Chihuahuas clinch division crown for third consecutive year
SACRAMENTO, Calif (CBS4) -- 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.
El Paso 7 Sacramento 3 – Sunday
WP: Melville (1-0)
LP: Suarez (6-6)
Team Records: El Paso (73-68), Sacramento (63-77)
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.