El Paso Chihuahuas starter Walker Lockett pitched a brilliant game against the Memphis Redbirds on Monday, and had a decent shot to win – if not for the five-run first inning.
The Dogs lost to the Redbirds, 5-2, despite out-hitting them 10-5.
Lockett (4.66 ERA) had a 32-pitch first inning in which he faced eight batters hit one of them and gave up two singles, a double and a home run. Lockett settled down and pitched six scoreless innings until he was replaced by Kyle McGrath in the eighth inning.
The Dogs answered, albeit humbly, in the third inning. Outfielder Forrestt Allday doubled and scored on a couple of singles by Wil Meyers and Austin Hedges.
The misfortune and inability to score runs continued in the eighth inning when the Chihuahuas loaded the bases and were only able to bring one run home via a Luis Urias walk.
The Dogs left 15 runners on base and were 1-13 with runners in scoring position.
The winning pitcher was Dakota Hudson (9-2) and the losing pitcher was Lockett (2-6). The save went to Edward Mujica.
Box Score | Team Records: Memphis (43-28), El Paso (34-37)
Next Game: Tuesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Memphis RHP Kevin Herget (3-5, 3.86) vs. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (3-0, 3.00). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post / Gallery by ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
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