Erlin, Dimock lead Triple-A El Paso to win
Decker hits 19th HR; Jankowski 2-for-4, slips to .536
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
With right-hander Brandon Morrow having his second rehab start cancelled with Triple-A El Paso Thursday night, the Chihuahuas made several moves that resulted in their eighth win in the past 10 games.
Left-hander Robbie Erlin (6.03 earned run average) came off the Pacific Coast League disabled list to hold Tacoma to one run on two hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
And right-handed reliever Michael Dimock, who was promoted from Double-A San Antonio earlier in the day when the Chihuahuas placed right-hander Cory Mazzoni on the seven-day disabled list, allowed a hit and walk with a strikeout in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win.
Right-hander Jay Jackson (1.71 ERA) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Left-handed Frank Garces (1.35) issued a walk with a strikeout in an otherwise perfect inning.
Morrow cut off his rehab assignment to return to San Diego to have the returning soreness in his right shoulder examined.
Meanwhile, Travis Jankowski was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in the Chihuahuas' 5-1 win at El Paso -- although the lead off hitter's batting average at Triple-A slipped to .536.
First baseman Cody Decker (.266) hit his 19th homer Thursday.
Shortstop-second baseman Ramiro Pena (.302) was 0-for-2, but hit two sacrifice flies. Designated hitter Alex Dickerson (.310) was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Left fielder Jake Goebbert (.278) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
In a fourth move Thursday, the Chihuahuas sent right-handed reliever Aaron Northcraft to San Antonio.
El Paso is second in the PCL's Pacific Southern Division with a 55-50 record. The Chihuahuas trail Las Vegas by 3 1/2 games.
Two other Padres affiliates are on a roll. Low Single-A Fort Wayne has won three straight to move to a half-game of the second-half lead in the Midwest League's Eastern Division. And short-season Single-A Tri-City is tied for the second-half lead of the Northwest League's North Division after winning the first-half title.
AROUND THE FARM
DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (44-60): MISSIONS 6, Frisco 4 -- 3B Duanel Jones (.269) was 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs -- including a decisive two-run single in the seventh -- and a run scored. SS Diego Goris (.264) had a three-run homer in three at-bats with a walk. Starting RHP Dennis O'Grady (4.91 ERA) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings. RHP Adam cimber (4-2, 3.60) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Tayron Guerrero (3.05) allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth to earn his 12th save.
HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (39-64): RANCHO CUCAMONGA 10, Storm 5 -- SS Chase Jensen (.297) was 3-for-4 with a run scored. 2B Felipe Blanco (.262) had his first homer and a double in four at-bats for two RBIs. CF Auston Bousfield (.284) had two doubles in five at-bats with a run scored. LF Nick Torres (.329) and RF Nick Schulz (.245) were each 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Starting LHP Brad Wieck (0-4, 5.90 ERA) allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (51-51): TIN CAPS 8, Dayton 4 -- SS Ruddy Giron (.313) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. RF Franmil Reyes (.240) was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and a stolen base for two RBIs and a run scored. 1B Trae Santos (.258) hit his second home run in as many games. CF Michael Gettys (.233) was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. 2B Luis Urias (.391) was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Starting LHP Travis Radke (1-0, 1.50 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts over six innings. RHP Yimmi Brasoban (2.61) allowed an unearned run on a hit with three strikeouts over two innings.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (24-18): DUST DEVILS 10, Hillsboro 3 -- LF Jose Carlos Urena (.279) was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. 1B Ty France (.315) was 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. SS Peter Van Gansen (.313) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. 3B Carlos Belen (.225), RF Mason Smith (.222) and C A.J. Kennedy (.255) were all 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Belen and Kennedy also scored a run. Starting RHP Jose Castillo (3.82 ERA) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with a strikeout in five innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (3-0, 1.19) allowed a hit with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Wilson Santos (4.05) allowed a hit in two scoreless innings to get his first save.
ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (14-18): REDS 7, Padres 1 -- SS Jose Savinon (.227) was 2-for-3. 2B Tyler Moore (.205) was 2-for-5. Starting RHP Jean Garcia (0-4, 8.38 ERA) allowed seven runs on nine hits and four walks with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. RHP Adonis Diaz (2.70) allowed two hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 2/3 scoreless innings. RHP Jordan Guerrero (3.38) allowed a hit with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (23-29): Padres 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5 -- CF Carlos Taveras (.152) was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. C Joel Lezama (.284) was 3-for-5 with a double. LF Luis Asuncion (.243) was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. RF Jaffe Garcia (.270) was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Starting LHP Jordis Ramos (6.75 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits and five walks with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. LHP Eisler Cordova (1-5, 7.34) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk with four strikeouts on three innings. RHP Luis Perez (1.66) allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning to get his second save.