Sam Hilliard’s diving catch down the right field line ended Sunday’s game and left the tying run on base, as the Albuquerque Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-4.
The Isotopes came from behind to score four runs in a nine-batter bottom of the eighth, culminating with Drew Weeks’ go-ahead, two-run, pinch-hit homer.
Logan Allen pitched well Sunday, allowing one run on three hits in a five-inning start for El Paso. Jason Vosler, Jacob Scavuzzo and Seth Mejias-Brean all homered for El Paso, moving the team total to 99 in 44 games.
Sunday’s one-run affair was the first of the series’ four games that was decided by fewer than six runs. Sunday was just the third time this season El Paso lost after scoring first.
The Isotopes have clinched a series win, El Paso’s first series loss since April 9-11 at Tacoma.
The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven early runs Saturday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-2.
The Isotopes have taken two of the first three games in the five-game series.
El Paso’s Fernando Rodriguez took the loss after a 3.2-inning spot start, his longest outing of the season. Boog Powell reached base four times in the loss, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a solo homer.
Michael Gettys’ solo home run provided the other Chihuahuas run Saturday.
The 10-run defeat was El Paso’s most lopsided loss of the season.
Chihuahuas infielder Peter Van Gansen moved to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his first career pitching appearance.
Albuquerque 12 El Paso 2 – Saturday
WP: C. Gonzalez (3-3) | LP: F. Rodriguez (1-1) | S: None | Time: 3:10 | Attn: 14,222
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-14), Albuquerque (22-21)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.99) vs. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas had 16 hits in their 11-5 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night at Isotopes Park.
El Paso’s Jason Vosler had his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run in the second inning.
Matthew Batten, Josh Naylor and Chris Stewart had three hits apiece for the Chihuahuas. El Paso starter Dietrich Enns picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season and his fourth win in his last six starts.
El Paso relievers Robert Stock, Luis Perdomo and Paco Rodriguez all tossed scoreless outings in the game’s final innings.
The Chihuahuas have won four of the six games on the team’s current road trip and 27 of their last 34 overall.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-13), Albuquerque (21-21)
Next Game: Saturday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Fernando Rodriguez (1-0, 4.22) vs. Albuquerque RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3, 7.71). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas started their nine-game road trip with a 7-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night at Raley Field. The Chihuahuas now have a 13-3 road record.
Luis Urias went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs. Urias has six hits, including three home runs, over his last two games. Esteban Quiroz also went deep for El Paso and has four homers in his last five games. The Chihuahuas have a league-leading 89 home runs this season in 37 games.
The Chihuahuas scored three first inning runs Saturday and have outscored opponents 42-16 in first innings this season.
There was a chill that came over El Paso on Friday and it must have really settled over the Chihuahuas’ bats as the Dogs lost to the Albuquerque Isotopes 2-1.
The Chihuahuas are the Pacific Coast League leaders in runs (265), home runs (86), hits (406), and RBIs (253). But that didn’t mean much to ‘Topes pitchers who kept them at five hits, one home run and off balance at the plate. The Chihuahuas were 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Isotopes scored quickly off of starter Dillon Overton (5.60 ERA) with a first-pitch home run. Overton came back to retire the next the batters in order though, ‘Topes 1-0.
Albuquerque added their final run in the 2nd with a home run but Overton made his way out of the inning successfully, ‘Topes 2-0.
The Dogs had one show of force in the 3rd by shortstop Luis Urias (.349 BA). Urias nailed a liner to center field that flew over the Green Seats, ‘Topes 2-1.
The winning pitcher was Tim Melville (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Overton (0-1). Overton should get credit for going seven innings and only giving up a couple of runs.
On any other night, perhaps a warmer one, the offensive juggernaut that is the Chihuahuas might have earned him a win
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (19-17), El Paso (24-11)
Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 5.16) vs. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (1-0, 6.48). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas battled out a 5-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday to lead the series 2-1.
El Paso starter Jerry Keel (4.60 ERA) went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits. The first run came as an RBI single to shortstop Pat Valaika in the 1st.
The Chihuahuas wasted no time reclaiming their house when second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.317 BA) lifted a homer past the GECU Green Seats in the 2nd inning.
The Dogs tacked on a couple more, as catcher Chris Stewart (.217 BA) hit one off the left field foul pole in the 2nd inning and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (.322 BA) singled in a run in the 3rd inning.
The Chihuahuas added two more runs in the 7th inning when Quiroz popped a broken-bat looper into shallow center field that scored two runs, El Paso 5-2.
The winning pitcher was Keel (3-0) and the losing pitcher was Jake McGee, who is on a minor league rehab assignment for the Rockies after a left knee sprain in April. Attendance was 8,792 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (18-17), El Paso (24-10)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 7.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Video: El Paso Chihuahuas
Well, it was bound to happen: the Chihuahuas finally reached double digits. El Paso (23-10) went a little cold and lost 6-2 against the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday, marking only the tenth time they’ve lost all season.
It was like the Isotopes had stolen the Chihuahuas’ Wheaties this morning and their bats stayed home in a hunger protest. The Dogs had only four hits all game and could never string any together.
Although two of their four hits were homers. Outfielder Boog Powell, (.458 BA, 3 HR) slammed one in the 5th inning and Seth Mejias-Brean (.322 BA, 4 HR) landed a pinch-hit home run somewhere in the GECU Green Seats in the 8th.
El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.91 ERA) started the game and did well enough, but could only go three innings before being pulled for Kyle McGrath.
The game just exploded on McGrath (7.04 ERA): he gave up seven hits, five runs and one walk, by the end of the 5th.
The Chihuahuas looked as if they had regrouped and positioned themselves to get back in the game with two men on base in the bottom of the 9th, but that rally fizzled when the ‘Topes closer struck out three of the five batters he faced.
The winning pitcher was Peter Lambert (2-2) and the losing pitcher was McGrath (1-1). Attendance was 5,554 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (18-16), El Paso (23-10)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 7.40) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.85). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Margaritas battled out a walk-off 6-5 win against the Salt Lake Bees on Sunday but have to at least tip their caps to the opposing team who allowed the winning run on a wild pitch.
The Margaritas were as mellow as the drink they’re named after until they piled up five runs in the 8th inning to lead the game 5-3. The runs came on a couple of RBI singles and were capped off by a three-run bomb to right field by catcher Austin Allen.
It was almost game over when Margaritas reliever Luis Perdomo (1.17 ERA) took the mound in the 9th with a two-run lead. There were two outs and runners on the corners when Perdomo threw a fastball to Bees slugger Jared Walsh (.295 BA) smacked a double off the center field wall and narrowed the lead.
Perdomo seemed rattled by the runners in scoring position and tried to take a moment but the umpires called a balk and allowed the runners to advance to tie the game at 5.
Still stuck on two outs, Perdomo regained his composure and struck out Jarrett Parker (.315 BA) for the last elusive out.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .312, looked as they were heading into extra innings when center fielder Michael Gettys (2.78 BA) got an infield single with two outs – but now there was hope.
Shortstop Luis Urias (.338 BA) plopped a looper into right field for a single and moved Gettys over to third base.
Then, up walks the man you want in this situation: right fielder Josh Naylor (.296 BA, 7 HR). Naylor has the power to change things with his swing. But, instead, Bees reliever Matt Ramsey (2.92 ERA) threw the ball passed the catcher and Gettys hustled home the game-winning run.
The winning pitcher was Perdomo (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Ramsey (0-2). Perdomo, coincidentally, got the blown save for allowing the Bees to tie the game in the top of the 9th inning.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-19), El Paso (21-9)
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 5.40) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (2-1, 6.46). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photographer: Steve Zimmerman – El Paso Herald Post
The Chihuahuas came in on Saturday determined to stop their losses at 2 in a row and remain the only team in the Pacific Coast League with single-digit losses (20-9) – and when you lead the league in home runs, hits, and RBI’s, you can do that.
The Dogs beat the Salt Lake Bees 7-5 behind two home runs by leadoff hitter Michael Gettys (.281 BA), the first of which came in his first at-bat of the game against the recently promoted Bees starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval.
Lady Luck smiled upon the Dogs in the 2nd when outfielder Boog Powell (.385 BA) sailed a ball over the pitcher on what appeared to be a bunt attempt and was able to make it to first base safely. Gettys followed with a long ball into the GECU Green Seats in left center field, El Paso 4-0.
The Bees were slow to respond and scored a couple of runs in the 3rd inning, but came back in the 5th inning and took over the lead behind top prospect Jared Walsh (.290 BA), who hit a line-drive three-run homer through the second deck of the Little Dog House building in center field, Salt Lake 5-4.
In their half of the 5th, Chihuahuas third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean came up with two outs and made it to third base on what seemed like a routine flyball to deep right center when the Bees right fielder Jarrett Parker fell down and allowed the ball to hit the wall.
The spill allowed Mejias-Brean to race to third base. Right on cue, Esteban Quiroz singled in Mejias-Brean and made it to second on a Jason Vosler walk.
Now with the game tied 5-5, catcher Chris Stewart (.184 BA) shot a soft liner to center field and scored another run and left runners on the corners, El Paso 6-5. Still with two outs in the 5th, Powell hit a ball to shallow center field that looked like it was going to be caught but was trapped instead and scored the last run of the game, El Paso 7-5.
El Paso relievers came in after the 5th inning and held the Bees at three hits. Closer Gerardo Reyes pitched the last two innings and sat the last six batters down consecutively with his fastball that was clocked in the high 90s and his 80 MPH breaking ball.
The winning pitcher was Tyler Higgins (3-0) and the losing pitcher was Parker Bridwell (0-2). Reyes got his first save of 2019 (4.15 ERA) earned the save. Attendance was 8,813 at Southwest University Park.
Gettys came within a few feet of his third home run of the game in the 5th inning but hit to the deepest part of the outfield and it was caught by Bees center fielder Brennon Lund right in front of the 406 sign.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-18), El Paso (20-9)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 11.81). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photographer: Johnny Yturrales – 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)
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)