San Diego goes yard 6 times in win over Triple-A El Paso
By Felix Chavez
Special to MLB.com |
EL PASO, Texas -- Jabari Blash has flashed his power all spring for the Padres. On Thursday night at Southwest University Park, he slammed a pair of home runs -- two of the six dingers hit by San Diego overall -- in helping the Padres to a 13-9 win in an exhibition game against the El Paso Chihuahuas, their Triple-A affiliate, in front of 10,022 fans.
It was the first time a Major League Baseball team has played in El Paso since 2003, when the Diamondbacks played the Double-A El Paso Diablos.
The 26-year-old Blash, who served as the designated hitter, added a double and scored a run in a three-run sixth.
Blash is still hoping to lock up a spot on the Opening Day roster. His big night could not have hurt his cause.
"I hope I did enough to make the squad and be a part of the next chapter with these guys," Blash said.
Outfielder Travis Jankowski, who starred for El Paso last summer, belted a two-run blast after Blash's double to make it 9-7. Outfielder Edwin Moreno added a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it 10 -7.
Blash finished 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles, three runs scored and five RBIs.
Adam Rosales, Austin Hedges and Trae Santos each added a solo home run in the top of the ninth for San Diego for the final margin.
San Diego outhit El Paso, 20-18.
El Paso added runs in the seventh and eighth to cut the lead to 10-9. Luis Perdomo was the winning pitcher. He gave up one run in two innings.
After falling behind 3-0, the Padres took a 4-3 lead in the top of the second. The big blast was a three-run homer by Blash off El Paso starter Carlos Pimentel. It was Blash's fifth homer of the spring. Blash added his sixth homer of the spring in the fourth, a two-run shot to put San Diego up 7-5.
The Chihuahuas took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Hunter Renfroe two-run homer over the 400-foot sign in center field. Yeison Asencio added an RBI single for the Chihuahuas, who treated staring pitcher Robbie Erlin rudely with six hits. Erlin pitched last season for El Paso and had a 2.25 ERA in four appearances entering Thursday's game.
El Paso came back in the bottom of the second with two more runs. Renfroe drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Nick Noonan drove in a run on a groundout. Erlin gave up nine hits in the first two innings.
Renfroe, a top Padres prospect, showed off his power again in the fourth with a two-run homer off Erlin to tie the game at 7. Renfroe finished with six RBIs on the night. Erlin, who is battling for a spot on the Padres roster, went four innings, gave up seven runs on 12 hits.
"I feel good out there, it's been a good spring and I'm injury-free," Renfroe said. "It was a great atmosphere playing here in El Paso against the Padres. El Paso has the best fans in the league. It's just a neat atmosphere."
Felix Chavez is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.