Triple-A El Paso had the biggest offensive night in team history on Saturday, and Luis Urias was at the center of it all.
MLB.com's No. 24 overall prospect went 4-for-6 and blasted a three-run homer to plate the franchise-record 23rd run in the Chihuahuas' 24-4 rout of Tacoma at Southwest University Park. El Paso recorded 23 hits, including four dingers.
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Urias' long ball came in an eight-run eighth inning. After Boog Powell reached on an error and Franchy Cordero singled to left field with one out, the 21-year-old fouled off the first pitch from catcher David Sheaffer -- one of two position players Tacoma used on the mound -- before driving his next offering out on a line drive onto the porch in left field.
After hitting a double to right, the Padres' No. 3 prospect crossed home with the Chihuahuas' first run in the opening inning on another two-bagger by Francisco Mejia. He doubled again in the third on a popup that was lost in the lights and scored again when Jacob Scavuzzo reached on an error. His third hit was a single to center in the seventh that brought home Esteban Quiroz.
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Urias raised his average to .367, good for second in the Pacific Coast League and just three points behind Albuquerque's Brian Mundell. He has a career-high 14 homers, second on the team to Scavuzzo, who has 15.
Last season, the Mexico native put together a .296/.398/.447 line in 120 games with El Paso, homering eight times and driving in 45 runs. He earned a brief promotion to The Show at the end of the year before a hamstring injury cut his season short, then played 11 games with the Padres in April before returning to Triple-A.
Everyone in the El Paso lineup finished with at least one hit and one RBI. Mejia fell a single shy of the cycle, hitting a solo homer to right in the sixth, tripling to center in the eighth and doubling to right in the first. He scored a career-high five runs and drove in two.
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Cordero went 3-for-7 with a grand slam in the third inning and RBIs. Michael Gettys also knocked in five runs, collecting three hits that included a three-run shot to center ahead of Urias' jack in the eighth.
Dillon Overton (1-2) had no problem protecting the big lead. He gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.
Rainiers starter and top Mariners prospect Justus Sheffield fell to 2-4 after surrendering seven runs on six hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out one. Newcomer Jaycob Brugman and Robert Perez hit solo homers for Tacoma.