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Pitching the Difference for El Paso Chihuahuas Hot Start

El Paso Chihuahuas Opening Day
Jorge Salgado

The El Paso Chihuahuas have won three of their first four games in defense of their Pacific Coast League championship. Although the team is filled with new players for the 2017 season, it is their pitching that has stood out early against the Las Vegas 51s.

Through the first four games, the Chihuahuas’ starting pitchers have surrendered just two earned runs in 23 innings. Tyrell Jenkins and Dinelson Lamet pitched shutout baseball in their starts and the bullpen has taken care of business. Matt Magill and Walter Lockett have given up just one run in their six innings of work and pitching coach Bronswell Patrick has to be thrilled with his rotation early on. Don’t get too excited, the Chihuahuas still have 138 games left to play this season, but in three years at Southwest University Park, El Paso baseball fans have never been treated to excellent pitching like this in an opening series.

Offensively, the Chihuahuas have pounded the baseball thanks to three home runs from veteran Jamie Romak and two bombs each from Collin Cowgill and Franchy Cordero. The team has scored 24 times in four games and the mixture of veterans with young prospects give manager Rod Barajas the perfect balance of Triple-A talent.

The Chihuahuas will wrap up their first homestand today against Las Vegas with a first pitch of 11am at Southwest University Park. They head to Tacoma to begin a four game series tomorrow night before traveling to Reno on Saturday. You can listen to all the action with the radio voice of the Chihuahuas, Tim Hagerty on 600 ESPN El Paso.

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