The El Paso Chihuahuas just couldn’t string enough hits together in their 4-0 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday. The Dogs’ lineup was held to two hits until the 8th inning in the team’s first shutout of 2018.
It was a relatively calm offensive game for both teams: El Paso had four total hits and Fresno had six. The difference was three long balls that Fresno tagged on El Paso starter Dillon Overton (3.86 ERA).
Fresno shortstop singled in the 3rd inning and scored on a homerun by centerfielder Jake Marisnick. The Grizzlies led off the 4th inning with back-to-back homeruns by catcher Tim Federowicz (.390 BA) and first baseman A.J. Reed (.265 BA).
The Dogs’ bullpen stepped up and kept Fresno off the scoreboard after the 5th inning allowing no hits or runs. The highlight was reliever Robert Stock (2.25 ERA) who entered the game in the 8th and retired the last six Fresno hitters with his fastball that was clocked as high as 97 MPH.
Fresno starter Trent Thornton (3.49 ERA) held Chihuahuas hitters to two hits in 3 2/3 innings before being replaced by reliever Andrew Thome. Thome (4-1) earned the win by being the pitcher of record in the 5th inning. The losing pitcher was Overton (0-1).
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (26-17), El Paso (21-22)
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Cy Sneed (3-2, 4.58) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (2-3, 5.12). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 4 El Paso 0 – Saturday
WP: Thome (4-1) LP: Overton (0-1) S: None Time: 2:47 Attn: 9,246
Story by By Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post