By: Alex Morales
El Paso, TX-- The El Paso Diablos have had an awful stretch of games where both their pitching and hitting had be non-existent, but tonight was a different story as both facets of their game came out to play as they destroyed Shreveport 21-6 Tuesday night at Cohen Stadium.
The Diablos (5-7) snapped their four-game losing streak as David Whigham (2-1) pitched a magnificent seven innings as he allowed just three runs on four hits. He struck out eight batters and walked only one. Whigham carried a one-hitter into the eighth before allowing three runs in the frame.
Shreveport's (7-5) starting pitcher had a rough night from the get go. Daniel McHenry (1-1) gave up a first inning two-run home run to Kyle Nichols. Then in the third inning, the Diablos exploded for seven runs and McHenry's night was over. He was charged with giving up 10 runs on 12 hits in over two and two thirds innings pitched.
El Paso's offense showed up tonight for the first time in three games as it scored at will against Shreveport. They pushed across 21 runs on 26 hits. Every single batter for the Diablos had a hit except for pinch hitter Wardell Starling.
The Diablos were lead by Martin Parra, Stephen Douglas, Kyle Nichols, Manny Mejia, and Gerardo Avila. Martin Parra went 3-6 with an inside the park home run, double and four RBI. Douglas, Nichols, Mejia, and Avila all had four hits a piece. Nichols and Avila also went deep in the game. Avila led the team with five RBI.
Offensively for the Captains, it was once again former Diablo Mike Provencher who caused problems for El Paso. Provencher finished the night 2-4 with a home run, his second in two days and finished the night with three RBI. Catcher Brian Peterson had a triple in the ninth that brought in two. He finished 1-4 on the night.
Tomorrow is game three of a four-game series between the two teams. The Diablos will send Cardoza Tucker (0-1 6.24 ERA) to the mound. In his last appearance he pitched five and third giving up three runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.
The game is set for 7:05 pm at Cohen Stadium. It is Military Appreciation Night as all Military will have free admission into the game.