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Tacoma Edges Chihuahuas 3-2; Dogs Return Home Thursday

The El Paso Chihuahuas had a late lead Tuesday but lost to the Tacoma Rainiers 3-2 at Cheney Stadium.

The Chihuahuas and Rainiers split the four-game series and El Paso won nine of the 16 meetings between the teams in 2017.

The Chihuahuas scored once each in the first and fourth innings to go ahead 2-0, the sixth consecutive game in which they took the first lead. Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chihuahuas reliever Jose Valdez surrendered a two-run home run inside the right field pole to Joey Wong, giving the Rainiers a 3-2 advantage.

The Chihuahuas had key opportunities to add runs in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs and in the eighth when they began the inning with three straight hits, but did not score in either frame.

Jordan Lyles had his longest and best start to date with El Paso, allowing only one run in 5.2 innings. Adam Cimber had his second scoreless outing of the series and Kevin Quackenbush pitched a 1-2-3 eighth out of the Chihuahuas bullpen.

The Chihuahuas do not play on Wednesday.

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento TBA vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (64-66), Tacoma (64-66)

Tacoma 3 El Paso 2 – Tuesday

WP: Kiekhefer (3-3)

LP: Valdez (3-4)

S: Gomez (1)

Time: 2:45

Attn: 7,201

Tacoma Rains on Chihuahuas’ First Place Parade with 9-6 Win

A seven-run second inning carried the Tacoma Rainiers to a 9-6 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday night at Cheney Stadium.

It broke El Paso’s three-game win streak and dropped the Chihuahuas into second place, one game behind Salt Lake in the Southern Division.

Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-5 with an RBI in his first Triple-A game of 2017, falling a home run shy of a cycle. Christian Villanueva went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and three total RBIs.

Eric Yardley entered the second inning unexpectedly after fellow reliever Jason Jester was hit in the leg with a line drive and Yardley went on to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings.

Christian Bethancourt tossed the sixth and seventh innings in his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance.

The Chihuahuas took the first lead of Monday’s game, the fifth consecutive contest El Paso scored the first run of the game. Chase d’Arnaud hit a single in the first inning Monday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.75) vs. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 3.70). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |    Team Records: El Paso (64-65), Tacoma (63-66)

Tacoma 9 El Paso 6 – Monday

WP: Aro (6-0)

LP: Lloyd (1-4)

S: None

Time: 2:59

Attn: 5,170

Chihuahuas Rally to Top Tacoma 5-1, Now Sit Half Game Behind 1st Place Salt Lake

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored four runs in the ninth inning to break a late tie and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 5-1 Sunday at Cheney Stadium. It was El Paso’s sixth win in its last seven games and 10th victory in its last 14 tries.

The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since July 26.

Chris Huffman didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and surrendered only one run in six innings, posting his best start of the year for El Paso.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Franchy Cordero and Diego Goris had two hits each for the Chihuahuas. Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a double and now has at least one hit and at least one RBI in his three games since being activated from the DL.

El Paso pitching has allowed only 10 runs in the last six games.

The Chihuahuas are now a half game out of first place, with first place Salt Lake playing Sunday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Next Game: Monday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-3, 6.22) vs. Tacoma RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 7.21). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (64-64), Tacoma (62-66)

El Paso 5 Tacoma 1 – Sunday

WP: Cimber (3-1)

LP: Garton (0-2)

S: None

Time: 2:28

Attn: 7,303

SHUTOUT! Chihuahuas Soak Up Rainiers 2-0; Dogs Trail Salt Lake by One Game

Dillon Overton put together his best El Paso Chihuahuas start to date Saturday night, as the Chihuahuas shut out the Tacoma Rainiers 2-0.

Overton tossed seven shutout innings against his former team, then relievers Jose Valdez and Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless inning each. It was El Paso’s fifth team shutout of the season.

After 4.2 hitless innings, the Chihuahuas struck back-to-back singles in the fifth, including an RBI line drive by Jose Rondon. Rocky Gale stopped a potential double steal with two outs in the bottom of the eighth when he threw out Gordon Beckham trying to steal second base, ending the inning.

Christian Villanueva’s solo home run in the top of the ninth provided the other Chihuahuas’ run.

El Paso pitching limited Tacoma to only five hits Saturday, all singles. The Rainiers did not have any runners reach third base. The Chihuahuas have allowed only nine runs in their last five games. El Paso has won nine of its last 13 contests.

The Chihuahuas are now in second place, one game back from first place Salt Lake.

Next Game: Sunday, 2:35 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (1-1, 5.87) vs. Tacoma RHP Andrew Moore (3-3, 3.74). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score   |    Team Records: El Paso (63-64), Tacoma (62-65)

El Paso 2 Tacoma 0 – Saturday

WP: Overton (6-5)

LP: Povse (1-3)

S: Quackenbush (3)

Time: 2:44

Attn: 6,492

Chihuahuas Sweep Series: Take Down Tacoma 9-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored seven runs in the first two innings and held on to their big lead in Friday’s 9-3 win over Tacoma. The Chihuahuas won all four games against the Rainiers, completing their first series sweep of the season.

It is also El Paso’s first four-game winning streak of the year.

Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs, his first multi-home run game of the year. Cruz didn’t have any homers in his first 21 games and now has hit three in his last three games.

Rafael Ortega went 1-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the second longest streak by a Chihuahua this year, behind only Jamie Romak’s 15-game streak. Christian Villanueva also homered as part of his 1-for-3 day.

El Paso brought in seven runs in the first two innings, with all of the runs driven in on two-out hits.

El Paso won five of the seven games on the homestand and the Chihuahuas have taken seven of their last nine games overall. The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since April 30.

Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (4-7, 7.46) vs. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (3-1, 5.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Tacoma (35-31), El Paso (34-34)

El Paso 9 Tacoma 3 – Friday

WP: Overton (1-2)

LP: Magill (4-4)

S: None

Time: 2:51

Attn: 8,867

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Three In a Row: Chihuahuas Roll Over Rainiers 5-1

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 5-1 Thursday, handing Tacoma its third consecutive loss. The Chihuahuas have taken the first three games of the four-game series, clinching their first home series win since the opening series of the season.

Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to right field. Schimpf is 4-for-16 with two homers and two singles since being optioned to El Paso. Hector Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI in an MLB injury rehab game for the Chihuahuas.

Rafael Ortega and Nick Buss had two hits each in the win, with Ortega extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

El Paso relievers Cesar Vargas, Rafael De Paula and Logan Bawcom tossed scoreless outings and stopped Tacoma from making a serious comeback attempt.

Chihuahuas catcher Rocky Gale nabbed former Chihuahua Ryan Jackson trying to steal second base in the seventh inning and has caught 45% of attempted base stealers this season, tops in the Pacific Coast League.

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 8.22) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (1-1, 6.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Tacoma (35-30), El Paso (33-34)

El Paso 5 Tacoma 1 – Thursday

WP: Vargas (1-0)

LP: Moore (3-1)

S: None

Time: 2:35

Attn: 8,789

Video+Story: Asuaje’s Late Homer Breaks Tie, Chihuahuas Win 9-6

Carlos Asuaje hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning to break a late tie and give the El Paso Chihuahuas a 9-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday night at Southwest University Park. The game featured five lead changes.

Rafael Ortega went 2-for-5 with two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Blash has six home runs in his last eight games and has joined Cody Decker and Hunter Renfroe as Chihuahuas to homer in four consecutive games.

Six different Chihuahuas had multi-hit games Wednesday. The Chihuahuas have won two games in a row and five of their last seven and are currently in third place, four games behind first place Salt Lake.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Andrew Moore (3-2, 3.12) vs. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 6.05). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Tacoma (35-29), El Paso (32-34)

El Paso 9 Tacoma 6 – Wednesday

WP: Quackenbush (2-0)

LP: Lowe (2-4)

S: None

Time: 3:19

Attn: 6,474

Video+Story: Chihuahuas Top Tacoma 3-1 Tuesday Night

The El Paso Chihuahuas hit two early home runs and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 3-1 Tuesday in Game 1 of a four-game series.

Rafael Ortega began the bottom of the first with a home run to right field, his fourth longball of the season and second that came to lead off a first inning for El Paso.

Dusty Coleman’s sacrifice fly in the second gave El Paso its second run and Christian Villanueva started the fourth inning with a homer, his seventh of the year, with all of them coming in his last 28 games.

Andre Rienzo allowed only one run in his six-inning start. Former Rainiers Carter Capps and Logan Bawcom pitched scoreless innings against their former club. Keith Hessler and Adam Cimber combined on a scoreless ninth, with Cimber picking up his first Triple-A save.

The quick-paced contest was El Paso’s shortest game by time this year.

Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (0-3, 5.18) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 4.94).

The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: Tacoma (35-28), El Paso (31-34)

El Paso 3 Tacoma 1 – Tuesday

WP: Rienzo (3-0)

LP: Whalen (0-4)

S: Cimber (1)

Time: 2:16

Attn: 6,845

Chihuahuas Chow Down on Reno 7-1

Five days after taking a loss in Reno, El Paso starter Walker Lockett performed well against the Aces in the Chihuahuas’ 7-1 win Saturday night.

Lockett pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on six scattered hits. The Chihuahuas are now 2-2 against the Aces this season.

El Paso hit three home runs Saturday, including one by Jamie Romak, who has six homers in his last six games. Romak’s nine home runs lead the Pacific Coast League. Jabari Blash went 1-for-4 with his first Triple-A home run of the season and Dusty Coleman went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, his second home run of the year and the homestand.

Jose Pirela and Rocky Gale both had two hits and an RBI for the Chihuahuas.

The Chihuahuas strong pitching continued into the bullpen Saturday, with Keith Hessler and Logan Bawcom tossing scoreless innings to close the game.

Christian Walker hit a solo home run for Reno and became the first PCL player to reach 20 RBIs.

Box Score | Team Records: Reno (9-8), El Paso (8-9)

Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno LHP Anthony Banda (1-1, 5.79) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (1-0, 1.59). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 7 Reno 1 – Saturday

WP: Lockett (2-1)

LP: Shipley (2-1)

S: None

Time: 2:37

Attn: 9,054

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

Tacoma Takes El Paso in 10 Innings 6-5

The El Paso Chihuahuas struck out 18 Tacoma batters to set a new team record Thursday but fell to the Rainiers 6-5 in 10 innings. It was the first extra inning game of the season for both teams.

El Paso starter Dinelson Lamet struck out 13 hitters in 5.1 innings to set a Chihuahuas single-game strikeout record by an individual pitcher and reach a new career high. The previous record was held by lefties Robbie Erlin and Jason Lane. Every Rainiers position player struck out at least once.

El Paso led 5-1 in the seventh inning when Tacoma’s Daniel Vogelbach hit a game-tying grand slam to right field, his second home run in as many games. Back-to-back doubles in the top of the 10th inning by Boog Powell and Tuffy Gosewisch gave Tacoma the go-ahead run.

The Chihuahuas had a baserunner in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings but did not score.

Jamie Romak went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his third homer in his last four games. It was Romak’s sixth longball of the season, tying Iowa’s Ian Happ for the Pacific Coast League lead.

Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run, going deep on his 30th birthday. Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-5, his second consecutive multi-hit game.

Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (8-6), El Paso (7-8)

Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (2-0, 1.74) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-0, 0.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Tacoma 6 El Paso 5 – Thursday – 10 Innings

WP: Machi (1-0)

LP: Dimock (0-1)

S: Kiekhefer (2)

Time: 3:03

Attn: 7,406

Gallery+Story: Dogs Don Diablos Unis; Down Tacoma 9-4

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers 9-4 Wednesday on their first Diablos Days game wearing throwback El Paso Diablos uniforms.

El Paso has won the first two games of the series and now has a 5-2 home record this season.

Wednesday’s game was tied as late as the seventh inning before the Chihuahuas burst ahead with a run in the seventh and five more in the in the eighth. Carlos Asuaje, Cory Spangenberg and Diego Goris had two hits and three RBIs each.

Franchy Cordero went 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk atop the El Paso order.

Tyrell Jenkins picked off two runners at first base in the second, becoming the first Chihuahuas hurler with multiple pickoffs in one inning. Keith Hessler pitched a perfect 1.2 innings of relief, entering the game when it was tied in the seventh with two Rainiers on base.

Asuaje briefly had the first grand slam of the Chihuahuas season in the eighth inning before the umpires gathered and reversed the call, ruling the ball was foul.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Tacoma (7-6), El Paso (7-7)

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma LHP Dillon Overton (1-0, 0.00) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 9 Tacoma 4 – Wednesday

WP: Hessler (1-1)

LP: Hagadone (0-1)

S: None

Time: 2:58

Attn: 7,120

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

Gallery+Story: Comeback Chihuahuas! Dogs Topple Tacoma 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas came back from an early deficit and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 4-3 Tuesday in Game 1 of an eight-game homestand.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Jabari Blash hustled to third base for a triple on a high fly ball that landed between two Tacoma outfielders. Blash then scored on Jamie Romak’s RBI double.

Rafael Ortega tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth and later scored on a wild pitch to put El Paso ahead 3-2.

After Gordon Beckham’s solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game for Tacoma, Romak hit a home run onto the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in the bottom of the seventh to put El Paso ahead to stay.

Relievers Carter Capps, Logan Bawcom and Phil Maton pitched late scoreless innings for El Paso to seal the win.

Ortega stole three bases for El Paso, one shy of a team record.

Box ScoreTeam Records: Tacoma (7-5), El Paso (6-7)

Next Game: Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chris Heston (1-0, 2.25) vs. El Paso RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.61). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 4 Tacoma 3 – Tuesday

WP: Capps (1-1)

LP: Gaviglio (0-2)

S: Maton (2)

Time: 2:32

Attn: 6,105

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

Tacoma Takes Soggy Series with 2-1 Win Over Chihuahuas Friday Night

The El Paso Chihuahuas lost 2-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers Friday night on a missed pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Rainiers had the bases loaded when Tyler O’Neill hit a high pop up between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. There was a miscommunication between infielders and the ball fell as the winning run scored. Pitcher Keith Hessler was charged with an error. The Rainiers didn’t have a hit in either of the innings that they scored.

El Paso’s lone run came in the top of the second on Rafael Ortega’s RBI double. Ortega reached base three times Friday, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and walk. The Chihuahuas had scoreless relief outings from Logan Bawcom and Andre Rienzo.

There was a one hour and three minute weather delay in the third inning.

The temperature dropped to 40 degrees late in Friday’s game. The Rainiers won three of the four games at Cheney Stadium.

Box ScoreTeam Records: El Paso (4-5), Tacoma (4-4)

Next Game: Saturday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. Reno RHP Frank Duncan (1-0, 1.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Tacoma 2 El Paso 1 – Friday

WP: Lowe (1-1)

LP: Hessler (0-1)

S: None

Time: 3:04 (1:03 delay)

Attn: 3,776

Dogs Split Doubleheader at Tacoma: Take 1st Game 1-0, Lose 2nd 5-0

Matt Magill pitched six shutout innings in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 1-0 win in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader at Cheney Stadium. Magill has thrown 12 innings this season and allowed only one earned run.

Franchy Cordero singled and stole second base in the first inning. With Cordero at second and two outs, Jamie Romak hit an RBI single to left field, which proved to be the only run of the game. The Chihuahuas turned a double play in the first inning and Carlos Asuaje made a leaping catch with two outs in the fifth, with both plays ending Tacoma scoring threats with multiple runners on base.

It was El Paso’s second shutout of the season.

In game two,  Chris Heston pitched his fourth professional shutout in the Rainiers’ 5-0 Game 2 win. It was Heston’s second career shutout against the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, after throwing a nine-inning shutout for Fresno against the Tucson Padres on June 13, 2013.

Neither team had an extra base hit in the doubleheader until the bottom of the fifth in Game 2 when the Rainiers hit three RBI doubles in a four-run rally. Tyrell Jenkins suffered the loss, allowing three runs after starting his season with 10 shutout innings.

Tacoma did not use any relievers in the doubleheader, as Sam Gaviglio also pitched a complete game in the first contest. Four of El Paso’s first eight games this season have ended in shutout scores for or against the Chihuahuas.

Team Records: El Paso (4-4), Tacoma (3-4)

Next Game: Friday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00) vs. Tacoma RHP Dylan Unsworth (0-1, 3.18). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

El Paso 1 Tacoma 0 – Thursday – Game 1 | Box Score

WP: Magill (1-0)

LP: Gaviglio (0-1)

S: Maton (1)

Time: 1:42

Attn: 2,497

Tacoma 5 El Paso 0 – Thursday – Game 2 | Box Score

WP: Heston (1-0)

LP: Jenkins (1-1)

S: None

Time: 1:52

Tacoma Tops Chihuahuas 7-2; Dogs End 16 Inning Scoreless Streak

Christian Bergman pitched five shutout innings in the Tacoma Rainiers’ 7-2 opening night win over the El Paso Chihuahuas at Cheney Stadium Tuesday. Bergman has thrown 19 career innings versus El Paso and has yet to allow an earned run.

Tyler O’Neill’s solo home run in the bottom of the first gave Tacoma an early lead. The Rainiers added two runs in the bottom of the third, including a solo home run by Gordon Beckham, his first career Triple-A homer.

The Rainiers plated a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to build up a 7-0 lead.

Jose Pirela had an RBI groundout and Nick Buss hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to put El Paso on the scoreboard and end a 16-inning scoreless streak dating back to Monday’s shutout loss to Las Vegas. Pirela reached base three times Tuesday, with a single and two walks.

Diego Goris started at first base Tuesday and has already played first base, second base, third base and shortstop this season.

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

Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (0-0, 1.50) vs. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Tacoma 7 El Paso 2 – Tuesday

WP: Bergman (1-0)

LP: Lockett (1-1)

S: None

Time: 3:03

Attn: 4,659

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