The El Paso Chihuahuas won 5-3 Wednesday, taking their third straight game from the Fresno Grizzlies. It clinched El Paso’s first series win since July 13-16 in the four games immediately after the all-star break.
Dillon Overton allowed only three hits in six innings, picking up his fourth win of the season and third with El Paso.
Chihuahuas leadoff hitter Rafael Ortega went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. He fell a home run shy of the cycle one night after Tuesday’s Chihuahuas leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski did the same thing. The top four hitters in El Paso’s order each had at least one double Wednesday.
The Chihuahuas scored twice each in the first and second innings, continuing a trend of early runs. In the first three games of the series, El Paso and Fresno have combined for 16 runs in the first and second innings.
Fresno’s Tony Kemp started the bottom of the sixth with an inside-the-park home run, the third inside-the-park homer by Pacific Coast League hitters against El Paso this year.
It was the Grizzlies third inside-the-park home run all-time against El Paso.
Next Game: Thursday, 8:05 pm at Chukchansi Park. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (0-0, 9.00) vs. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (5-2, 4.85). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (57-60), Fresno (66-51)
El Paso 5 Fresno 3 – Wednesday
WP: Overton (4-5)
LP: Deetz (3-4)
S: Mazzoni (1)