It doesn’t seem to matter who the Chihuahuas face these days because the result is the same: an El Paso victory.
The Albuquerque Isotopes (17-16) were the latest victims on Tuesday when they lost 6-3 to the Chihuahuas (22-9). As has been the norm of late, the Dogs piled on early in the game and taxed the opposing team for multiple runs.
The Dogs have been on a hot streak: winning six consecutive series and 21 of their last 24 games.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .318 and in home runs by 21 more than their nearest opponent in the Southern Division (Albuquerque), are also tops in professional baseball with 78 home runs.
With the very first pitch of the game, center fielder Michael Gettys’ (.275 BA, 10 HR) mouth must have watered as that ball left the Isotopes starter’s hand because he nailed it over the fence to set the tone.
The Dogs knocked in a couple more RBIs before first baseman Jason Vosler (.269 BA) connected one to center field that scored two more, El Paso 5-0.
El Paso starter Dietrich Enns (4.54 ERA) had a quality start going seven innings and allowing two runs, two walks and striking out seven hitters. The ‘Topes first run came in the 4th when Gettys lost the ball in the windy center field sky and couldn’t make the out, El Paso 5-1.
Dogs outfielder Boog Powell (.409 BA) launched a homer in the 6th inning to cushion the lead a little more, El Paso 6-1.
The ‘Topes made a earnest attempt to come back in the later innings but fell short in the 9th, leaving a man in scoring position after scoring a run, El Paso 6-3.
The winning pitcher was Enns (4-1) and the losing pitcher was Chichi Gonzalez (2-2). Attendance was 6,129 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (17-16), El Paso (23-9)
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (1-2, 6.59) vs. El Paso RHP Fernando Rodriguez (1-0, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
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