Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


T-Pads Win Last Two!
June 5, 2011, 18:34
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Our Tucson Padres won the series in Vegas by taking the final game there and then returned home to win an exciting game in front of the home crowd last night! 

June 3rd  – Tucson 8, Las Vegas 5.  Starter Jeremy Hefner earned his second win of the season for his six innings of two-run ball (five hits, four walks, only one K).  But the story line for Tucson was the offensive assault by both Steve Tolleson and Anthony Rizzo.  Both went three for five and had solo homers.  Rizzo also had a double and added two RBIs to his season total.  Jarrett Hoffpauir wasn’t too shabby, either, with two hits in four at-bats, one RBI and a run-scored!  Evan Scribner closed and earned his seventh save of the year. 

June 4th  – Tucson 12, Tacoma 8.  I was able to watch last night’s game from an excellent seat in Section 110 thanks to an end-of-year present from the teacher I volunteer with at Nash Elementary School.  🙂  And the evening was absolutely perfect and pleasant, in spite of the 103 high we’d suffered through just hours before!  Perfect night for baseball at Kino Stadium.  And what a game!  But I have to tell you, I feel for our starter, Will Inman!  He went six innings and put up perfect goose eggs against Tacoma for each of those.  Seemed a shoe-in for a well-deserved win, his second of the year!  No runs, only three hits and one walk, and a striking EIGHT Ks!!  Awesome!  But he was apparently tiring, and so Manager Terry Kennedy sent RHP Scott Munter in for the seventh in relief.  This was what we call an “off day” for Scott.  He didn’t get an out, allowed one hit and three walks and his pitches-to-strikes ratio was 18 to 5.  Scott was eventually charged with four earned runs.  Kennedy quickly sent Samuel Deduno in with the bases loaded to clean up the mess.  Well, he wasn’t great either, allowing three additional earned runs, but he got the outs.  After Will’s brilliant shutout, and the T-Pads leading seven to zip, the game was now tied.  And baseball is such a funny sport…Samuel had just allowed the game to be tied, but because the T-Pads came up with what became sufficient runs to win in the bottom of the inning, Samuel was awarded the win.  Just doesn’t seem fair…  Meanwhile, elsewhere on the field…  San Diego catcher, Nick Hundley, started behind the plate for the T-Pads on an MLB rehab assignment.  Recovering from a right oblique strain, it didn’t appear much was wrong with him last night as he dinged a three-run homer in the fifth.  While Nick was on, Rizzo was off…he had a rare oh-fer.  Rizzo did walk once and was picked off just a play after Jesus Guzman was also picked off at that base.  The plays looked identical.  Aside from the pitching meltdown in the seventh, those back-to-back pickoffs in the third were the ugly on the field for Tucson last night.  Hoffpauir had an incredible night:  two for three, two walks, two RBIs, two doubles, two runs-scored!  Jesus was also effective:  although only one for three, he walked twice, had a RBI, and three runs-scored.  Will Venable looked good out there, too…three for four and a walk (good leadoff hitter numbers!), a double and a run-scored.  The T-Pads ended the evening with twelve runs and twelve hits – one error.  A nice win for the 4,792 hometown fans! 

Aaron Has a Major League RBI!  The San Diego team let our Aaron Cunningham start in RF against Houston on June 3rd, and Aaron rose to the challenge:  he went one for two with a walk and an RBI.  He’s still looking for his first run-scored, however.  Logan Forsythe is still having a tough time up there:  six hits in 37 at-bats, though one was a double.  One RBI – batting average of .162. 

Transactions.  I’ve mentioned that Nick Hundley is with us for a rehab assignment…  Today’s paper indicated that Jon Leicester was activated from the DL and should start in tonight’s game.  The transaction site says that Adam Bass was assigned to the San Antonio Missions today.  I’m assuming that move corresponds to Jon’s status change.  The Padres attempted to send Robbie Hudson back down to the Missions, but he declined the assignment and has been released by the organization.  Today’s paper also says that Simon Castro is progressing well in his rehab work and should be activated off the DL in the near future.  Does anyone know who David Newhan is?  He’s still on our roster for 2B…shows as on the 7-day DL and is not on the SD Padres’ 40-man roster.  I can’t recall ever seeing him play (and there’s nothing on him for 2010 OR 2011 on his bio).  A little help here, sports fans? 

You Won’t Want to Miss This!!  Our T-Pads face the Tacoma Rainiers for three more here at home, followed by four with the 51s (after an off day between the two series).  See upcoming promotions here:  Promos.  Don’t Forget:  the Famous San Diego Chicken will be in town on June 10th.  You gotta be there for that one!  And hey!  It’s not too early to get your tickets for the Fourth of July Star Spangled Spectacular!  All you former Sidewinders fans should know that the T-Pads will be playing the new DBacks AAA affiliate Reno Aces on that date – what a match up!  Fireworks on the field and off!  

(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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