The El Paso Chihuahuas just couldn’t string any hits together after the 5th inning and rolled over quietly to give the Salt Lake Bees a 7-5 win in the series opener Friday.
The Dogs started out hot, with a two-run line drive home run down the right-field line by catcher Austin Allen, (.305 BA). That, followed by a Jason Vosler RBI single in the 2nd inning gave the Chihuahuas a nice little cushion, El Paso 3-0.
El Paso-native, and Chihuahuas starter, Fernanado Rodriguez kept the Bees contained until the 3rd inning when he gave up a three-run bomb to designated hitter Jared Walsh to center field: tie game, 3-3.
The Chihuahuas came right back in the 4th inning and bvroke the tie with a two-run bomb by second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.277 BA) to center field, El Paso 5-3.
El Paso reliever Paco Rodriguez (12.60 ERA), who relieved Fernando Rodriguez, was tagged with four runs and the loss after giving up four hits and earn runs in the 5th inning, Salt Lake 7-5.
The Dogs went down in order the last couple of innings.
The winning pitcher was Matt Custred (1-1) and the losing pitcher was P. Rodriguez (0-1). Jake Jewell (5.40 ERA) earned the save. Attendance was 7,403 at Southwest University Park.
The Dogs are coming home hot after a 12-game winning streak. They are also still in first place in the Pacific Coast League and are the only team to have single-digit losses (19-9).
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-17) El Paso (19-9)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake TBA vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.41). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
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