El Paso's Decker represents Padres in Triple-A All-Star Game

Outfielder has slam, two-run shot to raise HR total to 8

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

With the All-Star Game being played in Cincinnati Tuesday night, all the minor leagues in the United States had the day off.

Most the Padres affiliates will return to action Wednesday night with the exception of Triple-A El Paso. The Triple-A All-Star Game between the Pacific Coast and International leagues will be played Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb.

Representing El Paso on the PCL team with be infielder Cody Decker as the starting designated hitter.

Decker, 28, is hitting .264 with a .341 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage. He is tied for fifth in the PCL with 15 homers and 11th in RBIs (55) and OPS (.869).
Decker is the all-time leader in minor league homers by a Padres minor leaguer with 148. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound, right-handed slugger was the Padres 22nd-round pick in the 2009 draft out of UCLA.

One Padres affiliate was active Tuesday with the 16-23 Padres scoring a 4-3 win over the Reds in the Dominican Summer League.

Left-hander Eduardo Solano started for the Padres and allowed one run on a hit and four walks with two strikeouts in four innings to lower his earned run average to 3.60. Right-hander Adonis Diaz (3.92 ERA) allowed two run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in four innings.

Right-hander Luis Perez allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout over two scoreless innings to run his record to 2-0 while lowering his ERA to 1.53.

Second baseman Ariel Ortega (.283) was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Third baseman Elys Ugueto (.193) was 1-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and a run scored.