By: Alex Morales
El Paso, TX-- Amarillo pitcher Ryan Mitchell had a one-hitter through six innings and had plenty of help from his offense as the Sox cruised to a 14-2 victory over the Diablos Wednesday night at Cohen Stadium.
Mitchell (2-2) was dominant in his outing as he was able to conisitently get ahead of El Paso hitters all night long as he only allowed one hit through six innings of baseball. The lone hit was given up to left fielder Chad Gabriel who singled in the second. Mitchell eventually ended up giving up two runs, one earned on four hits in seven innings of work to pick up the win.
El Paso (9-29) sent right-handed pitcher Reymond Cruz to the mound in hopes of ending their losing streak. Cruz pitched two scoreless innings before he ran into trouble in the third and fourth inning. Cruz (0-3) received the loss as he was unable to get out of the fourth as he was chased after giving up seven runs, all earned on nine hits in three and one-third innings of work.
With the loss the Diablos fell for the 13 consecutive time. That loss put them one loss short of tying the longest losing streak in the American Association league history that was set by Grand Prairie last year. After winning the first four of five from Amarillo, El Paso has dropped the last five games against the Sox.
The Sox (19-19) erupted for 14 runs on 18 hits against five Diablos pitchers. Six Sox batters had at least two hits and every starter for Amarillo had a hit except for right fielder Adam De La Garza who did not register a hit in the contest. Shortstop Jason White lead all hitters as he went 4-5 with with three RBI and three runs scored.
For the Diablos, only four batters were able to get hits in the game. Gabriel lead all Diablos hitters with two hits. Right fielder Stephen Douglas did not get a hit as he was held hitless against the Sox. Douglas has hit the best against Amarillo all year long.
Tomorrow is the final game of a three-game series between the two teams. After tomorrow's game the Diablos will hit the road for three against Grand Prairie before going to Wichita for four games against the Wingnuts. Tomorrow's game is set for 7:05 pm at Cohen Stadium and it is Thirsty Thursday as it is dollar beer night at the park.