The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied to tie Tuesday’s game in Tacoma with a run in the eighth inning and another in the ninth but surrendered a bases-loaded, walk-off single to Tito Polo in the Rainiers’ 5-4 win. It was El Paso’s first road game of the season.
Ty France and Jose Pirela both hit solo home runs for El Paso, giving the Chihuahuas 10 home runs through the first six games of the season. Fernando Rodriguez pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts in his season debut and became the first El Paso native to play for the Chihuahuas.
Former @FranklinCougars standout Fernie Rodriguez makes his @epchihuahuas debut tonight in Tacoma, becoming the first El Pasoan to play for the Chihuahuas in team history. Final line: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 SO (struck out the side in 7th inning). #MiLB #KTSM9Sports @FHSDiamondCougs pic.twitter.com/JGAOijSgcu— Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) April 10, 2019
Gerardo Reyes also threw a scoreless outing for the Chihuahuas. El Paso turned three double plays in the loss, tying a season high.
Team Records: El Paso (1-5), Tacoma (2-4)
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (0-1, 27.00) vs. Tacoma LHP Tommy Milone (0-0, 11.25). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Tacoma 5 El Paso 4 – Tuesday
WP: Rumbelow (1-0)
LP: Maton (0-1)