The El Paso Chihuahuas took the field Thursday against the Fresno Grizzlies with the confidence of a team who had won eight in a row; and left the field as the team who had just received a 12-4 spanking.
The loss ended the Chihuahuas’ winning streak at eight games, tying the team record for the fourth time in team history.
El Paso pitching was abused from the start, as El Paso starter Colin Rea (3.27 ERA) gave up a home run to Kyle Tucker (.318 BA) – the second hitter he faced. Rea allowed a double after that to Garrett Stubbs (.348 BA) and a home run to Taylor Jones (.600 BA), Fresno 3-0.
Fresno continued their assault against Rea in the third inning with a two-run home run by Derek Fisher, Fresno 5-0.
It was the Grizzlies pitching that just kept the Dogs off balance, as Fresno was able to shut down the Chihuahuas batters in 1-2-3 innings four times, limiting the Dogs to four runs. The first two runs came in the fourth inning after a Luis Urias (.264 BA) walk and a Carlos Asuaje (.341 BA) triple, Fresno 5-1.
Right fielder Franmil Reyes (.340 BA) got Asuaje home on a hard-hit ball to third base but was called out, Fresno 5-2.
The Grizzlies kept clawing away at the Dogs through the top of eighth inning, adding seven more runs via seven singles, a double and a home run – Fresno 12-2.
The Dogs offered fans a glimmer of hope in the bottom of the eighth, scoring two more runs by stringing some singles together but that was it. It was a different team who went up to hit in the ninth against the Fresno: the last three Chihuahuas went down in order.
The winning pitcher was Mike Hauschild (6-6) and the losing pitcher was Colin Rea (1-1).
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (47-32), El Paso (42-38)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 4.29) vs. El Paso RHP Walker Lockett (3-6, 4.88). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post | Pics by ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
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