The El Paso Chihuahuas were just plain hungry against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Thursday night, eating up four of their pitchers en route to an 11-4 win.
The Dogs also kept the Salt Lake Bees two and a half games behind them in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, since both teams won.
El Paso showed some firepower in this game, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits and going 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
They started the hit parade with a first-inning double by leadoff man Auston Bousfield. Bousfield went 3-for-5 with all three of those hits being doubles. A fielder’s choice ground out landed catcher Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) on first base and Bousfield on third. Then right fielder Franmil Reyes (.324 BA) slammed a three-run homerun against Cakes starter Dillon Peters (6.40 ERA), El Paso 3-0.
The Dogs came back with a seven-run barrage in the third inning and chased the beleaguered Peters out of the game. The Dogs’ third included a three-run homerun by outfielder Shane Peterson, an RBI triple by infielder Luis Urias and three singles.
El Paso led the Cakes 10-0 after that shelling.
Chihuahuas starter Jerry Keel (3.34 ERA) kept the cakes cool until the fifth inning when outfielder Austin Dean (.306 BA) got a hold of a ball and sent it out past the left field fence in a hurry, El Paso 10-2.
New Orleans added another couple of runs in the eighth inning against Kyle McGrath. The Cakes strung together three hits and two runs but McGrath was able to get out of the inning without further damage, El Paso 10-4.
Just when the Cakes thought the Chihuahuas were done, the Dogs’ Diego Goris doubled and was brought home by – you guessed it – Bousefield’s last double of the day, El Paso 11-4.
The winning pitcher was Keel (4-1) and the losing pitcher was Peters (2-7).
Highly-touted catching prospect Francisco Mejia (.304 BA) made his home debut Tuesday. Mejia hit the ball hard all night but made a huge impression with his arm. He scooped up a ball on a sacrifice bunt and nailed a perfect throw to second base for a speedy runner who had a huge lead.
El Paso 11 New Orleans 4 – Thursday
WP: Keel (4-1) | LP: Peters (2-7) | S: None | Time: 2:51 | Attn: 7,043
Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (50-59), El Paso (60-49)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Zac Gallen (7-5, 3.59) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (4-2, 2.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post
Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post