OKC Dodgers

El Paso Chihuahuas win PCL Championship

The El Paso Chihuahuas, relying on a core group of position players who will be expected to be key contributors to the San Diego Padres as soon as next year, beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-3 in 11 innings to claim their first PCL Championship.

 Chihuahuas 4 - Oklahoma City Dodgers 3 (11 innings)

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 2-5, 2B; LF/1B Patrick Kivlehan 3-5, 2B; 3B Nick Noonan 0-3, 2 BB; LHP Seth Simmons 6.0 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER BB 8 K; LHP Kyle McGrath 1.1 IP 2 H 2 BB 3 K; RHP Derek Eitel (W, 1-0) 0.2 IP K; RHP Phil Maton 1.0 IP (S,3) H.

Prospect Watch: The last time the Padres won a Triple-A championship was in 1988, on a Las Vegas team that featured that Alomar brothers and a team that had Bruce Bochy in his last year as a player...The Chihuahuas were up 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning on RF Hunter Renfroe's two-RBI single.  OKC chipped away at the lead, including a solo home run by former Padre Will Venable in the bottom of the inning, and another one to tie the game to send it into extra innings. El Paso won when an awkward bunt attempt by SS Jose Rondon went straight up in the air but bounced off a diving attempt by OKC's pitcher which brought home Kivlehan with the winning run. Maton came in and got his third save of the postseason, as yet again the OKC Dodgers left the tying run at third base for the third time in four innings...Although he didn't figure in the decision, a great outing by Simmons in his El Paso debut...Margot had his worst night of the series going 0-6 with three strikeouts, but still may have been the most impressive El Paso player in the postseason...Maton's performance during El Paso's playoff run may have earned him an opportunity to compete for a big league job in the spring...Kivlehan has looked good since he joined the Padres' organization from Seattle and his versatilty - can play LF, 1B and third - may also get him a chance to audition for a big league job next year...El Paso will now take on the winner of the International League, Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Yankees), in the Triple-A Championship Game on Tuesday night in Memphis at 8:00 PM Eastern.

For the box score of tonight's game, please click here.

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