Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

No Saving “Supe” This Time
April 27, 2012, 16:21
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I keep reminding myself that we have to be patient with our new starting pitcher, former big leaguer (he who has World Series rings), Jeff Suppan.  Injuries precluded him getting in much work before his first outing:  in many ways, Jeff is working through Spring Training here LIVE in the regular season…  I say this as a way to cushion the disappointment I’ve felt after his first two starts.  In his April 21st debut for Tucson, Jeff left the mound after three innings, having given the Bees five unanswered runs.  If Tucson hadn’t done the remarkable and staged their one serious comeback of the season, Jeff would’ve taken the loss in that game.  Instead, he got a no decision and left with an ERA of 15.00.  Didn’t matter a wit:  Tucson won!  We had a big name player on the roster!  Life was rosy!

But there was no saving Jeff in last night’s game against the Sacramento River Cats (played at Raley Field in Sacramento)…  In fact, when you dig into the game stats, it’s a wonder Tucson ONLY lost by four runs!  Jeff allowed five hits and four runs in the first inning, but settled down and only surrendered one more run before Manager Terry Kennedy collected him off the mound in the fourth inning.  Jeff’s ERA actually went down!  It now stands at 12.15.  Although he, too, allowed one run to the Cats, I was terribly impressed that reliever Colt Hynes was the only other Tucson pitcher used in the game.  He did a remarkable job in 4 1/3 innings:  one earned run on five hits, one walk, and one wild pitch.  Tucson’s offense just could not get a thing going last night against Sacramento’s pitchers…  The Padres got only four hits and one walk last night; they struck out 11 times.  Playing at first last night, Vince Belnome was practically the only Padre who had any success at the plate:  he was two for four, with a double and our only RBI.  Matt Clark was one for three with a hit and a walk and the only run-scored for Tucson.  Final score:  Tucson 1; Sacramento 5.

Milestone for Moss.  Just because he’s on the other team, doesn’t mean I’m not going to celebrate River Cat Brandon Moss’s 1,000th hit in the minor leagues!  He reached this major milestone against Hynes in the sixth inning.  I often wonder how a player feels about milestones in the minor leagues.  To me, a fan of minor league baseball, I think they’re just as awesome and incredible as those big numbers racked up by their major league counterparts.  But this also seems true:  you’ve spent a long time in the minors if you’ve just hit your 1,000th hit there…  I’m sure there are mixed feelings.  But seriously, Congratulations Brandon Moss!

Transactions and Injury Report.  Awesome news!  Both Beamer Weems and Yasmani Grandal have been activated off the 7-day DL!  Beamer played SS last night (oh for three); Yasmani was held out with “flu-like” symptoms.  Available from the bench, Yasmani didn’t come into last night’s game.  Pitcher James Needy has been returned to extended Spring Training from Tucson.  Pitcher Ryan Kelly has been assigned to San Antonio Missions from Tucson.  RHP Jason Ray has been assigned to Tucson from the Missions.  San Diego has called up RHP Dale Thayer to the Bigs from Tucson!  Go Dale!  And, finally, C Rocky Gale has been reassigned to High A-Ball, Lake Elsinore Storm from Tucson.  Rocky did a great job backing up Brad Davis in Grandal’s absence!  And besides, he has The Best Baseball Name…Ever!  One of these days, Rocky will “stick” on the AAA roster.

On The Road Again…   Tucson faces the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics AAA affiliate) for three more games there.  They’ll have another off-day on April 30th and return home for two three-game series at Kino Stadium.  Tuesday May 1st through Thursday May 3rd versus the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners AAA affiliate); Friday May 4th through Sunday May 6th versus Sacramento.  Remember, even away games are broadcast on Radio Tejano 1600 this season – and, as always, you can follow each and every game via the internet off the Tucson Padres’ website.  Broadcaster Tim Hagerty does an amazing job calling the games; tune in and support your hometown team!

(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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That’s too bad about Supp (pronounced Soup). He was a fine pitcher, but arms age and his pitches probably lack pop and deception.

Sure hope he can find the answer w/ the Pads.

Comment by goalstone

I believe he did well last year in the minors. I’m not counting him out. He’s spent most of the season injured and is just now getting in “regular” spring training work.

Comment by windersblog

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