The El Paso Chihuahuas put together a 7-1 Father’s Day win Sunday in Sacramento, snapping a three-game losing streak. Michael Kelly pitched six shutout innings in his Triple-A debut, allowing only two hits, while not walking any River Cats.
The Chihuahuas scored six of their seven runs in a 12-batter second inning. The rally included back-to-back-to-back solo home runs by Austin Hedges, Jabari Blash and Casey McElroy.
It was the second time this year El Paso hit three consecutive homers, with the other coming on April 24 in Salt Lake when Carlos Asuaje, Alex Dickerson and Hunter Renfroe hit three pitches in a row over the fence.
The six-run second inning also featured a bases loaded walk by Renfroe and two wild pitches by Sacramento with a runner at third. The River Cats had to use three pitchers in the frame.
The only River Cats’ run came on a solo home run in the ninth inning by Ryan Lollis, the first homer allowed by reliever Derek Eitel in 32 innings this season. With a win Monday, El Paso will win or split seven consecutive series.
Team Records: El Paso (40-29), Sacramento (28-43)
Next Game: Monday at 1:05 p.m. vs. Sacramento at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (6-4, 6.45) vs. Sacramento RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-4, 3.55). Game coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 7 Sacramento 1 – Sunday
WP: Kelly (1-0)
LP: Gregorio (1-4)