Chihuahuas Drop First Series Since April 11th, Look to Recover For One More in Albuquerque

The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs through the first four innings Saturday, topping the Chihuahuas 12-2.

El Paso’s Fernando Rodriguez took the loss after going 3.2 innings in a spot start, his longest time on the mound since being acquired.

Michael Gettys plated the Chihuahuas’ first run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Boog Powell followed in the seventh inning with a solo shot of his own. Powell was on base four times in the loss, going 2-for-2 with two walks.

The 10-run separation is El Paso’s worst loss this season. Peter Van Gansen mirrored Russell Martin’s March 31st 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth, his first career appearance on the rubber.

Sam Hilliard’s diving catch down the right field line robbed Michael Getty’s of a hit and ended Sunday’s game, stranding the tying run on base, as the Isotopes topped the Chihuahuas 5-4. Albuquerque came from behind scoring four runs in a nine-batter bottom of the eighth.

Logan Allen enjoyed a pleasant start allowing just one run on three hits in his five innings of work. Jacob Scavuzzo, Seth Mejias-Brean and Jason Vosler all homered, moving El Paso’s team total to 99 in 44 games.

The Isotopes clinched a series win, marking the first time since April 9-11 at Tacoma that the Chihuahuas are on the losing end.

Team Records: El Paso (28-15) Albuquerque (23-21)

Chico and the Chihuahuas will be sticking around for one more game in Albuquerque tonight at 6:35 PM MDT. El Paso’s RHP Jerry Keel (4-0, 4.41 ERA) will look to stay perfect on his 2019 resume vs. Albuquerque’s southpaw Pat Dean (0-2, 5.59 ERA).