Strong pitching and the long ball kept Chihuahuas fans from going home with a smile on Tuesday as the Dogs lost their 2018 home opener 14-1.
It was a story about hits, the Bees had them and the Chihuahuas didn’t have many when they needed them. The Chihuahuas scored 1 run on 6 hits leaving 8 on base, while the Salt Lake Bees scored 14 runs on 11 hits – five of them were home runs.
“We just made too many mistakes on the pitching side,” said Chihuahuas Manager Rod Barajas. “Regardless of the score we are here to compete.”
El Paso starting pitcher Eric Lauer pitched into the 7th inning after a rocky 2nd inning in which former Chihuahua Jabari Blash smacked a 2-run homer and started the Salt Lake Bees assault.
Four more home runs followed throughout the game and the Bees’ strong pitching kept the Chihuahuas quiet the rest of the night.
One of El Paso’s bright spots was shortstop Javy Guerra who had two hits and the only RBI. Another was the first baseman, Allen Craig, who went 2 for 3.
Season-ticket holder Dan Martinez, 49, was disappointed in the loss but did not let it affect his mood much.
“They just struggled the whole night,” Martinez said. “I knew they would struggle a little coming off the road, but I didn’t expect 14 runs. But, hey, you can’t miss Opening Day.”
The Chihuahuas continue the three-game series against the Bees at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (3-3), El Paso (4-2)
Next Game: Wednesday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Parker Bridwell (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (0-1, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Story by Larry Monarrez | Photos by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
Larry Monarrez is a local journalist and longtime El Pasoan. Larry arrived in El Paso after proudly serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and earned a communication degree from the University of Texas El Paso.
At UTEP, Larry worked as a reporter and eventually became the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Prospector.
Larry also worked as a news assistant, general assignments reporter and copy editor at the El Paso Times before working in public relations at an area school district.
He also spent a few years at KDBC 4 News as the assignments editor, where his most memorable experience was keeping the news crews operational during times of crisis like the storms of 2006 that flooded the station’s building.