Giron goes 3-for-3, back to .398
DePaula, 2 relievers share shutout at Fort Wayne
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Eighteen-year-old shortstop Ruddy Giron was 3-for-3 Friday night for Fort Wayne to snap out of his first "slump" of his low Single-A debut season.
Giron also had a triple, a walk a steal and scored three of the TinCaps' four runs in their 4-2 Midwest League won over Kane County in Fort Wayne.
Giron had hit "only" .286 (10-for-35) with two homers, three steals, four RBIs and eight runs scored in his nine starts previous to Friday night, dropping his batting average to .380 in the 25 games since he joined Fort Wayne from extended spring training.
Friday's game raised Giron's batting average back to .398. He has a .451 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage for a 1.112 OPS.
Giron is 41-for-103 with three doubles, three triples and six home runs. He has six steals with 14 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He has drawn nine walks while striking out only 14 times.
Left fielder Nick Torres (.317) was 2-for-3 Friday with a run scored for the 26-34 TinCaps. Right fielder Franmil Reyes (.246) was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Left-handed starter Thomas Dorminy (4.24 earned run average) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Right-hander Jimmi Brasoban (1-2, 2.87 ERA) allowed three hits with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Left-hander Brandon Fry (3.97 ERA) struck out one in 1 1/3 perfect innings to get his first save.
The Padres other Single-A affiliate got a combined five-hit shutout from three pitchers at Lake Elsinore to defeat Lancaster 3-0.
Right-handed starter Rafael DePaula (4-4, 4.20 ERA) allowed three hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings. Left-hander Chris Nunn (6.06 ERA) gave up two hits and a walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Right-hander Eric Yardley (3.33 ERA) walked one with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get his system-leading 12th save.
Catcher Adolfo Reina (.263) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the 27-34 Storm. Third baseman Gabriel Quintana (.248) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Around the farm
TRIPLE-A EL PASO (29-32): Sacramento 6, CHIHUAHUAS 4 (11 innings) - LF Alex Dickerson (.321) was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. CF Abraham Almonte (.304) was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. 2B Jedd Gyorko was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first game with El Paso after being optioned from the Padres. Starting RHP Zack Segovia (5.84 ERA) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. RHP Leonel Campos (4.20 ERA) allowed two hits with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. RHP Kevin Quackenbush (1.13 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. LHP Chris Rearick (0-2, 6.23 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning to take the loss. The Chihuahuas activated right-handed reliever Jerry Sullivan from the seven-day disabled list.
DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (26-33): FRISCO 7, Missions 3 - RF Yeison Asencio (.303) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while pushing his batting average over .300. Starting RHP Byran Rodriguez (3-8, 4.22 ERA) allowed seven runs on 12 hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings. RHP Dennis O'Grady (4.76) gave up three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (8-4): Padres 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5 (12 innings) - Third baseman Manuel Vizcaino (.158) hit a three-run homer to cap the Padres' four-run 12th. C Jose Lezama (.318) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. CF Dayon Olmo (.306) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Starting RHP Jean Garcia (5.54 ERA) allowed three unearned runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. RHP Dan Lopez (2.84 ERA) gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts over five innings. LHP Joel Garcia (1-0, 4.50 ERA) struck out three in two perfect innings to get the win.