TinCaps' Spangenberg heating up

Padres first-rounder records third straight multi-hit contest

Cory Spangenberg is batting .462 (18-for-38) over his last 10 games. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | August 20, 2011 7:34 PM

Cory Spangenberg is getting comfortable in the Midwest League.

The Padres' first-round pick in this year's Draft continued his torrid month by going 3-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday, leading the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 9-4 victory over the Lake County Captains.

Spangenberg also stole a base and scored a run as he registered his third straight multi-hit game.

Promoted from short-season Eugene last month, the 20-year-old second baseman batted .145 in his first 20 games in the Midwest League. But he's hitting .455 (20-for-44) with three doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBIs and 14 runs scored over his last 11 contests.

Spangenberg tore up the short-season Northwest League after the Padres selected him 10th overall in June. He batted .384 with 20 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 25 games and twice was named Player of the Week. Overall, the Pennsylvania native is batting .304 with 16 steals and 45 runs scored in 55 games.

Connor Powers smacked a pair of homers and drove in five runs for Fort Wayne. It's the second time this month the 23-year-old first baseman has gone yard twice in a game.

Todd Privett (3-2) got the win, despite allowing four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over six innings.

Ronny Rodriguez homered twice and had four RBIs for the Captains.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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