The El Paso Margaritas battled out a walk-off 6-5 win against the Salt Lake Bees on Sunday but have to at least tip their caps to the opposing team who allowed the winning run on a wild pitch.
The Margaritas were as mellow as the drink they’re named after until they piled up five runs in the 8th inning to lead the game 5-3. The runs came on a couple of RBI singles and were capped off by a three-run bomb to right field by catcher Austin Allen.
It was almost game over when Margaritas reliever Luis Perdomo (1.17 ERA) took the mound in the 9th with a two-run lead. There were two outs and runners on the corners when Perdomo threw a fastball to Bees slugger Jared Walsh (.295 BA) smacked a double off the center field wall and narrowed the lead.
Perdomo seemed rattled by the runners in scoring position and tried to take a moment but the umpires called a balk and allowed the runners to advance to tie the game at 5.
Still stuck on two outs, Perdomo regained his composure and struck out Jarrett Parker (.315 BA) for the last elusive out.
El Paso, who leads the Pacific Coast League in batting with a team average of .312, looked as they were heading into extra innings when center fielder Michael Gettys (2.78 BA) got an infield single with two outs – but now there was hope.
Shortstop Luis Urias (.338 BA) plopped a looper into right field for a single and moved Gettys over to third base.
Then, up walks the man you want in this situation: right fielder Josh Naylor (.296 BA, 7 HR). Naylor has the power to change things with his swing. But, instead, Bees reliever Matt Ramsey (2.92 ERA) threw the ball passed the catcher and Gettys hustled home the game-winning run.
The winning pitcher was Perdomo (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Ramsey (0-2). Perdomo, coincidentally, got the blown save for allowing the Bees to tie the game in the top of the 9th inning.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (10-19), El Paso (21-9)
Next Game: Monday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Salt Lake RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 5.40) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (2-1, 6.46). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post