The El Paso Chihuahuas left nine runners on base in their 2-1 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday night in Albuquerque. The Chihuahuas have now lost three consecutive games and five of their last six.
Albuquerque broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mike Baxter lifted a home run over the left field wall. The Isotopes added a second run on Miguel Olivo’s RBI single later in the seventh. The seventh-inning damage could have been worse had it not been for an acrobatic 6-4-3 double play turned by El Paso with the bases loaded.
For the second straight night, an Albuquerque starter pitched six shutout innings. Henry Sosa held the Chihuahuas without a run until giving way to the bullpen in the seventh. The Chihuahuas lone run came on a long solo home run over the left field patio area by El Paso third baseman Alex Castellanos, his first of the season.
Team Records: El Paso (6-8) Albuquerque (8-6)
Next Game: Friday in Albuquerque, 7:05 pm. El Paso RHP Branch Kloess (1-0, 5.73) vs. Albuquerque RHP Henry Sosa (0-0, 2.89). Game coverage begins at 7:00 pm El Paso time on Team 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
WP: Garcia (3-0)
LP: Boyer (0-1)
S: Dominguez (1)