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Redbirds Swoop In for Series Lead, Beat Chihuahuas 2-0 in 11 Innings

Thursday afternoon’s game was scoreless with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning when Adolis Garcia hit a two-run home run to give the Memphis Redbirds a 2-0 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The Redbirds now have a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series and can secure the Pacific Coast League title with a win in any of the three upcoming games at Southwest University Park.

Both starting pitchers were excellent Thursday, as Bryan Rodriguez tossed seven shutout innings for El Paso and Memphis righty Kevin Herget threw eight. Herget struck out 15 Chihuahuas, almost twice as many as his previous season high of eight. The Redbirds struck out 20 Chihuahuas Thursday.

El Paso did not have a runner reach second base in the game.

Thursday was the third postseason extra-inning game in Chihuahuas’ history. The team is now 1-2 in those games. The Redbirds went 12-0 in extra-inning games during the 2017 regular season.

El Paso’s strong offense was shut out only four times in the previous 146 games this season.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (0-2), Memphis (2-0)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.–) vs. Memphis RHP Ryan Helsley (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso.

Memphis 2 El Paso 0 – Thursday – 11 Innings

WP: Wick (1-0)

LP: Yardley (0-1)

S: None

Time: 2:52

Attn: 3,750

Game 1 of PCL Championship Series in Memphis Postponed

Memphis, Tn.  – Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Championship Series featuring the El Paso Chihuahuas and the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) has been postponed due to inclement weather, announced league officials.

The series, originally slated to begin on Tuesday, will start on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:05 p.m. CDT at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn. Game 2 has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 14th with a 12:05 p.m. CDT start.

The best of five series continues in El Paso with Game 3 scheduled for Friday, September 15th at 7:05 p.m. MDT. Games 4 and 5 will be played on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, if necessary.

The Chihuahuas are seeking their second consecutive championship after a 3-0 series sweep of the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) for the Pacific Conference title, winning eight of their last 10 games to clinch the division title.

The last Padres Triple-A affiliate to win back-to-back titles was the 1975-1976 Hawaii Islanders.

Tickets are on sale now for the home portion of the championship series. It’s RED OUT NIGHT at the ballpark where fans are encouraged to wear red to support the Chihuahuas. Fans who attend will receive a rally towel while supplies last.

The night is also Flat Screen Friday where four guests will get the opportunity to win a flat screen television (restrictions apply).

Plenty of great seats remain for the championship series. Tickets may be purchased at EPChihuahuas.com, over the phone at (915) 533-BASE or at either of the Southwest University Park box office locations. For information call (915) 533-BASE or visit epchihuahuas.com.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of Five):  Chihuahuas vs. Memphis

Wednesday, September 13, 7:05 p.m. CDT, at Memphis

Thursday, September 14, 12:05 p.m. CDT, at Memphis

Friday, September 15, 7:05 p.m. MDT, in El Paso

Saturday, September 16, 7:05 p.m. MDT*, in El Paso

Sunday, September 17, 6:05 p.m. MDT*, in El Paso

    *if necessary

2017 PCL Playoff Strip, Individual Game Tickets Open to General Public Saturday

Playoff strip tickets for the 2017 Pacific Coast League (PCL) playoffs go on sale to individual game buyers beginning on Saturday, August 26th at 10 a.m. at the Southwest University Park Box Office.

Strip tickets are currently on sale to Season Seat Holders and Paw-tial Plan Holders. Individual game ticket sales will also go on sale on the 26th.

The Chihuahuas are just one game behind first place Salt Lake in the Pacific Southern Division, with 13 regular season games remaining. The final eight-game homestand kicks off on Thursday, August 24th with plenty of exciting promotions for guests of all ages including Thrifty Thursday (August 24th), the final Fireworks Spectacular (August 25th) show, and is capped off with four days of giveaways beginning Sunday, August 27th through Wednesday, August 30th and Fan Appreciation Day presented by Lowe’s on Thursday, August 31st.

Each strip includes one (1) seat for each potential playoff home game of each potential playoff round. Season Seat Holders have the first opportunity to purchase 2017 Playoff Strips in their current respective Season Seats.

Strips may be purchased either in-person or over the phone. Fans who purchase a playoff ticket strip will enjoy a cost savings over those buying individual game tickets. Playoff strips are not available online. For any games not played, the value may be applied towards any 2018 Season Seat package. Tickets for games that are not played are refundable.

Season Seat Holders will be given the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets staring today, August 22nd with Paw-tial Plan Holders receiving the same pre-purchase benefit tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23rd.  Those individual buyers who filled out the presale interest form on the Chihuahuas website will receive a prepurchase benefit on Thursday, August 24th.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:

Conference Championship Series (Best of Five)

Wednesday, September 6, at TBD (Away Game)

Thursday, September 7, at TBD (Away Game)

Friday, September 8, in El Paso (Home Game A)

Saturday, September 9, in El Paso (Home Game B)*

Sunday, September 10, in El Paso (Home Game C)*

    *if necessary

 

League Championship Series (Best of Five)

Tuesday, September 12, at TBD (Away Game)

Wednesday, September 13, at TBD (Away Game)

Friday, September 15, in El Paso (Home Game D)

Saturday, September 16, in El Paso (Home Game E)*

Sunday, September 17, in El Paso (Home Game F)*

    *if necessary

Plenty of great seats remain for the final homestand and fans are encourage to purchase in advance to receive a savings over day of game prices. For information call (915) 533-BASE or visit epchihuahaus.com.

Chihuahuas Infielder Villanueva Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week

ROUND ROCK, Tx – The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that El Paso Chihuahuas’ third baseman Christian Villanueva and Oklahoma City Dodgers’ right-hander Wilmer Font have been named the League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week for May 15-21.

Villanueva hit .480 over seven games, while Font recorded 25 strikeouts in 12.0 innings, including a record-setting 15-strikeout performance on May 15.

The first-year Chihuahua collected 12 hits, tied for the third most in the PCL last week, with four going for extra bases. He hit three homers, drove in seven, scored eight runs and totaled 22 bases. Villanueva’s .880 slugging percentage was second in the League, while his .519 on-base percentage and 1.399 OPS placed third.

Villanueva’s week was highlighted by a five-hit, five-run performance on May 19 against Oklahoma City. He became only the second player since the start of last season to reach those totals in a game, with Fresno’s Preston Tucker the other to do so on June 30, 2016. In that game, Villanueva also homered and drove in three. The five-hit game was the seventh in the PCL this year.

A day prior, the 25-year-old also homered, collecting three hits and two RBI in a win over Colorado Springs. In total, he hit safely in four of his six starts.

The Mexico native started the season on the disabled list but has played in 17 games since returning, hitting .340 (18-for-53) with four home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. Villanueva originally signed with the Rangers in August 2008 and spent the first three full seasons in their farm system before getting traded to the Cubs on July 31, 2012.

He has played parts of three seasons in the PCL, between Iowa and El Paso, hitting .250 (183-for-731) with 28 homers and 126 RBI. This is his fifth career Player of the Week award and third in the PCL. He was honored twice in 2015, joining Reno’s Jamie Romak as the only players that season to be awarded multiple times.

In two starts, Font walked only three to his 25 strikeouts, allowed seven hits and four runs in 12.0 innings (3.00 ERA), while limiting batters to a .163 average (7-for-43). His 15 strikeouts against Sacramento May 15 set an Oklahoma City team record and were the most in a PCL start since August 27, 2007 when the River Cats’ Dallas Braden fanned 17 in a three-hit shutout.

Font retired the first 18 hitters that night, 12 via strikeout, before issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh inning. After getting another strikeout, he gave up back-to-back singles, the second plating the only run he allowed, before the striking out the final two hitters he faced.

Font capped his week with a 10-strikeout performance on May 21 at El Paso, giving up three runs and two walks in five innings. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the season and only the ninth such in the PCL in 2017. Font has fanned 73 hitters in nine starts, the most in Minor League Baseball. He has averaged only 9.96 baserunners-per-9 innings, the third lowest among PCL starters.

The 26-year-old is in his first season in the Dodgers organization and the 10th of his professional career. He came up through the Texas system and was in the Rangers organization until signing with the Blue Jays as a free agent prior to 2016. This is his second career Player of the Week award, previously winning with Double-A New Hampshire in the Eastern League for the period of August 15-21, 2016.

PCL Managers Name Chihuahuas’ Romak Player of the Month

ROUND ROCK, Texas – In a vote conducted by the Pacific Coast League field managers, El Paso Chihuahuas’ first baseman Jamie Romak has been tabbed the April Player of the Month, the League office announced Wednesday.

Romak, along with winners from other leagues, will be presented with an award from Minor League Baseball in recognition of his performance last month.

Romak hit .372 (32-for-86) in 22 games during the month, while leading all of Minor League Baseball with 11 home runs, 19 extra-base hits, 74 total bases, an .860 slugging percentage and a 1.274 OPS. He also paced Triple-A with 23 runs scored and drove in 25. Romak is the first PCL player to finish April with at least 11 home runs, 20 extra-base hits and 74 total bases since Iowa’s Jake Fox in 2009 (12 home runs, 21 extra-base hits, 79 total bases).

El Paso Chihuahuas’ first baseman Jamie Romak.
El Paso Chihuahuas’ first baseman Jamie Romak.

The 31-year-old hit safely in his final 14 games of the month, part of a PCL season-best 15-game hitting streak, in which he amassed eight home runs and 20 RBI during the stretch.

Romak was named the PCL Player of the Week for the period of April 17-23 after hitting .478 (11-for-23) with five home runs and 28 total bases. He had two four-hit, four-RBI games in April, in addition to two multi-homer games, the latter of which only one other player in the league has accomplished thus far (Oswaldo Arcia, Reno).

Romak has had a decorated five-year career in the PCL, being named to the 2015 mid- and postseason All-Star teams with Reno, hitting a PCL-best 27 home runs that season, and thrice being named Player of the Week.

The slugger has amassed 84 home runs, 298 RBI and 259 runs during stops with Omaha, Memphis, Albuquerque, Reno and El Paso.

The London, Ontario native, who was originally selected by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, has appeared in 27 MLB contests between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

Romak played the 2016 season with the Yokohoma Bay Stars in the Japanese Central League before returning stateside.

First-Place Chihuahuas Announce 2017 Home Schedule

The El Paso Chihuahuas announced their 2017 home schedule on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for April 6th versus the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) at Southwest University Park. The home season includes 71 home games of a 142-game schedule that will run through August 31st.

“Our staff has already begun the creative, promotion building to prepare for our fourth season,” said Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “We have a favorable home slate and look forward to hosting 34 Friday through Sunday weekend games in 2017.”

The Chihuahuas open their fourth season at Southwest University Park with 13 home games in April, including a four-game series versus Las Vegas and an eight-game slate versus Tacoma and Reno (April 18-25). May is the lightest of the season, with 12 home games including an eight-game homestand against the American Northern Division’s Colorado Springs (Milwaukee Brewers) and Oklahoma City (Los Angeles Dodgers).

The team will play an eight-game set leading up to the Fourth of July (June 26-July 3). The Chihuahuas will take a break from play, July 11-13, for the Triple-A All-Star Game before returning home to play Omaha (Kansas City Royals) and Iowa (Chicago Cubs) July 21st through the July 28th.

The Chihuahuas will face Albuquerque, Fresno, Las Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake and Tacoma twice as members of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Pacific Conference.

The Chihuahuas are in first-place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division, 8.0 games ahead of the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets). Albuquerque and Salt Lake have joined Las Vegas in chasing down the Chihuahuas as all three are separated by a half a game.

With the Chihuahuas eight-game lead on Las Vegas, post-season playoff tickets and strips are on sale now! Each strip includes one (1) seat for each potential playoff home game of each potential playoff round. Strips may be purchased either in-person or over the phone. Fans who purchase a playoff ticket strip will enjoy a cost savings over those buying individual game tickets.

Playoff strips are not available online. For any games not played, the value may be applied towards any 2017 Season Seat package. Tickets for games that are not played are refundable.

The Chihuahuas have 12 home games remaining in 2016 including a four-game series with Salt Lake (August 20-23) that could see a possible appearance by Tim Lincecum, two-time Cy Young Award winner, on Saturday, August 20th.

The Chihuahuas will close out their regular season campaign in an eight-game homestand August 29-September 5 with the announced addition of Star Wars Night on August 30th and a Fireworks Spectacular on September 4th. Fans are encouraged to buy now as seats are limited and are going fast!

The Chihuahuas are taking deposits for 2017 Season Seat, groups and hospitality areas. For more information call (915) 533-BASE or visit EPChihuahuas.com.

Individual game ticket sales, game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.

 

2017 Chihuahuas Home Schedule

DATE                            TEAM                                                 AFFILIATE*

April 6-10                     Las Vegas 51s                                   New York Mets

April 18-21                  Tacoma Rainiers                              Seattle Mariners

April 22-25                  Reno Aces                                          Arizona Diamondbacks

May 2-5                        Albuquerque Isotopes                    Colorado Rockies

May 15-18                    Colorado Springs                             Milwaukee Brewers

May 19-22                    Oklahoma City Dodgers                 Los Angeles Dodgers

June 1-4                        Salt Lake Bees                                  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

June 9-11                      Fresno Grizzlies                               Houston Astros

June 13-16                   Tacoma Rainiers                              Seattle Mariners

June 26-29                   Sacramento River Cats                   San Francisco Giants

June 30-July 3             Reno Aces                                          Arizona Diamondbacks

July 7-9                         Salt Lake Bees                                  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

July 10-12                    All-Star Break

July 21-24                    Omaha Storm Chasers                    Kansas City Royals

July 25-28                    Iowa Cubs                                          Chicago Cubs

August 11-14               Las Vegas 51s                                   New York Mets

August 15-18               Albuquerque Isotopes                    Colorado Rockies

August 24-27               Sacramento River Cats                   San Francisco Giants

August 28-31               Fresno Grizzlies                               Houston Astros

Dates subject to change. | Times to be determined in the future. | *Affiliate as of August 16, 2016

2017 Home Schedule Breakdown

By Month

April                              13

May                                12

June                               16

July                                14

August                           16

 

By Day of the Week

Sunday                          10

Monday                        9

Tuesday                        9

Wednesday                  8

Thursday                      11

Friday                           14

Saturday                       10

 

By Team

Albuquerque               8

Colorado Springs       4

Fresno                           7

Iowa                              4

Las Vegas                     9

Oklahoma City            4

Omaha                          4

Reno                              8

Sacramento                 8

Salt Lake                      7

Tacoma                         8

Grizzlies end Chihuahuas season 7 to 4; Advance to PCL Championship

The Fresno Grizzlies beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-4 Saturday to advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series. The Grizzlies (Astros’ affiliate) will begin the best-of-five series Tuesday in Round Rock against the Express (Rangers’ affiliate).

Photo: EP Chihuahuas
Photo: EP Chihuahuas

Fresno’s Brett Oberholtzer held the Chihuahuas to one run in six innings in Game 4 Saturday, the third time in the series a Grizzlies’ starter lasted six innings or more and allowed two runs or less. The Chihuahuas trailed 5-0 in the sixth when Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run to center field.

After falling behind 7-1 in the eighth, it was again Renfroe who got the Chihuahuas closer, hitting a three-run home run over the left field fence. The Chihuahuas went down in order in the ninth inning.

 

El Paso received scoreless relief outings from Jerry Sullivan, Tayron Guerrero, Jay Jackson, Michael Dimock and Caleb Thielbar in Saturday’s loss. Renfroe hit three home runs in the four-game series.

Between the regular season and postseason, the Chihuahuas won 79 games, the most by a Padres’ Triple-A affiliate since the 2004 Portland Beavers won 84.

Gameday Box Score: http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_09_12_freaaa_elpaaa_1&mode=gameday

Fresno 7 El Paso 4 – Saturday

WP: Oberholtzer (1-0)

LP: Kelly (0-1)

S: Hoyt (2)

Time: 3:09

Attn: 8,392

Author: EP Chihuahuas

Two EP Chihuahuas named to 2015 All-PCL Team

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Pacific Coast League announced today the 2015 All-PCL Team, as elected by the league’s field managers and media representatives.

The elected infield features Tacoma’s Jesus Montero at first base, Nashville’s Joey Wendle at second base, Fresno’s Matt Duffy at third base and Albuquerque’s Cristhian Adames at shortstop.

Duffy’s run production has been one of the best in the league, as he leads the circuit with 101 RBI and 88 runs scored. Wendle has recorded a PCL-high 156 hits for the year, while Montero (.346) and Adames (.311) both rank in the top six in batting average.

Austin Barnes earned the nod at catcher, after hitting .315 and swiping 12 bases for Oklahoma City. Reno’s Jamie Romak was voted in as the designated hitter, having hit the second-most home runs in the PCL with 25 round-trippers.

The outfield is led by Domingo Santana who owns the highest slugging percentage in the circuit with a .573 mark. Santana has played for Colorado Springs and Fresno this season, having been traded on July 30 from the Houston Astros’ organization to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The other two outfield spots belong to El Paso’s Alex Dickerson and Reno’s Peter O’Brien.

Dickerson has led the Chihuahuas with a .309 average and 82 runs scored in his first campaign at the Triple-A level. O’Brien’s 96 RBI is one shy of tying the Aces’ single-season record.

Iowa’s Carlos Pimentel was elected as the top right-handed starting pitcher, tabulating a league-best 12 wins and 2.92 ERA. The native of the Dominican Republic has also struck out 109 batters in 132.1 innings this season.

Adam Conley received the most votes among left-handed starters, winning ten games and recording a 2.52 ERA for New Orleans, before joining the Miami Marlins’ pitching staff in August.

Jon Edwards was voted the league’s best relief pitcher, thanks to a 1.26 ERA and a PCL-high 22 saves that he accumulated during his time with El Paso and Round Rock. Eight players on the All-PCL Team were also named to the PCL All-Star Team in July, that represented the league at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 2015 All-PCL Team also consists of seven players who have played in the major leagues this season, including MLB debuts by Barnes, Dickerson, and Conley.

*Statistics are through Sunday, August 30

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Author: Pacific Coast League

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