Triple-A's Needy, Dickerson lead Padres' farm

Pitcher allows a run over six innings, hits two-run double

Friday night was a big day for four San Diego County products playing in the Padres minor league system.

Santana High grad James Needy led Triple-A El Paso to a 14-2 Pacific Coast League win over Iow with both his pitching and bat.

Needy, 24, the padres' sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, held Iowa to one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings to improve to 5-2 on the season with a 6.61 earned run average. He was also 2-for-3 with a two-run double as a hitting to raise his season batting average to .300.

Left fielder Alex Dickerson, who turned 25 on May 26, also played a big role in the Chihuahuas' win. He was 3-for-5 with a double and his fourth homer for three RBIs and three runs scored. The third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 draft is batting .314 for El Paso.

And right-handed reliever Nick Vincent from Ramona High allowed a hit while striking out three in an inning for the Chihuahuas. The former Padres' reliever has a Triple-A ERA of 3.12 this season.

Second baseman Fernando Perez, 21, was 2-for-4 with a double and his seventh homer with two runs scored for High Single-A Lake Elsinore. Perez, the Padres' third-round pick in the 2012 draft, is a graduate of Otay Ranch High.

Dickerson and Needy had plenty of support at El Paso.

Right fielder Rymer Liriano (.278) was 2-for-4 with his sixth homer, four RBIs and three runs scored. Cody Decker (.280), who has been spending time at third base since Taylor Lindsey went on the disabled list, had two doubles in five at-bats for three RBIs. Rehabbing center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. (.250) was 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored.

Left-hander Chris Rearick (7.94 ERA) struck out one in a perfect inning.


TRIPLE-A EL PASO (24-23): DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (18-28): The Missions were rained out at Northwest Arkansas Friday night and will make it up in a doubleheader Saturday night.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (21-26): Storm 8, INLAND EMPIRE 5 - CF Donavan Tate (.243) was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a RBI. 1B Marcus Davis (.254) was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. 3B Gabriel Quintana (.236) was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Starting RHP Morgan Shepherd (1-2, 7.20 ERA) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. RHP Eric Yardley (2.53 ERA) allowed a run and a walk with a strikeout in two innings.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (19-29): TIN CAPS 5, West Michigan 4 (12 innings) - RF Franmil Reyes snapped a 4-4 with a walk-off homer leading off the 12th. Reyes (.233) was 3-for-6 with a double, his third homer and three RBIs. DH Nick Torres (.307) was 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs. SS Ruddy Giron (.441) was 2-for-6 with a steal. LF Franchy Cordero (.213) was 2-for-4 with two walks. 1B Trae Santos (.242) was 2-for-5 with a double. INF Nick Vitter (.135) was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Starting RHP Dinelson Lamet (4.97 ERA) came off the disabled list to allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over four innings. LHP Brandon Fry (2.25 ERA) allowed two hits and two walks with two strikeouts over three scoreless inning. RHP Bryan Verbitsky (3.00 ERA) allowed a walk with four strikeouts over three hitless innings. RHP Seth Lucio (3-1, 4.07 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to get the win. LHP Taylor cox was transferred to short-season Single-A Tri-City to open a roster spot for Lamet's return.