Margaritas go deep on Mariachis in front of 12,017 at La Plaza - Albuquerque Journal

Margaritas go deep on Mariachis in front of 12,017 at La Plaza

Drew Weeks of the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico watches as his broken bat heads down the third-base line against El Paso. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

On a night for the long ball and snazzy alternate uniforms, El Paso flexed just a little bit more muscle.

The Margaritas swatted four home runs, the last two against the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico bullpen, and El Paso claimed a 7-5 victory Friday night.

There was an abundance of pomp and circumstance on a busy promotion night that included the Mariachis, plus multiple tributes to the late Tejano singer Selena that drew an announced 12,017 fans to La Plaza. This game even featured a weird (albeit brief) delay involving, of all things, an incapacitated vehicle on the warning track.

In the end, El Paso’s homers carried a little more heft than did the two hit by the Mariachis.

But while the four home runs were big for El Paso, it was Austin Allen’s two-out, RBI single in the top of the seventh that capped a three-run frame against Mariachis reliever Harrison Musgrave and put El Paso in front 6-5. That came four batters after teammate Michael Gettys tied the game 5-all with a two-run blast, his 23rd, to left-center against Musgrave.

The Margaritas added an insurance run in the ninth on Ty France’s line-drive homer to left, his 21st of the season.

It was the Mariachis who played long ball first, with Drew Weeks cracking a titanic home run to straightaway center to open the scoring. The outfielder sent an offering from Margaritas starter Dietrich Enns into the trees well beyond the fence for his ninth of the season.

El Paso squared things in the top of the third, with Boog Powell slicing an RBI double into the gap in left center. But in the bottom half, Enns, working deliberately, lost the strike zone for about 10 minutes and got himself into all sorts of trouble in the process.

With two outs and Elliot Soto at second base after a double, Enns walked Yonder Alonso. Then he walked Pat Valaika to load the bases.

And then he walked Josh Fuentes to score a run, and a 2-1 Mariachis lead.

El Paso countered in the next half-inning, with back-to-back home runs from Seth Mejias-Brean and Esteban Quiroz against de Nuevo Mexico southpaw starter Pat Dean, who had a quality start against El Paso for the second time in the last week, surrendering three runs in six innings with eight strikeouts.

Enns yielded consecutive singles to Soto and Sam Hilliard leading off the bottom of the fifth. On a 1-2 pitch, Alonso followed by unloading with a deep drive to right. That three-run home run forced another lead change, 5-3 for the Mariachis.

El Paso got a combined four scoreless bullpen innings from veteran sidewinding junker Kazuhisa Makita — who had at least one pitch register a scant 59 mph on the stadium scoreboard — and Trevor Megill. Those two combined to retire the final eight batters.

NOTES: As for that aforementioned stuck vehicle, early in the game, a tiny truck had some sort of mechanical issue in right-center field. Three men had to push the thing all the way across the warning track and through an exit in the left-field corner before play could resume. … This weekend’s promotion-heavy weekend includes post-game fireworks tonight and Sunday night; Sunday is Dukes retro night. … Now this is devotion: an Isotopes staffer said one fan arrived at 11:15 a.m. Friday, and camped out all afternoon on a 100-degree day in order to make sure she got a Mariachis jersey when the gates finally opened. … The Mariachis’ leading hitter, and the PCL’s second-leading batter, Yonathan Daza, did not play Friday night.

‘TOPES TODAY: Home vs. El Paso

6:35 p.m., 610AM/95.9 FM

Promotion: Postgame fireworks

Probable starters: Chihuahuas RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1, 7.20) vs. Isotopes RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 5.89)

Friday: In the first game of a three-game set, El Paso hit four home runs and beat the Isotopes/Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico 7-5.

Drew Weeks and Yonder Alonso went deep for Albuquerque, and Pat Dean supplied six strong innings on the bump before the bullpen gave away the lead late. Elliot Soto had three of the Isotopes’ eight hits.


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