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Jankowski stays hot, gives prospect followers a scare

Rondon has surgery, Dust Devils win title
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When one of your top prospects and lead-off candidates comes out of a tie game for a pinch-runner, alarms go off.

That is what happened Sunday with center fielder Travis Jankowski. Jankowski, the 24-year-old 44th overall selection of the 2012 draft, came out of Triple-A El Paso's game at Salt Lake on Sunday for a pinch-runner after stealing a base in the 10th inning.

When one of your top prospects and lead-off candidates comes out of a tie game for a pinch-runner, alarms go off.

That is what happened Sunday with center fielder Travis Jankowski. Jankowski, the 24-year-old 44th overall selection of the 2012 draft, came out of Triple-A El Paso's game at Salt Lake on Sunday for a pinch-runner after stealing a base in the 10th inning.

By going 3-for-4 with a walk Sunday, Jankowski raised his average to .550 (11-for-20) in his first five games with the Chihuahuas since being promoted from Double-A San Antonio.

How serious is the injury?

"Nothing serious," reported Chihuahuas club official Tim Hagerty.

El Paso manager Jamie Quirk told Hagerty that Jankowski had some soreness after sliding hard into third. Because Jankowski hadn't had any time off since the Pan American Games, Quirk took him out.

"I'm told Travis won't miss any time," Hagerty said.

There was one other piece of really good news and one piece of bad news in the Padres minor league system Sunday.

Good news: Short-season Single-A clinched the first-half title of the Northwest League's North Division, despite a 6-4 loss to Spokane.

Bad news: Double-A shortstop Jose Rondon will miss the rest of the Minor League season after having surgery last Thursday to repair a fracture to his right elbow. Rondon is expected to take three or four months to rehab, and the Padres are hoping the 21-year-old Venezuelan will be ready in time for winter ball. Rondon was hitting .190 in 28 games after being promoted from high Single-A Lake Elsinore (.300 in 57 games).

There was also an important debut to note: Twenty-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Ronald Herrera allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings in his first start with San Antonio. Herrera was promoted from Lake Elsinore, where he was 5-6 with a 3.88 earned run average in 18 games (17 starts).

Now, getting back to El Paso, the 53-48 Chihuahuas won a franchise-record sixth-straight road game when rehabbing Padres catcher Tim Federowicz (.207) hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th in a 6-3 win at Salt Lake.

First baseman Tommy Medica (.262) was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (.313) had a double with an RBI and run scored in five at-bats.

Starting left-handed pitcher Jason Lane (5.10 ERA) allowed three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander Aaron Northcraft (2-3, 8.14) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Right-hander Jay Jackson (1.79) had a strikeout in a perfect 10th to get his eighth save.

El Paso is second in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division.

AROUND THE FARM

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (42-58): MIDLAND 6, Missions 5 -- RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (3-2, 3.10 ERA) followed Herrera and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in two innings to suffer the loss. RHP Michael Dimock (2.27) allowed two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. 2B Diego Goris (.265) had a double and his third homer with RBIs and two runs scored in four at-bats. 1B Luis Domoromo (.241) was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk and a run scored. C Adolfo Reina (.193) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. RF Yeison Asencio had two RBIs.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (38-61): High Desert 6, LAKE ELSINORE 2 -- RF Nick Torres (.321) had two doubles in three at-bats with a RBI and a run scored. 2B Fernando Perez was 2-for-4 with a run scored but committed three errors. Starting RHP Matthew Shepherd (2-6, 5.63 ERA) allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts in three innings. RHP Rafael De Paula (5.35) allowed a hit and a walk with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings. RHP Bryan Verbitsky (5.06) allowed an unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts in two innings.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (48-51): BOWLING GREEN 3, TinCaps 2 -- LF Franchy Cordero (.232) had two doubles with a run scored in four at-bats. 3B Luis Tejada (.302) was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. SS Ruddy Giron (.294) had a RBI single in four at-bats. Starting RHP Dinelson Lamet (3.51) allowed a run on six hits with four strikeouts in five innings. RHP Nick Monroe (2.25) allowed two hits with a strikeout in two scoreless innings. RHP Aaron Cressley (1-2, 6.61) allowed a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the ninth.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (22-16): Spokane 6, DUST DEVILS 4 (10 innings) -- After learning they had clinched the first-half division title, Tri-City lost. LF Jose Carlos Urena (.283) hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot in five at-bats. CF Rod Boykin (.264) and 3B Carlos Belen (.241) were each 2-for-4 with a stolen base, a RBI and a run scored. Starting RHP Angel Mejia (7.39 ERA) allowed a run on five hits with four strikeouts in four innings. LHP Griffin Russell (3.77) struck out three in two perfect innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (1.31) allowed a walk with four strikeouts in two otherwise perfect innings. RHP Wilson Santos (4.76) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. LHP Brandon Fry (0-1, 7.36) served up two solo homers with two walks and three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (13-16): PADRES 19, Mariners 7 -- Rehabbing Lake Elsinore 1B Yale rosen (.500) was 5-for-6 with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Padres 21-hit attack. CF Aldemar Burgos (.261) was 3-for-6 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. LF Josh Magee (.216) was 3-for-6 with a RBI and three runs scored. DH Bryant Aragon (.296) was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. C Kyle Overstreet (.190) was 2-for-5 with a double, a RBI and three runs scored. 3B Carlos Sosa (.183) had a homer in four at-bats with three RBIs and two runs scored. 2B Tyler Moore (.215) was 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. RF Alan Garcia (.381) had a teo-run double during the Padres 10-run first. RHP Austin Smith (3.60 ERA), the Padres second-round pick in June, allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two innings. RHP Starling Ynfante (1-4, 6.15) allowed a run on two hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (21-27): The Dominican Summer League didn't play on Sunday.

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