It was a total Dog show Wednesday as the El Paso Chihuahuas’ pitched a 3-hitter against the Albuquerque Isotopes and beat them 7-2.
The win bumped El Paso’s winning streak up to 8 games and 15 consecutive home games (a franchise record in home games).
The victory also padded El Paso’s lead in the PCL Pacific Southern Division by 9 1/2 games over the second-place Salt Lake Bees, who lost 7-4 to the Las Vegas 51s.
The ‘Topes started out strong against El Paso starter Logan Allen (1.06 ERA), who gave up a two-out RBI single to first baseman Jordan Patterson (.275 BA). Right fielder Noel Cuevas (.328 BA) came up next and singled in Josh Fuentes, Albuquerque 2-0.
Allen settled down after that and pitched a total of six innings, allowing Albuquerque’s only three hits of the game in the first two innings. The bullpen was called in the seventh inning and continued to put up zeros.
The Dogs’ lineup was as impressive as the pitching and defense. Top catching prospect Francisco Mejia (.318 BA) – facing ‘Topes starter Sam Howard – slammed a line-drive two-run home run right into the Green Seats in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1.
El Paso added another two runs in the second against Howard on a Javy Guerra (.237 BA) two-run blast that hit the green wall in straightaway center field, El Paso 4-2.
Not finished with Howard (5.46 ERA), Dogs first baseman Ty France (.275 BA) sent a towering fly ball over the left field wall. Guerra, who went 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, followed and doubled in Shane Peterson, El Paso 6-2.
Guerra struck again in the fifth inning when he again brought in the speedy Peterson, this time on a single to right field, El Paso 7-2.
The Isotopes went down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to righty Kyle Lloyd, who earned his first save with the win. The winning pitcher was Allen (3-0) and the losing pitcher was Howard (3-7).
El Paso 7 Albuquerque 2 – Wednesday: WP: Allen (3-0) | LP: Howard (3-7) | S: None | Time: 2:39 | Attn: 9,158
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (59-69), El Paso (75-52)
Next Game: Thursday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (2-4, 5.58) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.18). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) August 23, 2018