Huffman sharp as Class A Fort Wayne returns to winning ways

Triple A El Paso's 8-game winning streak ends

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

Right-handed starter Chris Huffman allowed one run on four hits over seven innings Friday night as low Single-A fort Wayne returned to its winning ways, although Triple-A El Paso saw its eight-game winning streak end.

Huffman (8-6, 3.03 earned run average) issued one walk while striking out three as the TinCaps scored a 6-2 win at South Bend to regain their 3 1Ž2-game lead in the second-half standings of the Midwest League's Eastern Division.

Left-handed reliever Taylor Cox (3.88 ERA) pitched a perfect eighth and right-hander Yimmi Brasoban (2.33) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth as 67-54 Fort Wayne ran its record to 19-3 over the last 22 games.

Catcher Michael Miller (.179) was 2-for-4 with his first homer. First baseman Trae Santos (.255) was 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Third baseman Luis Tejada (.293) was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base with two runs scored. Second baseman Luis Urias (.336) was 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Meanwhile, 68-58 El Paso suffered a 7-0 shutout at El Paso to slip back into second place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific South Division.

Left-handed starter Robbie Erlin (6-6, 6.29 ERA) gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Left-hander Frank Garces (3.12) allowed a hit with three strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Right-hander Jerry Sullivan (3.52) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

First baseman Jake Goebbert (.303) was 2-for-4 with a double as the Chihuahuas were shutout for only the third time this season.

In transactions Friday, right-handed relievers Jon Kennedy (acquired from Texas in the Will Venable trade) and Dale Thayer (cleared by the Padres) were activated by El Paso. Left-handed reliever Chris Rearick was designated for assignment at Double-A San Antonio and dropped from the Padres' 40-man roster. And left-handed reliever Griffin Russell was promoted to Fort Wayne from short-season Single-A Tri-City.

AROUND THE FARM:

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (55-69): Arkansas 3, MISSIONS 1 (11 innings) - 1B Yeison Asencio (.308) was 3-for-5 with a run scored. C Adolfo Reina (.191) was 2-for-4. Starting RHP Dennis O'Grady (5.49 ERA) allowed one run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven innings. RHP Adam Cimber (2.92) gave up a hit and a walk in two scoreless
innings. RHP Cody Hebner allowed two runs in the 11th without allowing a hit as the Missions lost a second straight, extra-inning game at home. Hebner issued three walks and hit a batter in two innings.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (46-78): STORM 3, Lancaster 2 - Starting LHP Travis Radke (7.50 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. RHP Bryan Verbitsky (2.55) struck out two in a perfect inning. LHP Kyle Bartsch (4.23) allowed two hits in a scoreless inning. RHP Jason Jester (3-1, 3.20) struck out two in a perfect inning. 3B Gabriel Quintana (.239) had a solo homer (his 12th) in three at-bats with a walk. LF Nick Schulz (.240) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (33-28): Everett 6, DUST DEVILS 3 - C Austin Allen (.222) was 2-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and a run scored. Starting RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1, 6.75 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts in four innings. LHP Elvin Liriano (2.59) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in a scoreless
inning. RHP Louis Distacio (4.43) gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts in two innings.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (19-29): The rookie Padres were off Friday night.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (31-40): Diamondbacks 9, PADRES 2 - The Padres committed six errors and gave up eight unearned runs. Starting RHP Emmanuel Clase (1.99 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings. RHP Joel Garcia (2.53) allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in two innings. RHP Jonathan Guzman (2-3, 3.68) gave up six unearned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning. RHP Starlin Cordova (4.94) gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two
innings. CF Jose Sotillo (.320) was 3-for-5 with his 11th steal. C Ricardo Rodriguez (.270) was 2-for-5. RF Dayon Olmo (.252) was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.