The El Paso Chihuahuas were just plain hungry against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Thursday night, eating up four of their pitchers en route to an 11-4 win.
The Dogs also kept the Salt Lake Bees two and a half games behind them in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, since both teams won.
El Paso showed some firepower in this game, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits and going 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
They started the hit parade with a first-inning double by leadoff man Auston Bousfield. Bousfield went 3-for-5 with all three of those hits being doubles. A fielder’s choice ground out landed catcher Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) on first base and Bousfield on third. Then right fielder Franmil Reyes (.324 BA) slammed a three-run homerun against Cakes starter Dillon Peters (6.40 ERA), El Paso 3-0.
The Dogs came back with a seven-run barrage in the third inning and chased the beleaguered Peters out of the game. The Dogs’ third included a three-run homerun by outfielder Shane Peterson, an RBI triple by infielder Luis Urias and three singles.
El Paso led the Cakes 10-0 after that shelling.
Chihuahuas starter Jerry Keel (3.34 ERA) kept the cakes cool until the fifth inning when outfielder Austin Dean (.306 BA) got a hold of a ball and sent it out past the left field fence in a hurry, El Paso 10-2.
New Orleans added another couple of runs in the eighth inning against Kyle McGrath. The Cakes strung together three hits and two runs but McGrath was able to get out of the inning without further damage, El Paso 10-4.
Just when the Cakes thought the Chihuahuas were done, the Dogs’ Diego Goris doubled and was brought home by – you guessed it – Bousefield’s last double of the day, El Paso 11-4.
The winning pitcher was Keel (4-1) and the losing pitcher was Peters (2-7).
Highly-touted catching prospect Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) made his home debut Tuesday. Mejia hit the ball hard all night but made a huge impression with his arm. He scooped up a ball on a sacrifice bunt and nailed a perfect throw to second base for a speedy runner who had a huge lead.
Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (50-59), El Paso (60-49)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Zac Gallen (7-5, 3.59) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (4-2, 2.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post
Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas powered their way to a come-from-behind win against the New Orleans Baby Cakes 4-3 on Wednesday and stayed in first place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division.
The Chihuahuas and the Salt Lake Bees have been battling for first place since the All-Star break. The Dogs’ win and Bees’ loss on Wednesday left Salt Lake two and half games behind El Paso.
The Cakes started scoring in the first inning off of starter Brett Kennedy (2.72 ERA) who gave up a double to Cakes leadoff man Austin Dean. The next two hitters brought Dean home on consecutive infield but well-placed groundouts, New Orleans 1-0.
Dogs left fielder Shane Peterson came up in the second inning and hit a home run to center field so high, that it hit his profile picture on the scoreboard – at least 400 feet in distance and 60 feet high when it hit the board. El Paso tied it up, 1-1.
New Orleans didn’t miss a step in coming back in the third inning though, they landed a couple of extra-base hits that scored a couple runs on Kennedy, New Orleans 3-1. Kennedy has been one of the Dogs’ best pitchers this year but did struggle a bit on Tuesday. He gave up three runs on six hits in just five innings of work.
The Chihuahuas had a little luck in the fourth inning and were gifted a run on a Javy Guerra flyball that looked to be foul but was so high up it changed directions as it came down and had a trio of Cakes dancing back and forth trying to catch it. Just before landing it veered toward fair territory and hit the foul line in shallow left field while the Cakes’ players helplessly watched from several feet away on the foul side, New Orleans 3-2.
The Dogs threatened New Orleans several times until the eighth inning when they made good. First basemen Allen Craig hit a ball that looked to be a homerun to everybody in the park but suddenly lost steam at the Peter Piper deck. That ball to left field at least gave Craig a double.
Catcher Raffy Lopez came up next and blasted a ball that bounced on top of the center field wall (not the yellow line, the tall green wall in straight center) and likely ended up on Santa Fe Street, El Paso 4-3.
The Cakes went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Chihuahuas reliever Brad Wieck (5.11 ERA) earned his first win for his two innings of work. The losing pitcher was Jose Quijada and the save went to Trey Wingenter.
Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (50-58), El Paso (59-49)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans LHP Dillon Peters (2-6, 5.66) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-1, 3.41). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post | Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Staff Report August 6, 2017SportsComments Off on New Orleans Sweeps Chihuahuas During Doubleheader Sunday
Ryan Schimpf hit his third home run in three games but the El Paso Chihuahuas fell to the New Orleans Baby Cakes 4-2 in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. El Paso’s other run came on a bases loaded balk by New Orleans starter Mike Kickham.
The teams played two doubleheaders in the series, making up for rainouts on Thursday and Saturday.
Kyle Lloyd allowed four runs in the first inning but then faced the minimum number of batters over the next five innings in a complete game loss.
In the second game, New Orleans starter Justin Nicolino pitched six shutout innings in the Baby Cakes’ 5-1 win in Game 2. Peter Van Gansen went 3-for-3 with an RBI double in the loss. Van Gansen is hitting .333 in his first 13 games with El Paso.
New Orleans won the series three games to one. The Chihuahuas have dropped three consecutive series and nine of their last 12 games.
Sunday was El Paso’s fifth doubleheader of the season, with four coming on the road.
Team Records: El Paso (54-60), New Orleans (43-70)
Staff Report August 4, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Split Doubleheader Against New Orleans
The New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-5 in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader at The Shrine on Airline, but the Dogs came back in extra innings in Game 2 to win 6-4.
El Paso third baseman Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in the loss, his third multi-home run game in 45 games with the Chihuahuas this season. Schimpf had one multi-home run game for El Paso in 2016 as well.
In the second game, the Chihuahuas were held hitless by veteran Tom Koehler through five innings Friday before scoring four times on five hits in the top of the sixth. The runs came in on Collin Cowgill’s two-out grand slam, El Paso’s second grand slam of the season.
New Orleans tied it late and forced extra innings in the doubleheader game that was scheduled to run seven innings. Chihuahuas second baseman Peter Van Gansen struck a two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth to put El Paso ahead.
The first two New Orleans batters reached in the bottom of the eighth but Carter Capps left them on in his second save of the season.
Game 2 started at 10:44 pm Central Time and lasted until 1:35 am.
The Chihuahuas are 4-4 in doubleheader games this season.
Next Game:Saturday, 5:00 pm at Shrine on Airline. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-2, 6.25) vs. New Orleans LHP Mike Kickham (0-1, 7.94). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.