‘915’ Home Run Tracker: 888 (Father’s Day Play)
El Paso entered Sunday's game on Father's Day with 886 homers in total and 150 on the year at the exact halfway mark of the season at 70 games. How would they fare after dropping game one to Oklahoma City?
Father's Day Play featured a plethora of RBI including two two-run shots from Luis Urias in the 1st (887) and Jose Pirela in the 3rd (888). Oklahoma City's Will Smith hit a solo blast in the 1st while Zach Reks imitated his power from game one and bombed a two-runner in the 3rd. Edwin Rios of the Dodgers also brought himself home after cranking a solo homer in the 6th. Both clubs had a good offensive showing in the Chihuahuas 10-7 win over the Dodgers.
The offense got going early and it looked like the Chihuahuas found their winning ways again after a strong display of contact mixed with power. The Chihuahuas also had a helpful 5 inning, 4K outing from starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet in a rehab start. Urias also brought in Lamet in the 4th by way of a single. Paco Rodriguez collected the save after a relief effort from Robert Stock.
Things got pretty tight in the 7th as OKC locked up with El Paso at 7. The home half of the 7th featured El Paso breaking things up for good after a single, walk and SAC fly extended the lead to three heading into the 8th. El Paso's Urias, Ty France (2) and Webster Rivas were all hit by pitches.
With the season now at midpoint, it'll be interesting to see how El Paso can improve off of what has been an already dominant campaign in 2019. Perhaps the Home Run Derby is already underway at Southwest University Park and the All Star Break is more of an opportunity to imitate the Chihuahuas? All jokes aside, this teams ability to crank out multiple homers in consecutive games gives every single player on the team just a little bit more breathing room when it comes time for them to perform. Pitchers have insurance and hitters can bat more freely.
Game three starts Monday at 7 p.m. with Tim Hagerty and 600 ESPN El Paso on your radio dial at AM 600 and on the 600 ESPN El Paso App! Gates open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park.