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Video+Gallery: How SWEEP it IS! Chihuahuas Rally to Beat Aces 7-6; Take Pacific Conference Crown

The El Paso Chihuahuas overcame a three-run deficit and beat the Reno Aces 7-6 at Southwest University Park Friday night.

The Chihuahuas swept Reno in the best-of-five series three games to none, the first postseason series sweep in Chihuahuas’ history.

Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, catcher Tony Cruz hit a two-run home run to left field to get El Paso within one. It was Cruz who came through again in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a two-run double to tie the game at four.

Hunter Renfroe’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth broke the tie.

The Chihuahuas added two insurance runs later in the eighth, which proved valuable when Reno’s Christian Walker hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to put Reno within one.

The Chihuahuas have advanced to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series for the second consecutive year. El Paso will play the winner of the Colorado Springs (Brewers’ affiliate) and Memphis (Cardinals’ affiliate) series for the league title.

The best-of-five series will start on the road September 12th and 13th and return to El Paso for the remainder of the series September 15th through 17th.

Box Score |  Team Records: El Paso (3-0), Reno (0-3)  |  Next Game: Tuesday, Championship Series vs. TBA.

El Paso 7 Reno 6 – Friday

WP: Cimber (1-0)

LP: Miller (0-1)

S: Mazzoni (2)

Time: 3:07

Attn: 5,174

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

Two in a Row! Chihuahuas Crush Aces 7-2; Return Home Friday Night for Game 3

The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Reno Aces 7-2 Thursday night at Greater Nevada Field to take a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.

One night after Chris Huffman had an excellent start for El Paso, Bryan Rodriguez allowed only two runs in a seven-inning start for the Chihuahuas.

The Chihuahuas struck first Thursday, bringing in three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Jose Rondon and a two-run home run by Dusty Coleman. Rondon and Coleman had two hits each for the Chihuahuas.

Diego Goris went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit home run in the eighth, his second pinch-hit homer in Reno this season, having also hit one on July 14. El Paso won five of its final six games at Greater Nevada Field this season.

The Chihuahuas have never clinched a playoff series on a home victory and could do so with a win Friday, Saturday or Sunday at Southwest University Park.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Anthony Banda (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

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

El Paso 7 Reno 2 – Thursday

WP: Rodriguez (1-0)

LP: Clarke (0-1)

S: None

Time: 3:04

Attn: 3,577

Chihuahuas Down Aces 3-1 to Take PCL Pacific Conference Game 1

The El Paso Chihuahuas came back from an early deficit to beat the Reno Aces 3-1 Wednesday night at Greater Nevada Field. The Chihuahuas now have a 1-0 advantage over Reno in the best-of-five series.

Trailing 1-0 Wednesday, Hunter Renfroe led off the top of the fourth with a line drive home run over the left field wall. It was Renfroe’s fifth PCL playoff home run in his three postseasons with El Paso.

Additional RBIs by Renfroe and Jose Rondon gave the Chihuahuas their 3-1 lead.  Neither team scored in the final four innings of the game, a rarity in hitter-friendly Reno.

Chris Huffman allowed only one run in 6.1 innings for the Chihuahuas. Dating back to the regular season, it was the sixth time in the last seven starts that Huffman pitched five innings or more and surrendered one run or less. Franchy Cordero went 2-for-4 with two doubles for El Paso.

Travis Jankowski reached base three times atop the El Paso batting order with two singles and a walk.

Wednesday was the first time in the Chihuahuas’ three postseasons that the club won the first game of the first round. The Chihuahuas’ all-time playoff record is now 8-6.

El Paso has won four of its last five games at Greater Nevada Field, dating back to the regular season.

Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, -.–) vs. Reno RHP Taylor Clarke (0-0, -.– ERA). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

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

El Paso 3 Reno 1 – Wednesday

WP: Huffman (1-0)

LP: Buchanan (0-1)

S: Mazzoni (1)

Time: 2:33

Attn: 3,196

Chihuahuas Shoot Down Aces 10-3; Take Series 3-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas had 17 hits in their 10-3 win over the Reno Aces Sunday afternoon at Greater Nevada Field. All nine starting Chihuahuas, including pitcher Michael Kelly, had at least one hit in the rout.

The Chihuahuas won three of the four games in Reno and took their second straight series, as El Paso swept Salt Lake in the series before the PCL all-star break. El Paso has won six of its last seven games.

Kelly tossed seven innings Sunday and allowed three runs. It was the third straight game El Paso’s starter went more than five innings and allowed three runs or less. Chase d’Arnaud went 4-for-5 with a double on Sunday.

The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since June 20.

Next Game: Monday8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (2-7, 5.63) vs. Sacramento TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (47-47), Reno (55-39)

El Paso 10 Reno 3 – Sunday

WP: Kelly (2-1)

LP: Duncan (7-6)

S: None

Time: 2:51

Attn: 4,080

Late Game Homers Help Chihuahuas Outlast Aces 6-5

El Paso homered in both the ninth and 10th innings Saturday in the Chihuahuas’ 6-5 win over the Reno Aces. The Chihuahuas are now 5-2 in extra-inning games this season.

The Chihuahuas led 4-0 in the third when Reno started its comeback. The Aces scored once in the third and twice each in the sixth and eighth to go ahead 5-4. Ryan Schimpf then struck a solo home run to right field in the top of the ninth, his second homer in as many games, to tie the score 5-5.

Franchy Cordero’s deep home run to right-center put the Chihuahuas ahead 6-5 in the 10th. The Chihuahuas have eight home runs in their last two games.

Kyle Lloyd had his best Triple-A start to date, allowing only two earned runs in 5.1 innings. Lloyd struck out nine, matching the amount of strikeouts he had in 17.1 Triple-A innings entering play.

Nick Buss went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and now has a .390 batting average through 69 games with the Chihuahuas.

Next Game: Sunday2:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (1-1, 6.48) vs. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (7-5, 6.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (46-47), Reno (55-38)

El Paso 6 Reno 5 – Saturday – 10 Innings

WP: Jester (4-0)

LP: Miller (0-1)

S: Cimber (2)

Time: 3:47

Attn: 7,082

Homers Lift Chihuahuas over Reno 10-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas hit five home runs in their 10-4 win over the Reno Aces Friday night at Greater Nevada Field. It was El Paso’s highest single-game home run total of the season and the most home runs allowed in a game by Reno this year.

Nick Buss and Collin Cowgill hit back-to-back home runs for the Chihuahuas in the fourth inning, El Paso’s first set of back-to-back home runs since Diego Goris and Jabari Blash on July 3 at home versus Reno. Buss went 3-for-4 and is batting .390 in 68 PCL games this season.

Cowgill’s homer came on his first Triple-A swing since late May, as he was activated from the disabled list earlier on Friday.

Goris hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, El Paso’s first pinch-hit homer of the year. The Chihuahuas’ previous pinch-hit home run came from Alex Dickerson at Iowa on May 23, 2016.

Reno’s Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, the second inside-the-park homer against the Chihuahuas this month.

Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-1, 6.75) vs. Reno RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 9.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

Box Score  |   Team Records: El Paso (45-47), Reno (55-37)

El Paso 10 Reno 4 – Friday

WP: Overton (2-2)

LP: Shipley (5-5)

S: None

Time: 3:00

Attn: 7,815

Aces Take Down Chihuahuas in Reno 6-2

Reno’s five-run fourth inning rally helped the Aces beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-2 Thursday at Greater Nevada Field.

It was the first game after the Pacific Coast League all-star break and the opener of the Chihuahuas’ eight-game road trip.

Rafael Ortega went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run, collecting three of El Paso’s five hits. Franchy Cordero hit his ninth triple, which ties him for the PCL lead, despite playing in only 53 of the Chihuahuas’ 91 games.

Neither team had any hits through the first three innings Thursday. Rocky Gale went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the loss. Righty relievers Christian Bethancourt and Jason Jester both pitched scoreless innings for the Chihuahuas out of the bullpen.

Nick Buss walked in a pinch-hitting appearance one day after collecting a single in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Next Game: Friday8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 7.34) vs. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (5-4, 5.42). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (44-47), Reno (55-36)

Reno 6 El Paso 2 – Thursday

WP: Buchanan (3-2)

LP: Lee (2-3)

S: None

Time: 3:05

Attn: 5,542

Extra Inning Fireworks: Chihuahuas Shoot Down Aces 6-5

Franchy Cordero hit rolling infield single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning to give the El Paso Chihuahuas a 6-5 win over the Reno Aces Monday night.

It was El Paso’s first walk-off win of the season and improved the Chihuahuas’ extra-inning record to 4-2.

The Chihuahuas rallied for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, with four of the hits going for extra bases. The inning included back-to-back home runs from Jabari Blash and Diego Goris, the Chihuahuas first set of back-to-back homers since June 19.

El Paso led 5-3 until single Reno tallies in the seventh and ninth tied the game.

It was an offensive game all around, as both teams had double digit hits before making their first out in the sixth inning.

Cordero went 4-for-6 and has multiple hits in four of his five games since being optioned from San Diego. The Chihuahuas split the four game series with Reno.

Next Game: Tuesday7:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Adam Cimber (1-0, 4.56) vs. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (3-9, 6.16). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Reno (51-33), El Paso (40-44)

El Paso 6 Reno 5 – Monday – 10 Innings

WP: Valdez (2-3)

LP: Bracho (2-2)

S: None

Time: 3:32

Attn: 9,907

Gallery+Story: Reno Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader vs Chihuahuas

In the first game,  Reno handed the El Paso Chihuahuas their most lopsided loss of the season in Game 1, as the Aces won 12-0. The Chihuahuas had two hits in the game, which tied the lowest single-game hit output in team history.

Reno’s Christian Walker went 3-for-5 with his 20th home run of the season and fell a double shy of a cycle. Aces second baseman Kevin Medrano went 3-for-4, giving him six hits in his first nine at bats since arriving from Double-A.

El Paso’s Michael Kelly suffered the loss in his first Triple-A start of the season. It was the fourth time the Chihuahuas were shut out this season.

During the nightcap, Ryan Schimpf hit two late solo home runs to get the Chihuahuas within one run in Game 2, but the Aces hung on for the 4-3 victory and a doubleheader sweep. Schimpf now has seven home runs in only 18 games with El Paso.

Franchy Cordero and Nick Buss each had two hits for the Chihuahuas in the loss. Logan Bawcom pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief for El Paso.

The Chihuahuas are now 3-3 in doubleheader games this season.

Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Braden Shipley (5-3, 4.58) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (5-4, 3.95). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

GAME ONE: 

Box Score  | Reno 4 El Paso 3 – Sunday – Game 2

GAME TWO: 

Box Score  | Team Records: Reno (51-32), El Paso (39-44)

WP: Barrett (2-0)

LP: Rodriguez (1-7)

S: Sherfy (10)

Time: 2:11

Attn: 9,310

GALLERY BY EL PASO HERALD-POST CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER ANDRES ACOSTA

Chihuahuas Overwhelm Aces 13-4; Cordero goes 4-for-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored multiple runs in their in each of their final five innings Friday and beat the Reno Aces 13-4 at Southwest University Park. The win moved El Paso to 4-4 this season against the Aces.

Chihuahuas first baseman Christian Villanueva went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. It was his second straight two homer game. Villanueva has six home runs on the current five-game homestand. El Paso struck four homers to tie a season high.

All eight Chihuahuas position players got at least one hit, as El Paso compiled 17 hits in the win.

Franchy Cordero started the game 4-for-4 in his return to the El Paso lineup and had a chance for his second five-hit game of the season but flew out to left field in his fifth at bat.

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Erik Jokish (6-3, 5.25) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-6, 6.07). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Reno (49-32), El Paso (39-42)

El Paso 13 Reno 4 – Friday

WP: Lee (2-1)

LP: Koch (0-1)

S: None

Time: 3:20

Attn: 8,084

Chihuahuas, Bank of America, to Honor Veteran on Sunday

Army veteran Justin Griffin has been named the winner of the Bank of America Manager for a Day announced the Chihuahuas. Griffin, who was nominated via a social media contest, will fill the role on Sunday, July 2nd during the GECU Independence Day Celebration when the Chihuahuas take on the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) at 7:05 p.m.

“I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for my amazing wife, wonderful family, friends, and for such a great organization for even making this possible,” Griffin said. “This is truly an honor and a dream come true. I feel like a kid again!”

“Bank of America is thrilled to partner with the El Paso Chihuahuas on the Manager for a Day program to recognize a military family in the community,” said Kristi Marcum, El Paso Market President for Bank of America. “We are committed to honoring their service by creating greater economic mobility opportunities for our veterans across the country, whether that’s by committing to hire 10,000 veterans, providing financial training to service members and their families transitioning to civilian life, or working with nonprofits to provide housing and supportive services to our veterans.”

Born in Dallas, Texas on November 15, 1984, Griffin joined the Army on September 30, 2004 at the age of 19, and made his first deployment to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

Following his tour in Afghanistan, Griffin was assigned to Fort Bliss and deployed to Iraq with the 1st Armored Division.

During Griffin’s 12 years of service he received multiple badges, awards and medals. These include but are not limited to the Combat Action Badge, six Army Accommodation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, four Good Conduct Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal for his assistance with Hurricane Katrina relief.

He was also awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, U.S. Army Airborne Wings, U.S. Army Air Assault Wings and multiple foreign Parachutist Badges, to name a few.

Following his retirement, Griffin is now a stay at home dad to his two sons, Reece (3), and Bennett (1), and is a loving and devoted husband to his wife Karla.

“Along with Bank of America, the Chihuahuas are honored to announce Justin Griffin, a true American Hero, as the Manager for a Day,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “His outstanding leadership skills and experience can only serve to motivate all around him.”

As the Bank of America Manager for a Day, Griffin will be given the following experiences:

·       Throw out a first pitch

·       Attend batting practice

·       Enjoy pre-game experiences

·       Meeting at the plate with managers and umpires

·       Be a part of the starting lineups

·       Four (4) tickets to Sunday’s game

·       Personalized jersey

·       On-field recognition

·       An inning on air with Tim Hagerty

Griffin was nominated by his wife, family and friends through a social media contest held by the Chihuahuas. Fans were asked to submit a veteran they felt deserved to be the Bank of America Manager for a Day along with a biography.

Four finalists will be honored during the game on Saturday, July 1st. They are Antonio Garcia, David Nevarez, Roman Sandoval, and Michael Velez.

As part of the GECU Independence Day Celebration, and to honor all military past and present, the Chihuahuas are offering $10 Zone E, K, L, and Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets for July 2nd and July 3rd. Tickets for military are available at GOVX.com or by visiting the Chihuahuas Durango Box Office located at Southwest University Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. on both nights.

Plenty of great seats remain for the GECU Independence Day Celebration that includes three nights of Fireworks Spectacular! Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance as prices increase on the day of the game. Fans can buy tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Offices. The Durango Box Office is open today through Monday, from 10 a.m. to end of the game and the Santa Fe Box Office opens at 2 p.m.

Griffin’s honor comes in addition to a $10 military offer on Zone E, K, L & Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets as well as the best postgame Fireworks Spectacular in El Paso on July 2nd and July 3rd.

Chihuahuas Add Fireworks Spectacular to July 2nd Game

Due to popular demand, the El Paso Chihuahuas have added a postgame Fireworks Spectacular to the Sunday, July 2nd game as part of the GECU Independence Day Celebration versus the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks).

The Chihuahuas encourage fans to purchase their seats in advance. Purchasing early gives fans a savings versus walk-up prices. GECU Green Seats start at $5 and reserved seats start at $9 with advance purchase and $12 on the day of the game. A limited number of seats and Standing Room Only remain for July 3rd.

Military personnel past and present will receive a special rate for Zone K, L, & E as well as Standing Room Only with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased either in person or via GovX.com to receive the military pricing.

The addition of the July 2nd fireworks extends the GECU Independence Day Celebration to three days of pageantry and fun and caps off an eight-game homestand. The weekend begins with Saturday’s Fireworks Spectacular presented by KVIA and KISS FM and continues through Monday, July 3rd.

All three displays are choreographed to patriotic music and the July 3rd celebration includes an extended fireworks program.

Fans can buy tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango Box Office. The box office is open MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.

Chihuahuas Split Series, Shoot Down Aces 7-2

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Reno Aces 7-2 Tuesday to split their four-game series and their eight-game homestand. Dinelson Lamet pitched seven shutout innings and has allowed only one earned run in 20 innings this season, good for a 0.45 ERA.

El Paso starting pitchers lasted seven innings in three of the four games in the series.

The Chihuahuas scored two runs each in three of the first five innings and led 7-0 from the fifth until the top of the ninth. Jamie Romak went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, falling a triple shy of a cycle. Romak now has 10 home runs this season, while no other player in Minor League Baseball has more than seven.

Nick Buss entered the game as a pinch runner in the first inning and ended up with three runs scored. Collin Cowgill went 3-for-4 to boost his batting average to .293. Carter Capps pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his fourth MLB injury rehab appearance with El Paso.

The Chihuahuas do not play on Wednesday.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Reno (11-9), El Paso (9-11)

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (0-0, -.–) vs. Salt Lake TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 7 Reno 2 – Tuesday

WP: Lamet (2-0)

LP: Duncan (1-3)

S: None

Time: 2:48

Attn: 5,980

Reno Roughs Up Chihuahuas 12-1

The Reno Aces scored in five different innings Monday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-1. It was the second Monday in a row that Reno handed El Paso an 11-run loss, as the Aces beat the Chihuahuas 13-2 last Monday in Reno.

Reno scored five runs in a nine-batter first inning, the second consecutive game the Aces brought in four runs or more in the first frame. Ketel Marte went 4-for-6 and came inches away from hitting for the cycle, as his second double of the game hit the top of the right field fence near the foul pole.

Former Chihuahuas outfielder Reymond Fuentes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Reno.

Reno’s Jake Winston picked up a three-inning save in the lopsided game. El Paso catcher Rocky Gale had three hits and a run scored in the loss. The Chihuahuas used five pitchers and got scoreless outings out of relievers Jason Jester and Keith Hessler.

With a win Tuesday, the Chihuahuas will split their eight-game homestand.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Reno (11-8), El Paso (8-11)

Next Game: Tuesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (1-2, 6.11) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.69). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno 12 El Paso 1 – Monday

WP: Payamps (1-0)

LP: Jenkins (1-2)

S: Winston (1)

Time: 2:47

Attn: 5,549

Rally Falls Short as Aces Take Down Chihuahuas 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas almost overcame an early four-run deficit but fell to the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Southwest University Park.

The Aces sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and brought home four runs, two of which were unearned after a Chihuahuas error.

Cory Spangenberg’s RBI triple in the first inning made it 4-1 and Jabari Blash’s two-run, opposite field home run onto the top of the Big Dog House got El Paso within one. The Chihuahuas put runners at second and third in the bottom of the eighth but did not score.

Matt Magill pitched well in the loss, letting in only two earned runs in seven innings of work. It was the second consecutive game that the Chihuahuas starter lasted seven innings, after Walker Lockett did the same thing Saturday.

Jamie Romak went 1-for-3 with a double for El Paso, ending his streak of three consecutive games with a home run.

Box Score | Team Records: Reno (10-8), El Paso (8-10)

Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 2.55) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.93). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Reno 4 El Paso 3 – Sunday

WP: Banda (2-1)

LP: Magill (1-1)

S: McFarland (1)

Time: 2:37

Attn: 7,058

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