The El Paso Chihuahuas and the Sacramento River Cats returned to their normal roles Thursday night: El Paso the vicious offensive team that leads professional baseball with 170 home runs and the ‘Cats a barely .500 team.
The result was a hit-laden and very slow-paced 17-6 victory for El Paso.
The ‘Cats started the scoring in the 1st with two home runs but checked out after that. They sprinkled in a few runs through the 7th inning but left the field a little outmatched and with a position player on the mound.
The Chihuahuas on the other hand, matched the ‘Cats two runs in the 1st inning and hardly stopped scoring. They scored in six of the eight innings they played and scored more than run in all but one of those.
The Dogs annihilated the ‘Cats pitching staff facing five pitchers and a position player – and the position player (catcher Ronnie Freeman) was the only one who did not give up one of El Paso’s 20 hits.
Just about every El Paso batter got at least one hit, but shortstop Seth Mejias-Brean (.335 BA) went 4-for-5.
The El Paso at-bats were becoming so time consuming that some fans began to yell for an end to the game loud enough to be heard throughout the park.
The Dogs are still leading the PCL-Pacific Southern Division with their 50 wins and there closest rival, the Las Vegas Aviators, trail by five games.
The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73 ERA). The losing pitcher was Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29 ERA). There were 8,075 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (2-2, 6.32) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (MLB rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 17 Sacramento 6 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-39), El Paso (49-30)
WP: Rodriguez (3-1) | LP: Suarez (3-6) | S: None | Time: 3:25 | Attn: 8,075