There was a chill that came over El Paso on Friday and it must have really settled over the Chihuahuas’ bats as the Dogs lost to the Albuquerque Isotopes 2-1.
The Chihuahuas are the Pacific Coast League leaders in runs (265), home runs (86), hits (406), and RBIs (253). But that didn’t mean much to ‘Topes pitchers who kept them at five hits, one home run and off balance at the plate. The Chihuahuas were 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Isotopes scored quickly off of starter Dillon Overton (5.60 ERA) with a first-pitch home run. Overton came back to retire the next the batters in order though, ‘Topes 1-0.
Albuquerque added their final run in the 2nd with a home run but Overton made his way out of the inning successfully, ‘Topes 2-0.
The Dogs had one show of force in the 3rd by shortstop Luis Urias (.349 BA). Urias nailed a liner to center field that flew over the Green Seats, ‘Topes 2-1.
The winning pitcher was Tim Melville (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Overton (0-1). Overton should get credit for going seven innings and only giving up a couple of runs.
On any other night, perhaps a warmer one, the offensive juggernaut that is the Chihuahuas might have earned him a win
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (19-17), El Paso (24-11)
Next Game: Saturday, 8:05 pm at Raley Field. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 5.16) vs. Sacramento RHP Enderson Franco (1-0, 6.48). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald Post