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Redbirds Cut Chihuahuas’ Rallies Short, Win 3-1 to Snag PCL Crown

The El Paso Chihuahuas brought the potential winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday but lost to the Memphis Redbirds 3-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series.

The Redbirds won the third league title in team history and stopped the Chihuahuas from winning back-to-back PCL championships.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva collected two-out hits, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Memphis first baseman Patrick Wisdom then made a diving play on a line drive hit by Nick Buss, ending the threat.

The Chihuahuas also rallied in the bottom of the ninth, when Diego Goris and Tony Cruz both singled with no outs. But Memphis reliever Josh Lucas then struck out two batters in a row and got a pop out to shortstop to end the series.

Redbirds’ pitching was able to leave 10 Chihuahuas runners on base Sunday. El Paso pitchers held Memphis to only six runs in the final 40 innings of the series.

Box Score   |    Team Records: Memphis (3-2), El Paso (2-3)

Memphis 3 El Paso 1 – Sunday

WP: Pearce (1-0)

LP: Lloyd (0-1)

S: Lucas (2)

Time: 2:38

Attn: 5,210

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

Redbirds Ruin Chihuahua’s Rally, Take PCL Championship Series Opener 6-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied late but lost to the Memphis Redbirds 6-4 at AutoZone Park Wednesday night. The victory gave the Redbirds a one game to none advantage in the best-of-five PCL Championship Series.

The Redbirds knocked Chris Huffman out of the game after three innings, ending a string of five consecutive strong starts by Huffman. Tyler O’Neill went 1-for-4 with a home run for Memphis, his fourth homer in five postseason games this year.

Chihuahuas’ leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski reached base four times Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Dusty Coleman went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the eighth for the Chihuahuas.

Wednesday was the second Championship Series Game 1 in Chihuahuas’ history. El Paso defeated Oklahoma City 7-5 in the opener of the 2016 Championship Series.

Next Game: Thursday, 11:05 am at AutoZone Park. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, -.–) vs. Memphis RHP Kevin Herget (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso.

Box Score    |     Team Records: El Paso (0-1), Memphis (1-0)

Memphis 6 El Paso 4 – Wednesday

WP: Hudson (1-0)

LP: Huffman (0-1)

S: Lucas (1)

Time: 2:56

Attn: 3,787

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