Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


A Win to End Season at Home
August 29, 2011, 14:41
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I am immensely proud of our Tucson Padres today…after a humbling and humiliating sweep by the Sacramento River Cats last week, our team rebounded against the Reno Aces to take five out of six games from the former Tucson Sidewinders.  After looking flat and frankly “done” for the year vs. Sac, these guys turned a new leaf and gave Tucson fans a wonderful sendoff to their inaugural season here.  Well done, T-Pads!

It was a good thing that I’d made arrangements to meet a friend and her furry companions for last night’s game, because I’ve reached that point in summer where I find it much easier to stay indoors with my A/C and fans blasting than do anything outside.  Happens every year:  sick of our heat and inertia has settled in.  But what fun we had at last night’s game!  To accommodate the pups, we sat on the grass under the scoreboard where we enjoyed cool grass and a lovely breeze that made it one of the most comfortable evenings I’ve experienced at Kino in recent weeks.  Plus it was a hoot to see Lucy doggie make friends with everyone who passed.  She wagged her tail so hard through most of the game that I’m surprised she didn’t get airborne!  After years of living in a cat’s household, it was a treat to spend the evening with an extremely friendly and exuberant dog!  All  that AND the home team won again!

August 28th – Tucson 6;  Reno 4.   The Aces struck first last night, getting a run in the first inning, and I was afraid that it might be a bad sign for the T-Pads…but Tucson had other plans.   Although starter, Matt Buschmann, allowed two more runs in the top of the second, he also began the offensive production for our guys…in the third inning, he got a single (only our second hit), actually stole second base successfully (!), and then scored on a double by CF Eric Patterson before Reno shut us down again.  Confident after that, Matt didn’t allow another Reno run until the seventh.  Meantime, 1B Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth (his 26th HR of the year) and RF Matt Clark hit a three-run dinger in the sixth to give Tucson a lead (their first in the game).  My only disappointment was that both those homers went out over the RF wall…so much for my dream of catching a home run ball while out in LF!!  Speaking of LF…James Darnell played that spot for Tucson last night.  Oh for four at the plate, he did give the T-Pads their final insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.  Buschmann earned his sixth win of the season…and Tucson committed no errors.  It was a good end to the homestand and home season.   Can’t wait until these guys return in 2012!

Fare-thee-well, Dorwin.  All season long, six black banners have graced the outfield walls,  reminding us of those who were killed in the January 8th shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’  “Congress on Your Corner” event.  Late in last night’s game, Director of Operations, Eric May,  took the field to formally remove the banner commemorating Dorwin Stoddard.  The banner will be sent to his son in Virginia.  Months of seeing those banners had made them melt somehow into the fabric of the stadium, and it wasn’t until this ceremony called my attention to them once again that I noticed – really noticed – their presence again.  A touching moment that brought tears to my eyes…  RIP Dorwin Stoddard, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris, and Christina-Taylor Green. 

Transactions.  Nothing new reported today.

Gone, But Not Done Yet…   Tucson closes its season on the road.  Tonight they’ll begin a  four-game stand against the Tacoma Rainiers in WA and then they head into Reno for another four against the Aces on their turf.  Oh, and mark your calendars:  the T-Pad staff announced that the first home game of the 2012 season will be played at Kino Stadium on April 5, 2012!

(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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