Nix, De Los Santos post 2-hit shutout for Fort Wayne

Second basemen Asuaje, Ward key other wins

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

Piggy-backing right-handers Jacob Nix and Enyel De Los Santos combined on a two-hit shutout for Class A Fort Wayne, second baseman Nelson Ward hit a walk-off homer for Double-A San Antonio and second baseman Carlos Asuaje paced Triple-A El Paso's 17-hit attack with three hits, his fourth homer and three RBIs Friday night in the Padres' farm system.

El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Wayne all won in a day marked by considerable movement in the Padres' system.

Left-hander Christian Friedrich's promotion from El Paso to the Padres and the decision to transfer struggling right-hander Brandon Morrow from El Paso to extended Spring Training to work on his return from shoulder surgery set off a number of pitching moves.

Right-handers Fabio Castillo and Seth Rosin were promoted from San Antonio to El Paso. Right-handed starter Michael Kelly and left-handed reliever Kyle McGrath were promoted from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to San Antonio. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg was transferred from San Antonio to extended Spring Training.

Nix, 20, the Padres' third-round pick last June, opened the TinCaps game against West Michigan by striking out five in four perfect innings. De Los Santos, 20, who the Padres acquired from Seattle last November in the trade for reliever Joaquin Benoit, allowed two hits with four strikeouts over the final five innings to finish 19-16 Fort Wayne's 4-0 shutout win.

Nix has a 2.61 earned run average. De Los Santos improved to 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA.

Center fielder Michael Gettys (.282) was 3-for-4 with the TinCaps.

Ward, 23, who also came to the Padres in the Benoit trade, homered with two out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Missions (11-23) a 3-2 win over Midland in San Antonio. Ward is hitting .237.

Left fielder Nick Torres (.257) was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Right fielder Nick Schulz (.304) was 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. First baseman Mike Olt (.260) was 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Center fielder Auston Bousfield (.202) was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.

Right-handed San Antonio starter Bryan Rodriguez (2.97 ERA) allowed a run on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings.

Right-hander Rafael De Paula (4.50) struck out one in a perfect inning. McGrath allowed a solo homer with three strikeouts in his San Antonio debut to get stuck with a blow save. Right-hander Adam Cimber (1-1, 2.57) allowed a hit in a scoreless 10th to gain credit for the win.

Asuaje (.333) was 3-for-6 with a double, his fourth homer, two runs scored and three RBIs to pace El Paso's 12-10 win at Las Vegas. The win evened El Paso's record at 17-17.

Third baseman Casey McElroy was 2-for-3 with three walks, a double, a RBI and two runs scored to raise his batting average to .435. Center fielder Manuel Margot (.281) was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Shortstop Nick Noonan (.284) was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Right fielder Hunter Renfroe (.287) was 2-for-6. Left fielder Yeison Asencio (.333) was 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a run scored. Catcher Ricardo Valenzuela (.200) was 2-for-4.

Left-handed reliever Frank Garces (4.43 ERA) got the spot start when scheduled starter Friedrich was promoted to the Padres and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings. Rosin worked the next 2 2/3 innings and was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks.

Left-hander Daniel Moskos (2-0, 2.93 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings to get credit for the win. Right-hander Jose Dominguez (2.89) allowed a run on a hit and two walks with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings to get his second save.

Around the farm
CLASS A ADVANCED LAKE ELSINORE (16-19) -- LANCASTER 2, Storm 1: Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings to take the loss in his Lake Elsinore debut. RHP Bryan Verbitsky allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in a scoreless inning. RHP Louis Distacio (0.00 ERA) allowed two walks with two strikeouts in two hitless innings. DH Luis Tejada (.156) was 1-for-3 with a double and scored the Storm's lone run. 1B Trae Santos (.186) was 1-for-3 with a RBI.