The Chihuahuas let the Sacramento River Cats know early that is was going to be all about El Paso on Friday night. The Dogs went through the whole lineup and exploded with four runs on their way to 9-5 victory.
The real news is that the mighty Chihuahuas bats earned this win without any home runs – just timely hits.
In fact, the only home run was hit by ‘Cats infielder Zach Green that split the two brick buildings in right field and bounced out to the street. No word yet on any damage to any El Paso streetcars.
The Chihuahuas offense was good, as most other nights, but starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet and reliever Andres Munoz (3.45 ERA) were pretty dominant and limited the ‘Cats to five hits and three runs in seven innings.
The reason? At least 100 reasons called “miles per hour.”
The pitchers were blazing fast balls past the Sacramento hitters near or past 100 mph every time they let the heat loose. Add that to a breaking ball in the mid-80s and you have quite a combined pitching performance.
The ‘Cats tried to claw their way back in the 9th inning and added a couple runs on another pitcher, but were put to sleep quick on a 6-4-3 double play.
The Dogs still sit atop the PCL Pacific Southern Division, now with 50-30 record. This victory won the four-game series against the ‘Cats 3-1.
The winning pitcher was Lamet (1-0, 4.80 ERA). The losing pitcher was Enderson Franco (2-3, 6.65 ERA). There were 7,067 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Kyle McGowin (5-2, 4.34) vs. El Paso RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 9 Sacramento 5 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: Sacramento (40-40), El Paso (50-30)
WP: Lamet (1-0) | LP: Franco (2-3) | S: None | Time: 3:11 | Attn: 7,067