Gallery+Story: Cats bite ‘Dogs 5-4; Blasts by France, Pirela add to club’s total

The El Paso and Sacramento ball clubs were at it again on Wednesday, but this time the Chihuahuas just rolled over for the ‘Cats and lost it 5-4.

The Dogs, that still lead PCL-Southern with a 48-30 record, exploded with four runs in the 1st inning.

A two-run bomb by Ty France (.386 BA) followed by another two-run blast by Jose Pirela (.297 BA) made it look like the Dogs were going to power their way to another win.

Unfortunately, the Dogs buried their bats after the 1st and forgot where they left them.

Meanwhile, Sacramento clawed their way to a tie in the 4th inning and capped it off with what turned out to be the winning run in the 7th inning.

The winning pitcher was Tyler Rogers (4-2, 3.11 ERA). The losing pitcher was  Eric Yardley (0-2, 3.09 ERA). Jandel Gustave (5.17 ERA) earned the save and his fastball in the upper 90s sat the Dogs down 1-2-3.

There were 6,008 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Andrew Suarez (3-5, 5.34) vs. El Paso RHP Robert Stock (3-0, 3.08). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Sacramento 5 El Paso 4 – Wednesday  |   Box Score  |  Team Records: Sacramento (40-38), El Paso (48-30)

WP: Rogers (4-2)  | LP: Yardley (0-2)  |  S: Gustave (5)  |  Time: 2:59  |  Attn: 6,008

Story by Larry Monarrez | Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post