With a record of 38-59, the El Paso Diablos struggled early on from May to June, only to get hot in July and August, and now they enter their final three games of the season.
The final three games of El Paso Diablo baseball, as the team will take next season off and possibly relocate to another city as El Paso prepares to bring in a new Triple-AAA baseball team.
Game one against the Grand Prairie Air Hogs at Quik Trip Park went to El Paso 3-0, it would be the only win for the Diablos in the four-game set.
Starter Justin Kuks (3-1) threw 5.2 innings of two-hit baseball. Kuks also fanned five batters. Closer Marshall Schuler walked one and fanned one in the ninth to earn his 12th save.
Grand Prairie was held to just three hits as they stranded 10 runners. El Paso scored one run in the first and two in the top of the sixth to win the game.
Right Fielder Wellington Dotel went 2-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Grand Prairie came back and beat the Diablos 6-4 in game two. Shortstop Maikol Gonzalez went 3-5 with his ninth triple of the year. Third Baseman Shelby Ford went 2-3 with a double and an RBI in his fourth game with El Paso.
Kevin Cooper (3-5) got the loss after throwing seven innings allowing five runs on nine hits.
In game three El Paso put up a fight and lost 5-4. The Diablos scored two runs in the ninth to fall behind by one.
Left Fielder Oscar Mesa went 3-5 with a double and two RBI’s, while Center Fielder Gabe Suarez went 3-4 with a triple.
Reyes Dorado started the game and threw five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four hitters. Charlie Hejny (0-1) earned his first loss after throwing 1.1 innings allowing one run on two hits. Hejny made his fourth appearance with El Paso after coming over from the Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos Baseball League.
Game four went to the Air Hogs 8-1. El Paso scored their only run of the night in the top of the second on a Miguel Chacoa RBI-single, Chacoa went 1-3 on the night.
Jon Jones started and threw five innings allowing one run on one hit. Jones walked six and fanned five. Alberto Montes (0-2) picked up the loss allowing three runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.
El Paso has captured nine series’ thus far. 28-25 from July 2nd to August 29th, compared to the 10-34 record from May 16th to June 30th.
For the season finale El Paso will travel to Gary, Indiana and the U.S. Steel Yard to face the Gary Southshore Railcats. The Diablos haven’t met Gary since May 31st when the team came to Cohen Stadium and won the three game series, two to three.
Game one is Saturday August 31st at 6:10 p.m. and game two is a day-game with first pitch at 2:10 p.m. Meanwhile the season finale is on Monday, September 2nd at 1:10 p.m.
The El Paso Diablos will hold a Silent Auction tomorrow (Saturday) August 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cohen Stadium. El Pasoans will have a chance to bid on some unique items and own a part of history. Fans can view the list on diablos.com. Trophies, plaques, posters, and framed pictures along with the last three bases used at Cohen Stadium will be auctioned off.