The El Paso Chihuahuas started Monday’s doubleheader with a three-run first inning but lost to the Iowa Cubs 6-5.
It was the third time in six games the Chihuahuas scored three runs or more in the first inning.
Allen Craig went 2-for-3 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Auston Bousfield hit two doubles in the loss for El Paso. Game 1 was the fifth time in the last six games the final score was decided by one run.
Monday’s 9:33 a.m. first pitch was the earliest in Chihuahuas’ history.
For the second game, the Chihuahuas got their fifth shutout win of the season in Game 2, defeating Iowa 3-0, holding the Cubs to two hits in the process. Javy Guerra hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the Chihuahuas, his second homer of the series and seventh of the season.
Robert Stock got his team-leading fifth save of the season and fourth of the road trip.
The Chihuahuas ended their seven-game Midwest road trip with four wins and three losses. Monday’s Game 2 victory clinched El Paso’s first series win since May 21-24 at Tacoma.
Monday was El Paso’s first doubleheader of the season. The Chihuahuas do not play on Tuesday.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Nashville RHP Ben Bracewell (0-2, 6.55) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (2-5, 5.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report July 28, 2017SportsComments Off on Cubs Survive Chihuahua’s Late-Inning Rally, Win 9-8
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored four runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth but lost to the Iowa Cubs 9-8 Friday.
The Chihuahuas dropped five of eight on the homestand against the visitors from the American Conference North Division; Iowa won three of the four games in the series.
Franchy Cordero went 2-for-4 with his league-leading 11th triple, a solo home run and four RBIs. Cordero has four homers and 11 RBIs in his six games after being optioned from San Diego.
Nick Buss went 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a hit by pitch to extend his league-leading batting average to .373.
The I-Cubs entered play with the third-lowest home run total in the PCL yet struck four homers in the first three innings of Friday’s game. The loss sent El Paso three games back of first place Salt Lake with 36 to play in the 2017 regular season.
All four games of the Iowa series were decided by one run.
Next Game:Saturday, 6:05 pm at Dell Diamond. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-1, 4.50) vs. Round Rock TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Iowa (48-55), El Paso (52-54)
Staff Report July 27, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: I-Cubs Edge Chihuahuas 6-5; Buss Leads League With .370 Average
Five Iowa Cubs pitchers combined to strike out 20 El Paso batters Thursday in the I-Cubs’ 6-5 win over the Chihuahuas.
It tied the Pacific Coast League record for team strikeouts in a nine-inning game, matched previously by the Hawaii Islanders’ pitching staff on June 20, 1974.
It was the third consecutive tight game between the two teams, as all three contests in the series have been decided by one run.
Nick Buss went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and a walk, moving his league-leading batting average to .370. It was the second night in a row that Buss hit a homer.
Bryan Rodriguez allowed three runs in 5.1 innings but did not pick up the win for the first time in his last four starts. The Chihuahuas top two hitters in the order were San Diego Padres on injury rehab.
Center fielder Travis Jankowski went 1-for-2 with three walks and a stolen base, while second baseman Yangervis Solarte went 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Chihuahuas eight-game homestand concludes on Friday.
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Iowa RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3-0, 1.40) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-3, 6.55). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Iowa (47-55), El Paso (52-53)
Iowa 6 El Paso 5 – Thursday
WP: Maples (1-1)
LP: Hessler (2-2)
S: Carasiti (17)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
The El Paso Chihuahuas stopped the Iowa Cubs’ three-run ninth inning rally and hung on to win 7-6 Wednesday night at Southwest University Park. The two teams split the first two games of the series, with both games decided by one run.
Nick Buss went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Buss’ batting average remains at .367, which was tied for first in the Pacific Coast League entering play Wednesday.
El Paso starter Michael Kelly allowed three runs in six innings and picked up his third win in his last four starts. Chihuahuas’ relievers Brad Wieck and Jason Jester tossed a scoreless inning each.
Chase d’Arnaud started in center field Wednesday, the fifth different position he’s played in 13 games with El Paso.
With the Chihuahuas win Wednesday and first place Salt Lake’s loss at Memphis, El Paso is in third place in the Southern Division, only two games out of first.
Next Game:Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Iowa RHP Williams Perez (5-7, 4.98) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-7, 5.38). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: Iowa (46-55), El Paso (52-52)
El Paso 7 Iowa 6 – Wednesday
WP: Kelly (3-2)
LP: Frankoff (1-6)
Gallery by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Staff Report July 25, 2017SportsComments Off on Cubs Club Chihuahuas 2-1; 3rd Inning Homers Only Scores for Both Teams
Both teams hit a home run in the third inning Tuesday and those homers accounted for all of the scoring in the Iowa Cubs’ 2-1 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas.
It was the first matchup of the season between the two teams.
With two outs and two strikes in the top of the third, Mark Zagunis knocked a two-run home run to right field. Chihuahuas pitcher Christian Bethancourt hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third, his first longball of the season.
It was the first homer by a Chihuahuas pitcher since July 2, 2016, when Edwin Jackson went deep against Reno.
Neither side scored before or after the third inning. The Chihuahuas had a bullpen day after the promotion of scheduled starting pitcher Kyle Lloyd. Rafael De Paula threw a scoreless outing on the day he was activated from the disabled list. Logan Bawcom and Adam Cimber followed him with scoreless relief appearances also, with Bawcom striking out five in three innings.
Chihuahuas pitchers struck out 12 in the loss. Tuesday’s game was the shortest of the season for El Paso, at just over two hours.
Next Game:Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Iowa RHP Eddie Butler (1-0, 2.00) vs. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (2-2, 6.23). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Iowa (46-54), El Paso (51-52)
Staff Report May 26, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Clip Cubs in 12th Innings 6-3; Dickerson’s Streak now at 24 Games
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat the Iowa Cubs 6-3 Thursday afternoon in El Paso’s longest game of the season. The Chihuahuas won three of four in Des Moines, taking a series from the I-Cubs for the first time in team history. The Chihuahuas are now 3-0 in extra inning games this year.
Manuel Margot hit the second pitch of the game over the left field wall, his third homer of the season, to give the Chihuahuas a 1-0 lead. It was the first time a Chihuahuas player led off a game with a home run since Abraham Almonte in Sacramento on May 1, 2015.
Alex Dickerson celebrated his 26th birthday by hitting a solo home run on the first pitch of the top of the fourth, making the score 2-0 El Paso and extending his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in Minor League Baseball this season.
Later in the game, with the score tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Jabari Blash hit a two-out double off the left field wall to put El Paso in front 3-2. Iowa plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score again.
The game remained tied until the top of the 12th when Hunter Renfroe brought in a run on a fielder’s choice and Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run double after five consecutive foul balls.
The Chihuahuas sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the 12th on only one hit, taking advantage of three walks and a hit by pitch.
Staff Report May 25, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Club Cubbies 9-1; Dickerson’s Streak goes to 23
The El Paso Chihuahuas held Iowa to only one run for the second time in the last three games and beat the Cubs 9-1Wednesday afternoon. El Paso has won two of the first three games on its current road trip.
James Loney began the top of the second inning with a contested single to center field, which was originally ruled a catch. Ryan Schimpf, the next batter, hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to give El Paso a 2-0 lead. It was the first time in the series the Chihuahuas scored the first run of a game.
Leading 2-1 in the fifth, the Chihuahuas brought in four runs on a sacrifice fly by Alex Dickerson, an RBI single by Loney and a two-run double by Schimpf. The rally was assisted by a two-out error by the I-Cubs, which led to three unearned runs.
Loney’s three-run double in the ninth inning put the game out of reach. Dickerson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 23 games, which is tied for the longest hitting streak in Minor League Baseball this season.
Next Game: Thursday at 11:08 a.m. vs. Iowa at Principal Park. El Paso RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-5, 7.50) vs. Iowa RHP Alex Sanabia (0-1, 20.65). Game coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
The Iowa Cubs scored five late runs in their 8-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night at Principal Park. El Paso’s Alex Dickerson went 2-for-4 to extend his team-record hitting streak to 22 games.
Dickerson’s streak is one game shy of tying High-A Salem’s Andrew Benintendi for the longest minor league hitting streak of the season. Benintendi had a 23-game hitting streak in the Carolina League from mid-April to early May, according to MiLB.com.
Iowa starter Rob Zastryzny pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs in his Triple-A debut. The score was tied 2-2 when Iowa’s Wilson Contreras hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, his second longball in as many games.
Iowa then rallied for four runs with two outs in the seventh inning against El Paso reliever Tayron Guerrero to pull ahead.
James Loney’s RBI single brought home Alex Dickerson in the ninth inning to make the score 8-3 and plate the first run of the season against Spencer Patton, who had 15 shutout outings entering Tuesday’s appearance.
Next Game: Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. vs. Iowa at Principal Park. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (2-3, 8.77) vs. Iowa RHP Jake Buchanan (3-2, 5.60). Game coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit three home runs in their 6-1 win over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park Monday night. Lefty Frank Garces came in from the bullpen to make a spot start and allowed only one run in five innings of work.
Aaron Northcraft, Derek Eitel and Rafael De Paula combined for four innings of shutout relief.
Hunter Renfroe had two outfield assists in the game, including throwing out Iowa’s Dan Vogelbach at the plate to end the sixth inning. A few minutes later, Renfroe hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to put El Paso ahead 2-1.
Later in the inning, and 13 days after hitting a pinch-hit grand slam against the Chicago Cubs, Alex Dickerson hit a three-run pinch-hit home run against the Iowa Cubs, putting El Paso ahead 6-1 and extending Dickerson’s team-record hitting streak to 21 games.
Nick Noonan went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against his former San Francisco Giants teammate Jean Machi. Monday was the first time in 22 games El Paso did not reach nine team hits.
Chihuahuas’ pitching struck out 12 I-Cubs on Monday.