Chihuahaus Still 7 Games Ahead in First Place Despite Losing Streak
Despite the fact that the El Paso Chihuahuas have lost six straight games, the team still maintains a seven game lead over both Albuquerque and Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division. The Chihuahuas are just 3-12 in August, and are currently tied for their longest losing streak in franchise history.
While Las Vegas has not been able to gain any ground during El Paso's slump, the Isotopes have picked up seven games in the division standings in the last 11 days. The two teams will play each other a total of nine times over the final 13 games of the regular season.
The biggest problem for the Chihuahuas during August has been their pitching. They have surrendered a total of 110 runs this month, and have scored 69 runs. On the rare August nights when they have received good pitching, their offense has not been able to propel the team to victory. Still, it is not panic time for Chihuahuas fans. The team is still loaded with offensive talent, led by Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Carlos Asuaje, Manny Margot, and Hector Sanchez. El Paso's starting pitching was hit hard in April, but they bounced back to have a great summer. With veteran anchors like Daniel McCutchen, Carlos Pimentel, and Frank Garces, the team will finish with 12 of their final 20 games at home. Manager Rod Barajas knows that he will need a loud and supportive crowd when the team returns to Southwest University Park Saturday night to begin a big four game series with Salt Lake. Listen to Tim Hagerty call the action on 600 ESPN El Paso.