The Las Vegas 51s put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inningSaturday but the El Paso Chihuahuas hung on to win 6-5. It was El Paso’s third consecutive one-run game.
Down 2-0 in the third, El Paso’s Hunter Renfroe hit an RBI double to cut the deficit to one. Diego Goris struck a two-out, two-run bases loaded single in the fifth to put the Chihuahuas ahead for the first time. Newcomer Felipe Blanco launched a two-run homer in the sixth to put El Paso up 5-2, his first home run of the season for any of the three Padres’ affiliates he’s played for this year.
Leading 5-3 in the eighth, Carlos Asuaje provided an insurance run with a solo home run to left field, his seventh of the season, with six of the homers coming in road ballparks. The insurance run proved crucial when Las Vegas rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth and fell one run short.
Aaron Northcraft tossed six innings in the win and struck out eight 51s, his highest single-game strikeout total in Triple-A this season. Jason Jester pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his Triple-A debut on the same day he was transferred from Double-A San Antonio.
Team Records: El Paso (61-47), Las Vegas (53-54)
Next Game: Sunday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (10-5, 5.68) vs. Las Vegas RHP Robert Gsellman (1-3, 6.94). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 6 Las Vegas 5 – Saturday
WP: Northcraft (5-1)
LP: Knapp (0-1)
S: Quackenbush (1)