Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Three Barks for O-Dog!
May 16, 2011, 17:45
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I’m beginning to think that I’m a curse for the ol’ Tucson Padres!  After they won the final game against Round Rock to split the series, and then taking a win in the first of four versus the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers AAA), we were defeated rather handily by the Topes in the game I attended last night.  Oh well – it was a lovely evening and well attended by both two-legged and four-legged mammals!  A quick look at the last three: 

May 13th – Tucson 3, Round Rock 2.  Tucson scored two in the sixth (a two-run homer – his first since joining us – by Alex Cintron) to tie the game and got the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-loaded single by Cedric Hunter.  Tucson committed two errors that resulted in RR runs, but that didn’t, fortunately, totally sink the team.  Starting pitcher, Will Inman, went six innings (five hits, two runs – none earned – on five hits and two walks, six Ks) but didn’t figure in the decision.  He’s still at 1 and 3 for the season with an ERA of 5.21.  The evening saw the final Tucson game for reliever Randy Flores…he closed the game and earned the win (his first).  The very next day he left the T-Pads.  A clause in his contract allowed him to become a free agent if the Parent Unit didn’t call him up by that date.  

May 14th – Tucson 7, Albuquerque 4.  Tucson never appeared to flounder in Saturday night’s game…starting pitcher, Jon Leicester, earned his second win of the season for five innings of two-run ball…behind him, the Tucson offense hit, stole bases, and generally succeeded in playing little ball (though Jesus Guzman did hit his third homer of the season in the fifth) to defeat the Isotopes.  Jesus also committed the team’s only error (his 11th). 

May 15th – Tucson 5, Albuquerque 10.  Over 3,000 fans and 265 dogs arrived at the ballpark for Bark in the Park night and to watch our Tucson Padres play a game featuring three MLB players on rehab assignments.  What a treat to see Orlando Hudson and Jarrett Hoffpauir from the San Diego Padres and Rafael Furcal of the Los Angeles Dodgers playing at Kino Stadium!  It was also fun to see another former Sidewinder back in Tucson:  Isotopes Manager, Lorenzo Bundy!  Lo used to be the batting coach for the Winders and it pleases me to see him managing a AAA team once again – even if for the opposition…  But back to the Big League rehabbers…O-Dog is just a joy to watch.  He’d glide into a base, give the position player there a friendly swat, turn on that 1000watt grin, and commence to chatting his head off.  I’ve always heard that he’s a friendly guy, but seeing him up-close and personal proved that.  He even gave us a grateful smile as we thanked him for his work when he departed the game.  What a guy!  Watching him thoroughly enjoy his rehab work and getting to pet dogs from the Humane Society looking for homes were really the highlights of an otherwise depressing game for this Tucson fan.  We saw the 2011 AAA debut of Matt Buschmann for the Padres – he had some good moments (like getting a pickoff at first), but took the loss for his five innings of work.  He allowed ten hits and four walks for seven earned runs.  No Ks – and one of those hits allowed was a two-run homer by Damaso Espino.  Our own Matt Clark had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth that scored two – but it wasn’t enough to get us out of the hole.  Otherwise, our offensive production was largely due to the Hudsons:  O-Dog had two doubles, a run-scored and an RBI in two official at-bats.  When his work was done, Robbie Hudson replaced him at 2B and in the batting order.  Robbie also had a double and an RBI.  Our closer for the evening had us baffled since he didn’t show up on the May 14th roster…  Today’s box and article by Sarah Trotto in the Arizona Daily Star clarified the situation.  What we saw was the AAA debut of LHP Colt Hynes who was called up from AA San Antonio to fill the roster spot left when Flores abandoned us to free agency.  Colt pitched two innings:  three hits, one walk, two earned runs, one K.  A positive in the evening: no Tucson errors!  Now, if we could just to that consistently… 

One Other Transaction…  Luis Perdomo, our closer, returned from the temporarily inactive list.  He’d been placed on the inactive list to attend the birth of his daughter.  With his return, reliever Zach Herr returned to High-A ball at Lake Elsinore. 

The Tucson Padres conclude their series with the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers AAA affiliate) tomorrow night.  After an off day on Wednesday, the team travels to Iowa to play the I-Cubs for four and then on to Omaha to battle the newly-named Storm Chasers (KC Royals affiliate).  Our team returns home for a Memorial Day homestand on Friday, May 27th.  They’ll play four with the Salt Lake Bees and the weekend promises loads of fun at the ol’ ballpark!  There’ll be a T-Pad Tee Shirt giveaway on Friday, Fireworks on Saturday, Military Appreciation Night and a second Bark in the Park event on Sunday, capped by a Memorial Day KiiM Family Night on Monday, May 30th.  For more details, click here:  Promos 

(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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