Outfielders Goebbert, Jankowski pace Triple-A El Paso win

VanMeter continues strong comeback with rookie Padres

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

Triple-A outfielders Jake Goebbert and Travis Jankowski and Class A infielder Josh VanMeter were the big stories Saturday night in the Padres farm system.

Left fielder Goebbert continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with his eighth homer and three RBIs to lead the Chihuahuas to an 11-8 Pacific Coast League win at Albuquerque. Goebbert is 13-for-31 (.419) in his last nine games with three homers and eight RBIs.

Center fielder Jankowski (.409) had two doubles in five at-bats with a steal, two RBIs and a run scored for the 59-55 Chihuahuas.

Catcher Rocky Gale (.311) had two doubles in four at-bats with two RBIs and a run scored. Infielder Casey McElroy (.273) was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Cody Decker (.265) was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Infielder Ramiro Pena (.309) was 1-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.

Hours after being promoted to El Paso from Double-A San Antonio, right-handed starter Dennis O'Grady allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in five innings to get the win. He was also 2-for-3 with a triple at the plate with two runs scored. O'Grady was promoted to El Paso when the Padres recalled left-handed reliever Frank Garces from the Chihuahuas.

Right-hander Jerry Sullivan (3.98 ERA) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings. Right-hander Michael Dimock (1.04 ERA) allowed a run on a hit with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings to get his first save.

At Peoria, Ariz., Van Meter, 20, was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored for the Arizona Rookie Padres in his second rehab start. VanMeter, the Padres fifth-round pick in 2013, was playing second base for low Class A Fort Wayne when he suffered a fractured fibula in mid-April that required surgical repair. He began his rehab with the ARL Padres on Friday night and is 5-for-7 in two games with two doubles and a triple.      

AROUND THE FARM:

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (48-65): FRISCO 5, Missions 0 - CF Alberth Martinez (.280) and RF Yeison Asencio (.295) were each 2-for-4. Starting RHP Casey Kelly (1-6, 4.17 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings. LHP Brandon Alger (4.70) gave up three runs on four hits and a strikeout in three innings. 

The Missions are playing with 22 on their roster.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (42-70) - San Jose 5, STORM 3 - LF Nick Schulz (.246) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. C Ryan Miller (.278) had a double in three at-bats for two RBIs. RHP Michael Kelly allowed four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in six innings in his first start at Lake Elsinore since being promoted from low Class A Fort Wayne. LHP Kyle Bartsch (4.55) allowed two hits with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (57-53): TinCaps 6, PEORIA 4 - Twenty-year-old catcher Jose Ruiz, who a night earlier threw out five runners trying to steal second in addition to delivering a key double, hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to put division-leading Fort Wayne ahead to stay. SS Ruddy Giron (.308) had two doubles in five at-bats with a RBI and two runs scored. LF Franchy Cordero (.238) was 2-for-4 with his 18th steal, a RBI and a run scored. RF Franmil Reyes (.247)_ was 2-for-5 with a steal, a RBI and a run scored. Starting RHP Ernesto Montas (3.48 ERA) returned to Fort Wayne from Lake Elsinore and allowed four runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP Nick Monroe (1-0, 1.80) struck out one in two perfect innings. RHP Colby Blueberg (0.79) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in two scoreless innings to get his 15th save.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (27-21): EVERETT 7, Tri-City 5 - DH Jose Carlos Urena (.282) hit his sixth homer in four at-bats for two RBIs. 1B Ty France (.317), out of San Diego State, was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. 3B Nick Vitter (.229) had two doubles in four at-bats with a RBI and a run scored. RHP Angel Mejia (6.53 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. LHP Brandon Fry (0-2, 5.14) allowed an unearned run on a walk and no hits with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. LHP Jerry Keel (2.82) gave up a run on three hits and three strikeouts in two innings.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (16-22): Royals 8, PADRES 5 - SS Daniel Bravo (.292) was 3-for-5 with a RBI. 1B Brad Zunica hit his four homer for two RBIs in four at-bats. C Wilfri De La Cruz (.250) was 2-for-4. Starting RHP Austin Smith, the Padres' second-round pick in the June draft, allowed a run on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in two innings to lower his ERA to 8.00. RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (1.51) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings. RHP Trey Wingenter gave up three runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning to suffer the loss. RHP Ryan Butler allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (26-34): REDS 5, Padres 3 - 2B Jonelqui Sanchez (.294) was 2-for-4. Starting LHP Cristian Machuca (3.24 ERA) allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts in five innings. RHP Diomar Lppez (1.38) gave up a run on a hit with three strikeouts in two innings.