The Reno Aces calmed the Chihuahuas’ bats on Monday, but still didn’t have enough oomph to pull off a win as El Paso finished the series sweep with a 4-3 win.
The Dogs started scoring early as they had in the previous games but were at least kept to single digits by Aces starter Anthony Vasquez (4.11 ERA), who went five innings and gave up two runs.
The Chihuahuas started scoring in the 1st inning with an RBI double down the left-field line by infielder Luis Urias (.364 BA), El Paso 1-0.
The Dogs’ second run came in the 3rd inning via a long Josh Naylor (.282 BA) double to the right field wall. The speedy Urias started running on contact and was waved home even though the ball was already at the cut-off man, second baseman Juniel Querecuto, behind first base.
Querecuto’s throw might have been in time to get Urias, who hadn’t even begun his slide home, but rolled right past the catcher and allowed Urias to score – El Paso 2-0.
Reno’s only run came from a Kevin Cron (.349 BA) blast over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch in left field in the 6th inning, El Paso 2-1.
Chihuahuas catcher Austin Allen (.302 BA) answered in their half of the 6th inning with a 424-foot solo shot over right field, El Paso 3-1. El Paso showed little more muscle in the 7th inning when pinch hitter Peter Van Gansen (.400 BA) dropped a ball into the Big Dog House balcony, El Paso 4-1.
The Aces were poised to come back in the 9th inning after a powerful Yasmany Tomas (.302 BA) two-run home run that banged off the top of the center field wall well above the “406” mark, El Paso 4-3.
A two-out walk and later stolen base by outfielder Tim Locastro made Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez call for another pitcher: El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.70 ERA). The last ball was hit high and deep to right field as both Rodriguezes and the rest of the stadium held their breath: out.
The winning pitcher was Dietrich Enns (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Vasquez (0-1). Rodriguez earned his first save of 2019. Attendance was 7,816 at Southwest University Park.
Chihuahuas slugger Ty France (.423 BA) was hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning and now leads the league in HBP at 9.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Photographer: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post