El Paso Chihuahuas starting pitcher Jerry Keel did it all Friday night against the Reno Aces: seven solid innings and three impressive at-bats that yielded an RBI in the Dogs’ 4-1 win.
Keel (2-0) stumbled once in the 4th inning when he gave up a long double to Reno right fielder Travis Snider that scored a runner from third base, Reno 1-0.
Somewhat shaken, Keel regained his composure after a meeting with the infield and was able to get out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.
The Chihuahuas’ bats must have been inspired by Keel’s 4th inning comeback because left fielder Josh Naylor (.242 BA) started the inning with a solo blast that hit about 15-feet up on the light pole above the Big Dog House in right field.
Dogs slugger Ty France was hit by the first pitch following the home run and eventually made it home on a bloop single by third baseman Matthew Batten (.286 BA), El Paso 2-1.
Keel, still fresh off sitting the Aces down in their half of the 4th, stepped into the box and made Reno’s starter Kevin McCanna throw pitch after pitch before making contact and sailing a ball over the infield to shallow center, El Paso 3-1.
The Chihuahuas finished the 4th, and the scoring, with a sacrifice fly to left field by center fielder Michael Gettys, El Paso 4-1.
The winning pitcher was Keel and the losing pitcher was McCanna (0-1). Attendence was 6.903 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-10), El Paso (8-7)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Widener (0-1, 9.00) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (1-0, 4.91). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post