EL PASO, Texas - Love was in the air Saturday night at Southwest University Park. And fortunately for the Chihuahuas and a pair of fans, the night ended with a toast.
Jesse Scholtens continued his roaring start to the season, outdueling Colorado Rockies ace pitcher Kyle Freeland to help the Chihuahuas win their fourth straight game in a 2-0 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Freeland, pitching on minor-league rehab assignment for the Isotopes, allowed two earned runs in his first game on a mound in the 2021 season. Freeland is coming back from a strained shoulder suffered in spring training, and showed a nice mix of pitches that earned a fourth place finish in the 2018 Cy Young Award race.
But the best pitcher from Saturday was Scholtens, who threw 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball to pick up his second consecutive win to open the season. Scholtens finished the night with seven strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 0.77.
El Paso scored their runs on RBI singles from Webster Rivas and Taylor Kohlwey.
After the second inning, Chihuahuas fan Johnathan Chrisman proposed to his girlfriend Lucy behind home plate. Lucy thought she was taking part in a trivia contest on the videoboard, but the game concluded with Johnathan getting on one knee to propose.
Fortunately, Lucy said yes.
The Chihuahuas host Albuquerque again on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm MT.