In the third game of the four game series between the El Paso Chihuahuas and the Sacramento River Cats the game got out of hand quickly.
Braulio Lara, of Sacramento came into the game with an ERA over 7 and his outing didn’t improve it. In the second inning he gave up a one out walk to Cody Decker then Ramiro Pena smashed an RBI double into left-center. Lara continued to get roughed up giving up an infield single when Adam Duvall had trouble shoveling the ball to Lara. Catcher Rocky Gale doubled after a long at-bat scoring Mike McCoy and Pena. To top off the second inning Rymer Liriano doubled down the line scoring Gale making it 4-0.
El Paso would add another run in the third after Lara’s exit after an error by Juan Ciriaco and Skyler Stromsmoe. With runners on second and third with Brett Bochy pitching Pena hit a sharp grounder to Duvall at first, but he bobbled it and had to walk it over to first for the unassisted out. 5-0 El Paso.
In the fourth the 27-year old Gale singled to start the inning off then Robbie Erlin sacrificed Gale to second on a bunt to the third baseman. Liriano hammered a line drive right to Ciriaco at third, but it kicked off his glove allowing Gale to score from second. Brett Wallace would add another two runs with a 2-run single.
The River Cats just couldn’t get anything going with El Paso’s starter Robbie Erlin early as was hitting his spots and mixing pitches. Through three innings he had only given up two hits from Darren Ford and Ben Turner while striking out three. That changed in the fourth.
In the fourth Juan Ciriaco put a charge into one for a 3-run homer after Jarrett Parker walked and Ben Turner doubled. The runs didn’t stop. In the bottom half of the fifth inning Ronny Cedeno lifted a two-run homer off Erlin to cut the lead to three. Sacramento added another run in the sixth on a John Bowker sacrifice fly to make it a two run game.
To counter the River Cats’ comeback El Paso added a run on a Jake Goebbert sac fly and a Mike McCoy safety squeeze with runners on first and third.
After Chris Rearick and Cory Mazzoni bridged to Frank Garces to close out the game he shut down the side in order. It wasn’t a save situation up 10-6, but nonetheless the game ended.
El Paso moves to 15-8 and are in second place in the Pacific Coast Southern league behind the Las Vegas 51s.
Sacramento remains in first place at 12-11 and will play their final game of the four game series with El Paso Sunday at noon before heading to Reno to face the Aces.