The El Paso Chihuahuas shut out the Salt Lake Bees 3-0 in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader at Smith’s Ballpark. It was El Paso’s third shutout of the season.
El Paso’s first run came in the second inning on a single by Dusty Coleman and a Salt Lake error. Two innings later, Diego Goris struck an RBI single to put El Paso ahead by two. Chihuahuas’ first baseman Jamie Romak hit his league-leading 11th home run of the season in the third, a solo shot to put El Paso ahead 3-0.
Matt Magill pitched five shutout innings in the win. Game 1 began in bizarre fashion when Salt Lake reliever Justin Miller was ejected by first base umpire Derek Eaton shortly before the first pitch.
In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Chihuahuas defeated the Bees 12-3, it was the largest margin of victory for El Paso this season.
The Chihuahuas brought in six runs during their 12-batter seventh inning, which tied a season high for team runs in an inning.
Romak went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, falling a home run shy of a cycle. Nick Buss reached base four times against his former team, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. All nine Chihuahuas reached base at least once in the seven-inning game.
Sunday was the Chihuahuas’ first doubleheader sweep since September 5, 2015 at Reno. El Paso has won four of five games and has a .500 record for the first time since April 19.
Team Records: El Paso (12-12), Salt Lake (14-10)
Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-0, 0.45) vs. Salt Lake RHP Alex Blackford (1-0, 5.27). The games will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 3 Salt Lake 0 – Sunday – Game 1
WP: Magill (2-1)
LP: Blackford (1-1)
S: Bawcom (1)
El Paso 12 Salt Lake 3 – Sunday – Game 2
WP: Jenkins (2-2)
LP: Campos (0-1)