Diablos Blow Lead
For the second straight night a bad eighth inning cost the Diablos a game as they fell 9-5 to the Pensacola Pelicans at Jim Spooner Field on Friday night. After leading by four going into the eighth inning the Pelicans scored eight in the eighth to take the game from El Paso and improve to 4-0 in the second half.
El Paso would get the scoring started in the first inning when J.D. Reininger hit a two run home run to make the score 2-0. The Pelicans would respond immediately with a run in the bottom of the first, but missed out on a chance for more runs as Shaun Ellis did a nice job of working out of a shaky first inning. The game would remain 2-1 until the seventh inning when El Paso would score three more to push the lead to 5-1. Everything went haywire come the eighth inning. Two big errors would allow for eight runs to score, only three of which were earned. The game changed from El Paso leading by four to losing by four, and that would be how it would end. It is the second straight game the big miscues turned out to be costly. El Paso had not committed an error in the game up until that point.
El Paso once again wasted a great start. Shaun Ellis was fantastic in pitching seven innings. He allowed only one run on five hits before exiting due to a high pitch count. He finished the night in spectacular form by sitting down the last seven in a row. Dane DeValk pitched well although his final line did not show it. DeValk allowed five runs on only four hits before exiting in the seventh inning. DeValk had only allowed four base runners up until the seventh inning.
El Pasoâ€™s offense was held in check for most of the night but still looked as though it had done enough to win the game. El Paso had only five hits in the game, but three out of those hits produced runs. Benji Johnson went 2-4 with a double to pace the offense.
The Diablos will try to even up the series on Saturday night. They are still yet to name a starter for Saturday while Pensacola is going with Austin Quinn (1-2, 4.00). First pitch is slated for 5:35.