France provides pop in Chihuahuas lineup

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The El Paso Chihuahuas have not been able to come up with wins in their first two games of the season, but fans are already beginning to see what Ty France brings to the lineup.

France, who finished last season with Triple-A El Paso, is 5-8 with 5 runs batted in in the Chihuahuas’ first two games of the season. He provided the first home run of the 2019 season on Opening Day and the infielder is capable of doing this night-in and night-out.

“He will hit for average, he will hit for power, and his frame of mind is great,” said Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez. “He’s a leader and he’s a hard nose player. There’s no excuses with him. Those kind of players, you always need those players.”

France just completed his first big league camp with the San Diego Padres in spring training. He was able to work closely with Padres third baseman Manny Machado.

“Getting the chance to work with Manny Machado at third base, that is hard to beat,” said France. A lot of people asked me once Manny signed, ‘what changes for you?’ Nothing changed for me. I still had to go out there and prove that I am a big league player and I had to go out and win a job.”

France and the Chihuahuas will go for their first win of the season on Saturday night against Las Vegas. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at Southwest University Park.

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