Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


T-Pads Blast Out a Win
June 24, 2011, 16:55
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Whew…104 at first pitch last night!  But at least the beer was cheap AND the ball was flying!  

June 23rd – Tucson 9; Sacramento 7.  New guy – just called up from High A ball in the Cal League – LHP Pedro Hernandez made it look easy, really, as he earned his first AAA victory for six innings of seven hit (two homers)/four run ball.  Both of the homers he allowed came in the fourth inning.  Big inning for them, but Tucson had been blasting away all evening.  Kyle Blanks, Aaron Cunningham, and Matt Clark all went deep; Blanks and Rocky Gale each hit triples as well.  After a quiet night, hit-wise, on Wednesday both teams got in their licks last night!  Sacramento ended the evening with 15 hits (and one error)…Tucson had 14 hits.  And NO errors!  Yay, Tucson! 

Did You Say Everth Was DH?  Yes, he was!  Typically our SS, Everth Cabrera was slotted in the leadoff spot as the designated hitter last night.   Ryan Finley, sports writer for the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a really interesting article about how Manager Terry Kennedy has used our players almost like “utility players” this season.  For instance, the article indicates that Kennedy has used 12 different guys in the DH slot this year.  Interesting read:  Who’s_On_First? 

Oh, the Padres We Have Seen…  As I looked at the box score for the San Diego Padres’ victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, I noticed an interesting thing:  of the nine guys in the starting lineup, we’ve seen SIX here in Tucson this year.  We’ve seen Will Venable (demotion), Jesus Guzman (promotion), Orlando Hudson (MLB rehab), Anthony Rizzo (promotion), Cameron Maybin (MLB rehab), and Nick Hundley (MLB rehab).  There was also a game in that series where two of “our” pitchers were featured in a game:  Wade LeBlanc and Evan Scribner.  There’s been a lot of movement within the Padres’ organization this year…it’s kind of cool to see how many guys in The Show have been with us in Tucson this year! 

One More Transaction.  Today Tucson sent C Rocky Gale back to A-ball at Lake Elsinore.  Once again we have only one active catcher on our roster:  Eddy Rodriguez

Coming This Fall!!  Something awesome will be coming our way in October, thanks to the Tucson Padres.  Three Mexican Winter League baseball teams will pop up to Kino in a Mexican Baseball Fiesta on October 7 through 9.  Check for details here:  October_Baseball!!  This sounds like tremendous fun – and who wouldn’t like to see baseball here in Tucson in October! 

Yes!  There Will Be Fireworks!   Final game in this homestand against Sacramento is tonight.  There’ll be “autographed” Anthony Rizzo player photographs for the first 2,000 fans with paid admission, too.  Also, if you’re a T-Pads Facebook Fan, you can get cheap beverages between 6pm and 7pm if you can prove your FB Fan status.  It’s one of the ways that GM Mike Feder is encouraging folks to come on out to Kino in spite of the heat.  Nice touch, Mike!  We kick off a four-game series with Fresno tomorrow night.  Feder has indicated that planned fireworks at Kino for tomorrow and July 4th are still “a go” in spite of the recent fireworks ban instituted by the County.  So, now more than ever, you’ll want to get tickets for the Fourth of July Star Spangled Spectacular!  It’ll be one of the few places in Tucson to see fireworks during this dangerously dry, hot summer…  AND 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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