Davis leads Lake Elsinore to another marathon win

VanMeter returns less than 4 months after breaking leg

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

The Padres weren't the only team in the organization to go overtime Friday night.

First baseman Marcus Davis singled home Felipe Blanco in the bottom of the 13th to give high Single-A Lake Elsinore a 2-1 win over San Jose - the Storm's second straight, walk-off, marathon win.

The Storm also defeated San Jose in 15 innings Thursday night and has played a total of 51 innings in the last four days - the equivalent of 5 2/3 games.

Elsewhere in the system on Friday, Triple-A El Paso suffered a 3-2, 12-inning loss at Albuquerque and short-season Single-A Tri-City suffered a 3-2, 10-inning loss at Everett.

In an unrelated piece of news, infielder Josh VanMeter, the Padres fifth-round pick in 2013, ran out two doubles in four at-bats and scored a run in his first game for the Arizona Rookie Padres less than four months after having surgery to repair a broken left fibula suffered while playing for low Single-A Fort Wayne. VanMeter, 20, who appeared as the designated hitter, suffered the fractured leg on April 12 while playing for his hometown TinCaps.

Davis, who tripled home the tying run and scored the winning run Thursday night, was 3-for-6 Friday to raise his batting average to .253. Blanco (.269) was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a RBI in addition to scoring the winning run.

Right-handed starter Kyle Lloyd (4.67 earned run average) took a two-hit shutout into the ninth but gave up a one-out, game-tying homer. He finished with one run allowed on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.

Right-handed reliever Bryan Verbitsky (3.38 ERA) struck out one in 1 2/3 perfect innings. Right-hander Genison Reyes (3-3, 3.74) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in three scoreless innings to get the win for the 42-69 Storm.

At Albuquerque, right-hander Chris Smith, the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week last week, allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.54 for El Paso.

Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent (3.67) allowed a hit and two walks with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

Right-hander Tayron Guerrero, who was promoted from Double-A San Antonio earlier in the day when the Chihuahuas placed right-hander Leonel Campos (side strain) on the seven-day disabled list, allowed a hit with a strikeout in two scoreless innings.

But right-hander Aaron Northcraft (2-4, 6.54) committed an error that combined with a hit in two-thirds of an inning for an unearned run that cost him the loss.

Right fielder Rymer Liriano (.277) hit his 10th home run in five at-bats for the 58-55 Chihuahuas. Left fielder Jake Goebbert (.289) was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored and is 10-for-26 in his last eight games with two homers and five RBIs. Shortstop Diego Goris (.313) was 1-for-4 with a RBI.


DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (48-64): Missions 5, FRISCO 1 - CF Alberth Martinez (.278) continued his hottest run of the season, going 3-for-5 with his seventh homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Martinez is 9-for-20 over his last five games with two home runs, four RBIs and six runs scored. LF Yeison Asencio (.293) was 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. 1B Luis Domoromo (.259) was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Starting RHP Justin Hancock (7-6, 3.59 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings. RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (2.80) allowed a hit with five strikeouts over three scoreless innings to get his second save.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (56-53): PEORIA 2, TinCaps 0 - 2B Luis Urias (.357) and LF Franchy Cordero (.236) were each 2-for-4. Starting RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-6, 3.36 ERA) allowed an unearned run on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. RHP T.J. Weir (3.68) allowed an unearned run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (27-20): EVERETT 3, Dust Devils 2 (10 innings) - Starting LHP Jose Castillo (3.53 ERA) allowed a run on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (1.09) gave up two hits with five strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Louis Distacio (3.38) allowed a run on two hits in an inning to blow the save. RHP Corey Kimber (2-1, 2.04) allowed a run on two hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings to suffer the loss. DH Justin Pacchioli (.238) was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored. SS Peter Van Gansen (.304) was 1-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (16-21): ROYALS 5, Padres 2 - Starting RHP Pete Kelich (1.64) allowed three hits with two strikeouts over four shutout innings. RHP Jean Garcia (0-5, 8.18 ERA) allowed five runs (three earned) in seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings. RF Jhonatan Pena (.313) was 3-for-3 with a RBI. LF Yale Rosen (.313) doubled in his only at-bat with a RBI and run scored.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (26-33): Padres 11, REDS 10 - 3B Felix Suarez (.210) was 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and a run scored. CF Dayon Olmo (.259) was 2-for-5 with a run scored. RF Jose Sotillo (.261) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. C Ricardo Rodriguez (.243) was 1-for-5 with a strikeout and three runs scored. Starting RHP Jaimito Lebron (6.43) allowed a hit in two scoreless innings. RHP Erick De Los Santos (2-1, 7.20) allowed a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. RHP Dari Lopez (3.08) allowed a hit with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.