Diablos Fall at Home to Fort Worth
Monday, August 2: John Allen has been a Diablos killer throughout his career and he did it again in leading his Fort Worth Cats to an 11-7 win over El Paso on Monday night at Cohen Stadium. It gives El Paso their fourth straight loss as they are now just 7-17 in the second half of the season. It is also the Cats' fourth straight win over El Paso at Cohen Stadium this season.
John Allen began his big night with an RBI single in the first and ended it with a single in the ninth, but in between he did much more damage than that. Allen finished the night 6-6 with two home runs and six RBI. His six hits ties a league record for the most hits in a game. He has now hit ten home runs on the season and has hit half of his long balls against El Paso.
El Paso fell behind right from the start. John Allen started his big night in the first inning when he had a two out RBI single. The Cats added two more in the second inning to push the lead to 3-0 before the Diablos would respond. El Paso would get a RBI single in the second inning from Hector Bernal but the Cats were there to respond right away again. John Allen led off the third inning with a home run to push the lead back to three. They would blow the game open in the fifth inning when two big errors would hurt the Diablos as five unearned runs came in to score to push the lead to 9-1 with Allen connecting on a three run home run in the inning. The lead would be 10-1 in the fifth when the Diablos were able to shave the lead down by scoring five runs. Rico Santana had the big hit in the inning as he had a three RBI double. The Cats added one more run in the eighth inning while the Diablos scored one more in the ninth to produce the game's final result.
Kyle Nichols went 2-3 with two doubles and two walks to pace the Diablos offense which was out hit 19-12. Rico Santana went 2-5 with a double and three RBI while Benji Johnson went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Hector Bernal went 2-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 18 straight games.
Starter William Buzhardt struggled but also didn't get a whole lot of help from his defense. He allowed 11 runs in four innings, but only four of the runs were earned. He gave up 11 hits a walk and two strike outs. Dustin Birosak did a very good job as he held down the Cats offense for over four innings allowing just one earned run and striking out four.
El Paso looks to end their losing ways on Tuesday night. D.J. Mattox (8-5, 4.37) toes the rubber for El Paso against Joel Kirsten (2-4, 4.14). Tuesday is Bud Light Lime a la Mexicana as fans can enjoy a Bud Light Lime and a Mexican taco for only $3. Game time is set for 7:05.