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Chihuahuas get come from behind 8-7 win over Sugar Land; Knehr named pitcher of week

El Paso Chihuahuas

SUGAR LAND, Texas -- The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by three runs in the ninth inning Monday and came back to beat the Sugar Land Skeeters 8-7 in 10 innings. Gosuke Katoh’s three-run home run with one out in the ninth tied the score and Webster Rivas’ RBI single with two outs in the 10th put El Paso ahead. El Paso’s James Norwood retired all three batters he faced for his third save of the series.

Rivas went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a walk and four RBIs in the win. His home run was the first of back-to-back homers with first baseman Yorman Rodriguez in the third inning. It was the eighth set of back-to-back home runs by the Chihuahuas in 2021.

The Chihuahuas’ extra-inning record moved to 4-3, while the Skeeters’ dropped to 2-4. El Paso was 1-36 when trailing after eight innings. The four hour and 30 minute game was El Paso’s longest game by time this season. Four of the six games in the series have been one-run games.

Meantime, Reiss Knehr has been named Triple-A West Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 26-August 1. Knehr threw six shutout innings in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ 1-0 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on July 26 and was recalled by the San Diego Padres on July 31. Knehr is the third Chihuahuas player to win a weekly award in 2021, joining Patrick Kivlehan (June 21-27) and Daniel Camarena (June 7-13).

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