For the second time in as many nights, the El Paso Chihuahuas threatened to catch the Salt Lake Bees in the ninth inning but fell short both times, including a 4-3 loss Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
Alexi Amarista had a one-out single in the ninth but was left on base. The Chihuahuas left nine runners on in the loss.
Down 1-0 in the top of the third, Austin Hedges roped a two-run triple to right field, his first triple of the season. The Chihuahuas stayed ahead by a run until the fifth, when the Bees scored twice to take the lead. The Chihuahuas had multiple opportunities to tie the game, but Salt Lake turned inning-ending double plays in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Bryan Rodriguez entered his start with only three earned runs allowed in his last 14 innings but surrendered four earned runs in 5.1 innings Friday. El Paso reliever Buddy Baumann tossed 1.2 scoreless frames and lowered his ERA to 1.06. Salt Lake had a bullpen day, using five pitchers in the victory.
Team Records: El Paso (51-37), Salt Lake (42-44)
Next Game: Saturday at 7:05 p.m. vs. Salt Lake at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (8-5, 5.61) vs. Salt Lake RHP Kyle McGowin (4-5, 5.79). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Salt Lake 4 El Paso 3 – Friday
WP: Guerra (2-0)
LP: Rodriguez (4-2)
S: Achter (3)