Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

So Far, A Split at St. George
June 14, 2009, 18:36
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Well folks, not much to go on in these away games, with no radio broadcasts locally, but the paper and the GBL scoreboard have given me enough information to give you a quick review of the first two games our Toros have played on the road this season.  So far, to my great surprise, the teams have split the first two games.  They’re off today and will play one final game tomorrow before the Toros head to Chico.  Here’s a recap of the recaps I’ve seen published about the first two in St. George.                                                    

Friday, Jun 12:  Roadrunners, 9; Toros, 8.  In reality this loss is still a very pleasant surprise to me.  The guys banged out a ton of hits (14) and actually held a lead through the first five innings when the Roadrunners tied things up…they each scored a run in the sixth…and the Toros were bested by the home team in the seventh when the Toros put up only one run to two by the Roadrunners.  The paper’s summary indicated that the Toros threatened in the ninth, with two on…but Mayo Santana struck out to end the inning.  Skip Adams and Lino Garcia continue to be a potent 1 – 2 combination at the top of the lineup:  Skip hit his fourth homer of the year; Lino had two hits and two RBIs.  New guy Cibney Bello started for the Toros:  5 innings, seven hits, six earned runs, three walks, and one strikeout.  Jason Hanna followed, briefly…he saw 1/3 of an inning of work and allowed an earned run, a walk, and a hit.  Chris Luera took another loss for his 1 1/3 innings of work.  Oddly, the name of closing pitcher for the Toros was not captured in any box scores I could find!  Whoever it was pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs.  One error by the Toros (two for St. George). All in all, I was pleased that our boys put on such a good show against these dominant Roadrunners from Utah.  And things just continued to improve last night…                                                            

Saturday, Jun 13:  Toros, 11; Roadrunners, 8.  Although the Roadrunners took an immediate lead in the game with three runs in the bottom of the first against Toros’ starter Matt McCune, Tucson slammed into the second inning of the game with a very crooked number – six runs in the second!  A significant part of that was a GRAND SLAM by our number two hitter, Lino Garcia!  Quite a statement to make with your first homer of the year!  In the bottom of the second, St. George nibbled at the Toros lead, putting up another two runs…and then things quieted down a bit.  In the bottom of the sixth the Roadrunners finally tied the game (and, unfortunately, took Matt McCune off the hook for the eventual win) with a run.  The Toros came back with two in the top of the seventh…the Roadrunners matched them in the bottom.  Then, tired of messing around, and after having blown so many leads in the past, the Toros put up a three-spot in the top of the eighth inning: that lead held.  The Toros offense was on fire:  both Andre Marshall and Jim Rushford went two for five and each also hit home runs.  Rushford actually earned three RBIs last night.  Pitching went like this:  McCune for four (7H, 5R, 4BB, 1WP, 3K); Jason Hanna for 2/3 (1H, 1R, 1BB, 1K) {please note:  there is a discrepancy between the report in today’s paper about the game and the box score’s published by the GBL statisticians…the paper said Jason pitched the only scoreless innings for the Toros last night, but according to the box, that honor went to new guy Brian Daly.  I cannot be sure which is correct.}; Brian Daly for 1 1/3 (1H, 1K); and Jordan Muir for 3 and the win (1H [HR], 2R, 1BB, 2K).  All that offense – pretty decent pitching – and no errors…PLUS a win against the mighty Roadrunners…not a bad day’s work by the Tucson Toros! 

Transactions.  Manager Tim Johnson made several moves yesterday.  Pitchers Mark Rosen, Tom Wilhelmson, and Jason Jacome were all placed on the inactive list while Brian Daly was signed and activated.  Although I am not sure about the status of our SS Franklin Gonzalez, Johnson last night played newly activated INF Ryan Priddy in the SS position.  In his first game as a Toro, Ryan took two walks and scored twice.  

Toros Rock GBL Attendance Figures!  In their first season, and over their first 13 games at home, the Tucson Toros have averaged 3,932 fans in attendance at Hi Corbett.  This leads the entire league to date, with Chico showing the next highest numbers (2,045 in nine home games).  St. George has the second to last average:  over 10 games they’re averaging 1,062 fans.  Last night’s game at St. George – a Saturday – was attended by 705 fans.  Conversely, last night in Victoria, the Seals drew an impressive crowd of 2,247. 

(Disclaimer – this posting not reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Toros, the Reno Aces, Diamondbacks, PCL, MiLB, MLB, Golden Baseball League, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Tucson Baseball LLC, SK Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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You shouldn’t be so trusting of the box scores, I listened to the game and pointstreak has them wrong. Jason Hanna did not give up any runs on the Saturday and pitched two scoreless innings. I listened to the game on the radio on the Roadrunner website and can confirm this is the case.

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Thanks Andy! A friend had suggested I try to link to the St. George local radio broadcast for the game to get the real lowdown…I may have to do so. Without it, I’ve got very little to go on EXCEPT the box scores. Thanks for the correction.

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