Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Tucson Prevents Sweep!
July 30, 2011, 15:40
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On a very still, sticky and warm night at Kino Stadium, our Tucson Padres gave the Sky Sox a thumping to close out the series. 

July 29th – Tucson 6; Colorado Springs 1.  Winning is fun!  I haven’t seen a lot of wins by these Padres on nights I’ve been at games, but I was there last night to see a game that started as a pitcher’s duel and then evolved into another exhibition of Anthony Rizzo’s prowess as a hitter.  But first, hand it to starter, Jeremy Hefner, for going seven strong innings.  He allowed the Sox’s only run on four hits and two walks, but he also struck out six AND was one for two at the plate (he muffed a sacrifice bunt attempt, but got a hit the next time up).  He did really well;  Luis Perdomo and Brad Brach each took a near-perfect inning to finish off the guys from the Springs.  But Rizzo…wow.  Hard to imagine how this kid could struggle so in the Bigs watching him last night.  He struck out the first time at bat, but next time up he hit a MAJOR home run that brought in two runs and he followed that with an RBI double in the eighth.  Bobby Kielty was also fun to watch…in his only appearance at the plate (as a pinch hitter), he whacked out his own two-run homer in the seventh.  Matt Clark, playing LF last night, accounted for the team’s other RBI with a double.  No errors by either team.  Tucson limited the Sox to only FOUR hits.  It was a great night to be a fan of the T-Pads!   (This even if we were melting in the stands and didn’t get our promised camo cap giveaways…  Sometimes you just don’t get the breaks!  GM Mike Feder was meeting folks at the Gates last night explaining that we’d all get a voucher for a cap instead of an actual cap because the shipment of hats was still stuck in customs in CA.  Leave it to Feder to go the distance to make up for the inconvenience of not having the caps available: not only will the voucher get us a cap – eventually – but can also be used for a reserved seat upgrade at a future game.  Not a bad deal!)                                                                                                           

Transactions.  San Diego has optioned reliever, Pat Neshek, back to Tucson.  The organization also assigned pitcher Matt Buschmann back to Tucson from the San Antonio Missions.  Matt’s move is curious:  does that mean San Diego is ready to recall another pitcher from Tucson?  Have they made some kind of trade/move?  Although no moves have been announced at this time, the team does expect to be involved in some trades.  Pretty much everyone is betting the SD Pads will trade their closer, Heath Bell, by the deadline.  Other “rumors” here:  Pitchers_Out?  

What’s On Tap…   The T-Pads kick off a four game series at Salt Lake City Bees (Angels AAA affiliate) tonight and will return home for four against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Florida Marlins AAA affiliate) beginning next Wednesday, August 3rdPromos 

(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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