The El Paso Chihuahuas showed some spunk against the Reno Aces on Tuesday pitching a shutout until the 9th inning with a final score of 7-1.
The Dogs scored in the 1st inning after Reno starting pitcher Braden Shipley walked El Paso shortstop Luis Urias and outfielder Franmil Reyes. The Chihuahuas hottest hitter, Diego Goris (.384), whipped a single to right and scored Urias.
In the 3rd, Urias got on board with a single to center. Catcher Brett Nicholas moved him over with what looked like a gentle half swing that rolled between the Aces’ defenders into right field, leaving runners on first and second bases. Then, as if the Dogs had decided to slow things down a bit, Reyes sent a slow roller over second base, sending the speedy Urias home.
The highlight of the Chihuahuas assault came in the 6th when Nicholas doubled into the gap and started looking for a ride home. Reyes singled to left — but not far enough to move Nicholas. Outfielder Allen Craig moved the runners with a walk and loaded the bases.
With runners in scoring position — a situation the Dogs have unfortunately rolled over on in recent games – the next batter strikes out, but hope comes in the form of outfielder Nick Schulz who walked and brings in Nicholas.
The crowd of 6,242 gave a good cheer with a hint of apprehension, as if they expected a few more to score and now it’s the pitcher’s turn to bat.
Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas seized the opportunity and decided to pinch hit Shane Peterson with two outs. And he got all of it.
Peterson became the third Chihuahua to hit a pinch-hit long ball this season, but this one in grand style: bases loaded and over 400 feet to land underneath the centerfield scoreboard. The score was 7-0, El Paso.
The only threat from the Aces came in the 9th, when El Paso pitcher Colten Brewer allowed a couple hits and had a wild pitch that combined, allowed a single run.
Overall, the El Paso pitching was strong and allowed that run, struck out six, and only two walks. The winning pitcher was Kyle Lloyd (3-1) with Braden Shipley (2-3) taking the loss.
Catcher Raffy Lopez was promoted to the Padres to fill in for injured catcher Austin Hedges. Lopez caught Tuesday in the Padres victory over the Giants (3-2)
The Chihuahuas are still in 1st place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division. The Salt Lake Bees are in 2nd place, trailing by a single game.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (8-18), El Paso (17-9)
Next Game: Wednesday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Taylor Clarke (1-4, 7.43) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (1-1, 4.50). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 7 Reno 1 – Tuesday
WP: Lloyd (3-1)
LP: Shipley (2-3)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post