By Alex Morales
El Paso, TX---- The Diablos tried to win their six straight game against Amarillo and inch their way back to the .500 mark, but the Sox and starting pitcher Travis Lawler had other plans as they thumped El Paso 14-2 Saturday night at Cohen Stadium.
Lawler (1-0) was effective from the mound the entire night for Amarillo (5-10) as he limited the Diablos (6-10) from establishing anything from the get go. He pitched seven innings giving up only one run on seven hits. He had four strikeouts and walked only two batters.
Shaun Ellis (0-3) started the night for the Diablos and he pitched well in the first three innings giving up only two runs. The fourth inning was a heart breaker for Ellis as he was unable to recover from a two-out error made by the right fielder Stephen Douglas. That error opened the flood gates as the Sox scored five that inning.
Ellis did not last much longer as he pitched only four and one third innings giving up nine runs, four of them earned on 11 hits on five strikeouts. Amad Stephens and Jorge Crespo pitched the last four and two thirds of the game. Stephens allowed three runs in two and thirds innings pitched, while Crespo gave up two runs in two innings pitched.
The Diablos did managed to get on the board first with an RBI single by third baseman Martin Parra in the second inning. The base hit brought in first baseman Kyle Nichols. El Paso did not score again until the ninth and that was off reliever Austin Chamnbliss. Right fielder Stephen Douglas doubled in Butch Ballez, but that run meant nothing as they were down 13 entering the ninth.
El Paso is off tomorrow as it is a travel day as they head to Shreveport for a five-game series against the Shreveport-Bossier Captains. The Diablos lost the first series against the Captains, dropping three of the four to them. The Diablos will send David Whigham (2-1) to the mound. Whigham has won his last two starts and looks to win his third in-a-row against the Captains.