Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Trying to Even the Score with the Bees
April 18, 2011, 21:35
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As I write this, the Tucson Padres are playing their final game of four at home with the Salt Lake Bees.  The series continues the story line begun in Salt Lake last week…  Tucson just barely lost the Home Opener (details in previous post)…soundly beat the Bees on Saturday night (final score April 16th – Tucson 8; Salt Lake 5)…and lost again last night in extra innings (final score April 17th – Tucson 5, Salt Lake 6).  The teams are knotted two-two after four right now.  The Padres sit at the bottom of the PCL Pacific South Division with their four and seven (.364) record – splitting this series may be just the thing the Padres need to build momentum!  Go Tucson!  (Seventh Inning stretch…Bees 3, Padres 2.  Come on Pads!) 

Some details…

Saturday, April 16thCF Cedric Hunter was three for five with an RBI and run scored; 1B Anthony Rizzo was two for four with three RBIs; and LF Bobby Kielty was four for four with two doubles and one RBI.  Bobby didn’t have to pitch on Saturday as Manager Terry Kennedy used only five hurlers to complete the nine innings.  Starter Jeremy Hefner went 4 2/3 innings, and gave up four earned runs on ten hits, two walks and three Ks.  Our first reliever, Samuel Deduno, got the win as he worked 1 2/3 innings.  He gave up one run on two hits and a walk…but earned his first win of the season.  Kennedy’s fifth and final pitcher, Evan Scribner, earned his second save of the year with his closing inning of work.  Tucson had only one error:  a pickoff attempt by Hefner that went awry. 

Sunday, April 17thWe may have lost this one, but I like this bit from the box score:  Tucson batters hit six doubles, one triple, and two homers!  Today’s paper contained a nice write up about Rizzo (Raves_for_Rizzo), but the line that caught my eye from yesterday’s game belongs to 3B Jesus Guzman who had four hits in five at-bats.  One hit was a double, one was a homer!  Two RBIs and a run scored.  No strikeouts.  Tucson posted single runs throughout the game – opposite those innings when the Bees put up runs.  In fact, the box score looks a little like a seesaw!  One for me, one for you, one for me…you get the idea!  The Bees tied the game at four with a run in the ninth, scored two in the top of the 10th, and then it got exciting!  Padres catcher Guillermo Quiroz hit a triple and scored on a Luis Durango groundout.  We only need one to tie!  Everth Cabrera to the plate…called strike, ball, foul, ball…and, sadly, a groundout to end the game.  Doggone!  Say this for both these series with Salt Lake:  our Padres do NOT give up.  We may not be winning these games, but our guys are keeping it close.  Lots of potential! 

Working Through the Pain…  2B Logan Forsythe has been struggling with shoulder tendinitis and missed both Saturday and Sunday night’s games.  He has just been inserted into tonight’s game, so he’s back on track apparently.  Today’s paper also says starting pitcher Josh Geer is in San Diego for “undisclosed tests” and will go on the DL.  Reliever Jon Leicester is scheduled to take his place in the rotation.  

What’s On Tap?  The Bees stop buzzing around Kino after tonight’s game and will be replaced by the Fresno Grizzlies (SF Giants affiliate).  Not counting tonight’s game (against Las Vegas and still in progress), Fresno is six and five (.545).  But hey, they’ve lost their last two, so maybe we’ll have an advantage there! 

Here’s the promotions the Padres staff has scheduled for fans:  Tuesday night is “Kraft Two For Tuesday” (buy one ticket, get one free with purchase AND a Kraft package wrapper).  Wednesday is “Wiener Wednesday” (dollar dogs all evening).  Thursday is (wait for it!) “Thirsty Thursday” (dollar beer/sodas from first pitch until 9pm).  This Friday is “Padres Schedule Magnet Night” (the first 2,000 fans will get a schedule magnet, presented by Dominos).

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Toros, the Reno Aces, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, Diamondbacks, Padres, 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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