Chihuahuas Go Into the Break with a 5-3 win

EL PASO - Third baseman Cody Decker broke out of a 1-11 slump with a a big two-run RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Chihuahuas a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and also made a pair of sparkling defensive plays to give El Paso a 5 -3 win on Sunday night before a three day break for the All-Star Game.

“Unfortunately I am an up and down player. When I am hot, i can get really hot, and when I’m cold, it’s ugly,” said Decker, who will be El Paso’s representative at the Triple-A All-Star game on his struggles this homestand.

“I’m starting to feel really good at third and it was just a question of getting comfortable.” Decker currently leads the organization in home runs with 15 and is second overall with 55 RBI.

El Paso used five different pitchers during the game and with the upcoming break was able to empty out their bullpen with starter Aaron Northcraft just going two innings.

“That was our plan going into tonight with the off-days coming up,” said Chihuahuas’ manager Jamie Quirk.

“Our bullpen is excellent and they all have “stuff” whatever that means, but it plays. They all have velocity, they all can pitch and they all can get outs.”

Catcher Rocky Gale continued his strong year with a pair of hits to push his batting average to .324 and shortstop Ramiro Pena, who recently came back from a shoulder injury and paternity leave, also had three hits.

El Paso enters the break one game under .500 with a 44-45 record.

Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale 2-4; SS/2B Ramiro Pena 3-4, RBI; LF Alex Dickerson 2-4; 3B Cody Decker 1-3, 2 RBI; RHP Aaron Northcraft 2.0 IP 4 H R ER 2 K; RHP Leonel Campos (W, 2-0) 2.0 IP 2 BB 3 K; RHP Jerry Sullivan 2.0 IP 2 H R 3 K; RHP Jay Jackson 1.0 IP 2 H R ER 2 K; RHP Cory Mazzoni (S, 4) 2.0 IP 2 H BB 2 K.

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