The El Paso Chihuahuas’ bats came alive against the Memphis Redbirds, delivering a 7-4 win on Tuesday and prevented the Dogs from dropping another series in June.
The split helped save El Paso from an embarrassing 1-5 series record this month and helps the Dogs head to Sacramento for a four-game series with some good mojo.
The Redbirds began the scoring in the fourth inning, with couple of sleepy RBIs that were partly the result of an error and a base on balls, Memphis 2-0.
The Dogs answered back immediately in their half of the fourth with a loud triple to right field by shortstop Luis Urias. Catcher Austin Hedges had a sacrifice fly to right field to score Urias, Memphis 2-1.
The Chihuahuas added another two runs with a pinch-hit two-run home run by Shane Peterson in the fifth. It was Peterson’s second pinch-hit home run this season.
The El Paso hit parade continued in the sixth inning with a couple of doubles, a single and a 330-plus foot two-run home run down the right field line, El Paso 7-2.
El Paso’s relief pitchers combined for two runs and four strikeouts in four innings. The Redbirds’ biggest threat came in the eighth when they loaded the bases but were limited to two runs, El Paso 7-4.
The winning pitcher was Brett Kennedy (4-0) and the losing pitcher was Kevin Herget (3-6). Robert Stock (2.01 ERA) earned the save.
El Paso 7 Memphis 4 – Tuesday
WP: Kennedy (4-0) | LP: Herget (3-6) | S: Stock (6) | Time: 2:36 | Attn: 6,735
Box Score | Team Records: Memphis (43-29), El Paso (35-37)
Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (3-2, 2.96) vs. Sacramento RHP Jeff Samardzija (MLB Rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post