Blash paces El Paso; Dickerson's streak ends

Class A RHPs Lockett, Cosme sharp in wins

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

Alex Dickerson's hitting streak was stopped at 29 games Wednesday night. But his Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas kept rolling behind Jabari Blash.

Dickerson, who was at first base, was 0-for-5 as his average dropped to .396. El Paso, however, scored its sixth walk-off win of the season, defeating Sacramento, 6-5, in Texas. The win was El Paso's third straight and eighth in its last 10 games as the club improved to 30-22 to open a three-game lead in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific South Division.

Blash (.265) was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Center fielder Manuel Margot (.302) and catcher Rocky Gale (.289) were each 2-for-5.

Starting right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen (6.25 ERA) allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts over six innings. Right-hander Michael Dimock made his season debut and allowed a run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings. Right-hander Jose Dominguez (3-1, 3.46 ERA) allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.

Meanwhile, right-handed starting pitchers Walker Lockett and Jean Cosme each allowed one run in wins by the Padres' Class A affiliates.

The 22-year-old Lockett (1-1, 2.79 ERA) allowed one run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings to lead Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (26-27) to a 5-3 win at Rancho Cucamonga. Left-handed reliever Taylor Cox (3.00) allowed two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out the only hitter he retired in the eighth. Right-hander Yimmi Brasoban (0.00) allowed a run-scoring hit with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning. Right-hander Colby Blueberg (1.13) allowed a hit and two walks with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth to pick up his ninth save.

Designated hitter Franmil Reyes (.208) hit a three-run homer in four at-bats. Josh VanMeter (.295) hit his sixth homer in five at-bats. Corner outfielder Edwin Moreno (.271) was 2-for-4 with a run scored to stretch his hitting streak to a 10th straight game. First baseman Trae Santos (.222) was 3-for-4 with a RBI.

The 20-year-old Cosme (5-2, 2.93 ERA) allowed a run on five hits with a strikeout in five innings as Class A Fort Wayne (28-25) defeated South Bend, 6-2, at Fort Wayne. Left-hander Nathan Foriest pitched two scoreless innings in his debut with the TinCaps. Right-hander Trey Wingenter (0.82) allowed an unearned run on a hit with two strikeouts in two innings.

Right-fielder Jhonatan Pena (.218) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Third baseman Carlos Belen (.195) was 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI.

Around the farm

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (16-35): NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 7, Missions 5. LF Nick Torres (.286) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Starting RHP Bryce Morrow (1-7, 6.34 ERA) allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks with a strikeout in six innings.