Big games for 18-year-olds Giron, Urias, Olmo
TinCaps shortstop has 4 hits, homer, 5 RBIs in 12-inning win
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Three of the younger prospects in the Padres' Minor League system had huge games Monday.
Shortstop Ruddy Giron was 4-for-7 with his eighth homer for five RBIs in Fort Wayne's 10-9, 12-inning win at South Bend.
But second baseman Luis Urias celebrated his promotion to the TinCaps going 3-for-4 with a double, a RBI and four runs. He was also hit by a pitch to start Fort Wayne's game-winning two-run rally in the top of the 12th.
And center fielder Dayon Olmo was 4-for-6 with a double, two triples, a walk, six RBIs and four runs scored with the Padres of the Dominican Summer League.
Giron, who was born Jan. 4, 1997, in the Dominican Republic, pushed his batting average to .331. He also stole his 10th base Monday, but committed two errors to raise his season total to 12 in 44 games at Fort Wayne. Among his 59 hits are four doubles and four triples for 27 RBIs and 36 runs. He has a .383 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage. He also drove in the winning run Monday. Urias, who was born June 3, 1997, in Mexico, was hitting .355 in 10 games with short-season Class A Tri-City before being promoted to Fort Wayne on Monday. He was 11-for-31 with the Dust Devils with five walks against only one strikeout. He replaced Giron as the youngest player in the Midwest League.
Olmo, who was born on Nov. 15, 1996, in the Dominican Republic, is hitting .263 with 18 walks in 24 games with the DSL Padres for a .397 on-base percentage. He is 26-for-99 with four doubles, three triples and a homer for 17 RBIs and 24 runs scored in 24 games. He has drawn 18 walks for a .397 on-base percentage.
Urias was one of four players on the move in the Padres' system Monday. Urias was promoted after infielder Felipe Blanco was promoted from Fort Wayne to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. Right-hander Bryce Morrow, who recently came off the disabled list, was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to Triple-A El Paso. Left-hander Robbie Erlin, who was 5-5 with a 6.19 ERA in 16 starts with El Paso, was placed on the Chihuahuas seven-day disabled list.
Around the farm
Triple-A El Paso (43-41): Chihuahuas 5, SALT LAKE 3. SS Benji Gonzalez (.346) capped a three-run ninth with a two-run triple (he was thrown out trying for the inside-the-park homer). 1B Tommy Medica (.245) was 1-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and two runs. RHP Chris Smith (3.19 ERA) allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in six innings. RHP Jerry Sullivan (5-1, 2.79) got the win, although he allowed a run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout in an inning. RHP Jay Jackson (1.95) walked one with a strikeout in a hitless ninth to get his fifth save.
Double-A San Antonio (35-46): TULSA 3, Missions 2. RHP Casey Kelly (4.56 ERA) allowed a run on one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings. RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (2-1, 3.32) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in two innings to take the loss.
Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (34-47): Lancaster 7, STORM 3. RHP Ronald Herrera (3.96 ERA) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. RHP Bryan Verbitsky (0-1, 20.25 ERA) allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Class A Fort Wayne (40-40): TinCaps 10, SOUTH BEND 9 (12 innings). Giron and Urias weren't the only Fort Wayne hitters to have big games. 1B Luis Tejada (.277) was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a RBI and two runs. C Jose Ruiz (.190) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. RHP Michael Kelly (4.08 ERA) allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. RHP Colby Blueberg (1-1, 1.14) had three strikeouts in three perfect innings to get the win. RHP T.J. Weir (4.34) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the 12th, but got the save.
Class A Tri-City (8-11): SALEM-KEIZER 4, Dust Devils 3. DH Justin Pacchioli (.262) was 3-for-4 with a RBI. RF Mason Smith (.241) was 2-for-4 with a RBI. LHP Travis Radke (1-2, 5.00 ERA) allowed four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Arizona Rookie Padres (5-8): The Padres were off Monday.
Dominican Summer League Padres (14-18): Padres 14, DIAMONDBACKS 7. 2B Angel Ortega was 4-for-5 with five runs. C Jose Lezama (.283) was 1-for-3 with a double, four walks, two RBIs and a run. RHP Dari Lopez (3.26 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.