McElroy's tiebreaking HR lifts San Antonio

Hancock allows one run over six innings in Double-A win

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Third baseman Casey McElroy hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the ninth inning Sunday to give Double-A San Antonio a 5-3 win at Midland.

Right-handed starter Justin Hancock allowed one run on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings to lower his ERA to 2.49, which is the sixth lowest in the Texas League.

McElroy is hitting .291 after his second homer of the season.

Center fielder Travis Jankowski was 4-for-5 with a triple and his 14th steal. He drove in a run while boosting his batting average to .346, which is the fourth-highest mark in the Texas League. Jankowski also scored his 26th run. He is second in the league in runs scored and third in steals.

Shortstop Trea Turner (.326) was 2-for-5 with his fourth homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Right fielder Yeison Asencio (.288) was 2-for-4.

Right-hander Aaron Northcraft (6.00 ERA) followed Hancock and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning. Right-hander Tayron Guerrero (1-2, 3.86 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings to get the win for the 16-20 Missions.

A pair of starting pitchers shuttled between Triple-A El Paso and San Antonio on Sunday. Right-hander Zack Segovia,who was 2-0 with a 6.10 ERA in four starts for San Antonio, was promoted to El Paso. Right-hander Chris Smith, who was 0-1 with A 4.60 ERA in three starts for El Paso, was sent down to San Antonio.

Around the farm

Triple-A El Paso (19-18): Fresno 2, Chihuahuas 1 (11 innings). LHP Jason Lane (4.14 ERA) allowed one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings. RHP Cory Mazzoni (1.04 ERA) had two strikeouts in a perfect inning. RHP Jay Jackson (0-2, 1.98 ERA) allowed a run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts to suffer the loss. RF Rymer Liriano (252) hit a solo homer for the Chihuahuas. LF Alex Dickerson (.317) was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. OF Jake Goebbert (.241) had two doubles in four at-bats.

Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (16-20): Rancho Cucamonga 4, Storm 3. 1B Marcus Davis (.267) had two doubles in four at-bats with a RBI. LF Yale Rosen (.206) homered once in four at-bats. 3B Gabriel Quintana (.188) was 2-for-4 with a double. RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-1, 4.07 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. RHP Genison Reyes (4.82 ERA) allowed a walk in 1 2/3 hitless innings.

Class A Fort Wayne (11-23): Bowling Green 8, TinCaps 3. RHP Ernesto Montas (2-3, 4.38 ERA) allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk in six innings. 1B Trae Santos (.232) hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot.