And the home runs kept coming at Southwest University Park on Sunday as the Salt Lake Bees took the rubber game of the five-game series with the El Paso Chihuahuas.
While the Bees took this one 6-4, the Dogs are still sitting on top of the PCL Pacific Southern Division at 16-8; the Bees are 15-9.
The Bees’ infielder Ryan Schimpf started the offense with a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of RHP Luis Perdomo. The Bees’ Zack Houchins tacked on another run on the board with a long ball in the 3rd. Perdomo gave up another homer to Schimpf in the 4th before being replaced by reliever Michael Mariot (9.31 ERA) who was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
The Dogs barked back in the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run by outfielder Allen Craig; and a three-run 7th inning starting with a double by Cory Spangenberg who made it to third base when it was misplayed in the outfield. Unfortunately, they lost their bite after that.
The winning pitcher is Adam Hofacket (3-0) and the losing pitcher is Luis Perdomo (1-1). The save went to Ian Krol.
Top prospect Luis Urias got on base all five times he was at the plate going 3-3 with two walks, two doubles and a single.
Sunday was the third sstraight game that catcher Raffy Lopez hit a home run. He is batting .274 and has 5 home runs this season.
Box Score | Team Records: Salt Lake (15-9), El Paso (16-8)
Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Kris Medlen (0-3, 6.00) vs. El Paso RHP Chris Huffman (2-1, 2.52). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Salt Lake 6 El Paso 4 – Sunday
WP: Hofacket (3-0)
LP: Perdomo (1-1)
S: Krol (3)
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post Gallery by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Larry Monarrez is a local journalist and longtime El Pasoan. Larry arrived in El Paso after proudly serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and earned a communication degree from the University of Texas El Paso.
At UTEP, Larry worked as a reporter and eventually became the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Prospector.
Larry also worked as a news assistant, general assignments reporter and copy editor at the El Paso Times before working in public relations at an area school district.
He also spent a few years at KDBC 4 News as the assignments editor, where his most memorable experience was keeping the news crews operational during times of crisis like the storms of 2006 that flooded the station’s building.