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Chihuahuas improve on the road and return home for Salt Lake

Nina Titovets

The El Paso Chihuahuas wrapped up an eight-game road trip from May 23 to May 30, and came out victorious five times. This was the team’s most wins during a road trip this season.

They will now return home for a four-game series against Salt Lake starting on Thursday, June 1, at Southwest University Park.

In the first series on the road against Salt Lake, the Chihuahuas were two innings away from a series sweep. The Bees, who had lost three straight games to the Chihuahuas, were down in the fourth game, 6-2, through eight innings.

However, the Chihuahuas could not complete the series sweep as they gave up six runs to the Bees in the bottom of the eighth inning, which resulted in a 8-6 loss to Salt Lake. Due to frustration in the eighth inning, Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas was ejected for his first time as El Paso’s manager. Also, in the same inning, reliever Jose Valdez was thrown out of the game for throwing behind a batter.

Despite the tough loss, the Chihuahuas still won the series against the Bees, 3-1. The winning pitchers during the series for El Paso included Adam Cimber (1-0 under El Paso this season), Phil Maton (1-1) and Walker Lockett (5-2).

After the team’s stay in Utah, El Paso traveled to Las Vegas to take on the 51s. In the four-game series, both teams came out with two wins for a series split. The Chihuahuas took the first and last game of the matchup.

In game one, El Paso was able to overcome a large deficit against the 51s by scoring at least one run from the third to seventh inning. And, the Chihuahuas had at least one baserunner in all nine innings of the game. El Paso’s Carlos Asuaje helped lift the team for the win as he went 3-for-4 in the 8-6 victory.

The Chihuahuas earned double-digit hits in three of the four games against the 51s. In the final game of the series, El Paso struck first by adding two runs in the second inning and three runs at the end of the third inning to go up 5-0. Eventually, the Chihuahuas overcame Las Vegas 6-3 in game four.

Still, the Chihuahuas (25-28) sit in third place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern division. The next two series for El Paso will feature the top two teams in the division. They will take on Salt Lake (28-25) at home and the Albuquerque Isotopes (27-25) on the road.

Through nine games between the Bees and Chihuahuas this season, El Paso has won six and lost only three—all of which were played in Utah. This time, the matchup between the teams will be at Southwest University Park from June 1 through June 4. Also, Salt Lake is 3-7 in their last 10 games, while El Paso is 5-5 in their last 10 contests.

Against Albuquerque this season, the Chihuahuas are 1-3. In the first four games of the season between these two, the Isotopes outscored El Paso 24-14. In the last 10 contests, the Isotopes are 4-6.

First pitch for Thursday’s game is slated for 6:35 p.m.

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