Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Right-hander Colin Rea continued his run of excellent starts for Double-A San Antonio on Monday night. Rea, 24, allowed one unearned run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The only run charged against Rea was a result of his own throwing error.
Rea, the Padres' 12th-round selection in the 2011 Draft out of Indiana State University, is 1-1 for the Missions this season, with a 1.13 ERA over 47 2/3 innings in seven starts. He has allowed 32 hits with 43 strikeouts against seven walks. Rivals are averaging 0.82 runners per inning against Rea.
Meanwhile, Class A left fielder Nick Torres (.345) went 1-for-4 Monday to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games. But Double-A center fielder Travis Jankowski was 0-for-4, ending two streaks. Jankowski (.333) had hit safely in 10 straight games. He also failed to reach base, ending a streak of 27 games.
Class A Fort Wayne promoted right-handed starting pitcher Chris Huffman from short-season Class A Tri-City and placed right-handed pitcher Seth Lucio on the temporary inactive list.
Around the farm
Triple-A El Paso (19-14): Reno 6, Chihuahuas 4. C Rocky Gale was 2-for-4 with a double. Starting LHP Robbie Erlin (5.15 ERA) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings. RHP Jay Jackson (0-1, 1.69 ERA) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Double-A San Antonio (14-18): Corpus Christi 3, Missions 2. 3B Casey McElroy (.288) drove in both Missions runs with a single. LHP Brandon Alger allowed a run on a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. RHP Adam Cimber (0-1, 3.24 ERA) allowed a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning to suffer the loss.
Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (15-17): Inland Empire 8, Storm 5. Starting RHP Ryan Butler (3-2, 1.96 ERA) allowed four runs on 10 hits with a strikeout in five innings. 1B Marcus Davis (.248) was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs. DH Kyle Gaedele (.256) was 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI. CF Auston Bousfield (.298) was 2-for-4 with a RBI. SS Jose Rondon (.303) was 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI.
Class A Fort Wayne (10-19): Lake County 5, TinCaps 0. RF Franmil Reyes (.232) had a double and triple in four at-bats. RHP Ernesto Montas (2-2, 4.06 ERA) allowed all five runs on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. LHP Kyle McGrath (3.00 ERA) allowed a hit with five strikeouts in three scoreless innings.