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Tony Decker slammed a home run in the eighth inning to lift El Paso to a 5-4 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 22, 2014
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Tony Decker slammed a home run in the eighth inning to lift El Paso to a 5-4 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Chihuahuas broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth on Decker’s solo homer. The game ended with El Paso right fielder Alex Castellanos catching pinch-hitter long Andrw Aplin’s long blast at the top of the right-field wall.

Shortstop Jonathan Villar had two RBIs for the RedHawks, both on groundouts. Catcher Max Stassi had two hits, including his eighth homer of the season in the fifth. Preston Tucker also had an RBI and has 90 for the season.

WHY CHIHUAHUAS?

When the San Diego Padres announced last year they were moving their Triple-A affiliate from Tucson to El Paso, the team allowed fans to determine the nickname.

After months of voting, last October, El Paso officials said Chihuahuas received more votes than Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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