The El Paso Chihuahuas declawed the Fresno Grizzlies on Monday 7-5 and also earned their sixth straight win — their longest winning streak since mid-April when they won eight straight.
The Dogs’ hitting delivered four runs in the second inning that started with a Shane Peterson, who went 3-4, two-run homerun. Shortstop Javy Guerra singled and right fieder Forrestt Allday walked. Guerra scored on a single by second baseman Luis Urias and Allday scored on a sacrifice fly to right center field by third baseman Carlos Asuaje. El Paso was off to a good start, 4-0.
El Paso starter Brett Kennedy struggled a little after he made the first three one-two-three innings. Kennedy (3.06 ERA) pitched a total of six innings and gave up five hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Grizzlies tied the game 4-4 in the fifth inning on a surprising homerun by second baseman Nick Tanielu (.193 BA) but El Paso responded quickly in their half of the fifth inning again via the Peterson hitting machine.
Peterson doubled to center field and drove in Brett Nicholas and Allen Craig, Chihuahuas 6-4.
The Grizzlies threatened again in the sixth inning with a Kyle Tucker (.318 BA) but were silenced by the El Paso bullpen for the last three innings. The Dogs added an insurance run in the sixth when Craig singled a liner to right field with the bases loaded, El Paso 7-5.
The winning pitcher is Kennedy (5-0) and the losing pitcher is Josh James (2-3). The save went to Brad Wieck, his first in the PCL.
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