Shortstop Giron continues amazing first week for Fort Wayne

Decker hits eighth home run for Triple-A El Paso

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

Shortstop Ruddy Giron continued his phenomenal first week of full-season Minor League baseball on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two steals for low Single-A Fort Wayne.

In six games since reporting to the TinCaps from extended spring training, Giron is 16-for-29 with a double, two triples, two home runs, four RBIs, seven runs scored and four stolen bases. He also committed his second error on Saturday.

That all computes to a .552 batting average, a .567 on-base percentage and a .931 slugging percentage (1.498 OPS).

Since his six-hit debut on Monday, Giron has Saturday's three-hit game and three two-hit games.

During his United States debut in the Arizona Rookie League last summer, Giron hit .168 -- with only 31 hits in 48 games. This means he has more than half his hit total from last summer in just his first week in the Midwest League.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitter won't turn 19 until Jan. 4.


TRIPLE-A EL PASO (22-20): NEW ORLEANS 4, Chihuahuas 2

First baseman Cody Decker (.259) hit his eighth homer, while third baseman Brett Wallace (.305) was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Rehabbing Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. (foot injury) was 0-for-2 with a walk, before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter. Lefty starter Jason Lane (3-3, 4.18 ERA) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts over six innings. Righty Leonel Campos (2.49 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in an inning, while southpaw Chris Rearick (7.00 ERA) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (17-23): The Missions were rained out.

The game against Frisco will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday in San Antonio.


Center fielder Auston Bousfield (.314) was 2-for-4 with and scored both Lake Elsinore runs. Righty starter Matthew Shepherd (7.88 ERA) allowed one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over four innings. Righty Genison Reyes (1-3, 5.84 ERA) allowed two runs on three hits in two innings to take the loss. Lefty Brandon Alger (0.00 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in a scoreless inning. Southpaw Chris Nunn (4.81 ERA) issued a walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 hitless innings.


First baseman Duanel Jones (.307) went 3-for-4, while right-handed starter Chris Huffman (1-2, 6.79 ERA) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Lefty Griffin Russell (0.00 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.