Smith extends streak with six shutout innings

C Hagerty, RF Torres pace hitters on Padres' farm

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

Right-hander Chris Smith pitched six scoreless innings and catcher Jason Hagerty broke up a 2-2 tie with a two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the top of the ninth Friday night to give Triple-A El Paso a 4-2 win at Tacoma.

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Hagerty, who was recently promoted from Double-A San Antonio, also homered earlier in the game. He finished going 2-for-3 with a double and a homer for three RBIs, two runs scored. He also stole a base while raising his average with the 38-36 Chihuahuas to .364.

Right fielder Rymer Liriano (.290) was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Second baseman Jedd Gyorko (.304) was 2-for-3. Center fielder Abraham Almonte (.306) was 2-for-4.

Smith allowed four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He has allowed one run over his last 15 innings as his earned run average has dropped to 3.04.

Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent (3.18 ERA) allowed two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts in an inning. Right-hander Jerry Sullivan (3-0, 1.88) allowed a hit with two walks and a strikeout in 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Right-hander Cory Mazzoni (2.70) struck out the only hitter he faced to get his third save.

There were three other notable performances in the Padres system, two by players at low Single-A Fort Wayne.

Left fielder Nick Torres (.325) was 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored to stretch his hitting streak to 12 straight games. And right-handed starter Michael Kelly (4.34 ERA) allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six scoreless innings.

And left-hander Cory Luebke made his second rehab appearance with Double-A San Antonio, pitching a perfect inning on 11 pitches. It was Luebke's fifth, one-inning outing since he started his rehab assignment at Single-A Lake Elsinore on June 15.

Around the farm

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (32-42): Midland 6, MISSIONS 2 - CF Alberth Martinez (.258) had two doubles in three at-bats for two RBIs. Starting RHP Justin Hancock (6-4, 2.98 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six innings to suffer the loss.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (31-41): Rancho Cucamonga 4, STORM 1 - Starting RHP Kyle Lloyd (4-5, 4.84 ERA) allowed all four runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in six innings. 3B Gabriel Quintana (.251) was 1-for-1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored Lake Elsinore's lone run.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (33-37): Great Lakes 3, TIN CAPS 2 - The bullpen couldn't hold a 2-0 lead built behind Kelly and Torres to end a five-game winning streak. RHP Chris Huffman (2.97 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with a strikeout inm 1 2/3 innings. LHP Brandon Fry (1-1, 4.40) allowed a run on a hit and two walks with a strikeout in an inning.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (5-4): EUGENE 7, Dust Devils 1 - Starting LHP Travis Radke (1-1, 5.59 ERA) allowed five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. C A.J. Kennedy was 2-for-3 with a walk and a walk.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (2-3): The Padres were off Friday.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (11-13): ORIOLES 10, Padres 4 - Starting RHP Starlin Cordero (1-1, 12.54 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.