wieck (1-1)  |  LP: Pazos (1-3)  |  S: None  |  Time: 4:08  |  Attn: 7,552

Chihuahuas rally to contain Isotopes 7-5; Four ‘Dogs go yard in win

The El Paso Chihuahuas came back late to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-5 Friday to take their third consecutive game.

Friday’s game featured five different lead changes. El Paso hit four home runs for the second consecutive game.

Seth Mejias-Brean and Esteban Quiroz hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, one night after Ty France and Jose Pirela did the same thing in Reno.

Relievers Kazuhisa Makita and Trevor Megill both had two-inning, scoreless, hitless outings to close the game.

The Chihuahuas are now 6-8 vs. Albuquerque this season with two to play in the head-to-head series.

The Chihuahuas have a three-game lead on second place Las Vegas in the Southern Division with 41 games to play.

Next Game: Saturday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1, 7.20) vs. Albuquerque RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 5.89).

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

El Paso 7 Albuquerque 5 – Friday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (60-39), Albuquerque (43-56)

WP: Makita (3-0)  |  LP: Musgrave (0-1)  |  S: Megill (2)  |  Time: 3:03  |  Attn: 12,017

Top Dogs! Chihuahuas smash 4 homers, fold Aces 7-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas hit four home runs in their 7-4 win over the Reno Aces Thursday night at Greater Nevada Field.

El Paso now has 201 homers and is the only professional baseball team with 200 or more home runs in 2019.

Jose Pirela hit his 18th home run of the season Thursday and hit five homers in seven games vs. Reno this season.

Ty France and Pirela hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, El Paso’s first set of back-to-back homers since Jason Vosler and Matthew Batten on July 1st against Fresno.

Luis Urias went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in his first game since July 12th.

Dillon Overton allowed two runs in five innings to get the win and has surrendered only two runs in 10 innings over his last two starts.

The Chihuahuas split the four-game series and finished the season series with Reno with a 12-4 record against the Aces.

Next Game: Friday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (9-6, 5.84) vs. Albuquerque LHP Pat Dean (3-9, 7.24). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 7 Reno 4 – Thursday  |  Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (59-39), Reno (42-56)

WP: Overton (5-4)  |  LP: Widener (6-6)  |  S: Yardley (7)  |  Time: 3:19  |  Attn: 5,004

Chihuahuas stage historic 9th inning rally to down Aces 9-7

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed the Reno Aces 7-2 in the top of the ninth inning with one out and nobody on base before scoring seven runs to come back and win 9-7.

It was the biggest ninth-inning comeback in team history.

The ninth-inning rally included six hits and sent 13 batters to the plate against three Reno pitchers. Catcher Webster Rivas went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, El Paso’s 197th homer of the season.

Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 and now has 17 hits in six games versus Reno this season.

Chihuahuas relievers Trevor Megill, Travis Radke and Eric Yardley all pitched scoreless outings Wednesday. The win ended El Paso’s three-game losing streak.

The Chihuahuas 2019 road record is 33-15.

Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (4-4, 7.02) vs. Reno RHP Taylor Widener (6-5, 8.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 9 Reno 7 – Wednesday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (58-39), Reno (42-55)

WP: Radke (1-0)  |  LP: Crichton (2-3)  |  S: Yardley (6)  |  Time: 3:16  |  Attn: 2,558

Chihuahuas split games in Reno: Win completion game 6-5, drop regular game 5-3

Jose Pirela hit an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning and Boog Powell made a diving catch to end the bottom of the 11th inning in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 6-5 win over the Reno Aces.

The game began on April 15th and was suspended by a Pacific Coast League travel curfew that day.

The Chihuahuas are 5-1 in extra-inning games in 2019.

El Paso 6 Reno 5 – Completion of Suspended Game – 11 Innings

WP: F. Rodriguez (1-0)  |  LP: Luetge (0-1)  |  S: Higgins (1)  |  Time: 3:47  |  Attn: 2,591  |  Box Score

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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)

WP: Lively (5-1)  |  LP: Keel (6-5)  |  S: Crichton (1)  |  Time: 3:07  |  Attn: 3,403

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