The Fresno Tacos (66-50) fell 7-5 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (56-60) on Taco Tuesday at Chukchansi Park. It was Fresno's fifth straight loss, tying their longest such streak of the season (April 14-18). With a base-hit in the game, Jack Mayfield extended his season-long hit streak to six games while Fresno continues to lead all of Minor League Baseball with 176 home runs.
The Tacos took an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame before the Chihuahuas tied the contest in the second. For Fresno, Preston Tucker walked for the 26th time in his last 21 games before A.J. Reed (2-for-4) doubled to advance him to third. Mayfield's two-run single drove them home. For El Paso, Rocky Gale (3-for-4) doubled and scored on a Diego Goris (2-for-4) double before Travis Jankowski (3-for-5) knocked a RBI triple to score Goris.
In the bottom of the second the Tacos took back the lead, 3-2. Tony Kemp groundout out for a RBI when Alejandro Garcia scored after he singled to get on. The lead increased to 4-2 when Reed crushed a solo home run to right in the third. His 23rd homer of the season set a new single-season record for an Astros-affiliated player. Jon Singleton hit 22 home runs in 2015, the previous-high.
El Paso tied the contest again in the fourth. A Franchy Cordero RBI single scored Gale who knocked his second double of the game and a Christian Villanueva (2-for-3) sacrifice fly scored Jankowski who walked to get on. Fresno quickly regained the lead, 5-4, when Kemp led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a Jon Kemmer RBI groundout.
The Chihuahuas took their first lead of the night in the seventh. Villanuava led off with a double and scored on a Gale sacrifice fly before Ryan Schimpf (walk) scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-5. They increased their lead to a 7-5 final when Rafael Ortega (walk) scored on a Goris RBI single in the ninth.
Kent Emanuel allowed four runs on ten hits through six innings in the start for Fresno while walking three and striking out five. Jordan Jankowski (1-3) suffered the loss in two innings of relief having allowed two runs on one hit and four walks with two punch-outs.
For El Paso, starter Jordan Lyles tossed an inning and a third in his first appearance of the season. Bryan Rodriguez (6-7) earned the win through 6.2 innings of relief while reliever Adam Cimber picked up his third save of the season with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth.
Fresno and El Paso will play the third of a four-game series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Dillon Overton (2-3, 6.57) will be on the mound for the Chihuahuas to face Fresno RHP Dean Deetz (1-1, 7.23).
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