The El Paso Chihuahuas played the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday, but it seemed more like they were practicing for the upcoming Home Run Derby.
The Dogs, playing as the El Paso Margaritas, pounded in five home runs in their 19-9 victory.
The game seemed pretty evenly matched up until the 5th inning: it was tied and both teams still had their starters in the game – although Dodgers starter Dennis Santana was looking a little wobbly.
Oklahoma City came up in the 5th and tacked four runs on the board and seemed to have it in the bag. A four-run lead going into the middle of the inning would be enough to squeeze another victory out of the league’s most prolific offensive team.
Oklahoma was never heard from again after the 5th inning. The Dogs came in to hit their way to eight runs in that inning alone. Hit after hit, every single position player – not pitchers, they can’t usually hit anyway – managed to get a timely hit.
Most notable in the 5th was Michael Gettys (.244 BA) and his three-run bomb.
El Paso lead 13-9 by inning’s end and never looked back.
The Dogs home runs came from: infielder Jason Vosler (.272 BA) in the 3rd inning, outfielder Boog Powell (.304 BA) in the 4th inning, Gettys in the 5th, Esteban Quiroz (.271 BA) in the 6th inning, and Aderlin Rodriguez (.231 BA) in the 6th.
By the time the Dodgers’ last three hitters – who coincidentally all ended in 4-3 groundouts – got in the box in the 9th, the score was 19-9 and the Dodgers seemed to just want to forget about this game.
The winning pitcher was Jerry Keel (6-2, 6.69 ERA). The losing pitcher was Zac Rosscup (0-1, 12.00 ERA). There were 6,387 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
El Paso 19 Oklahoma City 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (29-41), El Paso (44-27)
WP: Keel (6-2) | LP: Rosscup (0-1) | S: None | Time: 3:12 | Attn: 6,387
Story by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post
Photo Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post