It was back-to-back day at Southwest University Ballpark on Sunday: consecutive wins and home runs were rampant as the Chihuahuas beat the Reno Aces again, this time 10-2 to win the series.
El Paso scored first in the 1st inning after second baseman Ty France was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Dogs added a second run on a long sacrifice fly to center field by catcher Austin Allen, El Paso 2-0.
First baseman Connor Panas lead off the second with a rocket that bounced off the bottom of the center field scoreboard, El Paso 3-0.
And then the backs. Outfielder Josh Naylor hammered the first pitch of the 3rd inning 471 feet that landed somewhere over the Big Dog House in right field. Next, France (El Paso’s other power hitter), smacked a ball over the Peter Piper Pizza Porch – El Paso 5-0.
The Chihuahuas got another quality start from the pitching staff, this time Cal Quantrill went six good innings only allowing six hits and one run. Quantrill struck out five and walked one.
The Aces, who have only scored four runs so far in the series, scored a run in the 5th inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by second baseman Domingo Leyba, El Paso 5-1.
And then, El Paso answered, as Naylor lead off with – you guessed it – another home run. This one 444 feet toward right field and near Santa Fe Street. And, of course, France followed with his own fireworks and completed the back-to-back show. By the end of the 5th inning, El Paso lead 10-1.
The Aces came back in the 8th inning to score one more run on an RBI single by Wyatt Mathisen, but faded out 10-2.
The winning pitcher was Cal Quantrill (3-1) and the losing pitcher was Justin Donatella (1-1). Attendance was 5,695 at Southwest University Park.
Next Game: Monday, 11:05 am at Southwest University Park. Reno TBA vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (1-0, 6.28). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (5-12), El Paso (10-7)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post