The El Paso Chihuahuas kept their winning streak going on Saturday by beating the Round Rock Express 5-3.
The victory marked their fourth consecutive win at home in 2018 and keeps the Dogs two and a half games ahead of the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL Pacific Southern Division. The Bees also won their game against the Omaha Storm Chasers.
El Paso’s lineup scored first in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Diego Goris and a sacrifice fly to right field by Auston Bousfield, El Paso 2-0.
The Chihuahuas struck again in the fifth inning on an Allen Craig RBI and a Shane Peterson RBI, El Paso 4-0.
The good times continued for the Dogs in the fifth inning when Francisco Mejia hit a sharp single to right field with two runners on. The ball was thrown in from right field and cut off between second and third bases, leaving the speedy infielder Luis Urias in a game of pickle that would have made any kid smile.
Urias had made them throw the ball around long enough for Forrestt Allday to score, El Paso 5-0.
El Paso starter Jacob Nix made his AAA debut and first win on a strong showing. He pitched six scoreless innings and struck out three. The Dog relievers struggled a bit and gave up three runs in the seventh inning but came back strong and closed it out, El Paso 5-3.
The winning pitcher was Nix (1-0) and the losing pitcher was Michael Roth (6-7). The save went to Rowan Wick.
El Paso 5 Round Rock 3 – Saturday
WP: Nix (1-0) | LP: Roth (6-7) | S: Wick (3) | Time: 2:49 | Attn: 8,933
Box Score | Team Records: Round Rock (52-60), El Paso (62-49)
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Round Rock RHP Adrian Sampson (5-4, 4.56) vs. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 7.20). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – Special to the El Paso Herald-Post