EL PASO, Texas - It was a big surprise that it took all of four games for the El Paso Chihuahuas to hit their first home at usually-friendly Southwest University Park. But as the adage goes, when it rains it pours.
Robbie Podorsky, Ben Ruta, and Nick Tanielu all homered Sunday, to help El Paso win their 5th straight game in a 5-3 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes. For Podorsky and Ruta, it was their first ever Triple-AAA home run.
The Chihuahuas haven't needed to hit many home runs this season, as the pitching has a league-best 2.64 era.
One day after limiting the Isotopes to just three hits, five Chihuahuas pitchers held Albuquerque to five hits Sunday. Evan Miller led the charge, striking out six in three innings.
In addition, the Chihuahuas impact was felt at the major league level with the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Infielder Ivan Castillo, who began the weekend in El Paso's lineup, picked up his first career MLB hit in the form of an RBI single to help the Padres defeat the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.
With so many Padres players on the Covid-19 list, it has been a shuffling of rosters between El Paso and San Diego over the past week.
Next up for the Chihuahuas is a Monday 6:35pm first pitch against the Isotopes at Southwest University Park.