Brett Wallace hit a solo homer in the second inning and Ramiro Pena a game-clinching three-run shot in the sixth to complete El Paso’s doubleheader sweep of the Zephyrs for El Paso on Friday at Zephyr Field.
Led by starter Daniel McCutchen, El Paso pitchers gave up two hits — Jesus Flores’ single leading off the third and Isaac Galloway’s run-scoring triple in the seventh — in the second game. In the first game, veteran Zach Segovia allowed one run on three hits in five innings for the Chihuahuas.
In the first game, Z’s left-hander Pat Misch (2-4) allowed a double and run-scoring single in the first, two runs in the second with two doubles doing most of the damage, and a run in the third on an infield single and three consecutive walks.
Mound & field
The Zephyrs’ bullpen had allowed just six earned runs in 39.1 innings coming into Friday’s first game.
Salvador Sanchez entered with two out in the top of the third inning with the bases loaded and got the third out. He didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out one in 2.1 innings.
In the sixth inning, reliever James Nygren helped the bullpen’s cause with his fielding. With runners on first and second, he got Melvin Upton to pop out to the mound. Then, he induced Alex Dickerson to ground back to the mound, starting a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.
A matter of time
San Diego Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. began a rehab assignment with El Paso on Monday. He was known by his nickname, B.J., before switching to his birth name this season.
He is coming off a toe injury, and was expected to take about 40 at-bats before returning to the Major leagues.
“He’s running well, says he’s OK,” manager Pat Murphy said. “He just needs to get into a little game shape and not have a setback.”
Upton was 3-for-9 in his first two games, then lined a double leading off Friday’s first game. On his next at-bat, he reached on a catcher’s interference. He scored both times.
Upton signed a five-year, $72.25 million free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves in 2013, but hit .184 and .208 last season. He was traded to the Padres on April 5.
When shortstop Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the first with a single in Friday’s first game, it marked the 30th time in 33 games he has gotten at least one hit. He came into the game hitting .331, ninth in the Pacific Coast League. … El Paso catcher Rocky Gale walked in the third inning when Misch allowed the 20-second pitch clock to expire on a 3-2 pitch. … Entering Friday, the Zephyrs had been swept in six of their past seven doubleheaders going back to the 2012 season. Eight of the 12 losses in those sweeps were by one run. However, the last time New Orleans swept a doubleheader, it was against the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, then based in Tucson, Arizona.