LF Torres hits two doubles to claim Midwest League lead

RF Schulz hits two homers for Single-A Lake Elsinore

LF Torres hits two doubles to claim Midwest League lead

Right fielder Nick Torres was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs Thursday night to lead streaking low Single-A Fort Wayne to a 6-2 win over South Bend, and into first place in the second-half standings of the Midwest League's Eastern Division.

Torres leads the Midwest League with 29 doubles, and has moved into second in the batting race with a team-leading .326 average.

The TinCaps have a 42-41 record, but are 14-8 over their last 22 games. They are 10-5 in the second half.

Catcher Jose Ruiz (.189) was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. First baseman Trae Santos (.215) was 1-for-3 with a walk, a hit by pitcher and a run scored.

Right-handed starter Thomas Dorminy (4.18 earned run average) allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne. Right-hander Aaron Cressley (1-1, 9.58 ERA) had two strikeouts in 2 1/3 perfect innings to get the win. Right-hander Seth Lucio (3.52) allowed a hit and a walk with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

Torres, 21, the Padres fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was not the only offensive weapon in the Padres' farm system Thursday.

• Left fielder Nick Schulz, 23, who signed with the Padres as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State after the 2014 draft, hit two home runs in four at-bats with high Single-A Lake Elsinore for three RBIs. Schulz (.246) is 4-for-8 over his last two games with a double and three homers and four RBIs, giving him seven homers on the season.

• First baseman Brad Zunica, 19, the Padres' 15th-round pick this June, was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Thursday. He is 5-for-8 with two doubles, an RBI and four runs scored in his first two professional games with the Arizona Rookie Padres.

• Left fielder Jhonatan Pena, 20, a native of the Dominican Republic, was 2-for-3 with his third homer and two RBIs for the Arizona Rookie Padres. Pena is hitting .263 and is tied for the Arizona Rookie League lead with three homers and 10 RBIs in 15 games.

• Designated hitter Jose Carlos Urena, 20, from Mexico, was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBIs with short-season Single-A Tri-City, and ranks fifth in the Northwest League with 15 RBIs in 19 games. He is hitting .275.

• First baseman and former Padre Tommy Medica (.258) was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored for Triple-A El Paso.

There was one move in the organization Thursday. With a left-handed reliever rejoining El Paso on option from the Padres, the Chihuahuas optioned right-handed starter Bryce Morrow back to Double-A San Antonio.

AROUND THE FARM:

TRIPLE-A EL PASO (43-44): Albuquerque 7, CHIHUAHUAS 3 -- CF Abraham Almonte (.286) had a double in three at-bats with two walks, an RBI and a run scored. RF Rymer Liriano (.279) was 2-for-3 with an RBI. 2B Ramiro Pena (.313) was 2-for-4 with a run. Starting LHP Jason Lane (7-5, 4.83 ERA) allowed seven runs on 10 hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings. RHP Leonel Campos (3.40) allowed a hit with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Jay Jackson (1.85) allowed two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (36-47): Springfield 6, MISSIONS 3 -- 2B Diego Goris (.270) was 3-for-4 with a double and a run. RF Hunter Renfroe (.254) was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Pitcher Casey Kelly drove in a run with a pinch-hit single. Starting RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-10, 4.55 ERA) allowed four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in five innings. RHP Cody Hebner (0.00) struck out the side in a perfect inning. RHP Adam Cimber (3.65) allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (35-49): HIGH DESERT 10, Storm 4 -- LF Donavan Tate (.215) backed Schulz with a solo homer. Starting RHP Matt Shepherd (2-5, 5.40 ERA) allowed eight runs (but only two earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings. RHP Kyle Lloyd (4.63) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in three innings. Lloyd has 84 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings on the season. Storm pitchers had 15 strikeouts in eight innings. SS Chase Jensen made two throwing errors in High Desert's seven-run second.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (10-12): Eugene 10, TRI-CITY 4 -- SS Peter Van Gansen (.324) was 2-for-5 with a steal, a RBI and a run scored. RF Justin Pacchioli (.260) was 2-for-3 with a run. Starting LHP Alex Constanza (0-1, 12.71 ERA) allowed six runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter in one-third of an inning. LHP Jerry Keel (1.74) allowed a run on two hits and a strikeout in 2 2/3 innings. RHP Phil Maton (2.89) allowed a hit with five strikeouts in three scoreless innings.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (7-9): PADRES 7, Royals 5 -- 2B Daniel Bravo made his debut, going 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored. RF Aldemar Burgos (.306) was 2-for-5 with a run. Starting RHP Jean Garcia (5.40 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP Nick Monroe (1-0, 0.00) struck out three in two perfect innings. RHP Jordan Guerrero (5.40) allowed a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (14-21): White Sox 3, PADRES 2 -- C Ricardo Rodriguez (.313) was 2-for-3 with a double. SS Luis Guzman (.169) was 2-for-3 with a walk. CF Carlos Taveras (.114) was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Starting LHP Joel Garcia (2.59 ERA) allowed a run on four hits and two walks with a strikeout in four innings. RHP Hilmer Torres allowed a walk with two strikeouts in two hitless innings. RHP Luis Perez (1-1, 1.72) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings.