Redbirds hold off Chihuahuas and take the 2017 PCL title


Gaby Velasquez

The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Chihuahuas winning the PCL Championship on September 18.

Adrian Broaddus, Editor-In-Chief

Despite a late effort by El Paso, the Memphis Redbirds were able to hold on and defeat the Chihuahuas 3-1, thus solidifying the Pacific Coast League Championship.

The Chihuahuas had a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning when the winning run was at the plate, but the Redbirds were able to secure the final out and win the game. This is the club’s third league title in program history.

When El Paso was down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva were both on base, but Memphis’ first baseman Patrick Wisdom had a diving catch on a line drive that retired the side.

Same thing happened in the ninth inning, as Diego Goris and Tony Cruz were on base, but this time with no outs. It seemed as if the Chihuahuas could catch a break here. However, Redbirds reliever Josh Lucas struck out two batters in a row and forced a pop out to end the game.

El Paso was left with unanswered runs as the Redbirds left 10 Chihuahuas runners on base.

During the series, the Chihuahuas pitching staff only allowed Memphis hitters to total six runs in the last 40 innings of the series.