51s send Chihuahuas Down 10 - 2

EL PASO, TX - In what was billed as a pitching duel between two of minor league baseball's top pitchers, the Mets' Noah Syndergaard and the Padres' Matt Wisler, turned into an affirmation on why Las Vegas is the best team in the Pacific Coast League.

The 51s got off to a fast start against Wisler when leadoff batter Matt den Dekker hit a towering home run over the center field wall. It was Wisler's third start in AAA after a dominant April in AA San Antonio and he has struggled in each of his starts, giving up five earned runs or more in all three.

"It's way to early to make any type of evaluations on what Matt is doing right now," said Chihuahuas' manager Pat Murphy.

"All three of the teams he has faced have quite a few six year players, especially the one that we saw tonight which has the best record in pro baseball."

Despite the overall numbers not looking good, Murphy noted that there has been improvement. After giving up five straight hits, he got the next five outs without any solid contact.

"It's there, but it's also a much bigger jump from the Texas League with a lot of pitcher's parks and inexperienced hitters to this part of the Pacific Coast league with the type of batters he is facing now."

"If you miss with a fastball at this level and don't have a consistent change-up it can be tough."

? One bright spot of an otherwise dismal night was the play of third baseman Jonathan Galvez. In his first ten games since coming off of the disabled list he is hitting .350/.480/.650 and looks vastly more comfortable at third base than he did a year ago.

"I put in a lot of work at that position over the winter and in Arizona during Spring Training," Galvez said on his adjustment to third.

"Playing there last year helped me to learn what I needed to do to improve."

Right fielder Jeff Francoeur came in for the ninth inning to relieve a tired bullpen, his fifth appearance, and gave up his first earned runs with a monster shot over the left field wall.

Despite the numbers not coming out the way he wanted them too, he didn't look bad especially for someone that hasn't pitched since high school before this year.

Chihuahua Bites: Jace Peterson got only his second start at shortstop since coming back from the Padres. So far he has seen the majority of his time at second base...Newly acquired Jake Goebbert, who came over from the Oakland A's organization in the Kyle Blanks trade, got a hit in his first at-bat for El Paso. He was 1-4 on the night.

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