FILE: Reyes, in his seventh season in the Padres organization, is Minor League Baseball’s early season leader with 13 home runs. | Clip courtesy EP Chihuahuas
El Paso outfielder Franmil Reyes put on another show Thursday night in the Chihuahuas’ 6-5 loss to the Reno Aces. Reyes (.293 BA) has four towering opposite-field home runs in the last two games and nine already in the season.
A Reyes two-run homer in the 1st inning gave the Dogs the lead for three innings.
El Paso starter Brett Kennedy (.245 ERA) was mowing through the Aces lineup in the first three innings, striking out six hitters of the first 10. Kennedy gave up his first hit in 4th to Aces third baseman Kristopher Negron. Then, consecutive singles to the next two Aces and a 2-run double to outfielder Yasmany Tomas. Tomas makes it to third on a fielding error and is brought home on a triple by infielder Ildemaro Vargas, making 3-2 Aces.
The Aces taced on another couple runs in the 5th inning. El Paso answered in the 6th when Reyes singled to left, advanced to third on a Diego Goris (.372 BA) double, and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Aces reliever Joey Krehbiel struck out the side in the 7th as the home crowd of 6,189 began to grow restless. Relief finally came in the 8th inning when — when you guessed it — power-man Franmil Reyes hit another two-run long ball.
The game was tied, but not for long.
El Paso reliever Trey Wingenter walks Reno’s Evan Marzilli (.467 BA) with two out and is replaced by Jonathan Aro. Aro’s first pitch to Kristpher Negron is wild and advances Marzilli to second. Negron is eventually walked and catcher Michael Perez hits a long single to right field that scores Marzilli.
Reno reliever Jake Barrett shut down the Dogs in order in the 9th, allowing Reno to take the series 3-1.
The winning pitcher was Krehbiel (1-1). The losing pitcher was Wingenter (1-2). Barret earned his first save.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (10-18), El Paso (17-11)
Next Game: Friday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Luis Perdomo (1-1, 4.50) vs. Albuquerque RHP Yency Almonte (1-0, 7.11). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Reno 6 El Paso 5 – Thursday
WP: Krehbiel (1-1)
LP: Wingenter (1-2)
S: Barrett (1)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post