Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Two Down at Chico…And We’re Split!
June 18, 2009, 17:51
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It appears that the Arizona Daily Star will no longer provide “expanded” coverage (from news releases) of our Toros’ away games.  If you’re looking for a very brief summary of the games, check the Miscellaneous column in Sports.  Sad sad sad…  But, let me see if I can fill in some of those gaps! 

Tues, June 16thOutlaws, 5; Toros, 2.   Toros “ace” starter, Lorenzo Barcelo, suffered his first loss of the season in the series opener at Chico Tuesday.  Lorenzo went seven innings, allowing all five runs (all earned, as well) on 11 hits, no walks, and four Ks.  It may be worth remembering that Chico has seen Barcelo before:  that may account for their production against him that night.  Barcelo’s ERA is still a very respectable 2.41 after the loss.  Chris Luera pitched the eighth and was definitely “on:”  no hits, no runs, and two Ks!  On the offensive side of the evening, our new SS Ryan Priddy had his first homer for the Toros – and he also got the team’s only RBIs (two).  Big Jim Rushford – at 1B again on Tuesday – walked three times: the box score’s only other “standout stat” for the Toros.  Another positive:  no errors by our favorite Bulls!  Chico committed two. 

Wed, Jun 17thToros, 13; Outlaws, 6.  A night after Lorenzo suffered his first loss of the season, Jason Jacome earned his first win – pitching 6 2/3 innings, and allowing six runs (five earned; four of which came in the first inning) on six hits, one walk, and one K.  Chris Luera (1/3 of an inning; no hits, no runs, one walk, one K), Reid Price (one inning; two hits, no runs or walks, two Ks), and Brian Daley (one inning; one hit, one walk, no runs or Ks) followed to close out the game.  Although the whole lineup was much more productive, the line that stands out is the one put up by 1B Jim Rushford who had an incredible evening:  in six at-bats he had five hits – one of which was a three-run homer! – six RBIs and no strikeouts!  Only two of our hitters went without an RBI last night (DH Andre Marshall and C Dylan Parzyk) and each of them had at least one hit and a run-scored.  On the downside, it appears nearly everyone also had an error:  Tucson totaled five for the evening.  Skip Adams came up with two of those by himself.  One was charged to Luis Apodaca who came into the game in relief at third base in place of Mayo Santana

And so tonight’s game will determine the series winner!  It’d be nice to finally beat these Outlaws…especially on their home turf! 

Standings.  The Orange County Flyers have definitely turned the corner in this young season.  After an incredibly slow start, they are now second in the GBL Southern Division with a 10 and 9 (.526) record.  St. George continues to dominate the Division with a 14 and 9 (.609) record.  Our Toros have slipped to the number four position in the Division with their 8 and 10 (.444) record.  Only Yuma behind us folks…and they’ll be in town on Friday.  Why don’t you plan to come on down and cheer for the home team?   

(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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