The El Paso Chihuahuas let the Reno Aces know early on that they meant to win on Saturday, pounding them with 8 runs in the first three innings on their way to a 12-1 victory.
The Dogs went through the entire lineup in the 1st inning, but got help from Aces starter Taylor Widener (12.27 ERA) who hit the lead-off batter, gave up a couple hits and home run before walking two batters, El Paso 3-0.
The Chihuahuas came back in the second to add four more runs starting with a long home run to the deepest part of center field (more than 400 feet) by center fielder Michael Gettys (.262 BA), El Paso 7-0.
El Paso second baseman Ty France (.431 BA) came up in the 3rd inning and looped a ball over into shallow left field to score another run, El Paso 8-0.
Chihuahuas’ starter Logan Allen might have struggled with a high ERA before Saturday, but thanks to the Reno Aces, Allen earned his first win this season, dropped his ERA to single digits, and went six solid innings.
Allen only struggled a bit in the 5th inning when he gave up an RBI to Aces outfielder Andrew Aplin, El Paso 8-1.
The Chihuahuas continued their assault into the 8th inning when they added another three runs behind a two-run home run by pinch hitter Jacob Scavuzzo (.194 BA) and an RBI double by Alex Dickerson (.349 BA).
The winning pitcher was Allen (1-1, 7.88 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Widener (0-2). Attendance was 8,212 at Southwest University Park.
Two Chihuahuas were one solid swing away from hitting for the cycle on Saturday: Infielder Ty France needed a double and infielder Matthew Batten needed a home run.
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Justin Donatella (1-0, 2.53) vs. El Paso RHP Cal Quantrill (2-1, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-11), El Paso (9-7)
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post