The El Paso Chihuahuas came alive in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to score 10 runs to stun the Round Rock Express for a 15-12 win.
Esteban “Pony” Quiroz was the 11th batter of the inning, he came on as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off grand slam. It was the first walk-off grand slam for El Paso since May, 2014 (Jake Lemmerman). The 10 runs set a new team record for runs scored in an inning.
El Paso trailed 12-3 in the eighth inning, the nine run comeback was the largest in team history. Quiroz’s grand slam was the Chihuahuas’ 232nd home run of the season, setting a new Pacific Coast League record for team home runs in a season.
In an offensive platoon, El Paso strung together six runs on five RBI singles in the ninth from Michael Gettys, Seth Mejias-Brean, Jason Vosler, Boog Powell and Travis Jankowski.
The win snapped El Paso’s longest losing streak of the year at five games. It was their third walk-off win of the season. Chihuahuas’ infielder Matthew Batten pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the ninth to become the second Chihuahua in franchise history to register a win.
WP: Batten, Matthew (1-0, 3.60 ERA) LP: McCurry, Brendan (3-2, 3.57 ERA)
Records: Round Rock (70-46) El Paso (67-50)
Tonight’s Game: Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions (72-45) boast the best record at the Triple-A level. The Missions will be visiting El Paso for a four-game series at Southwest University Park that begins tonight at 7:05 P.M. MT/6:05 P.M. PT.
San Antonio RHP Thomas Jankins (11-3, 4.28 ERA) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (6-5, 6.11 ERA).