The El Paso Chihuahuas shut out the Las Vegas 51s 5-0 Wednesday night and won the Southern Division title 20 minutes later when Salt Lake beat Albuquerque in Salt Lake City.
It is the second straight division championship for the Chihuahuas, who will face the Northern Division champion in Game 1 of the playoffs on Wednesday, September 7 at Southwest University Park.
Auston Bousefield started El Paso’s scoring Wednesday with a solo home run to left field in the second inning, his first Triple-A homer. Hunter Renfroe’s 29th home run of the season sailed over the right field wall in the third inning, a two-run shot to make it 3-0.
El Paso added two more runs in the sixth on a wild pitch with a runner at third and a pinch-hit RBI double by Nick Torres.
Carlos Pimentel pitched five shutout innings Wednesday to earn his 12th win of the season and Eric Yardley, Jose Torres and Jason Jester followed with scoreless relief outings. It was El Paso’s ninth shutout win of the year.
Team Records: Las Vegas (66-73), El Paso (73-65)
Next Game: Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas TBA vs. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-1, 3.00). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 5 Las Vegas 0 – Wednesday
WP: Pimentel (12-7)
LP: Zeid (2-2)