By: Alex Morales
Amarillo, TX—The El Paso Diablos continued their winning ways as they accomplished something they had not done all year long as they swept the Amarillo Sox with a 7-5 victory Thursday night at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.
El Paso (30-53) sent Jae Jung to the mound and he did not fare well in the first three innings as he gave up a run in each of the three frames. The biggest hit off Jung was a solo home run by right fielder Tim Alberts that give the Sox a 3-0 lead after three.
Amarillo’s (38-45) starting pitcher Corey Bass had a perfect game heading into the fourth inning, but leadoff batter Maikol Gonzalez who singled to center to start a big five run inning for the Diablos. The next four batters after Gonzalez reached base as Bass had trouble producing outs.
Second baseman Albenis Machado followed Gonzalez with a single. Right fielder Nelson Teilon was then walked to bring up first baseman Javier Brito. Brito hit a two-run RBI double to make the score 3-3. Designated hitter Uriak Marquez hit a double behind Brito to bring in two more to make it 4-3. He later scored on an RBI bunt single by Alberto Espinosa which made it 5-3 after four and a half innings.
The Diablos received an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Teilon hit a home run off of Bass to make the score 6-3. The Sox came back with one in the bottom of the frame when left fielder Josh Banda hit an RBI triple to make it 6-4.
Jung came back out for the seventh, but left as he could not survive the inning as manager Jorge Alvarez brought in reliever Jake McCarter who was able to get out of the jam and still holding a 6-5 lead after seven.
Diablos bullpen was solid for the fourth consecutive game as relievers Reyes Dorado and Kyle Cremers pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning. Cremers picked up his third save of the season as he sealed the 7-5 victory for El Paso.
Jung was rewarded with the victory as he improved to 3-4 on the year. This was the first win for Jung as a member of the Diablos
El Paso heads to Grand Prairie for a three-game series. Game time is set for 7:05 pm QuikTrip Park. Diablos will send Luis Montano to the mound as he will try to give El Paso their 11 win in 12 games.