The Chihuahuas took the field Saturday to unleash every run they had been holding back in the last three games – which included two shutouts.
The Dogs pounded the Tacoma Rainiers 24-4, and in doing so, they set the franchise record for runs scored in single game at 24 and also the largest margin of victory at 20 runs.
El Paso (35-20) has the most prolific offense in professional baseball and they proved it Saturday. They scored at least one run in every inning except the 2nd.
Every El Paso player scored at least one run. The exception was outfielder Jose Pirela, who left the game in the 3rd inning with an injury.
There were four El Paso home runs including one by Franchy Cordero who smoked a grand-slam ball into the third level of the Big Dog House in right field. El Paso was winning 7-1 by the end of the 3rd inning.
Everything was going right for the Chihuahuas on Saturday, by the 8th inning they had already scored 16 runs and plowed through four Tacoma pitchers. At that stage, Rainiers Manager Daren Brown brought in a catcher to pitch instead of blowing through the bull pen. His name: David Shaeffer.
Shaeffer has to have the highest ERA on the planet thanks to the Chihuahuas. Shaeffer pitched in the 8th and faced nine batters. The Dogs taxed him for eight runs, the score was 24-3 El Paso.
Tacoma came back to score their last run in 9th inning but that wasn’t even a Band-Aid for the mauling they got from the hungry Chihuahuas team.
El Paso starter Dillon Overton should be mentioned for his performance. Overton went seven innings, gave up six hits and three runs, but was able to keep Tacoma’s hitters off balance. Overton earned the W (1-2) and the loss went to Justus Sheffield (2-4).
There were 8,064 fans at Southwest University Park.
El Paso 24 Tacoma 4 – Saturday |
WP: Overton (1-2) | LP: Sheffield (2-4) | S: None | Time: 3:26 | Attn: 8,064
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-3, 4.96) vs. El Paso LHP Dietrich Enns (6-3, 5.34). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald-Post