Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

No Home Sweep
June 25, 2008, 17:52
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Although they won their most recent series at home against the Las Vegas 51s, our Sidewinders were unable to complete a series sweep, as they fell to Vegas, 3 to 11, at Tucson Electric Park last night.  A quick recap of the last two games follows.
Monday, June 23:  Tucson, 8; Las Vegas, 4.  In my previous post I gave away the most exciting moments of this ballgame:  Tucson came from behind with a three-nothing deficit in the third inning to take a commanding lead that Vegas couldn’t overcome.  It’d be nice to think that the credit was all due to Yusmeiro Petit’s pitching (he did earn the win), but he wasn’t actually as sharp as he has been lately, going five innings and allowing all four of the 51s’ earned runs…  Nope, credit is primarily due to a magnificent collapse of the Vegas defense in that inning:  after a couple of walks, a Tim Raines, Jr. single and a Vegas error allowed three runs to score.  Vegas got two Snakes out…and then a couple more errors (by one guy, on one play!) allowed a run to score and a runner to advance.  Another run came in before Vegas could get that final out in the third.  The Snakes were able to put up three more runs in the sixth, thanks to a couple of hit batsmen and timely doubles.  Yes, it did seem that Vegas WANTED to give this one away to the Winders!  Tucson used five different pitchers during the game.  New guy (from A-ball in Visalia) Jason Urquidez had his AAA debut: in one inning of work he allowed no hits, one walk, no runs-scored, one K.  AAA ERA = 0.00.  Nice job, Jason!
Tuesday, June 23:  Tucson, 3; Las Vegas, 11.  On a warm, but pleasant, night in the Old Pueblo, I again coordinated a visit to a Winders game for the staff of my “other job.”  We’d last attended as a group on the coldest night in April baseball history (I may be exaggerating a little!  But it was cold enough to be miserable at the Park!)…fast-forward a couple months and several dozen degrees and the outcome was much the same.  A Winder’s loss.  Two errors, poor pitching, weak offense…  Yeah, but an evening at the Park as a fan:  still priceless!  Billy Buckner lost his seventh of the season.  He went four innings, allowing seven earned runs (two were spectacular homers).  He struckout two and walked one.  Manager Bill Plummer was ejected from the game (second time in the series) for arguing another close call at 1B.  Our backup catcher, Matt Morgan, accounted for two of the Snake’s three RBIs with two solid doubles.  But no, Mo didn’t get into the pitching match up. 
The PCL takes a night off this evening – play resumes tomorrow.  The Sidewinders will be away at Sacramento River Cats Thursday through Sunday.  As always, you can catch those games on COOL 1450AM with Ryan Radtke – or in streaming audio off the Winder’s official web site.  The River Cats still lead our Division…I’m hoping the Snakes can take them down a notch or two during their four-game series this week! 
PCL Standings.  We’re no longer the bottom of the PCL, as Nashville has again lost enough to overtake our “lead” there.  I admit, it’s been pretty depressing seeing my team struggle so much this year.  The Winders are currently 32 and 48 for a .400 average.  That’s not good.  But I just noticed this today:  there are two Major League clubs who have worse averages!  Thank you Washington and Seattle for giving me something to cheer about!
Be Sure to Plan Ahead!   You’ll want to get your tickets now for the Star Spangled Spectacular coming up on July 3rd.  Every seat in TEP will require a reserved-seat ticket only…so you need to get those now.  The place is always packed for this perennial Fourth of July favorite.  Come for a great game, as the Winders face off against the Fresno Grizzlies, and stay for the fabulous patriotic, choreographed fireworks after.  Gates will open at 4:30 for 6 pm first pitch (note earlier starting time).  Also please note, this will NOT be a “Thirsty Thursday.”
(To my readers who have struggled with eyestrain over the default font size on this site:  Can you read me now?  🙂  )
(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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