Chihuahuas Stage Big Comeback

EL PASO, TX - "I got this, I don't know what you are doing out here" said reliever Hector Ambriz, who the Padres had signed "off of his couch after spring training, to El Paso Manager Pat Murphy with a runner on third and one out.

"Well I haven't seen your slider yet," replied Murphy.

"It's there."

"Well I'm from Missouri, so show me."

Ambriz went on to strike out the next batter and got the last batter to ground out to second in a wild 10 - 9 victory before another sell-out crowd at Southwestern University Park.

RHP Keyvius Sampson started the game and went 4.2 innings and allowed five of his six earned runs on three home runs as the Chihuahuas were down by seven runs going into the bottom of the fifth.

"He did somethings well, but we have a young staff this year and they have streaks," Murphy said on Sampson's performance.

"They are not experienced PCL pitchers. You can't just beat people with your fastball, because they are going to hit it."

A solo home run by second baseman Tyler Greene in the bottom of the fifth but El Paso on the board and was a prelude to their biggest rally of the year.

In the bottom of the sixth, relief pitcher Tim Sexton had his first hit of the season which was followed by four straight hits to bring the score to 7-4.

With two on, third baseman Jonathan Galvez hit a long sacrifice fly to center field that nearly went out to bring El Paso within two.

After a walk by catcher Rocky Gale, the "Anti-Hero" a.k.a. Cody Decker, strode up to the plate to pinch-hit for Sexton. Decker, although having an OPS of .826 - and again for some inexplicable reason continues to search for consistent playing time - was 0-5 on the season as a pinch-hitter, but that didn't mean he wasn't confident.

"I love that situation, when the crowd is going wild," said the former thespian star of his high school musical "The Music Man".

"When you are in that situation it is a very difficult task and you have to really look to attack the baseball."

"And when I mean "attack" the baseballI 'm not looking to just hit the ball, I want to put a dent in it."

And once again Decker came through hitting a line drive double that kissed the chalk on the left field line to bring the Chihuahuas even.

Las Vegas, who now has a 31-12 record on the season, which is the best in professional baseball, came back with a two-run home run off of lefty Bobby LaFromboise, pulled ahead 9-8.

SS Jace Peterson answered back with his first AAA home run, a solo shot over right field, followed by two batters later when newcomer left fielder Jake Goebbert also homered over right to put El Paso up 10-9.

Ambriz then came in to get the final six outs of the game after convincing Pat Murphy that his slider was good enough to stay.

"I love it when they show me up, I'll take that every day," said a smiling Murphy.

Chihuahua Bites: The ball was flying today as both teams hit seven home runs...I was impressed with former Padres' first round pick Allan Dykstra, who looks much improved from his tenures in Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore. He has a very solid approach and made consistent hard contact...Jace Peterson made several nice plays in the field this weekend. If Headley does leave it's hard to not see him as a regular in San Diego next year...Finally one of the reasons why Kyle Blanks was traded was the organization's need for a quality left-handed corner bat. Goebbert put together some nice at-bats including a big home run today to put El Paso ahead is easily the best left-handed hitting corner bat at the AA and AAA levels.

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