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Sacramento Strikes Again: ‘Cats Top Dogs 8-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas were a bit over-matched Friday against the Sacramento River Cats in the 8-1 loss. For the second day in a row, the Dogs were nearly shut out after giving away at-bats and weak starting pitching.

Sacramento batters just piled on the runs against Dogs’ starter Chris Huffman and never looked back. Huffman (6.71 ERA) eight hits, seven earned runs including a home run, and walked three hitters.

El Paso’s only run came against Sacramento’s starter Tyler Beede who threw a one-hitter into the 6th inning. Beede (5.60 ERA) walked infielders Diego Goris and Javy Guerra on consecutive at-bats in the 2nd inning, then catcher A.J. Kennedy hit a sacrifice fly to score Goris.

The game was eerily similar to Thursday’s 7-3 loss against Sacramento in which the Dogs were held to only one hit into the 9th inning. The Chihuahuas have been struggling to score runs since the San Diego Padres started promoting some of the more productive players.

In the last month, the Chihuahuas players who’ve left for San Diego include: Franmil Reyes (.346 BA in PCL), Travis Jankowski (.363 BA in PCL), and Raffy Lopez (.300 BA in PCL)

The winning pitcher was Beede (3-5). The losing pitcher was Huffman (2-4).

Box Score   |   Team Records: Sacramento (27-29), El Paso (27-29)

Sacramento 8 El Paso 1 – Friday

WP: Beede (3-5)  |  LP: Huffman (2-4)  |  S: None   |  Time: 2:59  |  Attn: 8,058

Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Taylor Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs. El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (0-3, 10.47). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

By Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

Chihuahuas Drop Regular Season Finale 10-9; Playoffs Begin Wednesday in Reno

The Sacramento River Cats hit five home runs after the eighth inning Monday and stunned the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-9 in 10 innings.

The Chihuahuas led 9-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Slade Heathcott’s second home run of the game was a walk-off shot with two outs in the bottom of the 10th.

Monday was the final game of the 2017 regular season. The Chihuahuas finished their fourth campaign 73-69, the second best record in team history. The only year in which the Chihuahuas had more wins was 2015, when El Paso went 78-66.

The Chihuahuas have never finished a season with a losing record.

Franchy Cordero led off Monday’s game with a solo home run, El Paso’s first leadoff home run since Cordero did it on August 11 vs. Las Vegas. The Chihuahuas allowed seven homers Monday, the most in team history.

Dusty Coleman went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his 15th Triple-A homer of the season.

Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso TBA vs. Reno RHP Jake Buchanan (0-0, -.– ERA). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (73-69), Sacramento (64-77)

Sacramento 10 El Paso 9 – Monday – 10 Innings

WP: Knight (3-2)

LP: Yardley (0-1)

S: None

Time: 2:50

Attn: 7,290

THREE-PEAT! Chihuahuas Crush River Cats 7-3; Take Pacific Southern Crown

The El Paso Chihuahuas clinched the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division title Sunday with a 7-3 victory over the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field.

It is the third consecutive division championship for El Paso. The Chihuahuas are the only PCL team to reach the playoffs in both 2016 and 2017 and the first Padres’ Triple-A affiliate to win three straight division titles since the 1975-1977 Hawaii Islanders.

The Chihuahuas scored six times in an 11-batter first inning Sunday, with runs coming in on Hunter Renfroe’s grand slam and a two-run homer by Tony Cruz. Renfroe’s slam was El Paso’s fifth of the season, while Cruz knocked his fourth home run in his last five games.

The Chihuahuas will face the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks affiliate) in a best-of-five playoff series beginning on Wednesday, September 6 in Reno. After Games 1 and 2 at Greater Nevada Field, the Chihuahuas return home to Southwest University Park on Friday, September 8 for Game 3 of the series. Games 4 and 5 (if necessary) will also be in El Paso.

Playoff Tickets: Playoff strips and individual game tickets for the 2017 Pacific Coast League (PCL) playoffs are on sale now at the Southwest University Park Box Office.

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.

Next Game: Monday, 2:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso TBA vs. LHP Matt Gage (2-7, 5.43 ERA). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (73-68), Sacramento (63-77)

El Paso 7 Sacramento 3 – Sunday

WP: Melville (1-0)

LP: Suarez (6-6)

S: None

Time: 2:49

Attn: 9,490

Chihuahuas Smash Sacramento 8-1, Take Sole Possession of 1st Place

The El Paso Chihuahuas had 14 hits in an 8-1 win over the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night.

With the Salt Lake Bees’ loss to Fresno Saturday, the Chihuahuas take sole possession of first place in the Southern Division, with two games left in the season.

Alongside 14 hits, the Chihuahuas had four stolen bases in the contest. Rafael Ortega stole a pair and now has 26 total on the season, which ties him for most in the Pacific Coast League.

Chase d’Arnaud and Nick Buss also each had a steal. Buss went 2-for-4 with two RBI and is now hitting .353, best in the Pacific Coast League, seven points ahead of Colorado Springs’ Ivan De Jesus Jr.

El Paso is now even with Sacramento at 7-7 on the season. The Chihuahuas have won seven of their last eight games.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Raley Field. RHP Tim Melville (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. LHP Andrew Suarez (6-5, 3.19 ERA). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (72-68), Sacramento (63-76)

El Paso 8 Sacramento 1 – Saturday

WP: Overton (7-6)

LP: Flores (2-4)

S: None

Time: 3:08

Attn: 10,796

Comeback Cats Beat Chihuahuas 3-2; EP, Salt Lake Now Tied

Chris Shaw’s game-ending double scored Mac Williamson from first base in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Sacramento River Cats a 3-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night.

With the Salt Lake Bees’ loss to Fresno Friday, the Chihuahuas and Bees remain tied for first place in the Southern Division, with three games left for both teams.

Nick Buss had both RBIs for El Paso in the loss. Buss went 1-for-5 with a triple and is now hitting .351, best in the Pacific Coast League, 11 points ahead of Colorado Springs’ Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Franchy Cordero went 2-for-5 with singles in his first two at-bats, giving him a stretch of six consecutive hits dating back to Thursday’s home game.

Friday’s loss ended El Paso’s season-high six-game winning streak. The Chihuahuas are now 7-6 in extra-inning games, as are the River Cats.

Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (6-6, 7.09) vs. Sacramento RHP Jose Flores (2-3, 3.47). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (71-68), Sacramento (63-75)

Sacramento 3 El Paso 2 – Friday – 10 Innings

WP: Muren (1-0)

LP: Magill (6-5)

S: None

Time: 3:01

Attn: 8,941

Video+Story: Walkoff Single Lifts Chihuahuas over ‘Cats 6-5

Tony Cruz struck a two-out, pinch-hit, walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to give the El Paso Chihuahuas a 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats.

It was the third walkoff victory of the year for El Paso, with the previous two coming on Franchy Cordero game-ending singles.

The Chihuahuas won three of the four games against Sacramento and kept pace with the Salt Lake Bees, who won Sunday in Albuquerque. El Paso is in second place, trailing by one game, with eight regular season games remaining for both teams.

The Chihuahuas started five of their innings with leadoff singles. El Paso starting pitcher Kyle Lloyd went 1-for-2 batting and is 6-for-15 at the plate this year.

The Chihuahuas begin the final home series of the regular season on Monday.

Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno LHP Kent Emanuel (1-1, 6.68) vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 4.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |   Team Records: Sacramento (58-75), El Paso (67-67)

El Paso 6 Sacramento 5 – Sunday

WP: Quackenbush (4-1)

LP: Rogers (3-4)

S: None

Time: 3:05

Attn: 9,489

Gallery+Story: Dogs, Cats Split Saturday Doubleheader

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored four runs on four extra base hits in their final team at-bat of Game 1, but fell to the Sacramento River Cats 7-4.

Hunter Renfroe and Diego Goris both hit two-run home runs in the rally.

Former Chihuahua Casey Kelly pitched 6.1 innings and got the win for Sacramento. His battery mate and fellow former Chihuahua Tim Federowicz went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Franchy Cordero hit his 16th triple in the loss, the highest total in the Pacific Coast League.

In the second tilt,  the Chihuahuas pitched their sixth team shutout of the season in Game 2, defeating Sacramento 1-0. The lone run came on an RBI fielder’s choice by Nick Buss in the bottom of the fourth.

Chihuahuas starter Chris Huffman pitched 5.1 shutout innings and picked up his second Triple-A win. Huffman has allowed only two runs in his last 16.2 innings.

The Chihuahuas are 5-7 in doubleheader games this season.

Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Jose Flores (2-3, 2.97) vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-4, 7.42). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score – Game One

Sacramento 7 El Paso 4 – Saturday – Game 1

WP: Kelly (7-5)

LP: Overton (6-6)

S: None

Time: 1:52

Attn: 8,960

Box Score –  Game 2 |   Team Records: Sacramento (58-74), El Paso (66-67)

El Paso 1 Sacramento 0 – Saturday – Game 2

WP: Huffman (2-1)

LP: Gomez (3-9)

S: Cimber (4)

Time: 1:55

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

Gallery+Story: Chihuahuas Swamp River Cats 6-1, Remain in 2nd Behind Salt Lake

The El Paso Chihuahuas started their final homestand of the regular season with a 6-1 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday.

The first place Salt Lake Bees won in Albuquerque Thursday, keeping the Chihuahuas in second place, one game behind the Bees with 11 regular season games remaining.

The Chihuahuas led 2-1 with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the eighth when pinch hitter Rafael Ortega hit a ground ball near third base. Ortega was originally called out at first to end the scoreless half inning but El Paso manager Rod Barajas asked the umpires to discuss the play and the call was reversed.

The Chihuahuas ended up scoring four runs with two outs in the eighth. Sacramento manager Dave Brundage and pitching coach Dwight Bernard were both ejected in the final two innings of the game.

Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and is now 7-for-12 after being optioned from San Diego. Kyle McGrath pitched two scoreless innings in his first Triple-A game of the season.

El Paso starter Bryan Rodriguez allowed one run in six innings Thursday and has sustained only one loss in his last eight starts.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Casey Kelly (6-5, 4.47) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (6-5, 6.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: Sacramento (57-73), El Paso (65-66)

El Paso 6 Sacramento 1 – Thursday

WP: Rodriguez (8-8)

LP: Gage (1-7)

S: None

Time: 2:42

Attn: 7,166

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

Chihuahuas Rally Late, Bag River Cats 5-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas put together a late comeback Thursday and beat the Sacramento River Cats 5-3 at Raley Field.

The Chihuahuas split the four-game series in Sacramento and had five wins and three losses on their post all-star break right-game road trip.

El Paso starter Kyle Lloyd allowed three earned runs in six innings while pitching in front of family and friends near his hometown.

The Chihuahuas trailed 3-2 with two outs in the eighth when consecutive RBI hits by Peter Van Gansen, Christian Villanueva and Nick Buss put El Paso ahead 5-3. Carter Capps’ two-inning save kept the score at 5-3.

Chase d’Arnaud played first base for just the second time in his career and started two double plays. Dusty Coleman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, while Buss and Rocky Gale also had two hits each.

Next Game: Friday7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Omaha LHP Eric Skoglund (3-4, 4.09) vs. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (2-1, 4.70). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (49-49), Sacramento (40-57)

El Paso 5 Sacramento 3 – Thursday

WP: Bethancourt (2-0)

LP: Sitton (5-2)

S: Capps (1)

Time: 3:04

Attn: 7,434

River Cats Take 2nd Game from Chihuahuas 3-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas had runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field.

The Chihuahuas have dropped two games in a row, the first time they’ve lost consecutive games since July 5-6 in Las Vegas.

Wynton Bernard led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, Sacramento’s first leadoff home run since August 5, 2015.

Trailing 3-0 in the eighth, the Chihuahuas loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles but had to settle for one run on an RBI walk by Christian Villanueva.

Dillon Overton pitched well in the loss, continuing El Paso’s string of strong starting pitching. Overton allowed three runs in six innings in his fourth Chihuahuas appearance. Rocky Gale went 2-for-4 Wednesday and is 7-for-21 on the current road trip.

Sacramento’s Tyler Beede has thrown 15 innings against the Chihuahuas this year and let in only three runs.

Next Game: Thursday8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-1, 5.96) vs. Sacramento RHP Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.33). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (48-49), Sacramento (40-56)

Sacramento 3 El Paso 1 – Wednesday

WP: Beede (6-7)

LP: Overton (2-3)

S: Rogers (5)

Time: 2:36

Attn: 7,317

River Cats Outlast Chihuahuas in Extra Innings 7-6

The El Paso Chihuahuas led by three runs at Tuesday’s seventh inning stretch but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 7-6 in 12 innings.

El Paso is now 5-3 in extra-inning games this season. The defeat snapped El Paso’s four-game winning streak.

El Paso turned double plays on the infield to end the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the 11th but Sacramento’s Ryan Lollis started the bottom of the 12th with a double. He advanced to third base on a ground out and jogged home one batter later when Trevor Brown lined a single past diving third baseman Ryan Schimpf.

It was the second extra-inning game of the road trip, as the Chihuahuas won in 10 innings on July 15th at Reno.

Christian Villanueva went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a walk on Tuesday. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-6 Tuesday and is 10-for-24 since being outrighted from San Diego.

El Paso’s offense has nine or more hits in five consecutive games.

Next Game: Wednesday1:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-2, 6.75) vs. Sacramento RHP Tyler Beede (5-7, 5.12). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (48-48), Sacramento (39-56)

Sacramento 7 El Paso 6 – Tuesday – 12 Innings

WP: Snelten (3-0)

LP: Cimber (2-1)

S: None

Time: 3:54

Attn: 7,324

Chihuahuas Sink River Cats 7-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas started their series in Sacramento with a 7-3 victory over the River Cats Monday night at Raley Field.

It was El Paso’s fourth consecutive win, tying the Chihuahuas longest winning streak mark of 2017 and setting a new season high for longest road winning streak.

Bryan Rodriguez had his second consecutive strong start, allowing three earned runs in 6.2 innings. It was the fourth game in a row El Paso’s starter pitched into the sixth inning or later and allowed three runs or less. Rafael Ortega went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the win.

Rocky Gale had two RBI singles Monday and has three RBI hits in his last two games.

The Chihuahuas have won seven of their last eight games. El Paso is above .500 for the first time since April 13, when the club was 4-3.

Next Game: Tuesday8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80) vs. Sacramento RHP Albert Suarez (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |   Team Records: El Paso (48-47), Sacramento (38-56)

El Paso 7 Sacramento 3 – Monday

WP: Rodriguez (3-7)

LP: Suarez (3-3)

S: None

Time: 2:52

Attn: 5,004

VIDEO: Chihuahuas Rally Falls Short as Sacramento Slips by 11-10; 2 Millionth Fan Honored

The El Paso Chihuahuas mounted a dramatic rally in the ninth inning Thursday but lost to the Sacramento River Cats 11-10.

Trailing 11-8 in the bottom of the ninth, El Paso rattled off three consecutive singles and scored two runs on a wild pitch and a Jabari Blash sacrifice fly.

Christian Villanueva was at third base representing the tying run with one out but was stranded after a groundout to second base and a line drive back to the pitcher by the Chihuahuas.

Villanueva went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. He hit four homers in the four-game series. El Paso reliever Adam Cimber tossed two scoreless innings and hit a double in his first professional plate appearance.

Cimber was the second Chihuahuas pitcher to collect his first professional hit this homestand, with Dillon Overton doing the same on Monday. Diego Goris went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer, his sixth longball of the year.

Retired Army veteran, Jerry Sheppard and family

The River Cats took three of four in the series, handing El Paso its second consecutive series loss.

In happier news, the franchise celebrated their 2 millionth fan through the gates Thursday night.  Chihuahuas officials greeted Retired Army veteran, Jerry Sheppard as he and his family walked though the gates.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Erik Jokish (6-3, 5.25) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 5.90). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Sacramento (32-46), El Paso (38-42)

Sacramento 11 El Paso 10 – Thursday

WP: Snelten (1-0)

LP: Quackenbush (2-1)

S: Law (1)

Time: 3:10

Attn: 7,188

Sacramento Tops Chihuahuas 11-3; Padres’ Cahill Gets Rehab Start

Sacramento’s Andrew Suarez pitched six shutout innings in the River Cats’ 11-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.

San Diego Padres righty Trevor Cahill allowed two runs on four hits in a three-inning injury rehab start.

Cahill was the third Padres pitcher to start a Chihuahuas game in the last week, joining Jered Weaver and Christian Friedrich, who both threw in Albuquerque on El Paso’s last road trip.

The Chihuahuas were held without a run until the eighth when Ryan Schimpf hit an RBI double. El Paso added two tallies in the ninth on RBI extra base hits by Rocky Gale and Jose Rondon.

Gale, usually a catcher, took the mound with two outs in the ninth and got a fly ball out, finalizing his second scoreless pitching appearance of the season.

Diego Goris had three hits in the loss for the Chihuahuas. The Chihuahuas have dropped five of their last seven games.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Michael Roth (4-1, 4.11) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (4-8, 7.43). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

Box Score  |   Team Records: Sacramento (31-46), El Paso (38-41)

Sacramento 11 El Paso 3 – Wednesday

WP: Suarez (2-1)

LP: Cahill (0-1)

S: None

Time: 3:20

Attn: 6,918

Dogs Dunk River Cats 5-2; Villanueva Hits 2nd Home Run of Series

Matt Magill pitched six shutout innings in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 5-2 win over the Sacramento River Cats Tuesday night at Southwest University Park. Magill allowed only two hits in the win.

Christian Villanueva broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many nights. The Chihuahuas are now 23-10 after scoring the first run of a game.

Villanueva and Jose Rondon both fell one hit shy of a cycle, with Villanueva needing a single and Rondon needing a triple. They were both due up in the bottom of the ninth but the at-bats didn’t occur because of El Paso’s lead.

Carter Capps pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief, while lefty Brad Wieck allowed one run in one inning in his Triple-A debut. Wieck joined the Chihuahuas bullpen earlier in the day, coming up from Double-A San Antonio.

Nick Buss went 2-for-4 with an RBI and is hitting .380 through his first 55 games this year.

Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.40) vs. El Paso RHP Trevor Cahill (MLB Rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |   Team Records: Sacramento (30-46), El Paso (38-40)

El Paso 5 Sacramento 2 – Tuesday

WP: Magill (5-4)

LP: Stratton (3-5)

S: None

Time: 2:36

Attn: 6,094

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