The El Paso Chihuahuas (26-25) beat the Fresno Grizzlies (29-22) 2-0 Sunday afternoon from Chukchansi Park. Five El Paso pitchers combined for the six-hit shutout. Starter Chris Huffman tossed four innings, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out a pair. Eric Yardley (2-0) earned the win after two and one-third frames of relief. The Chihuahuas mustered three double plays (two with the bases-loaded) en route to the victory.
Luis Urias gave El Paso a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he destroyed a pitch to left. It was his fifth homer of the season and 18th RBI. The advantage extended to 2-0 in the top of the second when Carlos Asuaje crossed the plate on a triple to left-center by Allen Craig.
The two-runs were enough for Jose Castillo, who picked up his third save of the year.
Fresno starter Trent Thornton (3-3) suffered the defeat after six innings of work. He allowed three hits, two runs (earned), walking two and punching out eight. Thornton didn't give up a hit in his final four frames.
Buddy Boshers notched a perfect seventh and Cody Bohanek (2-for-4) enjoyed his second Triple-A multi-hit game (four-game hit streak), while picking up his first steal. Drew Ferguson (1-for-1) reached base all four at-bats and Garrett Stubbs (1-for-1) reached base three times.
Both teams continue the series with game four of five Monday afternoon from Chukchansi Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PT with pre-game starting at 3:45 PT on milb.streamguys1.com/fresnogrizzlies. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (2-0, 4.05) and El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (0-2, 6.91) are the probable starters.
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