Tri-City pitchers combine on one-hit shutout

Sanchez's slam gives Triple-A El Paso a doubleheader split

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

Four pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout for Class A Tri-City on Thursday night, and left-handed starter Jerry Keel and right-handed reliever David Bednar combined on a six-hitter as Class A Fort Wayne defeated West Michigan, 3-1, in the Indiana city.

Catcher Hector Sanchez hit a grand slam as Triple-A El Paso split a doubleheader in Tacoma.

Keel, who has a 2.97 ERA for the TinCaps, allowed one run on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings. Bednar (1-2, 5.14 ERA) allowed one hit with four strikeouts over two scoreless innings to get the win for Fort Wayne (12-21 in the second half of the Midwest League season and 48-55 overall).

Right fielder Jhonatan Pena (.210) was 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI for Fort Wayne. Left fielder Tyler Selesky (.545) was 2-for-4 with a double. Catcher Austin Allen (.307) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

At Spokane, Tri-City (1-2, 20-21) scored a 3-0 win.

Left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi (2.14 ERA) gave up the only hit allowed by Dust Devil pitchers. He also issued a walk with four strikeouts in three innings.

Right-hander Braxton Lorenzini (2-2, 8.14 ERA) struck out two in four scoreless innings. Righty Evan Miller (2.76 ERA) issued a walk with two strikeouts in a hitless inning, and righty Diomer Lopez (2.33 ERA) issued a walk with a strikeout in a hitless inning to complete the shutout with his second save.

Sanchez's grand slam came in the opener of the doubleheader as El Paso scored a 5-3 victory. Tacoma won the second seven-inning game, 5-4. The split left El Paso at 60-46 on the season.

Sanchez (.411) was 3-for-7 in the doubleheader, with his ninth homer, four RBIs and two runs scored.

Center fielder Manuel Margot (.306) was 4-for-8 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Carlos Asuaje (.328) was 2-for-8 with a RBI and a run scored.

Left fielder Auston Bousfield (.234) had a two-run double in two at-bats. Third baseman Taylor Lindsey (.290) was 1-for-2 with a RBI. Designated hitter Austin Hedges (.353) and third baseman Felipe Blanco (.200) -- who was promoted from Class A Lake Elsinore -- were each 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Right-hander Michael Kelly (6-1, 4.54 ERA) started the first game and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with a strikeout in five innings. Righty Brandon Morrow (6.06 ERA) issued a walk with two strikeouts over two perfect innings to get his second save.

Right-hander Bryan Rodriguez (4-4, 5.25 ERA) was activated from the disabled list to start the second game, and he allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

Right-hander Eric Yardley (4.00 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Left-hander Daniel Moskos (3.65) pitched a perfect inning.

Around the farm

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (17-17, 39-65) -- FRISCO 4, Missions 3: 2B Nelson Ward (.233) was 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. SS Jose Rondon (.279) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a steal. LF Luis Tejada (.286) hit his third homer in three at-bats. 1B Chase Jensen (.137) was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Starting RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-5, 3.93 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings. LHP Jose Torres (0.79 ERA) allowed three hits with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Tayron Guerrero (4.94 ERA) struck out one in one perfect inning.

CLASS A LAKE ELSINORE (20-14, 52-52) -- INLAND EMPIRE 12, Storm 3: LF Edwin Moreno (.256) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. SS Javier Guerra (.208) had a double in four at-bats with a RBI and a run scored. Starting RHP Chris Huffman (9-4, 3.35 ERA) allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks with a strikeout in two innings. RHP Martires Arias (5.65 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. RHP Trey Wingenter (2.15 ERA) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. RHP Gerardo Reyes (4.22 ERA) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with a strikeout in one inning.

SHORT-SEASON CLASS A TRI-CITY (1-2, 20-21) -- Dust Devils 3, SPOKANE 0: 2B Nate Easley (.283) was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. LF Josh Magee (.184) was 1-for-3 with a run scored. 1B G.K. Young (.254) was 1-for-4 with a RBI.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (13-17) -- BREWERS 7, Padres 0: Starting RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 5.27 ERA) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. RHP Jonathan Guzman (11.02 ERA) allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. RHPs Starlin Cordero (3.68 ERA) and Dom DiSabatino (8.10 ERA) each struck out one in an inning. RHP Juan Arias (12.83 ERA) allowed three hits in a scoreless inning. 3B Hudson Potts (.310) had two doubles in four at-bats. LF Jack Suwinski (.244) was 2-for-3 with a walk. 1B Jacquez Williams (.178) was 2-for-4.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (20-25) -- PADRES 17, Reds 6: The Padres had only seven hits but drew 13 walks. Starting RHP Angel Acevedo (3-1, 2.57 ERA) allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings. LHP Anderson Polanco (4.22 ERA) allowed a run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings to get his first save. 3B Kelvin Alarcon (.283) had two doubles in four at-bats with two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored. SS Kelvin Melean (.225) was 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. 1B Elvis Sabata (.224) was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. 2B Luis Guzman (.259) was 1-for-3 with three walks, a RBI and two runs scored.