The Chihuahuas came in on Saturday determined to stop their losses at 2 in a row and remain the only team in the Pacific Coast League with single-digit losses (20-9) – and when you lead the league in home runs, hits, and RBI’s, you can do that.
The Dogs beat the Salt Lake Bees 7-5 behind two home runs by leadoff hitter Michael Gettys (.281 BA), the first of which came in his first at-bat of the game against the recently promoted Bees starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval.
Lady Luck smiled upon the Dogs in the 2nd when outfielder Boog Powell (.385 BA) sailed a ball over the pitcher on what appeared to be a bunt attempt and was able to make it to first base safely. Gettys followed with a long ball into the GECU Green Seats in left center field, El Paso 4-0.
The Bees were slow to respond and scored a couple of runs in the 3rd inning, but came back in the 5th inning and took over the lead behind top prospect Jared Walsh (.290 BA), who hit a line-drive three-run homer through the second deck of the Little Dog House building in center field, Salt Lake 5-4.
In their half of the 5th, Chihuahuas third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean came up with two outs and made it to third base on what seemed like a routine flyball to deep right center when the Bees right fielder Jarrett Parker fell down and allowed the ball to hit the wall.
The spill allowed Mejias-Brean to race to third base. Right on cue, Esteban Quiroz singled in Mejias-Brean and made it to second on a Jason Vosler walk.
Now with the game tied 5-5, catcher Chris Stewart (.184 BA) shot a soft liner to center field and scored another run and left runners on the corners, El Paso 6-5. Still with two outs in the 5th, Powell hit a ball to shallow center field that looked like it was going to be caught but was trapped instead and scored the last run of the game, El Paso 7-5.
El Paso relievers came in after the 5th inning and held the Bees at three hits. Closer Gerardo Reyes pitched the last two innings and sat the last six batters down consecutively with his fastball that was clocked in the high 90s and his 80 MPH breaking ball.
The winning pitcher was Tyler Higgins (3-0) and the losing pitcher was Parker Bridwell (0-2). Reyes got his first save of 2019 (4.15 ERA) earned the save. Attendance was 8,813 at Southwest University Park.
Gettys came within a few feet of his third home run of the game in the 5th inning but hit to the deepest part of the outfield and it was caught by Bees center fielder Brennon Lund right in front of the 406 sign.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-18), El Paso (20-9)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 11.81). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photographer: Johnny Yturrales – El Paso Herald-Post