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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)

Time: 3:07

Attn: 6,663

Photos by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

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)

Las Vegas 7 El Paso 4 – Sunday

WP: Atkins (4-6)

LP: Rodriguez (6-8)

S: None

Time: 3:02

Attn: 8,980

VIDEO+Story: Walk Off Win – Chihuahuas Rally to Down Las Vegas 4-3

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)

El Paso 4 Las Vegas 3 – Saturday

WP: Quackenbush (3-1)

LP: Callahan (1-1)

S: None

Time: 2:53

Attn: 9,031

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)

Attn: 8,188

Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post

51s Rally to Beat Chihuahuas 13-7

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: Friday7:05 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 13 El Paso 7 – Thursday

WP: Rowen (2-3)

LP: Frank (0-1)

S: Robles (4)

Time: 2:56

Attn: 4,393

51s Top Chihuahuas in Las Vegas 7-3

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: Thursday7:05 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)

Las Vegas 7 El Paso 3 – Wednesday

WP: Atkins (2-1)

LP: Lee (2-2)

S: McGowan (1)

Time: 2:32

Attn: 2,919

Chihuahuas Capture 51s in Las Vegas 5-1

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: Wednesday7:05 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)

El Paso 5 Las Vegas 1 – Tuesday

WP: Cimber (2-0)

LP: Knapp (3-10)

S: Bawcom (2)

Time: 2:36

Attn: 9,353

Chihuahuas Double Up 51s 6-3 to Split Series

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)

51s Comeback Grounds Chihuahuas 10-5

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 ScoreTeam Records: El Paso (24-28), Las Vegas (21-31)

Las Vegas 10 El Paso 5 – Monday

WP: McGowan (4-2)

LP: Bawcom (0-3)

S: Bradford (7)

Time: 3:13

Attn: 4,711

51s Swoop in for the Win, Down Chihuahuas 7-5

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)

Las Vegas 7 El Paso 5 – Sunday

WP: Bradford (1-0)

LP: Fisher (0-3)

S: Robles (1)

Time: 2:48

Attn: 3,004

Chihuahuas Capture 8-6 Win over 51s

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored in six different innings in their 8-6 win over the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field Saturday. The Chihuahuas have won four of five games on their current road trip.

Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win, while Rafael Ortega and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins had two hits each. Newcomer Nick Schulz went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in his Triple-A debut.

The Chihuahuas had at least one baserunner in all nine innings Saturday.

Jason Jester and Phil Maton each left a runner on base in scoreless innings to close the game. It was Maton’s ninth save of the season, good for second most in the league.

Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-0, -.–) vs. Las Vegas LHP Steven Matz (MLB Rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box ScoreTeam Records: El Paso (24-26), Las Vegas (19-31)

El Paso 8 Las Vegas 6 – Saturday

WP: Jenkins (4-4)

LP: Boscan (0-3)

S: Maton (9)

Time: 2:51

Attn: 8,018

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 ScoreTeam 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.

Tacoma 2 El Paso 1 – Friday

WP: Lowe (1-1)

LP: Hessler (0-1)

S: None

Time: 3:04 (1:03 delay)

Attn: 3,776

51s Shutout Chihuahuas 2-0; El Paso Takes Series 3 to 2

The Las Vegas 51s handed El Paso its first shutout loss of the season Monday afternoon, as the Chihuahuas fell 2-0. The Chihuahuas won three of the five games in the season-opening series.

Monday’s game entered the seventh inning in a scoreless tie before Las Vegas loaded the bases on three consecutive walks. Phillip Evans hit a ground ball to third baseman Diego Goris, who stepped on third base for one out but overthrew first baseman Jamie Romak attempting a double play, leading to a 51s run.

Las Vegas added its second run one inning later on a two-out RBI single by Amed Rosario.

The Chihuahuas had late chances but left four runners on base in the final four innings and did not score. El Paso starter Bryan Rodriguez tossed five shutout innings, giving the Chihuahuas’ rotation 28.1 innings and only two earned runs allowed this season.

Former Padres minor leaguer Wilfredo Boscan also threw five shutout innings. Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 and Goris went 3-for-4 in the loss.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Las Vegas (2-3), El Paso (3-2)

Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-0, 1.50) vs. Tacoma RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Las Vegas 2 El Paso 0 – Monday

WP: Wheeler (1-0)

LP: Bawcom (0-1)

S: Bradford (2)

Time: 2:25

Attn: 8,465

Gallery+Story: On Ring Day, Homers Lift Chihuahuas Over Las Vegas 7 – 2

The El Paso Chihuahuas hit three home runs in their 7-2 win over the Las Vegas 51s Sunday afternoon at Southwest University Park.

Dinelson Lamet pitched 5.1 shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. El Paso starting pitchers have allowed only two earned runs in 23.1 innings this season.

Jamie Romak went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk. Romak has reached base three times in each of the last three games. Collin Cowgill hit his second home run of the season and Cory Spangenberg also went deep, a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning.

One day after Tony Cruz had two hits and three RBIs, fellow catcher Rocky Gale went 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.

Romak is tied with three other players for the Pacific Coast League lead in home runs with three.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Las Vegas (1-3), El Paso (3-1)

Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Wilfredo Boscan (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 7 Las Vegas 2 – Sunday

WP: Lamet (1-0)

LP: Gilmartin (0-1)

S: None

Time: 2:53

Attn: 7,642

Gallery & Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post

Gallery+Story: Play Ball! Chihuahuas Dominate Las Vegas 8-1 to Start Season

Walker Lockett allowed only one run in six innings of work Thursday, as the El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Las Vegas 51s on opening night 8-1. The Chihuahuas are now 3-1 all-time in season-opening games and 3-1 all-time in their first home game of a season.

The Chihuahuas broke a scoreless tie with a four-run bottom of the fourth, with runs coming in on a two-run double by Jabari Blash and a two-run home run by Collin Cowgill.

Franchy Cordero’s first Triple-A home run sailed over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-0 El Paso.

Carlos Asuaje hit a single to right field in the bottom of the seventh and rounded the bases to score on a play at the plate when Las Vegas outfielder Travis Taijeron overran the ball.

Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch for El Paso, joining Asuaje and Cordero as Chihuahuas with multi-hit games on Thursday.

Gameday Box Score

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

El Paso 8 Las Vegas 1 – Thursday

WP: Lockett (1-0)

LP: Wilk (0-1)

S: None

Time: 2:34

Attn: 9,761

Gallery by Ace Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer

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