Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


T-Pads Earn First Series Sweep!
May 2, 2011, 16:27
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Hopefully the Tucson Padres are now on a roll that will continue as they hit the road for Tacoma and Fresno!  Our home team successfully swept the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in this four-game homestand…it’s the longest winning streak to date AND their first time to win (much less sweep) a series! 

April 30th – Tucson 9, COS 8.  Due to a scheduling conflict with the Annual Mariachi Festival, this game was played at Hi Corbett Field, rather than Kino Stadium.  The Padres staff had planned numerous “Roll Back the Clock” events for fans, but the evening proved too cold (game time temp of 75 degrees – but it fell from there and was, reportedly, quite windy) for many of those festivities.  Tucson trotted out six different pitchers in this game, with starter Simon Castro going five innings and allowing six of the Sox’s eight runs.  He did not figure in the win.  Closer Pat Neshek earned his first save of the season…more importantly, he also had his first professional HIT in baseball.  A former AL player, Pat hadn’t had much opportunity to bat in the past.  Tucson amassed a total of 13 hits on the evening and those were spread out amongst almost all of the position players in the starting lineup (exception was Luis Durango who came up empty in all four at-bats).  Catcher Guillermo Quiroz hit his first homer of the season and five different Padres hit doubles in the game.  No Tucson errors (nice to see…especially when the home turf wasn’t their normal field!). 

May 1st  – Tucson 9, COS 3.  Starting his first game since being returned by the San Diego team, it appeared to take Wade LeBlanc an inning to get his groove on again.  But once he found it, he was awesome out there!  Not only on the mound, but behind the plate.  My favorite play of the game featured Wade out there batting…he showed bunt (a logical response with men on the bases) for the first pitch but whacked a solid single with the second pitch, catching the Sox off guard.  Wade did surrender all of the COS runs, but two came in that somewhat iffy first inning.  Our old DBack friend, Billy Buckner, pitched for the Sox and took the loss for the visitors.  Tucson looked lively and aggressive out there (on another cold night!).  SS Everth Cabrera stole his tenth base of the season.  Aaron Cunningham had three RBIs on two hits in four at-bats; Jesus Guzman had two RBIs on two hits in three at-bats (and walked twice).  Catcher Luis Martinez returned to the lineup after being on the DL for a hamstring problem.  The team sent C Eddy Rodriguez to extended spring training to make room for Martinez.  On a not-so-good note:  Cabrera suffered an injury in his final at-bat of the game, potentially having broken his hamate bone in his right hand.  He was to have that assessed by docs in San Diego today.  He will go on the DL – no word on who will replace him on the roster.    

With the sweep, the T-Pads moved into a tie for second place in the Pacific South Division with a 12 and 12 (.500) record; two games back of the Division-leading Sacramento River Cats.  Fresno shares our record and location in the standings.  Tacoma (Seattle Mariners AAA team) sits at the bottom of the Pacific North Division with an 8 and 16 (.333) record.   

(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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