The El Paso Chihuahuas fell to the Las Vegas 51s 8-7 in the opener of an eight-game homestand.
With first place Salt Lake’s loss at Sacramento, the Chihuahuas remain two games out of first place with 23 games remaining on the 2017 schedule.
Franchy Cordero went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to begin the bottom of the first. It was El Paso’s first leadoff home run since Rafael Ortega’s on April 27th against Salt Lake. Cordero also hit a triple, his 13th of the season, which set a new Chihuahuas’ single-season record. Cordero leads the Pacific Coast League in triples, despite playing in only 72 of El Paso’s 119 games this season.
Chihuahuas’ all-time home run leader Cody Decker went 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks in his first game at Southwest University Park as a visiting player.
Friday’s game had a rain delay in the bottom of the second inning.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (6-13, 6.24) vs. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 20.25). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (45-74), El Paso (57-62)
Las Vegas 8 El Paso 7 – Friday
WP: Mateo (1-0)
LP: Jester (4-2)
S: McGowan (4)
Time: 3:16 (1:07 delay)
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post