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)
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)
“Baseball, like apple pie, is one of those ideas that is inseparable from the idea of America,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov. “Here at the Museum, we’re excited to take that national mythos and examine it from the unique El Paso perspective.”
The exhibit, which opens at 6:30 p.m., July 11., celebrates the local and national history of baseball starting with its pre-Civil War origins to the Chihuahuas arriving in El Paso.
In addition to tracing the evolution of baseball’s legacy as a national pastime, the exhibit also highlights baseball’s intersections with race, like the sport’s role in Mexico and key events in breaking the color barrier.
“As visitors move through the exhibit, they are invited to explore how different groups across the United States have shaped baseball’s beginnings, rise, and continued popularity,” museum officials shared. “Interactive displays, like a walkable baseball diamond and Chihuahuas fan photo booth, transform the space into an immersive historical experience.”
Materials for the exhibit have been sourced from across El Paso’s enthusiastic baseball community.
Many of the artifacts for Bases Loaded have been provided by Fernando Grado, an El Paso native and baseball enthusiast. His personal collection, which he began in his youth, includes local memorabilia from the Browns and Diablos as well as collectibles from eminent players like Jackie Robinson and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
Also on display are items borrowed from the El Paso Chihuahuas’ own archive.
The exhibit runs through January 2020 and is free and open to the public.
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 4-3 in the second inning Wednesday before scoring five unanswered runs to come back and beat the Fresno Grizzlies 8-4.
Michael Gettys’ three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, his team-leading 21st homer of the season, provided late insurance for El Paso.
San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski reached base three times and stole a base in his second MLB injury rehab game.
Kazuhisa Makita struck out five in three scoreless relief innings in his first Triple-A game of the season. The Chihuahuas bullpen has allowed only one earned run in their last 13 outings.
The Chihuahuas have hit 182 home runs this season, the highest single-season total in team history. The Chihuahuas won two of the five games against Fresno and five of the nine games on their homestand.
Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (6-2, 6.42) vs. Salt Lake LHP Dillon Peters (2-1, 4.89). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 8 Fresno 4 – Wednesday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (44-42), El Paso (52-33)
Tuesday night’s Chihuahuas game against the Fresno Grizzlies could have started in the 4th inning when they were tied at 6 – and it could have ended soon after.
But the game had to go the required distance, and the Grizzlies piled up five more runs by the 6th inning to thrash the Dogs 11-9. .
The Chihuahuas had two chances late in the game to catch up to the Grizzlies with the bases loaded. Michael Gettys (.248 BA), who has 20 home runs this season, was fanned in the 8th inning.
Seth Mejias-Brean came up as a pinch hitter in the 9th as the Dogs’ last hope. The bases loaded on two outs and by that time, the score was 11-9 Fresno.
The pitch flew out of the closer’s hand and Mejias-Brean attacked it with a ferocious swing that sounded like it missed the barrel of the bat and floated to to shallow center field where a Grizzly claw was waiting.
With the loss, the Chihuahuas are trailing the five-game series with the Grizzlies 3-1, but have a chance to at least draw closer with a win in the last game Wednesday.
Tuesday’s loss had little effect on the standings: the Dogs are still in top of the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division with a 51-33 record.
The winning pitcher was Erick Fedde (12.60 ERA, 1-1). The losing pitcher was Kyle McGrath (8.23 ERA, 3-3). There were 6,845 at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Joe Ross (2-0, 3.68) vs. El Paso LHP Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 11 El Paso 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (44-41), El Paso (51-33)
The home-run hitting leaders of the PCL finally came back to Southwest University Park on Monday after a two-game skid and unloaded four long balls on the Fresno Grizzlies in their 11-1 win.
The Chihuahuas dropped the first two games of the series against Fresno but still sit atop the PCL- Pacific Southern Division and lead the league in home runs (178) and total bases (1,618).
The Dogs started declawing the Grizzlies in the 3rd inning with Jose Pirela (.344 BA) two-RBI triple that rolled to the left field wall. Pirela caught a lift home on the first of Aderlin Rodriguez’s home runs – it was an impressive and rarely seen arching ball that flew to the deepest part of center field and flew over the 50-foot green wall marked “406.” El Paso scored four on two swings.
El Paso followed up in the 4th inning with back-to-back homers by infielder Jason Vosler (.290 BA) and outfielder Matthew Batten (.317 BA). Vosler’s homer was tall and sailed in the that winds headed in the same direction.
The ball landed within a few feet of a brand new Mustang on display before bouncing out to Santa Fe Avenue.
Following the back-to-back dingers, catcher Webster Rivas (.243 BA) slammed a liner to the “406” in center field that looked like the third “back” but it was caught over-the-shoulder style by the speedy Fresno center fielder, El Paso 6-0.
El Paso continued to sprinkle in runs through the 8th inning, including the second homer by Rodriguez (.278 BA) that flew over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in left field and landed somewhere in the alley.
The Dogs’ pitching deserves a lot of credit for the win.
Starter Dietrich Enns went more than six innings striking out 8, walking 4, and giving up no runs. The only Fresno run made blemished the scoreboard in the 8th inning from a couple of back-to-back doubles off a reliever.
The winning pitcher was Enns (8-5, 5.32 ERA). The losing pitcher was Ben Braymer (0-1, 9.35 ERA). There were 7,334 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Erick Fedde (0-1, 15.75) vs. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-2, 7.19). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 11 Fresno 1 – Monday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (43-41), El Paso (51-32)
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 Chihuahuas let the Sacramento River Cats know early that is was going to be all about El Paso on Friday night. The Dogs went through the whole lineup and exploded with four runs on their way to 9-5 victory.
The real news is that the mighty Chihuahuas bats earned this win without any home runs – just timely hits.
In fact, the only home run was hit by ‘Cats infielder Zach Green that split the two brick buildings in right field and bounced out to the street. No word yet on any damage to any El Paso streetcars.
The Chihuahuas offense was good, as most other nights, but starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet and reliever Andres Munoz (3.45 ERA) were pretty dominant and limited the ‘Cats to five hits and three runs in seven innings.
The reason? At least 100 reasons called “miles per hour.”
The pitchers were blazing fast balls past the Sacramento hitters near or past 100 mph every time they let the heat loose. Add that to a breaking ball in the mid-80s and you have quite a combined pitching performance.
The ‘Cats tried to claw their way back in the 9th inning and added a couple runs on another pitcher, but were put to sleep quick on a 6-4-3 double play.
The Dogs still sit atop the PCL Pacific Southern Division, now with 50-30 record. This victory won the four-game series against the ‘Cats 3-1.
The winning pitcher was Lamet (1-0, 4.80 ERA). The losing pitcher was Enderson Franco (2-3, 6.65 ERA). There were 7,067 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Kyle McGowin (5-2, 4.34) vs. El Paso RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Sacramento 5 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-40), El Paso (50-30)
The El Paso Chihuahuas and the Sacramento River Cats returned to their normal roles Thursday night: El Paso the vicious offensive team that leads professional baseball with 170 home runs and the ‘Cats a barely .500 team.
The result was a hit-laden and very slow-paced 17-6 victory for El Paso.
The ‘Cats started the scoring in the 1st with two home runs but checked out after that. They sprinkled in a few runs through the 7th inning but left the field a little outmatched and with a position player on the mound.
The Chihuahuas on the other hand, matched the ‘Cats two runs in the 1st inning and hardly stopped scoring. They scored in six of the eight innings they played and scored more than run in all but one of those.
The Dogs annihilated the ‘Cats pitching staff facing five pitchers and a position player – and the position player (catcher Ronnie Freeman) was the only one who did not give up one of El Paso’s 20 hits.
Just about every El Paso batter got at least one hit, but shortstop Seth Mejias-Brean (.335 BA) went 4-for-5.
The El Paso at-bats were becoming so time consuming that some fans began to yell for an end to the game loud enough to be heard throughout the park.
The Dogs are still leading the PCL-Pacific Southern Division with their 50 wins and there closest rival, the Las Vegas Aviators, trail by five games.
The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73 ERA). The losing pitcher was Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29 ERA). There were 8,075 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (2-2, 6.32) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (MLB rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 17 Sacramento 6 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-39), El Paso (49-30)
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)