Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Snakes Can’t Hold Leads in Sacramento
June 28, 2008, 13:21
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Our Sidewinders have dropped the last two games at Raley Field, Sacramento…giving up early inning leads in doing so.  The guys need to win both of the next (and final) two games of the series there to get a split.  Esmerling Vasquez starts for the Winders tonight at 7:05pm – you can catch the action live on COOL 1450AM (or in streaming audio off the Winders’ official website, linked at left) with Ryan Radtke. 
Thursday, June 26:  Winders, 5: River Cats, 6.  Although the final score doesn’t really show it, this game was essentially a pitcher’s duel between our lefty Evan MacLane and righty Kirk Saarloos of Sacramento.  Each had, essentially, one bad inning in which the other team built up a substantial run count, but were able to shut down the opponent’s offense the rest of the time.  E-Mac didn’t figure in the decision, though he worked six innings.  He had a bad fourth inning:  with three men on and one out, the Cats clubbed out a grand slam to account for all the runs scored against Evan.  Brandon Medders pitched a perfect 7th inning that held the two teams in a tie, and the Snakes put up a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth…  Unfortunately, Jailen Peguero blew a save and then lost the game when he gave up two runs to the Cats in the bottom of the eighth.  The Winders couldn’t get anything in the top of the ninth.  Alex Romero rejoined the Winders:  he went one for four.  But the “one” was a two-run homer!  Welcome back!  Jesus Merchan was a hitting machine, going three for four with an RBI…and he committed NO errors and he stole two bases!
Friday, June 27:  Winders, 3: River Cats, 9.  Matt Torra, who pitched so well in his Tucson debut, had a rough outing last night, going only 4 1/3 innings and allowing five River Cat runs to score.  He registered his first AAA loss.  Jason Urquidez and Connor Robertson each gave up two additional runs in their relief outings.  The game started with a delightful bit of Winder offensive production:  Tim Raines, Jr. came alive with a two-run homer in the first!  In fact, Timmy had three of the Winder’s eight hits throughout the game!   Wilkin Castillo scored the Snake’s only other run – and that was also on a homer.  My man Jamie D’Antona is scuffling…he was only one for four and his batting average is now down to .385.  Okay, probably a lot of hitters wish they were scuffling at .385!  Josh Whitesell hit into a double-play; Jesus committed his 13th error of the season; and Timmy was later picked off first.  Them’s the low-lights, my friends.
Speaking of Low-Lights…  Former Winder, Alberto Callaspo, appears to be in trouble again.  He was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and spent seven hours in jail.  As you’ll recall, Berto was sent down to Tucson from the D-Backs last year after he was charged in with domestic abuse (the allegations came to nothing, but clearly the D-Backs were concerned).  During the off-season, the D-Backs traded Berto to the Kansas City Royals for Winder pitcher, Billy Buckner
Monsoon Madness Has Arrived!  Tucson experienced its first monsoon storm on Thursday…what a delight!  After weeks of temps over 105 degrees, it was thrilling to see Thursday’s high cap out at 100 degrees (at 12:30pm).  A boomer of a storm, with life-giving rain, followed, and our temp bottomed out for the day 4 hours later at 73 degrees (4:40pm).  Ah yes!  This is why we love the monsoon!
Do you have your tickets for the July 3rd Star Spangled Spectacular yet?  You’ll want to get your tickets now as every seat in TEP will require a reserved-seat ticket only.  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.”
(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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