Baseball has been around in El Paso, Texas since 1892, however the Diablos have been around since 1974. 39 years of baseball for a team that was the former Double-AA affiliate to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks under the title of the El Paso Diablos. For 23 years Cohen Stadium has seen fans come and go and has also created memories for many baseball fans.
And sadly, the final three home games at Cohen have come and gone. Game one against the Sioux City Explorers drew 4,691 fans.
El Paso Designated Hitter Anthony D'Alfonso went 1-3 with two runs batted in and Shortstop Maikol Gonzalez went 2-3, stealing his 45th base of the year.
Tied 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth when the Diablos tacked on two runs to break the tie. One more run in the sixth sealed the game at 5-2 in favor of El Paso.
Starter Reyes Dorado (3-2) threw six innings fanning six batters, allowing two runs on seven hits to earn the win. Closer Marshall Schuler fanned one and allowed one hit in the ninth to earn his 11th save.
Approximately 1,584 fans came out to game two as the Explorers compiled 20 hits and took advantage of nine Diablo errors to win 17-4.
Leading 12-1 after the fourth inning, eight Sioux Falls hitters had a multi-hit night.
Gonzalez went 3-4 with a triple and an RBI while Right Fielder Wellington Dotel went 1-5 with a home run.
Rookie Jon Jones (0-1) made his second start with the Diablos after coming over from the Laredo Lemurs. Jones gave up eight runs, seven were earned, on six hits in 1.1 innings to earn the loss.
Third Baseman Miguel Chacoa had a rough night in the hot corner, making five errors for a total of 15 on the season
In the rubber game of the three game series, El Pasoans came out one last time to witness the last Diablos game at Cohen Stadium. With an attendance of 7,281 fans, El Paso put up a fight but fell short 8-7.
The Diablos stranded 11 runners and committed three errors, giving Sioux Falls the series two games to three.
Dotel went 4-5 with a double and three RBI's. Left Fielder Oscar Mesa added to the cause by going 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Jesse Estrada (2-1) threw five innings allowing eight runs on eight hits, four of the eight runs were earned.
A tough and emotional series for the Diablos as they are now 37-56 on the year, 13.5 games out of first. El Paso is now 6-4 in their last 10 games.
For Cohen Stadium, the ballpark averaged 2,270 fans in 49 openings, totaling 111,230 fans on the year.
El Paso has seven games remaining. The team will head to Grand Prairie, Texas for a four-game series against the Air Hogs beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. The final three games will be in Gary, Indiana beginning on Saturday August 31st.