Diablos Lose In Extra Innings
The Pensacola Pelicans improved to 7-0 in the second half and in the process swept a four game series from the Diablos winning 3-2 in 11 innings at Jim Spooner Field on Monday night. It is the second walk off victory in the series for the Pelicans and the third this season against El Paso. The Diablos were handed their fifth straight loss and are now just 1-6 in the second half.
El Paso would open the scoring in the third inning on a Hector Bernal home run. The Pelicans would come back and score two runs in the fifth inning. They loaded up the bases without the benefit of a hit, and then an odd double play would end the inning but also resulted in two runs scoring. El Paso would tie up the game at two apiece in the eighth inning when Bernal would single and was brought in with two outs by a Rico Santana double. The game would stay tied until the eleventh inning when Javier Brito would hit a walk off home run off Nick Renault with two outs and a 3-2 pitch.
El Paso got another great start from D.J. Mattox. Mattox would earn a no decision as he pitched seven strong innings allowing only two runs on five hits and four strike outs. It is the fourth straight quality start from Mattox. El Paso also got two very good innings out of David Whigham again as he pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings and allowed only one base runner. The pitcher of the night was Pensacolaâ€™s Jared Gothreaux who earned a no decision but pitched 10 innings and allowed only two runs on 11 hits.
El Paso out hit the Pelicans 11-7 being led by Hector Bernal who went 4-5 with his second home run of the season, and scored both El Paso runs on the night. Rico Santana went 2-5 with a double and an RBI while Mike Provencher went 2-5 as well. El Paso had very few chances on the night again. Their only other big threat was the tenth inning when they had runners at second and third with two outs.
The Diablos now head over to Shreveport for the final leg of their road trip. Aaron Kalb (1-3, 4.53) will be on the mound against Ryan DiPietro (4-1, 5.30). First pitch is slated for 6:05.