While the big league club is playing what many believe to be meaningless baseball here in September, the Padres' triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, are heading to the Pacific Coast League playoffs after clinching their division Sunday night.
After giving up a 9th-inning lead and having to go into extras, the Chihuahuas secured the win against the Reno Aces with a three-run 10th inning, fueled in part by top prospect Hunter Renfroe, who hit an RBI double in the inning. Ramiro Pena's two-run single all but sealed the deal on the victory. Right-hander Tayron Guerrero came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th and faced the minimum three batters to lock down the win, with the help of a game-ending double play.
The Chihuahuas still needed the division rival Las Vegas 51s to lose their game in order to secure their spot in the postseason, so following their win in Reno they listened to a live broadcast of the 51s game and awaited their fate.
Team listening live to Las Vegas broadcast with plastic over the lockers pic.twitter.com/17NHlKAu5o— Tim Hagerty (@tdhagerty) September 7, 2015
The 51s lost to the Tacoma Rainiers by a score of 6-3, and as the last out was announced the Chihuahuas popped the champagne in the visitors' clubhouse at Aces Ballpark.
Last night multiple players said "I bet El Paso is going crazy." I bet they're right pic.twitter.com/S2pIgexT5f
— Tim Hagerty (@tdhagerty) September 7, 2015
The Chihuahuas still have one game left against the Aces this afternoon and then they will travel to Fresno to open up their playoff series against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, September 9th. They return to El Paso for their first home playoff game on Friday, September 11th.
Congrats to the Chihuahuas on a fantastic 2015 regular season and best of luck in their upcoming postseason run!