Tuesday night’s Chihuahuas game against the Fresno Grizzlies could have started in the 4th inning when they were tied at 6 – and it could have ended soon after.
But the game had to go the required distance, and the Grizzlies piled up five more runs by the 6th inning to thrash the Dogs 11-9. .
The Chihuahuas had two chances late in the game to catch up to the Grizzlies with the bases loaded. Michael Gettys (.248 BA), who has 20 home runs this season, was fanned in the 8th inning.
Seth Mejias-Brean came up as a pinch hitter in the 9th as the Dogs’ last hope. The bases loaded on two outs and by that time, the score was 11-9 Fresno.
The pitch flew out of the closer’s hand and Mejias-Brean attacked it with a ferocious swing that sounded like it missed the barrel of the bat and floated to to shallow center field where a Grizzly claw was waiting.
With the loss, the Chihuahuas are trailing the five-game series with the Grizzlies 3-1, but have a chance to at least draw closer with a win in the last game Wednesday.
Tuesday’s loss had little effect on the standings: the Dogs are still in top of the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division with a 51-33 record.
The winning pitcher was Erick Fedde (12.60 ERA, 1-1). The losing pitcher was Kyle McGrath (8.23 ERA, 3-3). There were 6,845 at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP Joe Ross (2-0, 3.68) vs. El Paso LHP Paco Rodriguez (3-1, 3.73). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Fresno 11 El Paso 9 – Tuesday | Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (44-41), El Paso (51-33)
Larry Monarrez is a local journalist and longtime El Pasoan. Larry arrived in El Paso after proudly serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and earned a communication degree from the University of Texas El Paso.
At UTEP, Larry worked as a reporter and eventually became the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Prospector.
Larry also worked as a news assistant, general assignments reporter and copy editor at the El Paso Times before working in public relations at an area school district.
He also spent a few years at KDBC 4 News as the assignments editor, where his most memorable experience was keeping the news crews operational during times of crisis like the storms of 2006 that flooded the station’s building.