Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Series Loss in Yuma
July 24, 2009, 13:58
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After winning the first game, the Toros dropped the next two to lose the series against the Scorpions at Yuma.  Here’s a quick look at the series:                                

Tuesday, July 21:  Toros, 5; Scorpions, 2.  Tucson starter, Cibney Bello, continued his perfect year, going 7 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.  The Toros did give up two runs in the first inning, but neither was earned as Skip Adams was charged with another Toro error.  Cibney allowed only five hits and two walks.  He also K’d two.  Our Toros also scored two in the first…then another two in the third and one in the fourth.  Enough to earn the victory after our pitching shut down the Scorpion’s offense.  Skip hit his third triple of the season; Lino Garcia got his 14th stolen base.  Altogether the team got 12 hits (to six by Yuma).  Each team had one error. 

Wednesday, July 22:  Scorpions, 2; Toros, 1.  Neither team scored through the first seven innings, a situation that meant neither starting pitcher figured in the final decision.  Both starters went seven innings and each allowed only four runs and one walk.  Toros starter, Vince Davis, chalked up one more K than did the Scorpion starter – Vince put up four Ks.  Rene Garcia relieved Vince – he earned the loss in his one inning of work as he allowed both Scorpion runs (both earned) to score on two hits, a walk, and two wild pitches.  Our old friend Emiliano Fruto (former Sidewinder and originally on the Toros roster) made the ninth inning exciting for Yuma fans…he allowed Tucson their only run of the evening and the Toros had runners on second and third when Fruto finally buckled down and K’d the next three to finish the game.  Rene took the loss for Tucson:  he is now 0 and 2 with an ERA of 4.05.  Offensively, only Jim Rushford earned an RBI – his 40th – and Lino Garcia stole his 15th base on the season.  No errors for the Toros (Yuma had three)! 

Thursday, July 23:  Scorpions, 9; Toros, 5.  Jason Jacome took the loss in this game after getting trampled by a five-run fifth inning and a two-run second inning.  Not all were earned, however, so Jason’s line reads:  five innings, seven hits, seven runs (five earned), one walk, five strikeouts.  Relievers Tim Wilhelmson and Jordan Muir each took a single perfect inning and Danny Greenwalt gave up two additional runs in his inning of relief.  After two nights where the baseball stayed in the park, both teams launched the long ball last night.  Toros’ RF Andre Marshall hit his fourth of the season:  two of the Scorpions also went long in the game.  Mayobanex Santana was our hitting champ of the evening, garnering three hits in five at-bats.  He also scored a run and earned an RBI.  Tucson committed three errors (to one by the Scorpions) – for once, Skip Adams was not one of the offenders.  In fact, Skip was credited with his 8th stolen base of the year…Lino Garcia stole his 16th.  Tucson actually had more hits than Yuma (10 to 9) but just couldn’t get enough of them to cross home plate for the win. 

Transactions.  By now this seems so familiar…on Wednesday (July 22nd) the Toros placed Jason Jacome on the inactive list;  they also activated Vince Davis.  The GBL transaction sites do not explain how Jason got activated once again after being inactive on the 22nd.  Jason pitched on the 23rd, so obviously he didn’t stay on the inactive list that long!  

There’s been quite a lot of talk in our paper about the number of players allowed on any GBL team roster.  The League allows only 22 active players on the roster (compared to the 25 on any MLB team roster).  Toros team owner, Jay Zucker, continues to profess a need to raise that minimum to give flexibility to the team managers.  The League counters that the smaller number of players allows for more playing time throughout the season and ensures a more healthy paycheck for each player.  (An important aside:  the GBL caps total team salaries at $83,000 for a season.  So…fewer players, slightly higher salaries for each.)  Sarah Trotto gives both sides in her article today in the Arizona Daily Star.  Go here for the entire story:  http://www.azstarnet.com/sports/302179

Schedule Notes.  The Toros return to Hi Corbett this evening (and I’m watching the skies closely as the moisture and clouds continue to build) for a three-game series against the Victoria Seals.  As the paper reports, there are massive inconsistencies between various sites on the actual standings in the GBL in the second half (in fact, the Star no longer reports the standings because of the inaccuracies), but the GBL home site shows Victoria at the bottom of the barrel in the Northern Division.  Tonight is Fireworks Friday at Hi Corbett…tomorrow’s promotions include a Backpack giveaway for kids AND a Wine, Women, and Baseball event from 6pm until first pitch at 7pm.  Sunday is Dollar Dog Sunday – and Library Night (always a big draw!).  Won’t you come on down and join in the fun? 

(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 http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/schedule.html.  Additionally, this posting has not been 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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