Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Grizzlies Bear Down for Win
July 10, 2011, 14:52
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Tucson couldn’t quite pull off a win at Fresno last night…and it wasn’t that the Pads weren’t hitting.  We out-hit the Grizzlies, 13 to 7, but just didn’t push enough of those runs across home plate for a win. 

July 9th – Tucson 3; Fresno 4.  Our usual hitting “suspects” were blanked last night:  Kyle Blanks and Everth Cabrera both took an oh-fer last night (though Everth did take a walk).  In their wake, Logan Forsythe returned to the power game, going four for five with an RBI.  But the real hero last night was Matt Clark:  two for four with a homer a walk and two runs scored.  With that homer, Matt has tied Anthony Rizzo’s HR total at AAA this season with 16 homers.  Guillermo Quiroz accounted for the other RBI in the game.  Our starting pitcher, Jon Leicester, may have gotten a “no decision” (the loss was credited to closer, Evan Scribner, more on that in a bit) but he had a good day at the plate:  one for two with a stolen base (that’s a new one!) and a successful sacrifice bunt.  Batting average not too shabby at .333!!  Two Tucson errors didn’t help our cause much…and the Grizzlies stole five bases on our pitching.  Tucson actually held the lead – though only a one-run lead – until they allowed two runs in the sixth, which put Fresno up by one…we tied it again in the top of the seventh and it stayed in a three-three draw until the bottom of the ninth.  Evan allowed a hit to the first batter, Tyler Graham, who is one of those players, apparently, you really DON’T want on base in a tied game in the bottom of the ninth…Tyler stole second and then he stole third (his 43rd stolen base of the season!).  Evan got a strikeout, then the final batter he faced hit a fly ball on the second pitch he saw:  sacrifice fly; Fresno wins.  OBTW, as a team Fresno has 133 stolen bases to date.  They lead the entire PCL in that category; followed by both Reno and Sacramento with 100.  Tucson has 88 – of which Everth has 22 (our team leader).  Our former speed-demon OF Luis Durango is next on our SB leader list with 18. 

Transactions.  And speaking of Luis…I’d forgotten to follow up on Durango after the Padres released him.  So often those guys clear waivers and end up back on our roster, and it took me some time to realize that didn’t happen with Luis.  He is now playing for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros.  We’ll be able to see how he’s doing for his new club when they’re in Tucson in August.  In today’s transactions, Tucson placed James Darnell on the temporarily inactive list.  I believe this is because James has been selected to play in the All-Stars Futures game:  good news! 

Coming Up Next…   The T-Pads have one more in Fresno tonight before everyone (except All-Star Aaron Cunningham and All-Star Futures player James Darnell) takes a break for AAA All-Star events.  GO PCL!!!  The Padres will then play a four game series against Las Vegas 51s in Fort Wayne IN (for some reason I’ve not been able to discern yet), and will then return to Tucson for a four-game series vs. the Tacoma Rainiers, beginning on Monday, July 18th.  Check local 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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