Chihuahuas Split First Two Games With Memphis

Game 1

Jerry Keel allowed only one run through seven innings Friday, as the El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Memphis Redbirds 6-1.

Ty France was 4-for-5 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez drove home three of El Paso’s six runs.

Carl Edwards Jr. made a lasting impression in his Padres organizational debut, he pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two punch outs. St. Louis Cardinals starters Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina both started against the Chihuahuas on MLB injury rehab.

WP: Keel, Jerry (7-7, 7.46 ERA) LP: Woodford, Jake (6-7, 4.20 ERA)

Game 2

John Nogowski hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night in the Memphis Redbirds’ 5-3 win.

Ty France surpassed the .400 mark as he improved his season batting average (67 Triple-A games) to .402 as he batted 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and three RBIs. Bryan Mitchell gave his strongest performance as a Chihuahua, allowing one run through five innings, striking out five and allowing just two hits. Mitchell becomes the second newcomer to post a promising start this week, joining Emmanuel Ramirez.

Yadier Molina was 0-for-1 with an RBI squeeze bunt in his second MLB injury rehab game. Saturday’s game lasted only two hours and twenty-three minutes, it was the shortest nine-inning game for El Paso this season.

WP: Cruz, Jesus (4-6, 7.59 ERA) LP: Higgins, Tyler (3-1, 6.10 ERA)

Records: El Paso (66-46) Memphis (49-63)

Today’s Game: El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (6-4, 6.37 ERA) vs. Memphis RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (3-3, 3.90 ERA) at Autozone Park.