Despite hitting a season-high four home runs, the Las Vegas Aviators lost 8-6 to the El Paso Chihuahuas in front of 10,231 people on Friday night at Las Vegas Ballpark.
Connor Panas hit a grand slam in the first inning to spark the Chihuahuas, who scored six in the frame. Panas’ grand slam put El Paso up 5-0. Mathew Batten scored on an error to make it 6-0 before the Aviators (15-7) came up to bat.
Beau Taylor and Skye Bolt belted home runs for the home team in the second inning, cutting the deficit to 6-2. A sacrifice fly in the fourth inning put El Paso back up by five at 7-2, but Las Vegas got the run back on Seth Brown’s eighth homer of the season in the sixth.
Austin Allen put the Chihuahuas (14-7) back up 8-3 in the top of the seventh, but the Aviators cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Mark Payton hit a three-run home run.
That’s as close as the Aviators would get. Las Vegas dropped its third straight with starter Daniel Mengden (3-1) suffering the loss.
Las Vegas pitching has surrendered 32 runs in the three games.