El Paso’s comeback attempt fell one run short on Tuesday in Las Vegas, as the 51s defeated the Chihuahuas 8-7. The Chihuahuas trailed by five runs in the seventh inning and scored four times late but could not catch the 51s.
El Paso is now behind Las Vegas by 1.5 games in the standings with seven to play.
Las Vegas scored three times in the bottom of the first inning in a rally that was aided by three El Paso errors. The Chihuahuas committed four errors in the game, one shy of the team record.
Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, his sixth longball in only 14 Triple-A games. Rymer Liriano went 2-for-3 with two home runs, his second multi-home run game of the season. Pitcher Jason Lane collected an RBI single in the fourth, his third consecutive start that included at least one RBI hit.
The Las Vegas win snapped a four-game losing skid for the 51s. Five of the last six games between the two Southern Division rivals have been decided by one run.
Team Records: El Paso (73-64), Las Vegas (75-63)
Next Game: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. El Paso RHP Chris Smith (5-6, 3.62) vs. Las Vegas RHP Tim Stauffer (4-0, 2.23). Game coverage begins at 7:55 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas 8 El Paso 7 – Tuesday
WP: Verrett (5-2)
LP: Lane (10-10)
S: Church (6)
Author: EP Chihuahuas