Torres headed to Lake Elsinore, Schulz hits 4th HR in 3 games

Torres was hitting .326 with league-leading 29 doubles at Fort Wayne

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

The Padres promoted outfielder Nick Torres from low Class A Fort Wayne to high Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday, while the Storm's resident outfielder named Nick -- Nick Schulz -- hit his fourth homer in a span of three games.

Meanwhile, the team Torres' departed won for the 15th time in 20 games to remain atop the second-half standings in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.

Torres, 21, the Padres' fourth-round pick in the 2014 Draft out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, was hitting .326 with 29 doubles for Fort Wayne. He led the Midwest League in doubles and was second in batting average when he was promoted.

In their first game without Torres, the TinCaps improved to 43-41 with a 8-7 win over Great Lakes at Fort Wayne. Second baseman Luis Urias won the game with a walk-off bunt single with one out in the ninth.

Urias, an 18-year-old Urias from Mexico who is currently the youngest player in the Midwest League, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a steal to raise his batting average to .333.

Center fielder Edwin Moreno (.301) was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, a steal and two runs scored. Third baseman Luis Tejada (.278) was 2-for-2 with three walks and a steal with two runs scored. Right fielder Franmil Reyes (.243) was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run scored. Left fielder Franchy Cordero (.232) was 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, a steal and two runs scored.

Starting right-hander Dinelson Lamet (3.77 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings. Right-hander Yimmi Brasoban (2.26 ERA) allowed a run on three hits and a walk with a strikeout in two innings. Right-hander Colby Blueberg (2-1, 1.10) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to get the win.

Torres was one of four moves Friday that affected the Fort Wayne roster. Outfielder Henry Charles was promoted from short-season Class A Tri-City to Fort Wayne, while infielder Rey Bruguera was sent to the TinCaps from Lake Elsinore. Infielder Mitch Morales was transferred from Fort Wayne to Tri-City.

As for Shulz (.251), the right fielder was 2-for-3 Friday night with his eighth homer and two runs scored in 35-50 Lake Elsinore's 5-4 loss at High Desert.

Schulz, 23, who signed with the Padres as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State after the 2014 Draft, is 6-for-11 over his last three games, with a double and four homers for five RBIs.

First baseman Ricardo Valenzuela (.333) was 2-for-4 with a RBI double for the Storm. Designated hitter Marcus Davis (.260) was 1-for-3 with his 15th double, a walk and a run scored.

Starting right-hander Zech Lemond (4-7, 5.56 ERA) allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Right-hander Eric Yardley (3.47) allowed two hits with a strikeout in two scoreless innings.

Around the farm

TRIPLE-A EL PASO (43-44): The Chihuahuas were rained out Friday night and will play a doubleheader Saturday night against Albuquerque in El Paso.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (36-48): Springfield 7, MISSIONS 1 -- 1B Luis Domoromo was 2-for-3 with his first homer and a walk. CF Alberth Martinez (.264) was 2-for-4 with a double. 3B Duanel Jones (.228) was 2-for-4. Starting RHP Elliot Morris (3-5, 5.04 ERA) allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (3.00) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings.

SHORT-SEASON CLASS A TRI-CITY (11-12): TRI-CITY 12, Eugene 3 -- LF Jose Luis Urena (.284) was 2-for-5 with his third homer and two RBIs. C Austin Allen (.206) was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. DH Carlos Belen (.234) was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. 3B Nick Vitter (.265) was 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and a run scored. CF Justin Pacchioli (.259) was 1-for-4 with two walks, a RBI and two runs scored. Starting RHP Angel Mejia (7.45) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings. LHP Jose Castillo (2-0, 3.00) gave up three hits with three strikeouts in four scoreless innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (1.40) allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (8-9): Padres 3, MARINERS 2 -- Twenty-year-old starting RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (3-1, 0.42 ERA) allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk with a strikeout in six innings. LHP Nathan Foriest (2.25) allowed a walk with a strikeout in two hitless innings. RHP Blake Rogers (3.00) had a strikeout in a perfect inning for his third save. 2B Tyler Moore (.333) was 1-for-2 with a walk, two steals and a RBI. RF Ronaldo Contreras (.255) was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. 3B Jose Savinon (.189) was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (15-21): Padres 2, WHITE SOX 0 -- Starting LHP Cristian Machuca (1-0, 1.45 ERA) allowed five hits with five strikeouts over five scoreless innings. RHP Juan Arias (3.46) completed the shutout, allowing three hits and two walks with a strikeout over four scoreless innings to get his second save. LF Luis Asuncion (.222) was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. 2B Elys Ugueto (.192) was 2-for-4.