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El Paso, TX — Neither team scored until the eighth inning of the Memphis Redbirds’ 2-1 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Saturday at Southwest University Park. El Paso starter Jason Lane pitched eight innings and did not allow an earned run, tossing only 77 pitches in the start. All three runs of the game scored on sacrifice flies. It was the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Memphis nearly scored the game’s first run in the top of the second when Pete Kozma hit a line drive to left field with Stephen Piscotty at third, but Yeison Asencio caught the ball near his ankles and threw it to catcher Adam Moore, who tagged Piscotty for a double play. The Chihuahuas turned four double plays Saturday, all in the first five innings of the game.
Kozma’s sacrifice fly in the eighth broke the scoreless standstill. The Chihuahuas tied the game a half inning later when Jeff Francoeur hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to score rehabbing outfielder Cameron Maybin. The Redbirds plated the go-ahead run on Scott Moore’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.
Team Records: El Paso (61-67) Memphis (69-58)
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Memphis LHP Tim Cooney (11-6, 3.66) vs. El Paso RHP Donn Roach (4-5, 4.97). Game coverage begins at 6:00 pm on Team 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
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