It seemed like the El Paso Chihuahuas were going to have one of those games Tuesday night: the Fresno Grizzlies smacked two home runs with four RBIs in the first two innings and the Dogs were just sitting quietly.
And then, of course, the Chihuahuas remembered that they’ve been unbeatable in the previous six games and erupted to a 9-5 win.
The victory gave the El Paso Chihuahuas their seventh consecutive win and the most wins they’ve strung together since mid-April.
The Chihuahuas came to life in the third inning scoring six runs on two singles, four doubles and a two-run home run by left fielder Shane Peterson, El Paso 6-4.
The Dogs came right back in the fourth inning not even giving the Grizzlies a chance to catch their breath and added another three runs, started by Forrestt Allday (.241 BA) who singled in Peterson from second base.
With Allday on third and Carlos Asuaje (.345 BA) on first base, right fielder Franmil Reyes (.338 BA) hit a line drive that sounded like a home run but ended up hitting the right field fence before the Grizzlies outfielders bobbled and kicked it around – Reyes ended up on third base and with two RBIs, El Paso 9-4.
The Grizzlies showed some life in the fifth inning when they scored their last run on a Tim Federowicz (.341 BA) double to right field which scored J.D. Davis, El Paso 9-5. That was it though, because the Chihuahuas bullpen put them back into hibernation with four scoreless innings, including four strikeouts.
Peterson (.286 BA) was a man on a mission Tuesday, narrowly missing hitting for the cycle. He went 3-4 with the home run, a double, single, and a strikeout – making it the third consecutive three-hit game and giving him a seven-game hitting streak.
The winning pitcher Kyle McGrath (3-2) and the losing pitcher Brock Dykxhoorn (2-1).
El Paso 9 Fresno 5 – Tuesday
WP: McGrath (3-2) | LP: Dykxhoorn (2-1) | S: None | Time: 3:11 | Attn: 7,326
Box Score | Team Records: Fresno (46-31), El Paso (41-37)
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Fresno RHP RHP Cy Sneed (7-3, 2.97) vs. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (5-2, 3.02). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post