The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday but lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 in Game 2 of the Pacific Conference Finals.
The Grizzlies now hold a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.
Ty France went 4-for-5 with three RBIs for El Paso and is hitting .667 through the first two games of the series.
The Chihuahuas had double-digit hit totals in both games of the series. This is the second time Fresno has taken a 2-0 playoff series lead over El Paso, as the 2015 Grizzlies did the same thing in an eventual four-game series win.
The Grizzlies, who set the single-season league strikeout record in 2018, struck out 15 Chihuahuas on Thursday. The Chihuahuas are now 12-10 all-time in playoff games.
Fresno 7 El Paso 5 – Thursday WP: Thornton (1-0) | LP: Allen (0-1) | S: None | Time: 3:38 | Attn: 5,215
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (2-0), El Paso (0-2)
Next Game: Pacific Coast League Playoffs, First Round, Game 3 – Friday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (0-0, -.–) vs. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Video courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas
With this Single, France is batting .750 for the series!! pic.twitter.com/7ZpeP4wHRL
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) September 7, 2018