Chihuahuas earn series split with Redbirds after explosive win on Tuesday

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Center fielder Auston Bousfield ready to hit the ball Tuesday June 19 at Southwest University Park.

Isaiah Ramirez, Contributor

The El Paso Chihuahuas went up against the first place Memphis Redbirds Tuesday afternoon in the last game of their four-game series, taking away a big 7-4 win over Memphis after a late sixth inning rally.

Momentum shifted towards El Paso’s favor in the bottom of the sixth, when the Chihuahuas scored five runs and earned four hits to lift them up over the Redbirds. This was the first season-series between these two teams since they met in last season’s PCL championship series, where the Chihuahuas fell in the title series. A major factor in last night’s victory for the Chihuahuas was pitcher Brett Kennedy, who allowed only one hit and didn’t give up any earned runs.

“I just got in a grove attacking hitters with fastballs and then working in my slider later in the game,” said Kennedy, who is now 4-0 on the season. “My mindset through those first five innings was just to command the zone and attack guys with my fastball.”

 Things started to pick up a notch in the fifth inning for El Paso with a pinch hit from Shane Peterson who earned a two-run home run after a Auston Bousfield double. In the sixth inning, El Paso caught serious momentum on their side with an Austin Hedges RBI double, followed by a Brett Nicholas RBI double. The Chihuahuas capped off the breakout inning with a two-run homer from Diego Goris.

El Paso now stands at 35-37 on the season with this victory over the Redbirds, while Memphis fell to 43-29 on the year.

They will now head to Sacramento for a four-game road series against the River Cats and return home to Southwest University Park on Monday night.