Renfroe hits third homer in two games at Double-A San Antonio
Jankowski drives in winning run in 14th for Missions
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
After a slow first half of the season, Hunter Renfroe appears to have finally gotten hot with Double-A San Antonio. The Padres' first-round pick in the 2013 Draft (13th overall) homered again Monday in the Missions' 4-3, 14-inning win at Corpus Christi.
The right fielder has three homers in the Missions' past two games after having only three in the first 60. He is also 9-for-23 during an active six-game hitting streak that has raised his season batting average to .242. Renfroe has 15 doubles with six homers and 27 RBIs on the season, but has struck out 64 times in 231 at-bats.
San Antonio relievers allowed two hits while working nine straight scoreless innings against the Texas League's most successful team Monday night.
Right-handed starter Casey Kelly (4.46 ERA) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout in five innings.
Right-hander Dennis O'Grady (4.07 ERA) started the reliever's run of scoreless innings with three perfect innings. Left-hander Brandon Alger (4.88) allowed a walk with a strikeout in two innings. Right-hander Michael Dimock (2.51) allowed two hits with two strikeouts. And right-hander Adam Cimber (3-2, 3.70), struck out two in two perfect innings.
Center fielder Travis Jankowski (.322) was 2-for-7 and drove in the winning run in the top of the 14th.
Left fielder Yeison Asencio (.302) was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Catcher Griff Erickson (.231) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Third baseman Taylor Lindsey (.273) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Shortstop Jose Rondon (.143) was 2-for-7 with a double.
Three Padres prospects will be playing in Class A All-Star games Tuesday night.
Right-handed closer Eric Yardley (1-3, 3.94 ERA, 13 saves) will represent high Class A Lake Elsinore in the California-Carolina Leagues All-Star Game at Rancho Cucamonga.
Left fielder Nick Torres (.318, 23 doubles, two triples, two homers, 29 RBIs and 40 runs scored) and left-handed starter Thomas Dorminy (5-5, 4.41 ERA) will represent Fort Wayne on the East Team in the Midwest League All-Star Game at Peoria, Ill.
Around the farm
TRIPLE-A EL PASO (35-35): was off Monday.
HIGH CLASS A LAKE ELSINORE (31-39): The Storm is off until Thursday for the California League's All-Star break.
LOW CLASS A FORT WAYNE (32-36): The TinCaps are off until Thursday for the Midwest League All-Star break.
SHORT-SEASON CLASS A TRI CITY (3-2): Dust Devils 5, BOISE 2 -- SS Peter Van Gansen (.353), the Padres' 12th-round pick out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, was 2-for-5 with his first professional homer. C Austin Allen (.400), San Diego's fourth-round pick in June, was 2-for-4 with a run scored. 1B Nick Vitter (.444) and 2B Mitch Morales (.538) were each 2-for-4 with a RBI. RHP Bryce Morrow allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings. RHP Brett Kennedy (12th round) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in two hitless innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (1-0, 0.00 ERA) allowed three hits with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Corey Kimber struck out one in a perfect inning for his first save.
ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (1-1): Padres 2, DODGERS 0 -- Four Padres pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout. Starting RHP Emmanuel Ramirez allowed a hit with six strikeouts over five innings to get the win. June left-handed draftees Corey Hale (28th round) and William Headean (13th round) each struck out the side around a walk in an inning. RHP Blake Rogers (37th round) pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. RF Euri Minaya (.500) was 2-for-4 with a double, a steal and a run scored.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (10-10): Padres 12, REDS 10 -- 3B Elys Ugueto (.180) was 3-for-5 with a triple, five RBIs and a run scored. C Joel Lezama (.324) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. LF Jose Sotillo (.400) was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Starting LHP Eduardo Solano (2.75) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings. RHP Juan Arias (3-0, 2.08) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts to get the win.