Red Hot Chihuahuas Streak Suspended in Game Four Vs Reno
The El Paso Chihuahuas were unable to extend or end their four game winning streak Monday afternoon against the Reno Aces due to a travel curfew. After El Paso won the final game of their last series against Tacoma, they were on the prowl for a similar outcome.
Game One: El Paso 6 - Reno 4
El Paso started out this series by trailing 4-0 in game one going into the 7th and answered back with 4 runs of their own and added on 2 more in the 8th to take the first game of the series 6-4. LHP Dietrich Enns came into the game in the 4th after 2.2 innings from starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell and .1 innings from Kyle McGrath. In what would be a crucial 7th inning, Enns struck out the side after El Paso scored 4 to tie things up. After 4 solid innings that included 1 hit, 4 K's and 0 runs from Enns, Luis Perdomo finished things off to get his first save of the season by collecting the final six outs.
B7 Enns K Out 3
T8 Pirela 2 RBI Double
Game Two: El Paso 12 - Reno 7
After zero homeruns from both teams in game one of the series it was a complete turnaround for game two with four Chihuahuas going yard. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and pinch-hitting Jason Vosler would both grab their first homers on the season while OF's Jacob Scavuzzo and Michael Gettys would tab their second. Five Chihuahuas recorded two hits or more and the same amount grabbed two RBI's each.
El Paso led after the first inning until it was an early change on the hill for the second straight game. SP Chris Rowley threw 2.2 innings after giving up 5 earned runs, 5 BB's and 6 hits until Kyle McGrath came in (and was credited with the save) to patch things up for 2.1 innings and gave up 1 earned run and 3 hits. The biggest highlight of this series also happens to be the biggest highlight of the season in what was the 6th inning. El Paso brought in six runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, and four more in the 8th for insurance. IF Ty France held true to his name and tied things up after a two RBI single in the top of the 6th and Michael Gettys hit the go-ahead homerun in the 7th where the Chihuahuas wouldn't look back after grabbing their second-straight comeback of the series and extending their winning steak to three.
T6 France 2 RBI Single
T7 Gettys HR
Game 3: El Paso 12 - Reno 4
The Chihuahuas looked to extend their winning streak to four entering game three of the series and put themselves in the best position possible after a 15 hit performance. In the 2nd, Jose Pirela blasted his second homer on the year to put El Paso up 2-0 in what would be a wire-to-wire victory. OF Josh Naylor (3 RBI HR) and C Austin Allen (solo) also homered later on in the 4th inning in what was a seven spotted 4th to make it 9-0. SP Jerry Keel grabbed his first win on the season after throwing for 5 innings and only giving up 1 hit and 1 earned run that came in the 5th. El Paso grabbed two more runs in the 6th and one more in the 7th for good measure. On the mound, Cody Tyler pitched the next 3 innings and gave up 7 hits with 3 earned runs and while Eric Yardley tossed in the final inning to close out the game in what was one, two, three inning on ground outs. Another Cody took the mound, Beloved former Chihuahuas' slugger Cody Decker was switched to his third position of the game at pitcher to throw what would be a scoreless bottom of the 9th in a game that was out of reach at that point.
T2 Pirela 2 RBI HR
T4 Naylor 3 RBI HR
Game 4: T11 El Paso 5 - Reno 5 SUSPENDED* (To be continued on July 15th)
El Paso was hoping to bring their brooms out for game four of the series seeking their fifth win in a row. The Chihuahuas took an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd after Alex Dickerson blasted a 2 run shot with France on base. Reno responded with a solo shot by C Yasmany Tomas (4) in the home half of the inning to make it 2-1 and starting Third Baseman Jason Vosler's sacrifice fly to former Chihuahua Abraham Almonte sent Getty's home to extend the lead 3-1. In the 5th, Reno's Domingo Leyba singled to bring in Almonte to cut their deficit to one at 3-2 and later on in the 8th it was Naylor's single that brought home Getty's while extending their lead 4-2. One inning later Pirela went yard on a solo shot for his third homer of the year to make it a 5-2 El Paso lead. Rodriguez came into the 9th inning looking to close it out but would give up a three run blast to Reno's Kevin Cron to tie things up after giving up back to back hits to Almonte and Leyba. Decker stepped in to try and win the game after Tomas struckout in the 9th before heading to the first extra inning game for the Chihuahuas in 2019. A quiet top of the 10th for El Paso would give Reno the chance for another walkoff opportunity. With the new baserunner rules that were implemented last year the Aces, just like the Chihuahuas, started off their half of the inning with a baserunner on second. CF Andrew Aplin sacrificed a bunt to advance Tomas to third and C Matt Jones stepped up to the plate with the winning run at third. Jones hit a hard pop to El Paso's Alex Dickerson who followed the catch with a throw to home for a play at the plate. Tomas was called on the double play and that concluded the fourth game of the series for April 15th. The game will be continued at Greater Nevada Field on July 15th in Reno at 6:05 p.m. MT and the first game of that series beginning at 8:05 p.m.
T2 Dickerson 2 RBI HR
B10 Dickerson Double Play
The Chihuahuas return home to El Paso at 5-6 for their second series against Tacoma who holds a 5-7 record. First pitch of game one goes down tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. MT in Southwest University Park. Call 915-533-BASE for tickets and visit the team website for more info on the El Paso Chihuahuas.
All audio credits to Tim Hagerty & El Paso Chihuahuas