Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


More Firsts… Not ALL Good
April 8, 2012, 15:36
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As is typical in a new season, with each game we continue to see new “firsts” for the year.  Here’s a highlight of the new firsts from the game last night (April 7th).

Good Firsts.  Tucson got its first home run of the year, when 2B Anthony Contreras banged out a deep one to score two runs in his first at bat in the second inning.  At the time, that evened the score between the Padres and the Grizzlies.  It was Anthony’s first hit of the season – and quite a FIRST it was!  First time Josh Geer pitched in a regular season game since being treated for a form of melanoma nearly all of last season.  First fireworks of the season followed the game. 

Not-So-Good Firsts.  I hate to say this, but Tucson got its first look at bad pitching in last night’s contest.  Not to pick on the guy, but our first reliever in the contest, RHP Eddie Kunz (who took over for Josh in the fifth inning), had the worst inning of pitching we’ve seen so far.  In fact, improved pitching has been one of the highlights of this new season!  But not for Eddie last night.  He got one out with two pitches…and then the wheels fell off!  He gave up six hits and five runs before getting one more out (and being pulled from the game).  Tucson (who continues to struggle with manufacturing runs) could not overcome that kind of deficit and so we saw the first blowout against the T-Pads, with a final score of Fresno 11; Tucson 4.  We also saw a passed ball, two more errors, a wild pitch and another unproductive night for 1B Matt Clark (he’s the only non-pitcher starter who still has an .000 batting average).  Josh Geer took the loss (after Tucson used a total of five pitchers).

Let us speak no more of our failings last night!  (However, it should be noted that the final game in this series with Fresno is already underway…and Fresno leads, four to one in the fifth.  Should Fresno win, they’ll win the series, too.)

Opening Homestand Continues Through April 12th!   The Padres face the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland Athletics AAA affiliate) for four games beginning tomorrow night.   Here’s a look at the promotions for that series.  Monday:  KiiM Four-Pack Night (groups of four get four reserved box seats, four hot dogs and four sodas for $20 – a $70 value!).  Tuesday:  Eegee’s Night (stop by any Eegees and pick up FREE tickets for the game). Wednesday:  Wiener Wednesday (the return of one dollar hot dogs!  Available all night long!).  Thursday:  Thirsty Thursday (beverages available for $1.50 from 6pm to 9pm)!  Gates open each night at 6pm for 7:05pm first pitch.  See you there!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Tucson Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)

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I don’t know which day would be my favorite, Wednesday or Thursday!

Comment by foodlovelanguage

I know, right?! I’m not usually free on Wednesday nights, but will be this week…can’t wait to give those Hot Dogs a shot! Yum!

Comment by windersblog




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