Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Finally…A Victory Over I-Cubs!
May 22, 2011, 17:34
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The Padres haven’t been having a great time lately, but finally notched a substantial win over the Iowa Cubs (you can guess the affiliation!) today in Des Moines.  

May 22nd – Tucson 16, Iowa 7.  Today’s game featured a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo (his 14th of the season – he’s now up to 54 RBIs!) and only 13 total hits, as the Padres cruised past the I-Cubs, giving starter Wade LeBlanc his fourth win of the year.  Cedric Hunter was on fire today:  three hits in six at-bats.  One was a triple, one a double – Cedric accounted for five RBIs all by himself!  AND he was credited with the team’s only stolen base.  Even the T-Pad’s two errors (one by Cedric!  Guy gets “credit” in every category!) weren’t enough to give the I-Cubs the leg-up in this one.  The win prevented an I-Cub sweep, too. 

May 21st – Tucson 3, Iowa 4.  Rain shortened this game to just 5 ½ innings and since Tucson scored two of their three runs in the final half inning, one wonders whether they could’ve pulled off a win in normal regulation time…  Matt Buschmann took the loss for four innings of work (three earned runs on six hits and three walks – also a wild pitch and a hit batsman – two Ks).  Tucson’s Alex Cintron was charged with the team’s two errors.  And my man, Jesus Guzman, hit a two-run homer (his sixth) to score the team’s two runs in the sixth. 

May 20th – Tucson 10, Iowa 11.  Another slugfest!  Logan Forsythe – back down from his stint with San Diego – made a strong statement about his abilities with his three-run homer in the fourth (his fifth on the year); Rizzo had a two-run dinger in the sixth.  Logan was also charged with the team’s only error of the game.  Andy Parrino returned to the starting lineup and played 2B:  got a double and a walk – scored two runs; one RBI.  Starter Jon Leicester gave up six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings:  he did not figure in the decision.  Closer Luis Perdomo took the loss AND a blown save for giving up three earned runs in 2/3s of an inning. 

May 19th – Tucson 2, Iowa 8.  Tucson scored two in the first (both RBIs credited to Jesus)…and that was all she wrote as the I-Cubs effectively shut down our offense and then beat up on starter Will Inman.  Will allowed eight hits and two walks, for six earned runs.  BUT he also struck out ten!  Nevertheless, he was charged with his fourth loss of the season for his five innings of work.  No home runs by either team.  But also no errors! 

May 17th – Tucson 9, Albuquerque 11.  This one took 12 innings to resolve itself…  Tucson used seven different pitchers in the game and each one that allowed earned runs allowed three of ‘em.  Matt Clark hit a solo home run (his seventh) in the fourth.  Two errors for the home team.  Tucson out-hit the Isotopes, 17 to 14.  Just couldn’t get enough of those on home…  Albuquerque left town with a series split. 

May 16th – Tucson 10, Albuquerque 4.  Wade LeBlanc won this one for the Padres, going seven strong innings.  He did allow a homer amongst the seven hits and two walks he was charged with.  But that was nothing compared to how Rizzo hammered the opposing pitchers!  Anthony had two homers.  The first was good for two runs in the first; the second was good for three runs in the second!  Matt Clark dinged the other Tucson homer:  a solo in the third!  Matt also had his first triple of the year off the Isotope staff.  Aaron Cunningham was the other RBI guy for the Pads:  he had two (two hits – one was a double – and a run scored in five at-bats).  No Tucson errors.  

And that catches you up, sports fans!  But, thinking about Albuquerque… 

Baseball Memories.  When I “came back” to baseball in the 1990s, the live baseball I enjoyed was played by the San Antonio Missions.  Funny that now they’re the AA affiliate for the San Diego Padres…when I saw them they were a Dodgers team.  And, having grown up a Dodger fan, that was a perfect fit for me.  I don’t know if the Missions have the same mascot they had back in the day, but there was something totally goofy and special about the Puffy Taco.  Yes.  A big taco on legs running the bases is something to see!  

 

 Probably the first “big name” I recall seeing play in the minors was Chan Ho Park.  He was all the talk in the Dodgers organization at the time, having just come over from Korea.  He’d played only briefly in LA and was quickly shipped to AA to work on some things.  I remember I couldn’t wait to see him pitch; at the time it was rumored that he respectfully bowed to the home plate umpire before the beginning of a game, and I thought that was such a neat story.  Turned out to be true!  In years since, I’ve seen Chan Ho pitch for AAA teams here at Kino (then TEP).  I don’t think he bows anymore, but he was still a thrill to watch.    

One year a friend and I undertook a baseball-themed vacation and stopped in Albuquerque to catch a Dukes game.  At the time ABQ was a Dodgers affiliate (as they are again), so I was thrilled to see the next level up from the AA team I’d grown so fond of.  All I can remember about the game was that the pitching was jaw-dropping awesome!  I couldn’t believe the difference in speed and skill from AA to AAA baseball in that regard.  It was a memorable experience…and I also discovered the beauty of pico de gallo on a hot dog.  Try it some time!  Absolutely to-die-for! 

The Tucson Padres move on to Omaha to battle the newly-named Storm Chasers (KC Royals affiliate) tomorrow night.  They return 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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