Chihuahuas 7 – Oklahoma City Dodgers 5
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K; LHP Kyle McGrath 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-4, 3B, RS, BB; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, RS; SS Jose Rondon 2-4, RS; RHP Phil Maton 1.0 IP 2 K.
Prospect Watch: After a great game in the divisional round Walker Lockett struggled to find command early. He gave up a two RBI double to former Padre Will Venable and seemed likely to give up more after Corey Brown laced an RBI single into right to extend the lead to 5-0. However, Hunter Renfroe made an amazing throw on the hit to third base to end the inning and help Lockett escape further damage. Lockett would retire the next ten in a row before exiting the game after a single…El Paso came back in the third when the first five batters reached base including a bases clearing RBI double by second base prospect Carlos Asuaje. It was his only hit of the game but breathed life into the team and brought the team to within one...El Paso would take the lead for good when three singles, an error, sacrifice fly by third baseman Nick Noonan and wild pitch gave the Chihuahuas three more runs and a 7-5 lead...It should be noted that while the ball was flying around the yard early, a trio of Chihuahua relievers came in and slammed the door. LHP Kyle McGrath, and RHPs Derek Eifel, and Phil Maton combined for 3.2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 6 K. Over his last 10 appearances (Double-A/Triple-A) Kyle McGrath has allowed no runs on just five hits with 17 strikeouts. The 24 year old, 36th round pick has a 0.93 ERA this year with a 0.75 WHIP. He has gone from relatively unknown to LOOGY prospect, to back end of the pen prospect...Phil Maton came in and got his second straight save of the postseason. Maton, who started the year in Low-A Fort Wayne, spent most of the season with the High-A Storm, but has proven to be very good with El Paso and may have pitched himself into a major league Spring Training invitation.
The box score of the game is here.