Chihuahuas Rule The Land

Congratulations to the El Paso Chihuahuas, your 2016 Pacific Coast League champions.

El Paso locked up the league title on Saturday night, winning a 4-3 decision in 11 innings at Bricktown Ballpark to take the series, three games to one.

The Chihuahuas won when Patrick Kivlehan singled, went first-to-third on a throwing error, and scored on an odd popped-up safety squeeze bunt by Jose Rondon. The pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla tried to make a diving catch of the bunt, but the ball came flying out of his glove – you can see it in the video with this game story.

It’s the first PCL Championship in the brief history of the El Paso Chihuahuas, who completed their third season of existence. It’s the first time a San Diego Padres affiliate has won the PCL crown since 1988, when the Las Vegas Stars won it all.

El Paso isn’t quite done yet. The Chihuahuas play the Triple-A National Championship Game against the International League champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Yankees) on Tuesday in Memphis. The game starts at 5:05 (Pacific) and is televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

The Mariners Low-A Clinton affiliate lost at Great Lakes in the Midwest League finals on Sunday, ending the minor league season for all M’s affiliates.

The final totals:

  • All seven teams reached the playoffs
  • Two won league titles (AA-Jackson and R-Arizona)
  • Two reached league finals and lost (Low-A Clinton and SS-Everett)
  • The seven teams combined to go 451-314, for a .590 wining percentage which led all 30 MLB organizations.

It was a great year on the Mariners farm!



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