The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Las Vegas 51s Tuesday 5-1, winning their second consecutive game. Chihuahuas reliever Adam Cimber made a spot start and lasted 6.2 innings, allowing only one run.
It was the second Independence Day win at Cashman Field in the last five years for the Padres’ Triple-A club, as the Tucson Padres knocked off Las Vegas 3-1 in 2012.
The Chihuahuas took a 3-0 lead on three consecutive two-out RBI hits in the top of the third inning. Jabari Blash’s two-run homer put El Paso ahead 5-1 in the eighth. It was Blash’s second home run in as many games and his 17th of the season.
Those eighth inning insurance runs proved valuable when Las Vegas loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth before Logan Bawcom came in to end the threat and pick up his second save of the season.
The Chihuahuas are now 3-1 all-time on the Fourth of July.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Zach Lee (2-1, 5.82) vs. Las Vegas RHP Mitch Atkins (1-1, 6.10). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (41-44), Las Vegas (32-53)
El Paso 5 Las Vegas 1 – Tuesday
WP: Cimber (2-0)
LP: Knapp (3-10)
S: Bawcom (2)