The Sky Sox wanted to win for their record-setting fans, but they could not deliver a clutch hit, as was often the case this season.
El Paso starter Jason Lane threw seven strong innings and the Sky Sox were unable to advance past second base over the final four innings of their home finale in a 5-1 loss Wednesday.
"We were working hard to get the win," said Colorado Springs shortstop Cristhian Adames, who reached base four times with two singles and two walks, including an RBI hit that scored his team's only run. "He (Lane) was pretty good. He kept the ball down low in the strike zone and got a lot of ground balls."
With 5,851 in attendance Wednesday, the Sky Sox cracked 350,000 for the first time (350,374) with an average of 5,078 fans per contest at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs (53-86) finished with a franchise-worst 27-45 home record.
The Sky Sox hit the road for a five-game set at Omaha to conclude the season. The Triple-A team needs to go 3-2 to avoid tying the franchise mark for worst record (55-89, .382) set in 1998.
"We just have to be mentally prepared every day to play hard," Adames said. "That is the only way to play."
El Paso eked out a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning after generating two bases-loaded opportunities against Colorado Springs starter Chad Bettis (3-4). Both were scored on fielders' choice hits.
Rafael Ynoa hit a two-out double in the fifth to set up Adames' 14th RBI this season.
The scouting report on the lefty Lane must say runners can steal third base on him. The Sky Sox did so twice, including one by Adames that put him 90 feet from tying the PCL game.
But in a familiar scene, the Sky Sox could not come up with the clutch hit. This time, Kyle Parker flew out to shallow right field to strand Adames and leave the score at 2-1 Chihuahuas.
El Paso answered back quickly when Chad Decker hit a two-run homer off Bettis in the sixth for a 4-1 lead; more than enough for Lane (five hits, one earned run, two walks, eight strikeouts) and relievers Donn Roach and Jerry Sullivan.
Comings and goings
Catcher Jackson Williams was called up to the Rockies as was pitcher Christian Friedrich to replace left-handed pitcher Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) and catcher Wilin Rosario (left wrist inflammation), who were put on the 15-day disabled list. Sky Sox catcher Jose Gonzalez was activated from the temporary inactive list.
Colorado College hockey coach Mike Haviland threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches. Three Tigers - Jordan DiGiando, Alex Roos and Peter Stoykewych - signed autographs on the concourse. . The Chihuahuas have won seven of their past nine games and recorded only their second sweep in their inaugural season (Sacramento, May).