Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez | El Paso Herald Post
The Las Vegas Aviators scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a late tie and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-5 Friday night at Las Vegas Ballpark.
The Chihuahuas scored two early runs against longtime major league pitcher Homer Bailey, who was making his first start with the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate.
One of those runs came on a solo home run from Matthew Batten, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. Batten now has at least one hit in 17 of his last 19 games.
Taylor Kohlwey went 2-for-5 for the Chihuahuas and now has four consecutive multi-hit games.
San Diego Padres player Austin Nola led off and went 1-for-5 in his seventh MLB injury rehab game with El Paso.
The Aviators have won the first two games of the series.
Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Mountain Time from Las Vegas Ballpark. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (1-2, 6.30) vs. Las Vegas RHP Miguel Romero (0-3, 7.26).
The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas 9 El Paso 5 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (25-35), Las Vegas (31-31)
WP: Naile (5-0) | LP: McWilliams (2-2) | S: None | Time: 3:02 | Attn: 6,235