The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by five runs early Tuesday before coming back to beat Oklahoma City 7-5 in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series.
The Chihuahuas lead the best-of-five series one game to none.
Oklahoma City had a 5-0 lead in the second inning after five hits against El Paso starter Walker Lockett, including a two-run double by former San Diego Padre Will Venable. The Chihuahuas got within one via a four-run third, with an RBI single from Lockett, his first professional hit, and a three-run double by Carlos Asuaje.
Then there were four straight scoreless innings on both sides before El Paso sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run eighth, with all three runs coming on plays at the plate.
Diego Goris had an RBI single to tie the game, Nick Noonan a go-ahead sacrifice fly and then Goris scored an insurance run on a wild pitch. Phil Maton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure his second postseason save.
Goris now has six RBIs in five postseason games. El Paso’s bullpen held Oklahoma City without a run or a hit Tuesday and has allowed only two runs in five playoff games.
Team Records: Oklahoma City (0-1), El Paso (1-0)
Next Game: Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Chase De Jong (0-0, 6.35) vs. El Paso LHP Frank Garces (0-0, 8.44). Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 7 Oklahoma City 5 – Tuesday
WP: Eitel (1-0)
LP: Fien (0-1)
S: Maton (2)
Photos by Andres Acosta