The El Paso Chihuahuas lost 11-3 to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday and most of the ballpark knew it was gonna be a rough going by the middle of the 1st inning.
That’s when the Dodgers smacked six runs on the scoreboard and just never let up.
The Dogs have been in a bit of a funk lately, losing five of their last eight games. That funk was loud and ugly all through Saturday’s game.
El Paso’s defense was definitely a factor, but the Dog’s pitching wasn’t at its best. Starter Kyle McGrath barely made it through one inning and gave up six runs on 35 pitches.
Four El Paso relievers and a position player followed and gave up the remaining five runs.
The Dogs weren’t complete puppies though. Left fielder Michael Gettys (.235 BA) hit an RBI-single in the 3rd inning. Infielder Jason Vosler (.268 BA) nailed a home run in the 5th inning. And, third baseman Ty France smacked one over the center field wall in the 6th inning.
The highlight of the game for Chihuahuas fans was France’s home run. It was the fifth consecutive game that he belted a home run. It’s a Chihuahuas franchise record he now shares with sluggers Franmil Reyes, who did it in 2018, and Austin Hedges, who did it in 2016.
France (.426 BA) has a chance to break the record Sunday at 6 p.m. against the Dodgers.
The winning pitcher was Brock Stewart (2-4, 6.23 ERA). The losing pitcher was McGrath (3-2, 6.11 ERA). There were 9,297 fans on Selena night at Southwest University Ballpark.
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City LHP Rob Zastryzny (2-2, 6.32) vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (MLB Rehab). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Oklahoma City 11 El Paso 3 – Saturday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (28-39), El Paso (42
WP: Stewart (2-4) | LP: McGrath (3-2) | S: None | Time: 3:04 | Attn: 9,297
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos: Johnny Yturales – El Paso Herald Post