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Chihuahuas win in walk-off fashion

Michaela Roman

The El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Tacoma Rainiers on a hot summer midday by a score of 7-6. Jeff Francoeur hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Good player execution and managerial strategy helped win this game.

This game was originally to be played on Thursday but equipment got in late and the game was postponed for today.

Alex Castellanos, the left-fielder, got a double to begin the inning. Tyler Greene, the shortstop, hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner. The Rainiers intentionally walked Brooks Conrad and that is when Francoeur stepped up to deliver the winning run.

On the mound to start the game was Chris Smith was not even on the roster for the game. The San Diego Padres purchased the rights to the right-hander from the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Smith was drafted by the Red Sox in 2002 and played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.

He struck-out eighth batters in six innings while allowing only one run.

The Chihuahuas had a 6-1 lead going into the seventh inning.

It was a quick start for the Chihuahuas. In the first, Brooks Conrad got a two-run triple and was then brought in for a run by Jeff Francoeur’s sacrifice fly. El Paso went up 3-0.

Fast-forwarding to the fourth, Smith struck out the side and in the home half of the inning. Cody Decker hit a solo-homer, which was then followed by an Castellanos’ 2-run homer.

The Chihuahas were cruising from that point. Beginning in seventh is when the Chihuahuas struggled from the mound.

They used two pitchers after Smith’s game, Tim Sexton and Dennis O’Grady.ChihuahuasVSRaieners_03

The Rainiers got a run in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one home run in the ninth to tie the game.

There were 6,527 fans in attendance at the ball game.

O’Grady gets the win for the home team and the reliever for the Rainiers, Todd Coffey, is charged with the loss.

The Chihuahuas are on a four game winning streak and stand second in the division at 39-43.

They play again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Luis Barrio may be reached at [email protected]

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Luis Barrio
Luis Barrio, Staff Reporter
Luis Barrio is a staff reporter specializing in Sports. He is also the co-host of the Prospector News Weekly, a weekly broadcast that covers all of the top stories at UTEP. He is a Senior graduating in December 2014. Luis is a product of El Paso, TX. He enjoys being outdoors and being physically active. His family comes before anything else. He is a big sports enthusiast and a fan of good movies. Luis spent the summer of 2013 interning for ABC-7 KVIA. Upon graduation Luis aspires to work for CBS as a sports broadcaster. “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever a having felt sorry for itself.” D.H. Lawrence
Michaela Roman
Michaela Roman, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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