Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Aces Take The Series
June 17, 2011, 18:25
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Tucson gave it their best shot, but fell to the Reno Aces in the final game of the series last night in NV. 

June 16th – Tucson 9; Reno 12.  Down nine to one after three innings where starter Jon Leicester just couldn’t get it going, the T-Pads fought back nonetheless and gave the Aces a run for the money down the stretch.  3B Steve Tolleson had an incredible night, going three for four with a walk, a solo homer, two runs scored, and four RBIs.  1B Kyle Blanks also had a strong showing, going two for four with a walk, a solo homer, two runs scored and an RBI.  Unfortunately, Jarrett Hoffpauir was not amongst those who got a hit, so his streak ended at 18. Probably the “funniest” line in the box score goes to pitcher Will Inman who pinch-ran for Bobby Kielty in the sixth.  He scored a run, so he was zero for zero with a run-scored.  Love it!   No Tucson errors (always pleased to see that!). 

Nevah Nevah Nevah Give Up!  Long-time minor leaguer, now hero of the New York faithful for his spot-start with the Yanks last night, Brian Gordon, should give new life and hope to all those guys we watch spending their baseball careers down in the Farm.  Gordon’s been everywhere and done everything in the minors, with only a short stint at Texas in the majors to show for 15 years as a pro player.  Wonderful, feel-good story here: Gordon.  Equally amazing:  the Yankee fans gave him a standing ovation!

The Grass is Always Greener…pretty much anywhere else…   There was a letter to the editor in today’s Arizona Daily Star that resonated with me after seeing the condition of the field during the last homestand at Kino.  Mr. Ernest Granillo stated “Stadium lacks grassI have been attending baseball games at Kino Stadium, billed as the pride of Pima County since it opened. Except during spring training, the grass on the field has never been maintained at a level conducive for professional baseball, but this year is the worst it has ever looked.”  While I’ve never seen either of our baseball fields look decent (much less GOOD) during the summer, it’s been worrying me more this year since the Padres’ brass distinctly tied our future with their organization to conditions of the field itself rather than attendance at games (as I expected).  Unfortunately, Mr. Granillo is right…I sure hope we can fix this to best enhance our chances of keeping the T-Pads in town for as long as possible!  (Besides which:  it’s definitely dangerous for the players when the field conditions decline so much.)

Transactions.  After being designated for assignment, OF Eric Patterson and LHP Aaron Poreda cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Tucson.    

Here’s What’s On Tap!   The T-Pads kick off a four-game series at the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies Affiliate) tonight.  They’ll return home to face the Sacramento Rivercats (Athletics Affiliate) for four, beginning on June 21st.  Fresno follows for four here before the T-Pads get another of those rare, and well-deserved, off days.  Don’t forget!!!  It’s not too early to get your tickets for the Fourth of July Star Spangled Spectacular!  The T-Pads will be playing the Reno Aces – what a match up!  Former Tucson Sidewinders team, meet new Tucson Padres team!  Check Promos here.    

(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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