May 23, 2010
El Paso committed five errors in a sloppy effort as they dropped their series finale 8-1 to the Shreveport-Bossier Captains at Fairgrounds Field on Sunday night. The Diablos still managed a series win over the Captains, but missed out on a chance to move ahead of Shreveport in the standings and into sole possession of second place in the South Division.
El Paso committed five errors in the game, to go along with handing out six walks and two hit batters. D.J. Mattox made the start but was not his usual sharp self on the mound. Mattox (1-2) allowed five earned runs while pitching into the seventh inning. After walking just three in his first two starts, Mattox walked five while striking out only three. Alex Oles finished up the pitching line on the night allowing the final run while striking out three.
The Captains took the early 2-0 lead on a Jorge Alvarez two RBI single. The Diablos would come back to cut the lead in half when they scored their only run of the night in the third inning. Bryon Smith singled home Jeff Vincent, but that was all the scoring the Diablos would get. Shreveport came back to score two more runs in the fifth inning to make it 4-1. They would open up their lead in the seventh inning when they sent 10 men to the plate scoring four more to their total.
El Paso never could figure out Shreveport left hander Richard Salazar (1-1) who allowed eight hits but only one run in his seven innings of work. Jeff Vincent led the offensive charge going 3-4 while Bryon Smith with 2-4 with an RBI. Smith is now second in the league in RBI.
The Diablos have an off day on Tuesday as they make their way up to Sioux Falls where they kick off a series on Tuesday night. It will be a battle of two left handers as the Diablos send Leonard Landeros (0-0) to the mound against the Pheasants Chris Salberg (1-0). First pitch is slated for 6:05 and can be heard on ESPN radio 1380 or on line at www.diablos.com.
Written by Nick Vlietstra. To contact Nick, email email@example.com or call (915) 755-2000.