The El Paso Chihuahuas played the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Monday and won – well, most of the night actually. But by game’s end, it was Dodgers 3-2.
The Chihuahuas (43-27) didn’t lose much in the game, they still lead the Pacific Coast League’s Southern Division by 5.5 games ahead of Las Vegas Aviators (38-32). Maybe just a little pride.
El Paso, the league’s home run leaders, lost by a home run to the team the with league’s next-to-last home run total – not to mention a losing record. Oklahoma City is presently at 29-40.
The Dogs started out well enough. Second baseman Esteban Quiroz (.267 BA) smacked a ball at 400 feet in front of the “406” mark on the wall in deep center. Lucky for the Dogs, the center fielder missed the catch and let it bounce off the wall.
Quiroz stopped at second with an RBI until center fielder Boog Powell (.293 BA) doubled him home, El Paso 2-0.
And so it remained: a battle between fragile bull pens. El Paso kept ahead until the 7th inning when Dodgers first baseman Connor Joe (.287 BA) smacked a liner into the gap in left center that scored two runs.
The difference in the game came in the 8th inning. Oklahoma City’s catcher, Will Smith, smacked a beautiful arching long ball that flew somewhere past the “GECU” in the Green Seats, Dodgers 3-2.
The winning pitcher was Josh Sborz (2-3, 4.91 ERA). The losing pitcher was Andres Munoz (2-2, 3.27 ERA). There were 6,313 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
Oklahoma City 3 El Paso 2 – Monday | Box Score | Team Records: Oklahoma City (29-40), El Paso (43-27)
WP: Sborz (2-3) | LP: Munoz (2-2) | S: Rosscup (1) | Time: 2:51 | Attn: 6,313