Last night’s game for El Paso against Salt Lake was the most important game of the season, with the Chihuahuas’ first place spot on the hot seat. But as highly anticipated as the game was supposed to be, El Paso charged through Salt Lake last night with a four-run fifth inning and beat the Bees 7-1.

El Paso’s pitching staff was credited with the back-to-back wins over Salt Lake, who had the most hits and runs in the PCL before the series. Chihuahuas pitchers held the Bees to eight runs in three games.

Now the Chihuahuas are atop the PCL Southern Division at first place with a 4.5 game advantage. With 18 games left on the schedule, and posting a 69-52 overall record, El Paso is fully in control of their own destiny for a postseason run. They are back from a week-long homestand and will be back at Southwest University Park for 11 of their final 18 games.

Thursday will mark their seven-game homestand, with four games against Las Vegas (Thursday through Sunday) and three against Albuquerque (Tuesday through Thursday).

So if you’re a fan of the Chihuahuas, now is the time to head over to a game to see some big-name prospects and see El Paso push its way for a chance at another PCL Southern Division title.

Padres prospects like second baseman Luis Urias and catcher Francisco Mejia might not be on the Triple-A roster next year, as they have been inching closer and closer to an MLB roster spot. Pitchers Logan Allen and Cal Quantrill have made noise on the mound after each being moved up to Triple-A, but might find themselves in San Diego after this season. Chihuahuas veterans like Carlos Asuaje, Diego Goris, Allen Craig and Shane Peterson are all on the roster for El Paso currently, and each have a good fan-following in El Paso.