Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Split the Four with Victoria
July 4, 2009, 13:33
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The Toros return to Tucson this evening to face the Long Beach Armada…just in time for the Star Spangled Spectacular at Hi Corbett!  Don’t let the high humidity and chance of monsoon rains keep you away from tonight’s festivities!  The team returns on a high note, having beaten the Victoria Seals in their final match and splitting the four game series.  Here’s a quick recap of the entire series (Andy, please read the Disclaimer.  🙂  ). 

Tuesday, June 30Seals, 5; Toros, 4.   Vince Davis started for the Toros and tossed five innings of no run ball before surrendering a run in the sixth inning.  In six, Vince allowed only two hits, the one run, three walks, and five strikeouts.  An impressive performance and a cool ERA of 2.25 at game’s end!  Brian Daly and Reid Price combined to pitch the next 1 2/3 innings:  neither charged with any runs and neither allowed a hit.  Reid did allow three walks.  Jordan Muir took the loss when he allowed four runs (three earned) in 2/3s of the ninth inning (the winning run came in from second on an error by Skip Adams).  Jason Hanna got the final out in the ninth.  Our Toros scored all of their runs in the seventh inning:  Mayo Santana’s two RBIs  accounted for half of the scoring.  Tucson totaled six hits (to five by Victoria) and three errors (Skip’s and two by Ryan Priddy) in the game. 

Wednesday, July 1:  Toros, 2; Seals, 1.  In another grueling pitcher’s duel, the Toros just managed to eke out one run more than the Seals to win the game.  Toros starting pitcher Cibney Bello was practically robbed of a win because he gave up the lone Victoria run…he was otherwise good, going 6 2/3 innings with five hits, four walks, and two strikeouts.  Jason Hanna’s 1 1/3 innings of work earned him the win – his line shows all zeros except for one K.  Reid Price earned his second save of the season for his perfect ninth.  The final, game-winning run for the Toros came in the ninth as Lino Garcia whacked out his second homer of the season.  Andre Marshall was credited with the other run-scored (RBI to Mayo).  Andre also earned the only error of the evening.  With a double and stolen base, Andres’s stats are full of notable achievements!                                                  

Thursday, July 2Seals, 12; Toros, 11.  After two nights of closely contested games, the sluggers went wild in the final two games of the Victoria series.  Tucson starter, Lorenzo Barcelo, continued what has become a recent slide in his starting performance, giving up ten earned runs on ten hits (no walks, seven Ks – both of those stats look good!) in four and one third innings to earn his fourth loss of the season.  He is now four and four with an ERA of 4.76.  There was something special in the air in Victoria on Thursday as Skip Adams, Dustin Yount, and Ryan Priddy all connected for homers…but they were, remarkably, outdone by ONE Seal batter!  Alaskan Jamar Hill of the Seals, tied a GBL record with FOUR separate home runs in five at bats.  Eight RBIs for young Mr. Hill!  One can only stand in awe of that.  More errors, by both teams this time, but certainly the power game was where it was at on Thursday!  Our Skip made another two errors (the team total) – but compensated with a grand slam in the ninth, part of a six-run inning that very nearly tied it up.    

Friday, July 3Toros, 10; Seals, 8.  The GBL official scoreboard doesn’t show a box score for last night’s game at this time, but their “Game Live” shows a basic summary…and the folks in Victoria write a good article about the game…so I have some information from which to outline last night’s win!  Tucson started the evening with Dan Knox on the mound and it seemed that Victoria was starting where it left off the night before, as the Seals put up three runs on two homers (one by Hill) in the first inning.  The Toros answered in kind in the third, with a two run homer by Dustin Yount and an RBI single from Curt Miaso.  And so it went, back and forth.  Knox lasted five innings (nine hits, six runs, three walks, one K); followed by Brian Daly (two innings, two hits, two runs, one walk, no Ks) and Reid Price (two innings, one hit, one walk, no runs or Ks).  And still, power was the key:  the Toros amassed 17 hits and (finally!) made no errors.  Up and down the line up there are remarkable numbers, though Dustin Yount’s stands out the most:  five at bats – four hits – four runs – four RBIs!  Every Toro in the starting lineup had at least one hit and all but three also had runs scored.  

Let’s hope some of that awesome power and enthusiasm translates into a strong start against the Long Beach Armada this weekend!  The Armada are currently playing .500 ball with 16 wins and 16 losses – they have won their last two and are six and four in the last ten.  Long Beach is six games back of the St. George Roadrunners, who lead our division.  Tucson is in fourth place in the division with a 12 wins/17 losses record (.414) – 8.5 back of St. George.  Sounds like we’ll see a good series – come on down and check it out! 

(Disclaimer – for all Toros away games [and some home games I miss] this blog will be composed from information gleaned from the official GBL stats site at  Additionally, this posting has 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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