The El Paso Chihuahuas dropped the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers 8-3 on Friday making it the fourth consecutive series lost by the beleaguered Dogs.
At first glance, it would be easy to lay their misfortune on the pitching staff which has a team ERA of 5.03 but the fact is that three of the four teams they have recently lost a series to have higher team ERAs — all except for Tacoma (4.94 team ERA).
Which then leaves the hitting stats to observe and, on paper, the Chihuahuas look pretty good. The Chihuahuas are amongst the top teams in the Pacific Coast League so far this year in home runs, RBIs, and hits.
So then what?
Well on Friday, it was timely hitting and strong pitching by their opponents. Tacoma just made El Paso starter Chris Huffman work in the 2nd inning scoring a couple of runs and never looked back. They added another three runs to Huffman’s night in the 4th before he was replaced by reliever T.J. Weir — who finished the inning without further harm but gave up three more runs in the 6th inning.
A home run by infielder Taylor Motter (.207 BA) and a two-run homer by second baseman Gordon Beckham (.302 BA).
The Dogs only response were a couple of RBIs by shortstop Javy Guerra in the 2nd and 4th innings, and a RBI by third baseman Cory Spangenberg in the 7th. The Chihuahuas’ offense finished the night quietly after that with five strikeouts and a groundout.
The winning pitcher was Christian Bergman (3-3). The losing pitcher was Huffman (2-3).
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (17-18), El Paso (19-17)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:35 pm at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (0-0, -.–) vs. Reno RHP Taylor Clarke (2-5, 5.91). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Tacoma 8 El Paso 3 – Friday
WP: Bergman (3-3) LP: Huffman (2-3) S: None Time: 3:07 Attn: 8,973
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post