The El Paso Chihuahuas played a doubleheader against the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday, but the truth is, they could have stopped after the first scoreless game.
The Chihuahuas came home from victorious 3-1 road trip and went 14 scoreless inning in one day. That’s right, the team that leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs and runs, was shut out in a doubleheader against a team with a .500 winning percentage.
The Dogs seemed to have a little fire in the first game, they pulled off six hits but just couldn’t string enough together to score a run. Tacoma on the other hand, got timely hits when they needed to and brought in four runs — all on hits. The score was 4-0, Tacoma in the first game.
Tacoma’s starter, Jon Niese, threw 76 pitches in five innings, 48 for strikes in the first game.
Tacoma’s starter in the second game was Anthony Misiewicz and he did a little better against the Chihuahuas: 76 pitches in six innings, 48 for strikes.
The hit parade continued for Tacoma in the second game, only louder. Tacoma had 10 hits including two dingers while El Paso barely squeezed out three hits.
The Dogs were just outplayed Thursday. It seemed as though Tacoma was hitting everything and El Paso just couldn’t get it started all day.
The good news is tomorrow is another day and the Chihuahuas have a chance to remember that they are the PCL’s top dogs in hitting and avoid losing this four-game series.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday at Southwest University Park.
Tacoma 4 El Paso 0 – Thursday – Game 1 | Box Score
WP: Niese (3-1) | LP: Quantrill (4-2) | S: Bautista (1) | Time: 2:02 | Attn: 7,219
Tacoma 7 El Paso 0 – Thursday – Game 2 | Box Score
WP: Misiewicz (2-1) | LP: Allen (4-2) | S: None | Time: 2:03
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Erik Swanson (0-0, 4.09) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (4-1, 5.34). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post