Chihuahuas Lose 7-3

EL PASO - Jason Lane has been the workhorse for the El Paso staff logging a 104.1 innings to lead the pitching staff but just didn’t have it tonight as he gave up seven earned runs in four innings as El Paso went down for their third straight loss and second of the homestand.

“They got to two, we got one, they got one more, then two, we get one, it just didn’t match up,” said Chihuahuas manager Jamie Quirk.

“Your best momentum is your starting pitcher to get you off on the right foot and we didn’t have it today.”

The El Paso offense did make a better showing than the previous night with 13 hits, but only one was for extra-bases also grounded into three double plays. The Chihuahuas were two for eleven with runners in scoring position.

First baseman Tommy Medica was the offensive star of the night going three for four with an RBI. After a bad May (.191) and June (.218) he is hitting .423 for his first eight games in July.

Center fielder Abraham Almonte was one for three with a pair of walks and and RBI.

“It’s great to get hits, but it also matters when you get them. It’s about scoring runs and we just didn’t get them at the right time.”

One of the positives to take away from the night was the performance of the bullpen, Leonel Campos, Jay Jackson and Jerry Sullivan, who held the Isotopes scoreless for five innings.

“We went to them earlier than we would have liked but we had to keep the game close. All of those guys coming up have some stuff and they kept it right there for us.”

“We just didn’t capitalize offensively.”

Notes: After committing a pair of errors in last night’s game Cody Decker was out early taking an endless amount of grounders. Decker was flawless in all of his fielding chances at third base tonight...Alex Dickerson left the game early tonight due to a stomach flu. With all of the trade talk at the major league level keep an eye on potential deals involving members of the El Paso bullpen. The three relievers that pitched tonight, Campos, Jackson and Sullivan all have the metrics scouts look for in bullpen arms; more strikeouts than innings pitched and less hits than innings pitched. Sullivan in particular has been impressive recently.

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