The Chihuahuas Win Their Home Opener 10-3 Over Reno
An early three run deficit wasn't enough to keep the El Paso Chihuahuas from winning their 2016 home opener 10-3 over the Reno Aces. El Paso moved to 2-1 all time in home openers in front of 9,635 fans on a picture perfect Friday evening, and unveiled their 2015 Pacific Southern Division championship banner in style.
The Aces put instant pressure on the Chihuahuas by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning off of four quick hits. El Paso came storming back in the bottom of second by scoring on an RBI goundout by Jason Hagerty and a two-out RBI single by Nick Noonan.
The Chihuahuas took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning when Ryan Schimpf hit the shot heard around Southwest University Park with a mammoth 2-run home run that landed on the upper level of the Big Dog house in right field. The game was sealed when the Chihuahuas scored two more runs in the fifth inning, and four more in the eighth.
After a sluggish start by pitcher Daniel McCutchen, he buckled down to allow no runs in the final five of his last six innings pitched, and moved to 2-0 on the season. McCutchen also achieved a rare feat for a pitcher by stealing a base in the game as well. Hunter Renfroe contributed with a solid offensive performance by going 3-for-5 with an RBI. El Paso is now 2-5 on this early season and will host Reno on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of a four game set with the Aces. You can listen to each and every El Paso Chihuahuas game with Tim Hagerty on 600 ESPN El Paso.