The El Paso Chihuahuas kept hitting home runs on Friday – three more for the day – but not enough to earn a win against the New Orleans, as the ‘Cakes won 7-4.
It started out promising for the Chihuahuas when they scored two in the 1st inning – both home runs on two outs.
Third baseman Ty France (.433 BA) pummeled one to straight center and hadn’t even sat down when right fielder Jose Pirela (.379 BA) launched one about 480 feet over center field and everything else before landing on Santa Fe Street, El Paso 2-0.
The El Paso lead only lasted a couple innings though. New Orleans came back and knocked in a couple runs on hits.
France answered the call again in the 3rd inning and smacked another home run to keep hope alive, El Paso 3-2.
Unfortunately, the ‘Cakes scored again in the 4th. This time with a two-run dinger by the catcher Tyler Heineman (.309 BA), New Orleans 4-3.
The Chihuahuas never really showed their teeth after that. They let out a muffled growl in the 6th inning when first baseman Jason Vosler smacked in a runner from third but was thrown out at first base, New Orleans 5-4.
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th inning. Nope, sorry. The game ended on a strike out.
The winning pitcher was Zac Gallen (9-1, 1.77 ERA). The losing ptcher was Dietrich Enns (7-4, 5.55 ERA). R.J. Alvarez earned the save. There were 8,089 fans at Southwest University Ballpark.
New Orleans 7 El Paso 4 – Friday | Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (37-31), El Paso (42-25)
WP: Gallen (9-1) | LP: Enns (7-4) | S: Alvarez (9) | Time: 2:45 | Attn: 8,089
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Oklahoma City RHP Brock Stewart (1-4, 6.45) vs. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (3-1, 5.24). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photos: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post