The El Paso Chihuahuas came back to tie the Las Vegas 51s four different times Monday but lost in extra innings 9-6. The two teams split the four-game series.
The Chihuahuas tied the game 1-1 in the third with the help of a two-out Las Vegas error. Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Allen Craig hit a two-run home run over the right field fence, his first with El Paso.
Brett Nicholas hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh, El Paso’s second pinch-hit homer of the season.
The final comeback came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Franmil Reyes lined an RBI single off the left field fence.
Monday was the first extra inning game of the season for both teams. The Chihuahuas had a walk-off opportunity in the bottom of the 10th but were unable to bring in their automatic runner from second base.
Las Vegas took advantage of the new pace-of-play rule with a four-run top of the 11th. Nicholas’ hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 11th for the Chihuahuas final run.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (4-8), El Paso (7-5)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (1-0, 1.59) vs. Reno RHP Troy Scribner (0-0, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
The El Paso Chihuahuas pitched their second team shutout of the season Sunday afternoon at Southwest University Park, defeating the Las Vegas 51s 10-0.
Chihuahuas starter Eric Lauer struck out 10 batters in six shutout innings.
El Paso sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run fifth inning. Raffy Lopez went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBIs in the game, while Travis Jankowski reached base four times atop the Chihuahuas order, going 3-for-4 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored.
Since the end of the second inning of Saturday’s game, the Chihuahuas have scored 21 unanswered runs against the 51s. Trey Wingenter, Tyler Webb and T.J. Weir all pitched scoreless relief outings Sunday, giving the Chihuahuas bullpen seven consecutive shutout appearances.
El Paso pitching has struck out 28 Las Vegas hitters over the last two games.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (3-8), El Paso (7-4)
Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Drew Gagnon (0-0, 3.60) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-1, 4.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 10 Las Vegas 0 – Sunday
WP: Lauer (2-1)
LP: Jannis (0-2)
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
The El Paso Chihuahuas were held to two hits in their 7-1 loss to the Las Vegas 51s Friday night at Southwest University Park. It tied the team record for fewest hits in a game.
The 51s scored twice in the first inning, marking the fourth consecutive game that the Chihuahuas’ opponent scored first. Luis Urias went 0-for-4, the first time he didn’t reach base in his eight games played this season.
Trey Wingenter and Buddy Baumann both pitched scoreless outings in relief for El Paso. The Chihuahuas run came in the bottom of the eighth when Brett Nicholas had a pinch-hit groundout.
El Paso hitting coach Morgan Burkhart was ejected by home plate umpire David Arrieta in the eighth inning, the first Chihuahuas ejection of 2018.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (3-6), El Paso (5-4)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas TBA vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report August 14, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Down Las Vegas 10-7
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored multiple runs in each of their first four innings Monday night and beat the Las Vegas 51s by a score of 10-7.
The Chihuahuas scored before making an out for the second consecutive game when Chase d’Arnaud hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the first. Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run, his second homer of the series.
Chihuahuas’ starting pitcher Dillon Overton hit a two-run double in the bottom of the third, his fourth hit in 13 Triple-A at-bats this season.
Franchy Cordero hit his league-leading 15th triple in the eighth inning and fell a home run shy of a cycle. The Chihuahuas stole five bases in the win, one shy of a team record.
Chihuahuas all-time home run leader Cody Decker went 6-for-16 with a home run and four RBIs in his four-game return to Southwest University Park with Las Vegas.
The Chihuahuas and 51s split the four-game series and split the season series 8-8.
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Matt Flemer (7-6, 5.96) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (0-1, 8.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (46-76), El Paso (59-63)
El Paso 10 Las Vegas 7 – Monday
WP: Overton (5-5)
LP: Albaladejo (1-2)
S: Quackenbush (1)
Photos by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Staff Report August 13, 2017SportsComments Off on Video+Story: Cordero Crushes 3-Run-Homer; 51s Top Chihuahuas 7-4 Sunday
The Las Vegas 51s scored seven unanswered runs in their 7-4 over the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday night at Southwest University Park.
The Chihuahuas led 3-0 before making an out when Franchy Cordero hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, his 16th longball of the season in Triple-A. It was Cordero’s second homer of the series, with both coming in first innings.
Diego Goris’ RBI single in the bottom of the third made it 4-0 El Paso.
Las Vegas plated seven runs throughout the remainder of the game to come back and win.
Christian Bethancourt tossed 1.1 shutout innings, his second consecutive scoreless outing. Lefty Buddy Baumann followed Bethancourt with a scoreless two innings of his own. Sunday’s game ended a string of six straight one-run games at home.
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Jonathan Albaladejo (1-1, 2.22) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-3, 6.07). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (46-75), El Paso (58-63)
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday before coming back to beat the Las Vegas 51s 4-3 at Southwest University Park.
Ryan Schimpf led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit home run, El Paso’s first pinch-hit homer since July 14 at Reno (Diego Goris). Later in the bottom of the ninth, down by a run, Goris raced home from second base on an error by Las Vegas second baseman Gavin Cecchini to tie the game on a play at the plate.
Chase d’Arnaud’s walk loaded the bases for Franchy Cordero, who grounded a single into center field to win the game.
It was El Paso’s second walk off win of the season, with both coming on bases loaded singles by Cordero.
Jordan Lyles allowed two runs in three innings in his second game in the Padres organization. The 51s did not have any baserunners in the final three innings of the game against Chihuahuas relievers Zach Lee and Kevin Quackenbush.
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Mitch Atkins (3-6, 7.13) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (6-7, 4.74). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (45-75), El Paso (58-62)
Staff Report August 12, 2017SportsComments Off on Gallery+Story: Las Vegas Rains on Chihuahuas’ Homecoming 8-7
The El Paso Chihuahuas fell to the Las Vegas 51s 8-7 in the opener of an eight-game homestand.
With first place Salt Lake’s loss at Sacramento, the Chihuahuas remain two games out of first place with 23 games remaining on the 2017 schedule.
Franchy Cordero went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to begin the bottom of the first. It was El Paso’s first leadoff home run since Rafael Ortega’s on April 27th against Salt Lake. Cordero also hit a triple, his 13th of the season, which set a new Chihuahuas’ single-season record. Cordero leads the Pacific Coast League in triples, despite playing in only 72 of El Paso’s 119 games this season.
Chihuahuas’ all-time home run leader Cody Decker went 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks in his first game at Southwest University Park as a visiting player.
Friday’s game had a rain delay in the bottom of the second inning.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (6-13, 6.24) vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 20.25). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (45-74), El Paso (57-62)
Las Vegas 8 El Paso 7 – Friday
WP: Mateo (1-0)
LP: Jester (4-2)
S: McGowan (4)
Time: 3:16 (1:07 delay)
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
The Las Vegas 51s scored 11 runs in their final two innings to come back and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 13-7 Thursday. The 51s took two of the three games in the series.
The Chihuahuas scored first and carried a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning but Las Vegas pushed across two runs in the sixth, six runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to win. Dusty Coleman went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, his second homer in as many games.
Nick Buss went 3-for-4 with a home run and is now hitting .387 through his 63 games with El Paso.
Dillon Overton pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two runs in six innings. The Chihuahuas lefty has surrendered only three runs in 11 innings with El Paso.
Thursday’s first pitch temperature of 109 degrees was the hottest in Chihuahuas history.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (41-46), Las Vegas (34-53)
Next Game:Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Luis Diaz (2-5, 6.65) vs. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (0-1, 13.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas outfielder Travis Taijeron hit an inside-the-park home run in the 51s’ 7-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Wednesday night at Cashman Field.
It was the fifth inside-the-park home run against El Paso in the history of the Chihuahuas.
The Chihuahuas fell behind 6-0 early and climbed back into the game with a run in the fifth and another two in the seventh. El Paso put two runners on base with nobody out later in the seventh but the 51s’ bullpen held off the threat, getting three consecutive outs with the tying run at the plate.
Nick Buss went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI for El Paso. Jason Jester tossed a perfect seventh inning in relief for El Paso.
The two teams have split the first two games of the series.
Next Game:Thursday, 7:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-1, 5.82) vs. Las Vegas RHP Mitch Atkins (1-1, 6.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (41-45), Las Vegas (33-53)
The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Las Vegas 51s Tuesday 5-1, winning their second consecutive game. Chihuahuas reliever Adam Cimber made a spot start and lasted 6.2 innings, allowing only one run.
It was the second Independence Day win at Cashman Field in the last five years for the Padres’ Triple-A club, as the Tucson Padres knocked off Las Vegas 3-1 in 2012.
The Chihuahuas took a 3-0 lead on three consecutive two-out RBI hits in the top of the third inning. Jabari Blash’s two-run homer put El Paso ahead 5-1 in the eighth. It was Blash’s second home run in as many games and his 17th of the season.
Those eighth inning insurance runs proved valuable when Las Vegas loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth before Logan Bawcom came in to end the threat and pick up his second save of the season.
The Chihuahuas are now 3-1 all-time on the Fourth of July.
Next Game:Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-1, 5.82) vs. Las Vegas RHP Mitch Atkins (1-1, 6.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (41-44), Las Vegas (32-53)
The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Las Vegas 51s 6-3 Tuesday to split the four-game series. El Paso won five of its eight games on the two-city road trip.
Andre Rienzo made his second start of the season after spending most of the year in the bullpen and pitched five shutout innings. El Paso scored twice in the second on RBI ground balls by Diego Goris and Rocky Gale.
The Chihuahuas added three more runs in the third on consecutive RBI singles by Nick Buss, Dusty Coleman and Goris. Las Vegas starter Sean Gilmartin has given up eight earned runs in 9.1 innings in his two starts versus El Paso this year.
Jose Pirela went 2-for-5, his third consecutive multi-hit game. The Chihuahuas collected 11 hits, their fifth double-digit hit total in their last six contests. Buss went 3-for-4 for El Paso Tuesday.
The Chihuahuas do not play on Wednesday.
Next Game:Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Troy Scribner (5-1, 4.17) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (4-4, 5.33). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (25-28), Las Vegas (21-32)
The Las Vegas 51s scored three runs in each of their final two innings to come back and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-5 Monday night at Cashman Field. The 51s have won two games in a row against El Paso.
The Chihuahuas fell behind 4-0 after a nine-batter first inning for Las Vegas but came back to go ahead with three runs in the third and single tallies in the fourth and fifth.
Jose Pirela went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs, hitting a home run for the second consecutive game. Pirela had a single, triple and home run in the first four innings Monday but did not hit a double to clinch the second cycle in Chihuahuas history.
Carlos Asuaje and Diego Goris had two hits each for El Paso. Bryan Rodriguez rebounded well after the four-run first, pitching five shutout innings after the original Las Vegas rally.
Next Game:Tuesday, 1:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 3.65) vs. Las Vegas LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 6.43). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (24-28), Las Vegas (21-31)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz threw five perfect innings on an MLB rehab assignment in the Las Vegas 51s’ 7-5 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday. The two teams have split the first two games of the series.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth, El Paso scored five times on an RBI double by Rafael Ortega and a grand slam by Jose Pirela. It was Pirela’s career-high 11th home run of the season and El Paso’s first grand slam since Hector Sanchez hit one in Tacoma on July 28, 2016.
Las Vegas brought in three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and went ahead in the eighth with two RBI hits.
With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the ninth, the Chihuahuas got back-to-back walks and a single to load the bases, but Hansel Robles struck out Carlos Asuaje to end the game.
Kyle Lloyd did not factor in the decision in his Triple-A debut Sunday, pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs for El Paso. The Chihuahuas are 4-2 versus the 51s this year.
Next Game:Monday, 8:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-3, 4.54) vs. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (2-5, 4.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (24-27), Las Vegas (20-31)
Staff Report April 15, 2017SportsComments Off on Tacoma Takes Soggy Series with 2-1 Win Over Chihuahuas Friday Night
The El Paso Chihuahuas lost 2-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers Friday night on a missed pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Rainiers had the bases loaded when Tyler O’Neill hit a high pop up between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. There was a miscommunication between infielders and the ball fell as the winning run scored. Pitcher Keith Hessler was charged with an error. The Rainiers didn’t have a hit in either of the innings that they scored.
El Paso’s lone run came in the top of the second on Rafael Ortega’s RBI double. Ortega reached base three times Friday, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and walk. The Chihuahuas had scoreless relief outings from Logan Bawcom and Andre Rienzo.
There was a one hour and three minute weather delay in the third inning.
The temperature dropped to 40 degrees late in Friday’s game. The Rainiers won three of the four games at Cheney Stadium.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (4-5), Tacoma (4-4)
Next Game:Saturday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (1-0, 1.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.