Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Seven-Run Third Beats T-Pads
June 25, 2011, 13:29
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As it happens, the Sacramento River Cats got all the runs they would need by the end of the third inning.  In fact, they didn’t score another run after that frame!  But your Tucson Padres, well, be proud!  They fought until the very end, putting up four runs in the bottom of the ninth and coming just short of a homer that might’ve tied the game.  Way to show your heart, Pads!! 

June 24th – Tucson 7; Sacramento 8.  RHP Jeremy Hefner had his worst outing of the season last night on his way to earning his fifth loss of the year.  He didn’t quite make it out of the third inning and allowed all of the runs that Sacramento scored in the contest.  In 2 2/3 innings he allowed eight earned runs on seven hits (two homers – one of which was a grand slam), two walks and only one K.  Each of our relievers was effective at keeping the door shut at home plate, but the damage had already been done.  Tucson did well on defense:  no errors and turned two double-plays!   Our offensive leaders were Matt Clark, who hit his 13th homer of the year while going three for four with two RBIs, and Steve Tolleson, who went two for five with a double and two RBIs.  By the way, it was kind of neat to watch Steve at 3B the other night…  As you may recall, we received Steve in a trade between the Padres and Athletics (he was the “player to be named,” I think), and he’d spent the earlier part of the year playing FOR the Sacramento River Cats.  Each time he’d go to work at 3B, he and Cat’s Manager Darren Bush would chat and laugh.  I always like when teams act civil to one and other and it was plain that Bush and Tolleson enjoyed catching up.  And no, it didn’t stop either from trying their best to win the series, either.  Doggone River Cats! 

Transactions.  The MiLB transaction site doesn’t quite make sense with information in today’s Arizona Daily Star, so it’s difficult to know what is true.  All of this information comes from one (and usually both) of those sources.  The paper says that Tucson activated DH/OF Bobby Kielty from the DL and optioned him to AA San Antonio.  That transaction is not listed in the MiLB site – and, in fact, Bobby still shows on our roster (and on the DL).  The MiLB site does say that C Guillermo Quiroz was placed on the 7-day DL yesterday.  Now, I find that hard to believe, since Quiroz caught the game for the Padres last night.  And our roster still shows Quiroz as active.  I’m confused. 

Finally, More “Rizzo-Like!”  I’ve been checking box scores on the San Diego Padres ever since Anthony Rizzo went up to play there.  After his first two games (where he knocked out his first hit and first homer), he seemed to be stifled and I began to wonder if they’d called him up too soon.  BUT, he was ON in last night’s victory over the Braves in San Diego!  He went two for four at the plate, took a walk, and scored three runs.  No strikeouts.  It’s going to take awhile to get that batting average up since it sunk down onto the Interstate…but maybe he’s back in the zone.  Go Rizz!!  (Oh, and check my man, Jesus Guzman!!  Pinch hitting…one hit in that one at bat…one run-scored and two RBIs!  That’s a good PH appearance!) 

Yes!  There Will Be Fireworks!   The Fresno Grizzlies (SF Giants affiliate) are in town for a four-game series beginning tonight.  GM Mike Feder has reaffirmed that fireworks planned for tonight (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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