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Francisco Mejia blasted his third homer in a Chihuahuas uniform in the first inning | Clip courtesy EP Chihuahuas

Hot Dogs: 12 In A Row! Chihuahuas Top Las Vegas 4-3

The El Paso Chihuahuas took the field an hour late due to a rain delay, but not even the downpour could cool off the fiery Dogs in their 4-3 win over the Las Vegas 51s on Saturday.

The victory was also the Chihuahuas 12th consecutive home win, a franchise record.

El Paso’s win and the Salt Lake Bees’ loss on Saturday gave the Dogs a comfortable seven-game lead in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, with 15 games left in the regular season. The Bees lost to the Reno Aces in a late-innings come-from-behind 9-5 win.

The 51s started early against El Paso starter Cal Quantrill (3.18 ERA) who had thrown 51 pitches by the end of the second inning. Quantrill gave up a two-run bomb to 51s outfielder Bryce Brentz in the first inning to start the scoring, Las Vegas 2-0.

The tenacious Chihuahuas responded quickly in their half of the first though, against 51s lefty P.J. Conlon. Top prospect Luis Urias (.290 BA) earned a walk before catcher Francisco Mejia (.316 BA) – another top prospect – came up to the plate and slammed a towering fly ball along the left field line that danced side-to-side and eventually landed on the right side of the foul pole on the Peter Piper Pizza Porch. El Paso tied it up, 2-2.

The Chihuahuas continued beating up on the 51s pitching in the third inning. Urias hit a full-swing slow roller to third base and sped his way to first base without a throw. That hit gave Urias an 8-game hitting streak.

Third baseman Ty France (.289 BA) brought the speedy Urias home on a hard-hit double to center field, El Paso 3-2.

Unfortunately for the Chihuahuas, they lost a run in the third on what appeared to be a bad call by the home plate umpire. Center fielder Dusty Coleman came up with two runners on base and two outs. Coleman nailed a grounder to left field as Allen Craig raced home from second base. Las Vegas left fielder Zach Borenstein launched the ball to home plate and got it there just after Craig slid on the plate.

The replay appeared to show that the tag was late and the home crowd of 9,585 began to boo.

Quantrill was the winning pitcher of record in the fifth inning when Las Vegas catcher Jose Lobaton (.363 BA) made contact with a fastball that landed somewhere on the third floor of the Dog House in right field. The game was tied, 3-3.

The hot-hitting Dogs came back in the seventh and, you guessed it, Urias leads off the inning with a triple off the Peter Piper Pizza Porch. Urias jogged home to score the final run of the game on a France single to right field, El Paso 4-3. Bad call or not, the Chihuahuas pulled it off.

All three of the Chihuahuas relievers deserve credit for the win, pitching four scoreless innings, but the win went to Carter Capps (1-0) and the loss went to Eric Hanhold (1-2). The save went to Rowan Wick, his 7th of the season.

Words by Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post

El Paso 4 Las Vegas 3 – Saturday:

WP: Capps (1-0)  | LP: Hanhold (1-2)  | S: Wick (7)  |Time: 2:52 (51-minute rain delay)  |  Attn: 9,585  |  Box Score

Next Game:  Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Nabil Crismatt (3-4, 8.50) vs. El Paso RHP Colin Rea (2-2, 6.19). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

About Larry Monarrez

Larry Monarrez is a local journalist and longtime El Pasoan. Larry arrived in El Paso after proudly serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and earned a communication degree from the University of Texas El Paso. At UTEP, Larry worked as a reporter and eventually became the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Prospector. Larry also worked as a news assistant, general assignments reporter and copy editor at the El Paso Times before working in public relations at an area school district. He also spent a few years at KDBC 4 News as the assignments editor, where his most memorable experience was keeping the news crews operational during times of crisis like the storms of 2006 that flooded the station’s building.

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