Diablos win their fifth straight game, edging Coastal Bend 6-5
Matt Kent's solo home run helped pace the El Paso Diablos to a 6-5 victory over the Coastal Bend Aviators at Cohen Stadium on Saturday night.
The Coastal Bend Aviators struck first in the top of the first inning. J.D Foust was hit by pitch with two outs. He then stole second base on the next pitch and was plated by a Juan Figueroa single, making it 1-0.
El Paso wasted little time responding, as they pieced together a run of their own in the bottom of the first off of Kevin Hull. Kory Drew dropped down a surprise bunt and reached first base on the single. Jorge Alvarez then continued his hot hitting, by blasting a double off of the left field wall which tied the game at 1.
Robbie Wachman got himself into a major jam in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and one out, Wachman had to face the lead off hitter Bryan Fryer. He forced Fryer to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and got out of the inning unharmed.
The Diablos erupted for two runs in the bottom of the second. The Diablos had four base hits in the inning, including RBI singles from Jordan Belcher and Kory Drew, setting the score at 3-1.
Coastal Bend worked together a run in the top of the fourth. Phillip Grau shot a single through the right side to plate Bryon Smith, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
El Paso responded quickly, by tacking on a run in the bottom of the fourth. Kory Drew led off the frame with stand up triple to deep center. Jorge Alvarez drove him home with an RBI single, his second RBI of the game, setting the score at 4-2 into the top of the fifth.
Coastal Bend tacked on a run in the sixth and seventh innings.. Grant Richardson picked up an RBI single in the sixth. In the seventh, Derick Van Dusen led off with a massive double off the right field wall. Van Dusen then crossed the dish on a throwing error from Robbie Wachman, which tied the game at four. Wachman escaped the inning without further damage though, as the Diablos defense prevailed. Wachman induced two straight ground ball outs, including a 1-2 put out at the plate which nabbed Bryan Fryer. Matt Kent then threw out J.D Foust attempting to steal second base to end the Aviators chances in the seventh.
The Diablos took care of business in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Matt Kent led off the frame with a mammoth home run to deep right field, giving the El Paso a lead they would never relinquish. Logan Wood added an insurance run on as he doubled, and eventually scored on a wild pitch, giving El Paso the 6-4 edge.
Coastal Bend did score one more run in the top of the eighth inning. Grant Richardson plated Bryon Smith with a sacrifice fly to right field. However, Ned Darley came in and recorded the final two outs of the inning, including a strike out of Derrick Van Dusen to end the frame.
Darley threw a scoreless ninth to preserve the victory and secure his second save of the season.
Robbie Wachman (1-1) picks up the win as he threw seven full surrendering four runs on 11 hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Kevin Hull gets no decision as he threw six full giving up four runs on 11 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The El Paso Diablos will close out the four game series against the Coastal Bend Aviators Sunday night at 5:05 pm. This is the first time in American Association history that the Diablos have won five straight games. Andy Torres will oppose Pedro Flores in the contest. The game will be broadcast at www.diablos.com
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