Urias Wears One, Then Hurts Rainiers as El Paso Wins Game & Series

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Tacoma, Washington

It was a crisp late spring evening at Cheney Stadium, in Tacoma, with a good crowd on hand.

Dillon Overton took the hill for the Chihuahuas (24-24) and was opposed by Rob Whalen for the Tacoma Rainiers (24-24).

The lineup started out with Austin Hedges batting sixth and catching in what would have been his fourth game of this rehab stint. Instead he was scratched. There is no word as of yet as to why he was scratched.

He was spotted in the dugout throughout the game, so it doesn’t look like he is in any hurry to get to L.A. for the Padres’ upcoming series with the Dodgers.

A.J. Kennedy got the spot start at catcher and went 0-4.

The game got off to a painful start for Luis Urias, as he took a pitch off of the back to get on base. He would get his revenge as he came around to score on a double by Brett Nicholas later in the inning.

Tacoma tied it up in the second with a homer by Zach Vincej. Overton was not in much trouble most of the night as he pitched 6 1/3 innings and only allowed two runs and struck out five.

El Paso took the lead back in the fourth with a Diego Goris double down the right field line, scoring Carlos Asuaje, who reached base three times tonight with a hit and two walks.

Tacoma fought back to tie it in the fifth on a base hit with the infielders playing in.

Urias once again had a chance to make the Rainiers hurt and he didn’t disappoint, with an RBI double right down the left field line. He finished the night 2-4, with a double, RBI and run scored to go along with his hit by pitch.

That would be all the Chihuahuas needed as Trey Wingenter and Jose Castillo shut it down without much fight. Castillo earned his second save of the season and this was of the two-inning variety.

Five different Chihuahuas had at least one hit. Brett Nicholas was on a tear in this series as he was 2-4 with an RBI double. He had seven hits, three doubles, a stolen base and four RBI in this four game series in Tacoma.

The Chihuahuas get a key road series win and are three games back of Salt Lake for first place in the PCL Pacific Southern division.

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.

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