Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Split of Last Two Means Series Loss
June 30, 2008, 20:23
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Our Winders split the final two games of their series with the Sacramento River Cats, losing the overall series, one game to three.  Last night’s game was a particularly sorry excuse for “professional ball,” as the guys fell one to TEN to the Felines. 
 
Saturday, June 28:  Sidewinders, 8; River Cats, 6.  It’s not that Esmerling Vasquez was particularly sharp in this start (he went five innings plus three batters in the sixth;  gave up five earned runs on two hits, four walks, and his very own throwing error.  Did you notice the walk count?  How ’bout this:  he walked three consecutive batters – all eventually scored.  Argh!), but Sacramento was fairly equally off-target…especially in the third inning when Tucson scored five of its runs (credit Jesus Merchan for a three-run triple!).  Dustin Glant got the win for his two innings of  middle relief…but only after he also registered another blown save.  Emiliano Fruto pitched the last two – got a save, but also gave up a final Cat run.  Jamie D’Antona gave the team some additional insurance with a two run homer in the ninth.  Turns out that was the difference maker.
 
Sunday, June 29:  Sidewinders, 1; River Cats, 10.  Well, too sad to talk about…  A highlight to cherish:  New guy Jason Urquidez pitched two innings and gave up no runs.  In the “so bad you gotta laugh” category:  Jailen Peguero faced 12 batters – and gave up six earned runs.  My man Jamie earned his 14th error of the year.  (I’ve decided that Jamie applies that old batting strategy – you know; “hit it where they ain’t” – to fielding…”throw it where they ain’t.”)
 
Transaction News.  Former Winder, RHP Edgar Gonzalez, went on the DL Saturday with a right elbow strain.  To take his place on the D-Back roster, the Big Club took Yusmeiro Petit out of our line-up.  Again.    Of interest:  the day after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, the KC Royals put Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day DL for “evaluation and treatment for an unspecified medical condition.”
 
Did You See This?  How ’bout that incredible game in Los Angeles Saturday between the Angels and Dodgers?  Big Blue won the game one to nothing…and Dodger batters didn’t register a single hit!  As the Arizona Daily Star said (from a Ken Peters, AP, story), “The Dodgers became the fifth team in modern major-league history to win a game in which they didn’t get a hit…”  As it happens, Angel starting pitcher Jered Weaver, made an error that allowed the Dodgers to score their single run in the fifth. 
 
The Boys are Back in Town!!  Here’s a quick look at this very short homestand against the Fresno Grizzlies.
 
Tonight:  Game in progress.  Tucson leading, 4 to nothing (bottom of the third), behind good starting pitching from Billy Buckner.  And some awesome offensive production from the Lil’ Snakes!
 
Tuesday, July 1:  It’s another Two Dollar Tuesday…Stop by an Quik Mart to pick up a coupon that’ll get you into the Park for just $2…and you can get Two Dollar tacos for dinner, too!  Gates open at 6 for a 7pm first pitch.
 
Wednesday, July 2:  How can you pass up Wacky Wednesday?  Come on down for a great game against the Grizzlies and participate in these fun promotions:  Burst Your Bubble, Boogie For Your Burger, Sing For Your Supper & Ice/Cold, Red/Hot.  And hey!  A friend of mine from our church choir will be singing the National Anthem!  You go, Ruben!  Gates open at 6 for a 7pm first pitch.
 
Thursday, July 3:  Here’s the night you’ve been waiting for!  It’s the Annual Star Spangled Spectacular at TEP!  Remember, every seat in the Park will require a reserved-seat ticket.  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.  What better way to kick off your long, 3-day weekend holiday?  I’ll see you there!  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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