Staff Report September 1, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Story: Chihuahuas Finish Off Fresno 5-1; Dogs Sweep Grizzlies
The El Paso Chihuahuas won their final regular season home game Thursday, beating the Fresno Grizzlies 5-1.
Chihuahuas’ starter Chris Huffman allowed one run in six innings and has surrendered only three runs in his last 22.2 innings.
Nick Buss went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and is now batting .353 on the season. Franchy Cordero went 4-for-4 in the win.
One night after six scoreless relief innings to close an extra-inning win, the Chihuahuas’ bullpen had shutout relief outings from Kevin Quackenbush and Kyle McGrath Thursday.
The victory gave the Chihuahuas a sweep over Fresno, El Paso’s first sweep since July 7-9 versus Salt Lake. The Chihuahuas have won six consecutive games, a season high. El Paso finished their eight-game homestand 7-1.
El Paso went 19-10 in August.
Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-4, 3.71) vs. Sacramento RHP Roberto Gomez (3-9, 4.19). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (74-64), El Paso (71-67)
Chase d’Arnaud’s RBI single through Fresno’s drawn-in infield in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the El Paso Chihuahuas a 9-8 win over the Grizzlies Wednesday night.
It was the longest game in Southwest University Park history and tied the mark for longest game in Chihuahuas’ history. The club also played 14 innings on June 24, 2017 at Albuquerque.
El Paso trailed by four runs in the eighth inning Wednesday when Diego Goris hit a two-run home run off James Hoyt, the first runs allowed by Hoyt in 10 Triple-A games this season.
Down by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Hunter Renfroe drilled a line drive, two-run homer, his third of the homestand, to tie the game.
Neither team scored in the 10th through 13th innings before El Paso’s three-hit rally in the bottom of the 14th. It was the fourth walk-off win of the season and second in the last four nights.
The Chihuahuas are now 7-5 in extra-inning games this season.
The Chihuahuas have won five games in a row and six of their last seven. The Salt Lake Bees have also won six of seven, including Wednesday at Tacoma, keeping El Paso in second place, one game back with five regular season games remaining.
Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP David Martinez (6-2, 4.43) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (2-1, 3.71). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (74-63), El Paso (70-67)
Staff Report August 29, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Rack Up Runs, Outlast Grizzlies 13-10
The El Paso Chihuahuas tied a team record for runs in an inning in their 13-10 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies Tuesday.
The Chihuahuas sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third and brought in nine runs, the third nine-run inning in team history.
Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a two-run home run. It was the second multi-home run game of the year for Cruz and his six RBIs set a new career high. The grand slam was El Paso’s first at home this season, with Chihuahuas’ road grand slams occurring earlier this year from Jose Pirela, Collin Cowgill and Jabari Blash.
The two teams combined for 28 hits and five home runs Tuesday. The Chihuahuas have won four in a row and five of their last six games.
El Paso is in second place, a half-game behind the Salt Lake Bees, who are playing Tuesday night at Tacoma.
Next Game: Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (6-2, 4.43) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (8-8, 4.63).
Staff Report August 28, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Grill Grizzlies 10-2; Dogs Now Half Game Behind Salt Lake
The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 10-2 Monday night to win their fourth game in their last five tries.
The Chihuahuas moved to a half game away from the first place Salt Lake Bees, who play Tacoma Monday night at Cheney Stadium.
El Paso scored twice in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Hunter Renfroe and an RBI triple by Franchy Cordero. It was the second time in as many games the Chihuahuas scored multiple runs in the first inning.
Cordero’s triple was his 17th, which leads the Pacific Coast League.
The Chihuahuas strung together five consecutive hits in the bottom of the fifth, including back-to-back home runs by Renfroe and Christian Villanueva. It was the first set of back-to-back homers by El Paso since Nick Buss and Collin Cowgill at Reno on July 14th.
Rocky Gale went 1-for-4 with a double, his 29th of the season, setting a new career high. The Chihuahuas are 16-10 in August.
Next Game: Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Cy Sneed (1-0, 5.25) vs. El Paso RHP Tim Melville (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (74-61), El Paso (68-67)
El Paso 10 Fresno 2 – Monday
WP: Lyles (1-1)
LP: Emanuel (1-2)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Staff Report August 10, 2017SportsComments Off on Grizzlies Stop Chihuahuas Series Sweep, Beat EP 8-4
The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 8-4 Thursday, missing an opportunity to sweep a series for the third time this year.
The Chihuahuas previously swept series at home against Tacoma and Salt Lake.
El Paso hit four doubles in the loss and collected nine total doubles in the final two games of the series. Rocky Gale went 3-for-4 with an RBI, his second three-hit game of the series. Gale has seven hits and three RBIs in his last three games played.
Christian Villanueva went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday and reached base 11 times in the four-game series.
Thursday’s score was 4-3 Fresno after two innings, continuing a trend of early runs in the series. The Chihuahuas and Grizzlies combined for 23 runs in the first and second innings of the four games.
With first place Salt Lake losing to Oklahoma City, the Chihuahuas remain two games out of first place through 118 of their 142 scheduled contests.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Wilfredo Boscan (4-11, 5.42) vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-3, 6.21). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (57-61), Fresno (67-51)
The El Paso Chihuahuas won 5-3 Wednesday, taking their third straight game from the Fresno Grizzlies. It clinched El Paso’s first series win since July 13-16 in the four games immediately after the all-star break.
Dillon Overton allowed only three hits in six innings, picking up his fourth win of the season and third with El Paso.
Chihuahuas leadoff hitter Rafael Ortega went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. He fell a home run shy of the cycle one night after Tuesday’s Chihuahuas leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski did the same thing. The top four hitters in El Paso’s order each had at least one double Wednesday.
The Chihuahuas scored twice each in the first and second innings, continuing a trend of early runs. In the first three games of the series, El Paso and Fresno have combined for 16 runs in the first and second innings.
Fresno’s Tony Kemp started the bottom of the sixth with an inside-the-park home run, the third inside-the-park homer by Pacific Coast League hitters against El Paso this year.
It was the Grizzlies third inside-the-park home run all-time against El Paso.
Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (0-0, 9.00) vs. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (5-2, 4.85). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (57-60), Fresno (66-51)
Staff Report August 9, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas’ Three-Time Rally Ruins Fresno’s Night; Dogs Win 7-5
The El Paso Chihuahuas had a come-from-behind victory for the second straight night Tuesday, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5.
El Paso trailed at various points 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 but surpassed Fresno all three times.
Rocky Gale went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. Travis Jankowski reached base four times and fell a home run shy of the cycle atop the El Paso order. The Chihuahuas piled up 13 hits Tuesday, their second consecutive game with a double digit hit total.
Jordan Lyles allowed three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings in his Padres organizational debut. Bryan Rodriguez pitched 6.2 relief innings and got the win, one appearance after his nine-inning shutout in Round Rock.
After three consecutive series losses, the Chihuahuas have guaranteed at least a series split in the four games at Fresno.
Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-5, 7.73) vs. Fresno RHP Dean Deetz (3-3, 7.02). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (56-60), Fresno (66-50)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by six runs early but came back to win 14-9 in Fresno Monday night. It was the Chihuahuas’ biggest comeback win of the season.
Jabari Blash went 2-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam, El Paso’s second grand slam of the road trip and third of the season, with Jose Pirela and Collin Cowgill hitting the others.
The Chihuahuas had four homers in the game, one shy of a team record, with Franchy Cordero, Rocky Gale and Rafael Ortega also going deep Monday.
Monday was the second time in 2017 the Chihuahuas won a game after their starting pitcher did not record an out. Four different Chihuahuas had multiple hits in the win. The two teams combined for 14 walks and four hit batters.
Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, -.–) vs. Fresno LHP Kent Emanuel (1-1, 7.23). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (55-60), Fresno (66-49)
Staff Report June 21, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Extra Inning Rally Beats Grizzlies 11-7
Christian Villanueva hit a two-out, tiebreaking three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 11-7 win Tuesday night in Fresno.
It moved El Paso’s extra inning record to 2-2, with all four of the extra-inning games lasting 10 innings. The Chihuahuas and Grizzlies split the four-game series.
Hector Sanchez hit two home runs and drove in four in a 4-for-6 night. It was the fourth multi-home run game in a Chihuahuas uniform for Sanchez, who had three different two-homer games for El Paso in 2016. Fellow rehabbing San Diego Padre Manuel Margot started in center field and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Tony Cruz had four hits in the win for El Paso.
The Chihuahuas scored first Tuesday and now have a 22-8 record when scoring before their opponent. El Paso had 18 hits Tuesday, the secondtime in three games the Chihuahuas’ lineup reached 18 hits.
The Chihuahuas do not play on Wednesday.
Next Game:Thursday, 7:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Jered Weaver (MLB rehab) vs. Albuquerque RHP Barry Enright (3-1, 5.58). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (36-36), Fresno (35-37)
Staff Report June 19, 2017SportsComments Off on Grizzlies Grab Lead Early, Take 2nd Win in a Row Over Chihuahuas 10-4
The Fresno Grizzlies hit three home runs in their 10-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday night at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies now have 99 homers this season, the most in all of Minor League Baseball.
El Paso’s scoring came exclusively from home runs Monday. Carlos Asuaje hit a two-run homer into the left field bleachers in the second inning. Asuaje also hit a single and has reached base multiple times in each of his last three games.
Ryan Schimpf and Jabari Blash struck back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth, the second game in a row that combination of players hit back-to-back home runs for El Paso.
Schimpf now has four homers in his eight games since being optioned from San Diego. Blash has eight longballs in his last 12 games.
One day after picking up his first hit in the eighth inning, Rafael Ortega got a first inning single to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, which is tied for the longest by a Chihuahuas player this season. The Chihuahuas have allowed multiple first inning runs in four consecutive games.
Padres outfielder Manuel Margot led off and served as the DH Monday in his first MLB injury rehab game with El Paso.
Next Game:Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso TBA vs. Fresno RHP Kyle Smith (0-0, 8.31). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (35-36), Fresno (35-36)
Staff Report June 18, 2017SportsComments Off on Homers, Hits from Blash and Schimpf Help Chihuahuas Down Grizzlies 11-5
Jabari Blash and Ryan Schimpf both had three singles and a home run in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 11-5 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Sunday night at Chukchansi Park.
Rafael Ortega started the top of the third with a 12-pitch walk and later scored on Christian Villanueva’s RBI single. Later in the third, Schimpf and Blash hit back-to-back-home runs, the first pair of Chihuahuas back-to-back homers since Nick Schultz and Dusty Coleman on June 5 at Albuquerque.
El Paso collected 18 hits in the win, with eight of the nine starting players getting at least one.
Chihuahuas hurler Andre Rienzo exited his start with two outs in the first inning and Rafael De Paula retired all 13 batters he faced in an unexpected relief outing.
Keith Hessler and Logan Bawcom both pitched scoreless outings at the end of the game for El Paso. Ortega struck an eighth-inning single to move his active hitting streak to 14 games, one shy of El Paso’s 2017 high, set by Jamie Romak earlier in the season.
The Chihuahuas and Grizzlies have split the first two games of the series.
Next Game:Monday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 4.89) vs. Fresno RHP David Martinez (3-7, 5.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (35-35), Fresno (34-36)
Staff Report June 11, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Story: Fresno Strikes First, Grizzlies Roll to 11-5 Victory over Chihuahuas
The opening seven Fresno batters reached base Sunday and the Grizzlies carried that first-inning rally to an 11-5 win at Southwest University Park.
The Grizzlies won two of the three games in the rare three-game Pacific Coast League series.
Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-4 with a long solo home run to right field in his first game since being optioned by San Diego. Jabari Blash went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, his third consecutive game with a homer.
Dating back to the Albuquerque road trip, Blash has five home runs in his last six games. Carlos Asuaje, Nick Buss and Christian Villanueva collected two hits each for El Paso.
The two teams combined for 56 runs in the high-offense three-game series. The Chihuahuas do not play on Monday.
Next Game:Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Rob Whalen (0-3, 5.18) vs. El Paso RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 2.60). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (31-33), El Paso (30-34)
Staff Report June 9, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Bag Grizzlies 14-12; Close in on First Place
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored 14 runs in the first five innings of their 14-12 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies Friday night. El Paso has won five of its last six games and now sits only four games out of first place and two wins from a .500 record.
The first eight batters reached in El Paso’s eight-run bottom of the fourth inning, one shy of the team record for runs in an inning. All nine Chihuahuas had at least one hit. El Paso’s 14 runs fell three shy of the team record for runs in a game.
Jabari Blash went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, his third homer in his last four games.
Diego Goris went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, with three coming in on a bases loaded double. Goris is now 2-for-2 with six RBIs in his three bases loaded plate appearances this year. The Chihuahuas offense had seven walks, good for a 2017 single-game high.
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Trent Thornton (2-2, 4.71) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (3-3, 3.79). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (29-33), El Paso (30-32)
El Paso 14 Fresno 12 – Friday
WP: Jester (2-0)
LP: Deetz (0-2)
Photos courtesy Ace Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report August 10, 2016SportsComments Off on Grizzlies Rally to Beat Chihuahuas 10-8; Split Series
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored in each of the final three innings Wednesday but did not catch Fresno in the Grizzlies’ 10-8 win. The two teams split the four-game series.
The Chihuahuas scored three times in the first on a sacrifice fly by Austin Hedges and a two-run home run by Hector Sanchez. Hedges has 10 RBIs in his last seven games, while Sanchez has hit 13 home runs in only 38 games with El Paso.
Nick Torres continued his hot hitting in the loss, going 2-for-5 with a double. Torres has reached base in 11 of his last 19 plate appearances. Hunter Renfroe pinch ran in the bottom of the ninth inning, appearing in a game for the first time since August 6 vs. Tacoma. Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Next Game: Friday at 8:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-8, 6.33) vs. Oklahoma City RHP Jose De Leon (4-1, 2.38). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com