Not even a late thunderstorm Tuesday could put out the fire in the El Paso Chihuahuas’ bellies in their quest for the 2018 PCL Pacific Southern Division pennant.
The Dogs cut down the last-place Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4, in a game that included an 81-minute rain delay.
The win was the Chihuahuas’ 14th consecutive home win and seventh consecutive win combined. El Paso’s nearest competitor in the division, the Salt Lake Bees, lost 13-6 to the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday and fell behind 8 1/2 games.
The game started out as a sort of pitcher’s duel for the first five innings between the starters, the game was tied at 3. Each team matched each other run for run until the bullpen was called in for action in the sixth inning.
El Paso center fielder Auston Bousfield (.241 BA) went to the plate with runners on first and second and lightening flashing all around Southwest University Park.
Bousfield singled in Carlos Asuaje and moved Shane Peterson to third base. Peterson scored on a single to right field by outfielder Forrestt Allday (.279 BA) right before the umpires decided to delay the game amid the roar of thunder and lightning strikes, El Paso 5-3.
The violent sound of the storm and brief showers went on for a while and undoubtedly drove most of the crowd of 6,970 home but the Chihuahuas were undaunted – and the ‘Topes were inspired by the rest.
Albuquerque scored their last run in the seventh inning against Dogs reliever Carter Capps (1.80 ERA) on a fielder’s choice groundout, El Paso 5-4.
The Chihuahuas answered in their half of the seventh inning with a rocket shot to right field by first baseman Ty France (.277 BA) that nearly hit the Sun King Saloon sign on the second deck of the Dog House, El Paso 6-4.
El Paso closer Colten Brewer kept the crowd on edge by giving up a single and a walk with no outs to start the ninth inning, but later settled down and retired the next three batters in order without giving up a run.
The winning pitcher was Dillon Overton (7-2) and the losing pitcher was Mike Dunn (0-1). The save narrowly went to Brewer.
El Paso 6 Albuquerque 4 – Tuesday: WP: Overton (7-2) | LP: Dunn (0-1) | S: Brewer (3) | Time: 2:57 (1:21 delay) | Attn: 6,970
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (59-68), El Paso (74-52)
Next Game: Wednesday, 6:35 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque LHP Sam Howard (3-6, 5.06) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (2-0, 1.64). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post
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