Casey McElroy scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to end a thrilling 7-6 El Paso Chihuahuas’ win over the Las Vegas 51s Thursday. It was El Paso’s first walk-off win of the year and it came in the club’s first extra-inning game of the season.
The Chihuahuas trailed 6-0 in the sixth inning before scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth and twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. It was El Paso’s biggest comeback of the season and fell one run short of the largest comeback in team history.
Las Vegas had opportunities to break the tie late, as the 51s put multiple runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the Chihuahuas’ bullpen left the Las Vegas runners on both times.
With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning, McElroy lined a double to left center field. He advanced to third on a bunted infield single by Jose Pirela and raced home to score on a play at the plate when the first pitch to Hunter Renfroe bounced away from Las Vegas catcher Johnny Monell. The entire bottom of the tenth inning sequence took only five pitches.
Pitching coach Bronswell Patrick was ejected in the top of the ninth inning, El Paso’s second ejection of the season. Thursday’s walk-off win came two years to the date after the Chihuahuas’ first walk-off win, which came on a game-ending grand slam by Jake Lemmerman on May 5, 2014.
Team Records: Las Vegas (13-13), El Paso (12-14)
Next Game: Friday vs. Fresno at Southwest University Park, 7:05 p.m. Fresno LHP Tommy Shirley (3-1, 3.13) vs. El Paso RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.87). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 7 Las Vegas 6 – Thursday – 10 Innings
WP: Eitel (2-0)
LP: Bradford (2-1)