Well, it was bound to happen: the Chihuahuas finally reached double digits. El Paso (23-10) went a little cold and lost 6-2 against the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday, marking only the tenth time they’ve lost all season.
It was like the Isotopes had stolen the Chihuahuas’ Wheaties this morning and their bats stayed home in a hunger protest. The Dogs had only four hits all game and could never string any together.
Although two of their four hits were homers. Outfielder Boog Powell, (.458 BA, 3 HR) slammed one in the 5th inning and Seth Mejias-Brean (.322 BA, 4 HR) landed a pinch-hit home run somewhere in the GECU Green Seats in the 8th.
El Paso-native Fernando Rodriguez (4.91 ERA) started the game and did well enough, but could only go three innings before being pulled for Kyle McGrath.
The game just exploded on McGrath (7.04 ERA): he gave up seven hits, five runs and one walk, by the end of the 5th.
The Chihuahuas looked as if they had regrouped and positioned themselves to get back in the game with two men on base in the bottom of the 9th, but that rally fizzled when the ‘Topes closer struck out three of the five batters he faced.
The winning pitcher was Peter Lambert (2-2) and the losing pitcher was McGrath (1-1). Attendance was 5,554 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Albuquerque (18-16), El Paso (23-10)
Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 7.40) vs. El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.85). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post