Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

A Taste of Redemption!
May 30, 2008, 13:56
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On Tuesday, May 27th, our Winders suffered the worst loss in franchise history, as the LasVegas 51s pummelled our Snakes, 2 to 23.  Frankly, it was a game I was happy to be listening to at home rather than suffering through at the ballpark.  On top of an already dark season, I was afraid the loss signified the beginning of a terrible ending for our boys.  BUT.  They surprised me – and thrilled me! – with a resounding defeat of the 51s the very next night at TEP!  With Yusmeiro Petit on the mound through seven strong innings, the Winders crushed the Dodgers’ wannabees, 12 to 1!  As incredible as it may seem, Yusmeiro has yet to WALK an opposing batter in any of his outings this season.  We need that kind of pitching from more of the starters on our team!

Who knows what led to the decisive win, but I’m hoping it’s evidence of a turnaround in our team’s season.  They beat Vegas again last night, 4 to 1, with strong showings by Evan MacLane and Leo Rosales.  I’ve been very impressed with E-Mac’s last two outings.  While he didn’t get a win the outing before, he looks strong and confident and much more at ease on the mound in the starting role.  I’m tempted to think that the difference-maker in the team’s play, however, was the return of Robby Hammock to our lineup.  As expected, when Chad Tracy rejoined the D-Backs after his stint on the DL, the D-Backs optioned Robby back to Tucson.  To his great credit, Robby was quoted in yesterday’s paper as seeing this as a “demotion-promotion” – although being sent back to the minor leagues, he’s simply tickled to be playing the game again (he’d gotten very little work from the D-Back bench thus far this season).  I like that attitude of just being thrilled to PLAY…and I hope that infectious joy of the game has caught hold with the rest of the team.  Robby was awesome in his first game for the Winders on Wednesday night, going four for five, with a triple and three RBIs (not a bad AAA debut to end the evening with a .800 batting average!). 

More Transactions…  After Tuesday night’s embarrassing loss, the D-Back organization demoted reliever, Chris Kinsey, to AA Mobile.  Yesterday they promoted another AA Mobile farm hand, A.J. Shappi, to take his place in the bullpen.   Reliever Abe Woody experienced some back spasms during Tuesday night’ game and is day-to-day.

MO ROCKS!!  I don’t want to pound the Tuesday night loss to death- especially since the Winders have won the last two! – but do want to comment on my favorite “line” of the game.  Tucson tossed four pitchers at the 51s that night…and each struggled with control, giving up hit after hit and run after run.  That is until the ninth…  For the second time this month, Manager Bill Plummer decided the game was beyond any hope and with no official “pitchers” still available, Plum put our catcher Matt Morgan on the mound for the ninth inning.  I gotta tell you, I just LOVE Mo!  He spend most of last season struggling with the continuing effects of a devastating injury suffered in AA ball and this season he’s mostly been a backup catcher, getting fairly minimal work in during each series.  I also had a really neat chat with Mo’s Dad last year when they were in town for the Fresno/Tucson series at TEP:  they live in a town in Central CA where some of my extended family has lived – and they’re familiar with the area where both of my parents grew up, so I’ve felt a bit of a connection to our Mo.  Anyway!!  After catching eight horrible innings, Mo took the mound and brilliantly retired the side without allowing a single run.  His was the BEST pitching line of the evening…even if he did allow a hit and a walk!   Two innings of work and his ERA is still a crisp 0.00.  You go, Mo!

I don’t want to jinx things, but the Winders may be on a winning streak!  Won’t you come on out to the ballpark tonight to encourage our boys to another win (and their first SERIES victory at TEP of the season) against former Winder-coach Lo Bundy’s Las Vegas 51s?  First pitch is at 6:30 – gates open at 5:30.  After the game there’ll be fireworks – and kids will get a chance to run the bases.  Come on down and join us!

(Disclaimer – this posting not reviewed/approved by the Sidewinders, Diamondbacks, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, SK Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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