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)