Chris Smith pitched seven innings and allowed only one run Friday, as the El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-1. The Chihuahuas gained a game in the Southern Division standings, as first place Las Vegas lost in Round Rock.
El Paso is in second place, now 2.5 games out of first with 11 to play.
The Chihuahuas scored twice in the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Alex Dickerson and an RBI double by Jake Goebbert. Two missed fly balls by the Dodgers, perhaps due to the swirling wind, helped the Chihuahuas pick up two more runs in the third to go ahead 4-0.
The Chihuahuas added three runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Hector Gomez and a two-run throwing error by Oklahoma City shortstop Corey Seager. Gomez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and was a home run shy of the cycle.
Four different Chihuahuas had multi-hit games on Friday. Nick Vincent and Jon Edwards both tossed scoreless innings out of El Paso’s bullpen.
Team Records: Oklahoma City (80-53), El Paso (71-62)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Mike Bolsinger (2-3, 2.72) vs. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (8-7, 3.80). Game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Oklahoma City 1 – Friday
WP: Smith (5-6)
LP: Lee (10-6)
Author: EP Chihuahuas