Chihuahuas 10 – Oklahoma City Dodgers 4
Key Stats: LHP Frank Garces 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 6 K; CF Manuel Margot 3-5, 2 3B, 2 RS, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-3, HR, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB, SF; C Austin Hedges 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RS, 3 RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-5, RS.
Prospect Watch: Tonight’s game is the exact reason why Padre fans should have optimism for 2017. The All Star bunch of Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Austin Hedges, and Hunter Renfroe combined for 10 hits, double, two triples, three home runs, eight runs, and six RBI. After starting out the playoffs slow all of them are now hitting at least .290 (with Margot at .481 over these six playoff games).
Last night the momentum seemed to shift when Hunter Renfroe made a great throw to pick up an outfield assist. The same event happened again tonight. With OKC having already scored a run to tie the game, they had two on with no out. A bunt lead to a force out a third, but SS Jose Rondon tried to turn two, throwing the ball down the first base line in the process. Renfroe smartly was backing up first chased it down and threw a strike to Austin Hedges for another out. After that out the Chihuahua’s scored seven in a row to essentially put the game away.
With his two home runs today Austin Hedges officially ties his minor league home run total from the past four years combined (see this clip for one of his home runs). That is incredibly impressive for any player, even more so when considering that Hedges has played in just more than half the games this season. People will make the argument that El Paso is a great hitters park, but as we have seen this season with Ryan Schimpf and Alex Dickerson, when you hit the ball hard good things will happen no matter the ballpark.
El Paso can wrap up the PCL title Thursday night in Oaklahoma City. They will send Bryan Rodriguez against rehabbing Dodgers starter Brett Anderson.
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