The El Paso Chihuahuas scored the final three runs of Monday’s game at Southwest University Park but lost to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-3.
Oklahoma City brought in four runs in a nine-batter first inning, the seventh time in the last eight games El Paso’s opponent has scored first.
The four-run lead held until the sixth, when Jose Pirela hit a solo home run to right field. It was Pirela’s fifth home run of the series, ninth of the season and seventh in his last nine games.
Jabari Blash hit a towering, pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to get El Paso within one. It was the Chihuahuas first pinch-hit home run since Alex Dickerson’s at Iowa on May 23, 2016.
The Chihuahuas had baserunners in both the eighth and ninth innings but did not score. The Dodgers won three of the four games in the series.
Next Game:Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-2, 3.23) vs. Salt Lake RHP Daniel Wright (2-1, 9.35). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (24-18), El Paso (20-25)
Jack Murphy’s two-out, two-strike RBI single in the top of the 10th inning helped the Oklahoma City Dodgers beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-4 Sunday night.
The Chihuahuas are now 0-2 in extra-inning games this season.
Trailing 4-1 in the fourth, the Chihuahuas scored twice on an RBI double by rehabbing Padres player Hector Sanchez and an RBI single by Dusty Coleman. A few innings later in the seventh, Coleman launched a high home run to left center field to tie the game.
Rocky Gale doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but pinch runner Rafael Ortega was left on base representing the tying run. Oklahoma City pitching piled up 18 strikeouts in the game
Next Game:Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Fabio Castillo (2-3, 3.72) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (3-3, 4.81). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (23-18), El Paso (20-24)
The Oklahoma City Dodgers defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-3 Saturday, giving each team a win in the first two games of the series.
Former MLB All-Star Jair Jurrjens got the win for Oklahoma City, his second career victory at Southwest University Park, having also beaten the Chihuahuas on July 11, 2015 while with Albuquerque.
Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. It was the second consecutive multi-home run game for Pirela and his third multi-home run game this week, having also hit two longballs Sunday in Memphis.
One night after collecting four hits, Franchy Cordero went 3-for-5 atop the El Paso order. Christian Villanueva had two hits for El Paso and is now 10 for his last 14.
Walker Lockett didn’t allow any earned runs but took the loss, as three El Paso errors helped Oklahoma City score five unearned runs. The Chihuahuas have split the first six games of their eight-game homestand,
Next Game:Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Wilmer Font (3-3, 4.29) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (2-3, 3.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (22-18), El Paso (20-23)
Staff Report May 20, 2017SportsComments Off on Chihuahuas Tie Team Record en Route to 16-8 Win over OKC
The El Paso Chihuahuas tied a team record with 23 hits Friday in their 16-8 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The other Chihuahuas 23-hit game was June 5, 2016 at Fresno.
El Paso’s eighth inning produced nine runs, which also tied a team record. Oklahoma City used four pitchers in the long eighth-inning rally.
Oklahoma City led 5-0 in the second inning and 6-4 in the seventh before the Chihuahuas repeated late scoring. Oklahoma City also led 5-0 early in Game 1 of the 2016 PCL Championship Series in El Paso before the Chihuahuas came back to win.
Christian Villanueva went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for El Paso, joining Abraham Almonte, Franchy Cordero, Alex Dickerson, Rocky Gale and Manuel Margot as Chihuahuas to collect five hits in one game.
Franchy Cordero went 4-for-6, falling a home run shy of the cycle.
Rafael Ortega had four hits as well. Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with two home runs, his second multi-home run game of the season.
Next Game:Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Jair Jurrjens (3-1, 3.20) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (4-1, 4.84). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (21-18), El Paso (20-22)
For the 1st time since 1994, when the El Paso Diablos won the Texas League Championship, the Borderland is home to a professional baseball championship team once again.
The El Paso Chihuahuas clinched their first Pacific Coast League championship Saturday in a 4-3 suspenseful 11-inning win. It is the first title for a Padres Triple-A affiliate since 1988 and El Paso’s first professional baseball championship since 1994.
With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run single through a drawn-in infield to give the Chihuahuas a 3-1 advantage. Oklahoma City scored a single run in each of its next two team at-bats to tie the game. The score remain tied into the 11th, with Oklahoma City leaving runners on in scoring position in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings.
El Paso put runners on at first and third in the top of the 11th inning with no outs and then took the lead on a bizarre play. Jose Rondon popped up a bunt in front of the mound and Oklahoma City reliever Lisalverto Bonilla tried to make a diving catch. The ball flung out of his glove, flew over the catcher and Patrick Kivlehan scored the go-ahead run to make it 4-3 El Paso.
Oklahoma City’s Brandon Hicks hit a one-out double in the bottom of the 11th inning and advanced to third on a fly ball to center field. The tying run was at third base when Chris Taylor grounded out to third baseman Nick Noonan, ending the championship series.
Staff Report September 16, 2016SportsComments Off on Championship Can Wait: OKC dodges ELP Sweep with Friday Night Win
The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to come back and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 4-2 to force a fourth game in the 2016 Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
The Chihuahuas lead the best-of-five series two games to one.
Patrick Kivlehan started the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning against rehabbing Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson. Anderson pitched five strong innings, allowing one run, while tossing only 54 pitches.
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh, Hunter Renfroe hit a ground ball double down the left field line, advanced to third base on Kivlehan’s groundout to second base and scored when Diego Goris pushed a single through the drawn-in infield.
The Chihuahuas lead was short lived, as the Dodgers scored three runs on three hits in an eight-batter bottom of the seventh inning.
The Chihuahuas were held to five hits, with Kivlehan as the only Chihuahua collecting multiple hits. El Paso starter Bryan Rodriguez allowed one run in five innings, the only tally he’s let up in 10 postseason innings this year.
Next Game: Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso TBA vs. Oklahoma City RHP Alfredo Figaro (1-0, 1.29). Game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com.
Staff Report September 14, 2016SportsComments Off on Story+Gallery: OKC can’t Dodge Chihuahuas; EP Wins 10-4, Lead Series 2-0
The El Paso Chihuahuas hit three home runs in their 10-4 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series Wednesday.
El Paso now has a two games to none lead and can win the 2016 PCL title with one more victory in Oklahoma City.
Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs in the win, while Carlos Asuaje also went deep, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and his first homer of the postseason.
The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth when the Chihuahuas scored four runs to surge ahead, then adding three more runs in the sixth inning to build the comfortable lead.
Chihuahuas’ starter Frank Garces allowed only one earned run in five innings to get his first playoff win with El Paso. The Chihuahuas went 2-for-2 pinch hitting Wednesday, with both Nick Torres and Franchy Cordero picking up pinch-hit singles, contributing to El Paso’s 14 hits.
Manuel Margot hit two triples Wednesday and has already ripped three triples in the first two games of the championship series. El Paso has won its last five playoff games. Wednesday was the last home game of the 2016 season at Southwest University Park.
Next Game: Friday at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00) vs. Oklahoma City LHP Brett Anderson (0-0, -.–). Game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report September 13, 2016SportsComments Off on Story + Gallery: Dogs Down Dodgers 7 to 5; Take Game 1 of PCL Championship
The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by five runs early Tuesday before coming back to beat Oklahoma City 7-5 in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series.
The Chihuahuas lead the best-of-five series one game to none.
Oklahoma City had a 5-0 lead in the second inning after five hits against El Paso starter Walker Lockett, including a two-run double by former San Diego Padre Will Venable. The Chihuahuas got within one via a four-run third, with an RBI single from Lockett, his first professional hit, and a three-run double by Carlos Asuaje.
Then there were four straight scoreless innings on both sides before El Paso sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run eighth, with all three runs coming on plays at the plate.
Diego Goris had an RBI single to tie the game, Nick Noonan a go-ahead sacrifice fly and then Goris scored an insurance run on a wild pitch. Phil Maton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure his second postseason save.
Goris now has six RBIs in five postseason games. El Paso’s bullpen held Oklahoma City without a run or a hit Tuesday and has allowed only two runs in five playoff games.
Next Game: Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Chase De Jong (0-0, 6.35) vs. El Paso LHP Frank Garces (0-0, 8.44). Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Staff Report August 13, 2016SportsComments Off on OKC’s Late Rally Dooms Dogs, Dodgers beat EP 4 to 2
The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored four late runs to come back and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 4-2 Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Three of Oklahoma City’s runs were unearned, as El Paso made three errors in the game. Chihuahuas’ starter Bryan Rodriguez threw six innings without allowing an earned run and has now tossed 12 consecutive innings with only one earned run crossing against him.
The Chihuahuas struck first when Jose Rondon lined an RBI single in the top of the second, his first Triple-A hit. One inning later, Carlos Asuaje hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Manuel Margot to make it 2-0 El Paso.
Oklahoma City scored in three consecutive innings, once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and once in the eighth and held on to win.
Former Padre Will Venable reached base four times Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a walk for Oklahoma City. Margot, Asuaje, Nick Torres and Hector Sanchez had two hits each for El Paso in the loss.
Margot threw out Yasiel Puig at home plate to end the bottom of the first inning, his league-leading 17th outfield assist of the year.
Team Records: El Paso (65-56), Oklahoma City (67-52)
Next Game: Sunday at 5:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso LHP Frank Garces (5-6, 4.65) vs. Oklahoma City RHP Brock Stewart (4-0, 2.76). Game coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ 8-4 win over the El Paso ChihuahuasFriday night. It was Puig’s home debut and he fell a double shy of a cycle. It was El Paso’s first visit to Oklahoma City since August of 2014.
The Dodgers scored three runs, all on two-out hits, in the third inning to go ahead 3-0. Puig’s three-run home run highlighted a five-run bottom of the fourth to put the Dodgers up 8-0. The Chihuahuas scored the game’s final four runs but fell short in the first game of an eight-game road trip.
Patrick Kivlehan went 3-for-4 with three singles in the loss, his first three-hit game with El Paso. Hunter Renfroe pinch hit and struck out in the top of the ninth inning, his first plate appearance since August 6 vs. Tacoma. El Paso’s relief work was excellent on Friday, with Jason Jester, Michael Dimock and Kevin Quackenbush combining for three shutout innings and five strikeouts in the late innings.
Team Records: El Paso (65-55), Oklahoma City (66-52)
Next Game: Saturday at 6:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-5, 4.85) vs. Oklahoma City RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (2-4, 5.03). Game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com