Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

A “V” Was Not To Be
May 4, 2012, 16:28
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It was a beautiful evening in Tucson last night, a perfect night to enjoy inexpensive beverages, the company of friends, and LIVE professional baseball.  True, the home team lost, but I was impressed by the grittiness of our players.  That they came up short was in no way because they didn’t give the game their all!  The T-Pads whacked out deep shots that just came up short of homers and every time we had a sure rally going, the Tacoma Rainiers were able to come up with a double play or found other ways to overcome the threat.  Meanwhile, Tacoma was able to go deep (twice) and somehow overcame their three errors to tip the scales in their favor.  Tucson’s starter, Jorge Reyes, took the loss (his fifth) – but if you could undo the first two innings (when he allowed five runs), he pitched fairly well.  Our relievers, Cory Burns and Alex Hinshaw, held the Rainiers scoreless in the later innings…but then, so did the Tacoma relievers hold us without runs.  Tucson’s Sawyer Carroll gets my nod as offensive player of the game:  he was two for three with two doubles and two RBIs.  Everth Cabrera stole his 12th base of the season.  Matt Clark wore another halo – oh for four, with two strike outs.  Final Score:  Tucson 4; Tacoma 6.  The Rainiers win the series, two games to one.  But once again, we were NOT swept!  Tucson continues to get at least one victory in each series they play.  And when you see these guys play, live, you really DO believe they are “this close” to getting into a winning groove!

Transactions and Injury Report.  A very interesting transaction to report today!  San Diego traded pitcher Ernesto Frieri to the Angels – in return, the organization picked up 2B Alexi Amarista (and former UofA Wildcat, Donn Roach).  If you followed the series Tucson played against the Salt Lake Bees, you’ll recognize Amarista…he was batting .273 for the Bees.  And now he’ll be playing for the Tucson Padres!  Additionally, the T-Pads will see SD RHP Tim Stauffer on the mound to start tonight.  Stauffer is here on a major league rehab assignment.  Just when we got closer Brad Brach into a groove here, the Parent Unit has recalled him to play in the Bigs once again!  RHP Erik Hamren has been assigned to Tucson from San Antonio in Brad’s place and Carlos Sosa has been returned to the Missions from Tucson.   

Fun Homestand Continues!!   Tonight the T-Pads begin a series against the Sacramento River Cats; four games in three days.  Fireworks after the game tonight and check out the great promotion for tomorrow:  the Park will open at noon for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, followed by a double-header versus Sacramento.  You can check out all the upcoming promotions here.  Get on out there and support your local professional baseball 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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