Game 1: Chihuahuas 4 - Albuquerque Isotopes 0 (7 innings)
Left fielder Jake Goebbert broke open a 1-0 game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-run home run to left-center to give Daniel McCutchen the win after he tossed six scoreless innings. Frank Garces, who recently came down from the Padres, closed out Isotopes in order for the win in the seventh inning of the truncated game.
“Getting in the rotation has really helped him,” said El Paso manager Jamie Quirk on McCutchen. “For some guys it’s just about getting in a rhythm and also as a starter you get a chance to work on pitches more, since you don’t have to be “on” so much as in the bullpen.” “You can really go all out much more.” McCutchen, 32, who is part of the Chihuahuas’ “thirtysomething” starting pitching, came over from the Rangers’ organization in the off-season, has been both a starter and reliever for El Paso this season and pitched his best outing of the season scattering four hits.
Goebbert has been one of El Paso’s hottest hitters and has seen his batting average increase 36 points since July 1, had two hits today and first baseman Tommy Medica continues to be red-hot with his third multi-hit game in four games.
“In the last homestand Jody [David, the El Paso hitting coach] had them out early working on some things. They made some mechanical adjustments and they have been able to carry them into games.”
Game 2: Albuquerque Isotopes 9 - Chihuahuas 2 (7 innings)
In the nightcap the game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning before the wheels came off for Chris Smith, who had been the best starter this season for the Chihuahuas. He came into the game with a 3.19 ERA in ten starts and tonight gave up the most earned runs since May 6.
Reliever Nick Vincent also saw his ERA balloon to 4.08 from 3.38. In both the sixth and seventh innings the Isotopes were able to put together rallies with two outs to scratch out three earned runs.
Third baseman Casey McElroy was a bright spot offensively with a two for three night.