The Albuquerque Isotopes scored nine early runs for the second straight night and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 13-1 Friday.
It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Chihuahuas.
Sam Hilliard went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, the Isotopes’ second grand slam in as many nights.
El Paso’s sole run came on an RBI single by Boog Powell in the bottom of the fourth.
Infielder Matthew Batten pitched a scoreless ninth inning for El Paso, the fourth time this season a Chihuahuas position player has pitched, with three of those outings taking place in games vs. the Isotopes.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.20) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-4, 7.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Albuquerque 13 El Paso 1 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (39-53), El Paso (55-36)
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 El Paso Chihuahuas played the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday, but it seemed more like they were practicing for the upcoming Home Run Derby.
The Dogs, playing as the El Paso Margaritas, pounded in five home runs in their 19-9 victory.
The game seemed pretty evenly matched up until the 5th inning: it was tied and both teams still had their starters in the game – although Dodgers starter Dennis Santana was looking a little wobbly.
Oklahoma City came up in the 5th and tacked four runs on the board and seemed to have it in the bag. A four-run lead going into the middle of the inning would be enough to squeeze another victory out of the league’s most prolific offensive team.
Oklahoma was never heard from again after the 5th inning. The Dogs came in to hit their way to eight runs in that inning alone. Hit after hit, every single position player – not pitchers, they can’t usually hit anyway – managed to get a timely hit.
Most notable in the 5th was Michael Gettys (.244 BA) and his three-run bomb.
El Paso lead 13-9 by inning’s end and never looked back.
The Dogs home runs came from: infielder Jason Vosler (.272 BA) in the 3rd inning, outfielder Boog Powell (.304 BA) in the 4th inning, Gettys in the 5th, Esteban Quiroz (.271 BA) in the 6th inning, and Aderlin Rodriguez (.231 BA) in the 6th.
By the time the Dodgers’ last three hitters – who coincidentally all ended in 4-3 groundouts – got in the box in the 9th, the score was 19-9 and the Dodgers seemed to just want to forget about this game.
The winning pitcher was Jerry Keel (6-2, 6.69 ERA). The losing pitcher was Zac Rosscup (0-1, 12.00 ERA). There were 6,387 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
El Paso 19 Oklahoma City 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (29-41), El Paso (44-27)
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.
On Monday, the El Paso Chihuahuas unveiled a new look as part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión campaign.
Via a news release, officials with the team shared, “Margaritas hold a significant place in the city’s history, considering the beverage’s origins trace back to 1942 in El Paso. The beverage represents more than a drink: it represents El Paso’s welcoming culture, its soul, and the good times associated with the city and the team.”
Along with the name, the Chihuahuas will don a new look that includes a lime green uniform jersey and pants, with a blue belt and a matching New Era 59-Fifty cap.
Started in 2018, Copa’s mission is to authentically connect MiLB teams with their diverse communities and embrace and celebrate the culture and values that resonate most with Latinx fans nationwide.
The Chihuahuas are joining 71 other minor league teams and will transform into the El Paso Margaritas for five home games during the 2019 season – May 5, May 30, June 18, July 12 & August 20. The new promotion is presented by Manzanita Sol.
Each Copa game will feature a premium giveaway for the first 1,500 guests in attendance with paid admission. Giveaways and dates are listed below.
Sunday, May 5 | 1:05 p.m. | Umbrella Giveaway
Thursday, May 30 | 7 :05 p.m. | Ice Cooler Giveaway
Tuesday, June 18 | 7:05 p.m. | Beach Towel Giveaway
Friday, July 12 | 7:05 p.m. | STAY TUNED…
Tuesday, August 20 | 7:05 p.m. | Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway ***Promotions and giveaways are subject to change without notice.***
The 2019 All-Star season kicks off in El Paso on April 4th versus the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s) at Southwest University Park.
The 140-game schedule includes the 32nd edition of the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Southwest University Park, July 8-10, in a nationally televised game. The game includes a number of events including the Home Run Derby on July 8.