Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Sixth Consecutive W!
July 2, 2011, 15:52
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Wade LeBlanc and the Tucson Padres stumped the Division-leading Sacramento River Cats for another strong win at Raley Field last night!  With the win, the Pads have guaranteed at least a series split in Sacramento.  Very impressive! 

July 1st – Tucson 7; Sacramento 3.  LeBlanc pitched another beauty last night, going eight innings and allowing no runs and only two hits!  Manager Terry Kennedy then turned the game over to San Diego veteran Luke Gregerson (on an MLB rehab assignment; strained left oblique), who struggled on the mound and allowed all three runs the Cats got last night (on three hits and two walks against six different hitters).  He was only able to get one out before Terry sent Evan Scribner in to close out the game.  Evan K’d one and allowed no runs/hits/walks.  He earned his ninth save of the season for his outstanding work.  Offensively, the T-Pads had another strong showing up and down the order, putting ten hits on the board.  Kyle Blanks, again in OF, extended his hitting streak to 18 games (tying the record previously set by Jarrett Hoffpauir earlier in the season):  he went two for five, with a double and three RBIs.  CF Eric Patterson hit his first dinger on the year, a shot good for two RBIs.  3B Logan Forsythe also hit a solo homer, his seventh of the year.  One Tucson error, but when the team wins I get a bit more forgiving about those…  Tucson is playing very well in Sacramento.  I’m hoping this is a sign that we’ll take off like crazy in the second half!  

Transactions.  RHP Luke Gregerson was assigned to Tucson on an MLB rehab assignment.                                                                                

Here’s What’s Next…   Two more in Sacramento, counting tonight’s contest.  The team returns to Tucson on July 4th for a three-game series against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks AAA affiliate – formerly known as the Tucson Sidewinders!).  The Padres go all out on the Fourth with their Star Spangled Spectacular.  It’s a big draw, so get your tickets now!  Remember:  there WILL be fireworks!   It’ll be one of the few places in Tucson to see fireworks during this dangerously dry, hot summer…  Plus this is quite a matchup on the field!  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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