The Aces won all four games to complete their first series sweep of the season. It was the first time the Chihuahuas have been swept in 2018.
The El Paso Chihuahuas weren’t embarrassingly out-hit in their 4-1 loss to the Reno Aces on Sunday, but the Dogs inability to get timely hits led to the four-game sweep and was at least a little unsettling.
The Chihuahuas came home Thursday riding high after a five-game winning streak just to turn around and lose four straight to the sub-.500 Reno Aces. This team is not new to this streakiness, in mid-May to early June the Dogs could not win a series.
In that period, much like this time, the San Diego Padres called up several key hitters and the Chihuahuas batting order has struggled mightily. Recently called up to the big club are: Franmil Reyes, Raffy Lopez, and Carlos Asuaje.
El Paso righty Walker Lockett started the game and went seven innings giving up seven hits and four runs. The first run came in the second inning when Lockett loaded the bases, Aces outfielder Cesar Puello hit into a double play but the lead runner scored, Aces 1-0. The Aces added another run in the fourth inning on a home run by outfielder Socrates Brito, Aces 2-0.
Lockett pitched strong enough into the seventh inning when the baseball gods decided to frown on him again – and with two outs. First, a softly hit ball that just sailed over the infield into right field. Then a line-drive home run that left little doubt about what it would be, just where it would land, Aces 4-0.
The Dogs only run came in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Shane Peterson, Aces 4-1.
The winning pitcher was Alex Young (4-3) and the losing pitcher was Lockett (3-8).
Perhaps the only bright side to this game is that the Salt Lake Bees also lost, so the Chihuahuas remain in first place by a couple of games.
Reno 4 El Paso 1 – Sunday
WP: Young (4-3) | LP: Lockett (3-8) | S: Barrett (2) | Time: 2:25 (1:38 delay) | Attn: 8,251
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (46-48), El Paso (50-44)
Next Game: Monday, 6:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Brett Kennedy (7-0, 2.58) vs. Albuquerque LHP David Holmberg (3-5, 5.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Author: Larry Monarrez – Special to the Herald-Post