It was a rather unusual game the Chihuahuas played against the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday, ending with a walk-off win for the Dogs 7-6.
El Paso starting pitcher Walker Lockett (5.12 ERA) battled through five innings and gave up four runs, but the baseball gods smiled at the Dogs in their half of the fifth inning. Dogs’ catcher Brett Nicholas walked and made it to second on a single by center fielder Auston Bousfield.
A well-placed bunt to third allowed shortstop the speedy Javy Guerra to load the bases. DH Nick Schulz was walked and put El Paso
on the board (4-1, Nashville).
With the baseball gods still smiling on El Paso, Nashville put in reliever J.B. Wendelken (2.50 ERA) to face right fielder Forrestt Allday (.244 BA). Allday smacked it to deep left field where the ball was caught as the runners tagged up.
Bousfield scored on the sacrifice fly but then an errant throw by Sounds left fielder Anthony Garcia missed its target at second base and quietly rolled between first base and home, and right into the visiting dugout. Guerra scored on the error and Schulz made it to third base (4-3, Nashville).
El Paso second baseman Luis Urias walked. Then third baseman, and El Paso favorite, Carlos Asuaje hit into a fielder’s choice which got Urias out at second but allowed Schulz to score and tie the game at 4. The inning ended when first baseman Allen Craig hit a routine fly ball to center field.
Still, the Chihuahuas were back in the game.
El Paso broke the tie in the seventh inning on an unusual at bat by Asuaje. Urias was standing at second with two outs when Asuaje hit a deep line drive down the left field line that smacked the wall very near the painted line. Urias scored and Asuaje raced home on what looked like an inside-the-park home run but was called out.
Sounds coaches immediately went to discuss the call with the umpires and after a quick meeting, the call was reversed and the ball was said to be foul.
So reset: Urias back to second base and a winded Asuaje back to the plate. Asuaje singled to right field and Urias beat the throw home. Asuaje saw the throw go home and tried to take an extra base but Sounds catcher Bruce Maxwell nailed him at second base.
The Dogs added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Nicholas smacked a home run to right field, (6-4, El Paso).
Of course, wins at home have not been easy for the Chihuahuas thus far in the season, so Nashville comes back to tie the game in the ninth on a couple of well-placed hits and a sacrifice fly.
This time, however, the Dogs did not lay down and roll over. The Sounds walked two batters and gave Urias a chance to end the game. Urias singled to right field and pinch runner Dusty Coleman was sent home and called out at the plate. Asuaje was intentionally walked so that Sounds reliever Bobby Wahl (2.60 ERA) could face Craig with bases load and two outs.
The veteran Craig (.275 BA) stepped up and took a hard swing at the first pitch Wahl threw and there it went: slow blooper over first base
that landed fair in shallow right field.
The winning oitcher was Tyler Webb and the losing pitcher was Wahl.
El Paso 7 Nashville 6 – Wednesday
WP: McGrath (2-2) | LP: Wahl (3-2) | S: None | Time: 3:17 | Attn: 6,354
Box Score | Team Records: Nashville (30-33), El Paso (33-33)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Nashville RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 1.50) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 3.16). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez |Photo Gallery by Deborah Hill, El Paso Herald-Post