The New Orleans Baby Cakes came into El Paso and smacked 17 hits for nine runs. Against any other team, that might have been enough.
Against the Chihuahuas, however, that just got their bats going in El Paso’s 10-9 win.
The Cakes had the hits but just couldn’t string enough together to make the difference. New Orleans left eight runners on base with all their hits.
The El Paso Chihuahuas lead the Pacific Coast League in many offensive categories but the difference Wednesday was definitely their long-ball capability.
They hit four home runs on Wednesday to total 142 on the season, so far.
The Dogs are on pace to get near the 1974 Sacramento team who set the minor league baseball record at 305. If the Dogs stay this hot, they are projected to hit 297 – only eight team runs from the record.
Chihuahuas center fielder started off the home run show in the 1st inning with a liner that rocketed just beyond the GECU Green Seats in center, New Orleans 2-1.
The Cakes added a couple more runs on hits by the end of the 3rd inning. Then the Cakes starter, Ben Meyer, hit shortstop Luis Urias with a pitch. Then a single by third baseman Ty France. And then of course, a bomb by right fielder Jose Pirela, the game was tied.
New Orleans kept sprinkling in hit and runs. By the bottom of the 6th inning, they lead 7-5.
Two walks and an RBI single later, France stepped up to the plate with two men on. He launched a ball high over the GECU Green Seats and actually out of the park. El Paso took control, 9-7.
The cakes came back in the 8th inning to hit in a couple more runs but the homer-hitting Dogs answered with another dinger, this time by pinch hitter Seth Mejias-Brean, El Paso 10-9.
El Paso reliever Andres Munoz earned the W (2-1). There were 6,616 fans at Southwest University Park.
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. New Orleans RHP Hector Noesi (5-3, 2.64) vs. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-2, 5.79). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
El Paso 10 New Orleans 9 – Wednesday | Box Score | Team Records: New Orleans (35-31), El Paso (42-23)
WP: Munoz (2-1) | LP: Bugg (0-2) | S: None | Time: 3:08 | Attn: 6,616
Author: Larry Monarrez | Photographer – Johnny Yturales