The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 behind the strong starting pitching of Luis Perdomo and the even the stronger bats of the revamped lineup.
The victory was the eighth consecutive Chihuahuas’ win, which ties the team record set back in mid-April.
The Chihuahuas lineup has been replenished with some familiar bats in recent days. Outfielder Franmil Reyes (.335 BA), catcher Raffy Lopez (.282 BA), and infielder Carlos Asuaje (.341 BA) have added some beef to Chihuahuas since their return from the San Diego Padres.
The Grizzlies started the game well enough, chipping away at Perdomo, who for the first three innings appeared to be in trouble. Perdomo gave up a run each of those innings through a home run, a triple, two doubles and a single. Things weren’t going well for the Dogs offensively either through the bottom of the third inning.
The Dogs got only one hit and six strikeouts through the third – Grizzlies starter Cy Sneed (3.33 ERA) was dominating, Fresno 3-0.
The Dogs went through their entire lineup in the fourth inning against Sneed though, putting up five runs on seven hits and a walk. Shortstop Luis Urias (.268 BA) started it off with a single to left field and moved to second on a bunt single by Asuaje. Power-man Reyes singled to right field and loaded the bases. Lopez smacked a ball far enough into center field for Urias to score.
Left fielder Shane Peterson (.289 BA) – who has an eight-game hitting streak – doubled and scored Asuaje. The magic continued with Brett Nicholas (.303 BA) when he singled to center field and scored Reyes and Peterson, El Paso took the lead 4-3.
First baseman Diego Goris (.269 BA) kept the fourth inning going with a double that brought in Nicholas, El Paso 5-3.
Perdomo settled down after the fourth inning and retired 12 of the 13 Grizzlies he faced through the seventh inning.
The Grizzlies mounted a quick and unsuccessful rally in the ninth inning in which a wild throw to first base allowed a run to score, El Paso 5-4. Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas called for reliever Phil Maton and he was able to smash the Grizzlies hopes.
The winning pitcher was Perdomo (6-2) and the losing pitcher was Sneed (7-4) – Sneed did well, despite the fourth inning, as he struck out nine and walked one in his five innings of work. The save went to Maton.
El Paso 5 Fresno 4 – Wednesday
WP: Perdomo (6-2) | LP: Sneed (7-4) | S: Maton (1) | Time: 2:37 | Attn: 6,008
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (46-32), El Paso (42-37)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild (5-6, 4.98) vs. El Paso RHP Colin Rea (1-0, 1.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post