Rondon (bat), Hancock (arm) have big nights on Padres' farm

Shortstop hits two HRs, drives in 5 runs; Hancock lowers ERA to 2.02 with 6 scoreless innings

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

Shortstop Jose Rondon was 4-for-6 with a triple, two homers and five RBIs for high Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Saturday night and starting pitchers Chris Smith and Justin Hancock allowed one run on eight hits over 10 innings as Double-A San Antonio swept a Texas League doubleheader at Northwest Arkansas.

Saturday also marked the season opener for the Dominican Summer League with the Padres scoring a 9-3 win over the D-backs at the Padres Academy in Najayo.

Rondon, 21, was acquired from the Angels last summer in the trade that sent closer Huston Street to Anaheim. The California League Rookie of the Year in 2014 also scored three runs while raising his batting average to .271 in the 22-26 Storm's 11-6 win at Stockton. He has three homers this season.

Second baseman Fernando Perez, a graduate of Otay Ranch High, was 3-for-4 with a triple and his eighth homer for two RBIs and two runs scored. He raised his average to .250.

Left fielder Yale Rosen (.206) had a double in two at-bats with two walks and two runs scored. Third baseman Gabriel Quintana (.236) was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Right-handed starter Zechariah Lemond (3-2, 3.75 earned run average) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Right-hander Jordan Hershiser allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in two innings.

Hancock (5-1, 2.02 ERA) threw six shutout innings for the Missions, allowing four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound 24-year-old has allowed only two earned runs on 22 hits in 29 innings in his last five starts. Hancock has the third-lowest ERA in the Texas League (teammate Colin Rea is second).

Smith (0.90 ERA) allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts in four innings in the opening, seven-inning game.


TRIPLE-A EL PASO (25-24): Iowa 8, CHIHUAHUAS 3 -- SS Ramiro Pena (.302) was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Starting RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-4, 4.95 ERA) allowed five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. LHP Eury De La Rosa (3.38 ERA) threw 1 1/3 perfect innings.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (20-28): Missions 5-5, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 1-2 -- RHP Adam Cimber (1-1, 1.88 ERA) followed Smith in the first game and allowed two hits in three scoreless innings to get the win. RHP Michael Dimock (1.93 ERA) struck out the only hitter he faced in the second game to get his second save. SS Trea Turner (.341) was 3-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the doubleheader. He got a hit in both games to extend his streaks to 16 straight games with a hit and 29 straight games reaching base. CF Travis Jankowski (.333) returned after missing three games with a bruised finger to go 2-for-7 with a double and a walk for two runs scored. 1B Luis Domoromo (.204) was 2-for-6 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. 3B Duanel Jones was 2-for-6 with a steal, a RBI and two runs scored. LF Yeison Asencio (.256) was 2-for-7 with a triple. 2B Diego Goris (.254) was 2-for-7 with a RBI. DH Tyson Gillies (.279) was 1-for-3 with a steal and a RBI in the first game. LF Alberth Martinez (.244) was 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI in the second game.

CLASS A FORT WAYNE (19-29): The TinCaps had their first rainout at Parkview Field since the 2012 season. The game will be made up Sunday in a doubleheader against West Michigan.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (1-0): PADRES 9, Diamondbacks 3 - DH Elys Ugueto was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. LF Dayon Olmo was 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. C Wilfri De La Cruz had a double in three at-bats with two RBIs and two runs scored. Starting RHP Manuel Gonzalez allowed two unearned runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over three innings. RHP Starling Ynfante  allowed a run on one hit with five strikeouts over three innings to get the win.