Staff Report April 10, 2017SportsComments Off on 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 Score | Team 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.
Staff Report April 9, 2017SportsComments Off on 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 Score | Team 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)
Gallery & Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post
Staff Report April 6, 2017SportsComments Off on 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.
Staff Report September 1, 2016SportsComments Off on 51s Down Chihuahuas 5 to 2; Kivlehan, Asuaje Homer for Dogs
The El Paso Chihuahuas were held to three hits in their 5-2 loss to the Las Vegas 51s Thursday night at Southwest University Park.
Two of El Paso’s hits were home runs though, with both Patrick Kivlehan and Carlos Asuaje going deep.
Chihuahuas’ starter Dinelson Lamet allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings in his second Triple-A start. Eric Yardley, Derek Eitel and Buddy Baumann combined for 4.1 scoreless relief innings, the 14th time this season and fifth time since August 15 that El Paso’s bullpen threw four or more scoreless innings in a game.
The Chihuahuas and 51s split their 16 meetings this season and El Paso has a 25-23 all-time series advantage. Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot did not start for the Chihuahuas, one night after the team clinched the Pacific Conference Southern Division title.
Next Game: Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Kyle Freeland (5-3, 4.26) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 2.13). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report August 30, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Strike Back, Beat Las Vegas 6 to 5; Need 2 Games to Clinch Pacific Southern Crown
The El Paso Chihuahuas held off a late Las Vegas rally Tuesday and beat the 51s 6-5 at Southwest University Park.
Within a minute of the Chihuahuas’ game concluding, second place Albuquerque lost 3-2 in Salt Lake and the combination of those two results lowered El Paso’s magic number to two. There are six games remaining in the regular season.
Las Vegas scored a first inning run for the second time in as many nights and went ahead 2-0 in the third on Brandon Nimmo’s second homer of the series.
The Chihuahuas pushed ahead with a three-run third, scoring on RBI hits from Hunter Renfroe, Patrick Kivlehan and Jose Rondon. El Paso never trailed again after that burst of hits.
Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the win. Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-5 with an eighth inning RBI double and now has 51 multi-hit games this season. Daniel Moskos picked up his 13th hold of the season on Tuesday, which is tied for the most in the Pacific Coast League.
Phil Maton got his first Triple-A save and now has thrown four scoreless outings since joining the Chihuahuas.
Next Game: Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. vs. Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Josh Zeid (2-1, 6.58) vs. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (11-7, 5.93). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
The Las Vegas 51s came back to beat El Paso for the second straight game Tuesday, defeating the Chihuahuas 3-2 at Cashman Field.
Righty Gabriel Ynoa pitched seven innings for Las Vegas, allowing two runs. Ynoa has now tossed 21.1 innings against El Paso this year, with only six runs crossing during that time.
After three scoreless innings on both sides Tuesday, the Chihuahuas hit three doubles in a four-batter span in the top of the fourth, scoring twice on the extra base hits struck by Nick Noonan, Austin Hedges and Hector Sanchez. Las Vegas third baseman T.J. Rivera ended a nine-pitch at bat in the sixth inning with a three-run home run to put the 51s ahead 3-2.
Paul Sewald threw two perfect innings to close the game and pick up his 13th save of the season.
The Chihuahuas split the four-game series and currently sit in first place, 6.5 games ahead of second place Las Vegas with 33 games to go in the Pacific Coast League regular season. El Paso finished its season-long 13-game road trip with five wins and eight losses.
Next Game: Wednesday at 7:05 pm vs. Tacoma at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 3.26) vs. El Paso LHP Frank Garces (4-5, 4.88). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report August 1, 2016SportsComments Off on 51s Abduct Chihuahuas Lead Late, Down Dogs 10-7
The Las Vegas 51s scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come back and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-7 in a game that saw four different lead changes. El Paso had been 51-2 this season when leading after seven innings before Monday’s late loss.
Hunter Renfroe had three extra base hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run. Renfroe leads the Pacific Coast League with 255 total bases. Carlos Asuaje, Nick Torres and Miguel Del Castillo also had multi-hit games for the Chihuahuas. Relievers Keith Hessler and Derek Eitel both tossed scoreless outings for El Paso.
The Chihuahuas are in first place by 7.5 games with 34 games remaining in the regular season. Tuesday is the 13th and final game of the Chihuahuas’ longest road trip of the season.
Next Game: Tuesday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-4, 5.25) vs. Las Vegas RHP Gabriel Ynoa (9-4, 4.52). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Carlos Pimentel had his second consecutive strong start in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 4-0 shutout win over the Las Vegas 51s Sunday night at Cashman Field.
Pimentel has thrown 12 innings on the current road trip and hasn’t allowed any runs, while surrendering only three hits in that time. Relievers Daniel Moskos, Eric Yardley and Brandon Morrow finished the club-record eighth shutout.
Hector Sanchez started the Chihuahuas’ offense with a two-run home run in the first inning, his third homer in as many cities on this road trip. Diego Goris hit a high solo home run to left field and Taylor Lindsey dropped an RBI single into center field in the ninth to round out El Paso’s scoring.
Pimentel’s 11 wins are the most ever by a Chihuahuas’ hurler in a season. El Paso’s win put the club in first place by 8.5 games, the largest first place advantage in team history. Sunday was the third game in the last eight days that Chihuahuas’ pitching allowed three hits or less.
Next Game: Monday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-7, 6.18) vs. Las Vegas RHP Josh Zeid (1-1, 5.49). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report July 30, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Outlast Las Vegas, Snag 6 to 5 Victory
The Las Vegas 51s put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inningSaturday but the El Paso Chihuahuas hung on to win 6-5. It was El Paso’s third consecutive one-run game.
Down 2-0 in the third, El Paso’s Hunter Renfroe hit an RBI double to cut the deficit to one. Diego Goris struck a two-out, two-run bases loaded single in the fifth to put the Chihuahuas ahead for the first time. Newcomer Felipe Blanco launched a two-run homer in the sixth to put El Paso up 5-2, his first home run of the season for any of the three Padres’ affiliates he’s played for this year.
Leading 5-3 in the eighth, Carlos Asuaje provided an insurance run with a solo home run to left field, his seventh of the season, with six of the homers coming in road ballparks. The insurance run proved crucial when Las Vegas rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth and fell one run short.
Aaron Northcraft tossed six innings in the win and struck out eight 51s, his highest single-game strikeout total in Triple-A this season. Jason Jester pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his Triple-A debut on the same day he was transferred from Double-A San Antonio.
Next Game: Sunday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (10-5, 5.68) vs. Las Vegas RHP Robert Gsellman (1-3, 6.94). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report May 13, 2016SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Outlast Las Vegas 12-10; Split Sin City Series
The El Paso Chihuahuas hung on to beat the Las Vegas 51s 12-10 Friday after leading by nine runs as late as the fifth inning.
The 51s had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth when Jose Dominguez got Dilson Herrera to pop out to first base and end the game. The Chihuahuas and 51s split the four-game series.
El Paso’s offense burst for eight runs in the top of the third inning, falling one run short of the team record for runs in an inning. The Chihuahuas had eight hits in the rally, including two each by Casey McElroy and Yeison Asencio. The Chihuahuas led 10-1 in the third and 11-2 in the fifth.
Las Vegas climbed back into the game when Dilson Herrera hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning, his second home run of the night and sixth of the season, with five coming against El Paso. After a three-run bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas trailed 11-9, then both teams plated a single run in the ninth.
Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-6 with three RBIs, falling a triple shy of the Chihuahuas’ first cycle. Manuel Margot stole two bases and now has 11 on the season, the fifth most in the Pacific Coast League. McElroy went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three walks and is now hitting .435 through his first 62 at bats.
El Paso starting pitcher Frank Garces hit a pitch to right field in his second career plate appearance to notch his first professional hit. All nine starting Chihuahuas had at least one hit by the fifth inning.
Next Game: Saturday at 7:05 p.m. vs. New Orleans at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Paul Clemens (3-3, 5.03) vs. El Paso RHP Fabio Castillo (0-0, -.–). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso had a first inning lead Thursday in Las Vegas but the 51s scored the game’s next seven runs and beat the Chihuahuas 7-2. Las Vegas starter Gabriel Ynoa pitched eight innings and allowed only one run, getting a win against the Chihuahuas for the second time in 10 days.
Hunter Renfroe’s RBI single put El Paso ahead 1-0 in the first inning. The Chihuahuas had other opportunities, putting multiple runners on base in the third, fourth and sixth innings but did not score again until the ninth.
Manuel Margot went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Casey McElroy and Yeison Asencio collected two hits each.
Tayron Guerrero had his second scoreless relief outing of the series and fellow reliever Keith Hessler held the 51s without a run in his Chihuahuas’ debut. Daniel McCutchen surrendered five runs in 5.2 innings and suffered his second loss of the year.
Next Game: Friday in Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m. El Paso LHP Frank Garces (1-0, 4.15) vs. Las Vegas RHP Stolmy Pimentel (0-2, 8.20). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
The El Paso Chihuahuas dropped the first game of their brief road trip to Las Vegas, falling to the 51s 6-4 on Tuesday night at Cashman Field.
After the Chihuahuas’ first two batters of the game reached base, the team went ahead 1-0 on Diego Goris’ RBI groundout. El Paso added two more tallies in the third on a ground ball into a double play with a runner at third and Hunter Renfroe’s RBI double to go ahead 3-0.
The Chihuahuas’ early lead was quickly erased by the 51s’ five-run third inning. Las Vegas batted around in the frame, collecting four hits, while also taking advantage of a walk and an El Paso defensive miscue.
Trailing 5-4, the Chihuahuas had baserunners in both the seventh and eighth innings but did not score. Johnny Monell’s solo home run gave Las Vegas an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-4 with a double in the loss.
Next Game: Wednesday in Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m. El Paso RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-5, 8.40) vs. Las Vegas LHP Duane Below (1-2, 6.04). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Casey McElroy scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to end a thrilling 7-6 El Paso Chihuahuas’ win over the Las Vegas 51s Thursday. It was El Paso’s first walk-off win of the year and it came in the club’s first extra-inning game of the season.
The Chihuahuas trailed 6-0 in the sixth inning before scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth and twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. It was El Paso’s biggest comeback of the season and fell one run short of the largest comeback in team history.
Las Vegas had opportunities to break the tie late, as the 51s put multiple runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the Chihuahuas’ bullpen left the Las Vegas runners on both times.
With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning, McElroy lined a double to left center field. He advanced to third on a bunted infield single by Jose Pirela and raced home to score on a play at the plate when the first pitch to Hunter Renfroe bounced away from Las Vegas catcher Johnny Monell. The entire bottom of the tenth inning sequence took only five pitches.
Pitching coach Bronswell Patrick was ejected in the top of the ninth inning, El Paso’s second ejection of the season. Thursday’s walk-off win came two years to the date after the Chihuahuas’ first walk-off win, which came on a game-ending grand slam by Jake Lemmerman on May 5, 2014.
Next Game: Friday vs. Fresno at Southwest University Park, 7:05 p.m. Fresno LHP Tommy Shirley (3-1, 3.13) vs. El Paso RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.87). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report May 4, 2016SportsComments Off on Release the Hounds! Chihuahuas bomb Las Vegas 17-6, Set new Team Records
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed 5-0 early but came back to win substantially by a 17-6 score Wednesday against Las Vegas. It was El Paso’s biggest comeback and largest margin of victory in 2016.
The club’s 17 runs broke the team record for runs in a game, eclipsing the 16 runs El Paso scored against Sacramento on July 23, 2014.
The Chihuahuas’ nine-run eighth inning also set a new team record, moving past the two eight-run innings accomplished previously.
The Chihuahuas entered play with the top team batting average in the Pacific Coast League and continue to hold that distinction after 17 hits Wednesday night. It was the second straight game El Paso collected 17 hits. The Chihuahuas’ team batting average is .303.
Rocky Gale went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season and three RBIs. James Loney went 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs. Nick Noonan celebrated his 27th birthday with three hits and three RBIs.
Next Game: Thursday vs. Las Vegas at Southwest University Park, 6:35 p.m. Las Vegas RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 10.66) vs. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (2-1, 4.87). Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
The Las Vegas 51s scored nine runs after the sixth inning to turn a close game into a lopsided 15-6 loss for the El Paso Chihuahuas. Each team collected 17 hits, which were the most allowed by Chihuahuas’ pitchers in a 2016 game.
Casey McElroy went 3-for-5 in the loss for El Paso and is now eight for his last 12 at the plate.
Hunter Renfroe threw a ball from the right field warning track to third base to cut down a Las Vegas runner and end the top of the first inning. It was Renfroe’s league-leading sixth outfield assist of the season.
El Paso pitcher Daniel McCutchen served as a pinch hitter for the second time in as many games and lined a ball over center fielder Brandon Nimmo’s head for his first career triple. McCutchen now has a stolen base and a triple in the first month of the season.
McElroy pitched a scoreless one third of an inning in the ninth, becoming the first Chihuahuas’ position player to take the mound since Cody Decker on September 7, 2015 at Reno. Diego Goris went 2-for-4 with his first Triple-A home run of the season in Tuesday’s loss.
Next Game: Wednesday vs. Las Vegas at Southwest University Park, 6:35 p.m. Las Vegas RHP Rafael Montero (1-0, 3.86) vs. El Paso RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0, -.–). Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com