Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Everything But the Kitchen Sink!
May 5, 2012, 13:29
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Fans who made it to the ballpark last night were treated to a very entertaining evening of baseball – and fireworks!  Sadly, Tucson couldn’t hold their early (one run) lead and didn’t quite battle back far enough for a win (Final Score: Tucson 6; Sacramento 7) but a lot of interesting things happened during the game!  We saw:

–      TWO San Diego Padres Players as RHP Tim Stauffer joined OF/DH Carlos Quentin in Tucson for a major league rehab assignment.  Tim did very well in this start:  five innings (which was as long as he was “allowed” to go), one run on six hits and no walks.

–      Stolen Bases – CF Everth Cabrera stole his 13th base of the season…it was in the first inning and perfectly positioned him for…

–      Run Scores on Wild Pitch.  Always nice when the opposing pitcher helps our cause!

–      Run Erased from Scoreboard on Appeal.  This was the strangest thing…  Yasmani Grandal led off the third inning with a single (he was awesome last night, going three for four with a walk and a run-scored), went to second and then third when Q reached second on an error, and hustled across home plate on James Darnell’s sacrifice fly.  Or so we thought.  But Sacramento had seen something different, so they appealed the play and WON their appeal.  Officials determined Grandal left third too early – run erased, Darnell gets a flyout, no RBI.  Groan!  This particular erased run would later be the difference between a tie and a loss…

–      Bad Relief Pitching by newcomer, Bear Bay.  As Tim Hagerty said, “He really is a good pitcher” but hasn’t played this season…count these as his spring training outings.  One and one third innings:  six runs on five hits (two of which were two-run homers) and a hit batsman.  On the plus side:  no walks and three Ks!  Bear took the loss in the game.

–      Good Relief Pitching by both Brian Tallet and Jason Ray.  Ray, in particular, was incredible!  Two one-two-three innings – no runs, no walks, and two Ks!

–      Home Runs Like Crazy.  After fairly quiet early and middle innings (Tucson got a run in the first and sat there until the sixth; Sacramento got a run in the fourth and sat there until the sixth), suddenly the air got thin at Kino stadium and the ball began to fly!  Sacramento’s Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the sixth; Adam Rosales hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh.  For Tucson, Sawyer Carroll went deep with a leadoff solo homer in the sixth; Darnell doubled our run total with a THREE run shot in the seventh.  It was James’ team-leading fifth homer of the season!

–      Padre Hurt on Play.  Never like to see or have to report this, but Vince Belnome went out of the game in the seventh inning when he injured himself diving for a ball at second base.  Hagerty’s booth partner, Jack Donovan, speculated that it might be a shoulder injury, and today’s paper confirms that Vince dislocated his left shoulder.  This could be a crushing blow to the T-Pads – let’s hope his recovery goes quickly!

Transactions and Injury Report.  The Diamondbacks traded LHP Tom Layne to the Padres;  Tom has been assigned to Tucson and is scheduled to start in one of today’s games.  He’d been pitching in Reno:  0 and 2, 10.35 ERA.     

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!!   The T-Pads face the Sacramento River Cats for a two-game doubleheader today and an afternoon game tomorrow.  Today Kino Stadium opened at noon for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta; the first baseball game starts at 6:05pm.  In the PCL, double-headers consist of two seven-inning games.  After this weekend series is complete, the T-Pads get yet another off day before traveling out East to face New Orleans and Oklahoma City.  Info on local promotions can be found here.

(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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