Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Oh No, No O!
May 11, 2012, 18:43
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After traveling East, and then having a 16-inning opener followed by a day game, I wasn’t totally surprised that the T-Pads had an “off night” in last night’s game…sometimes the tiredness creeps up on you!  In the face of really good pitching by the Zephyrs, Tucson just couldn’t get anything going on offense.  In the entire game, they only cobbled together five hits and only Alexi Amarista had more than one hit in the game.  This time he couldn’t pull off a Grand Slam – or even a “meager” solo homer – though he did reach second with a stolen base in the top of the first, which I’d hoped might set the pace of the game.  It was not to be.  On defense, though, Tucson really excelled.  True, they allowed two runs to the Zs, but in the face of New Orleans’ 12 hits and three walks, the fact that only TWO runs scored shows how tough the Pads were on the field.  No errors for Tucson (N.O. tried to help us with two errors) and we turned two double plays.  Tom Layne took the loss, his third, after five innings.  He allowed one run on six hits and three walks; 3 Ks.  First reliever Cory Burns allowed the other run in his one inning of work.  New guy Nick Vincent (see transactions) and Erik Hamren tossed scoreless innings to finish the game for Tucson.  It was only the third time Tucson’s been shutout in a game this season.  Final Score:  Tucson 0, New Orleans 2. 

Tim Hagerty – Published Author!  I wanted to give T-Pads’ Broadcaster, Tim Hagerty, a shout out and congratulations upon the publication of his book, “Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball’s Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them”.  I understand the book is available online (Amazon.com link) and will also be available at the Friar Attire Team Shop at Kino Stadium.  Congratulations, Tim – and well done!

Another Friend Visits Tim…  Speaking of Tim, seems he even has friends visiting him in the booth at AWAY ballparks!  Last night, he introduced friend Joe Mock, who publishes a website called “BaseballParks.com” (link to left).  Mock visits ballparks at all levels and provides an in-depth report about the facility.  He’s recently been to the new Miami Marlins home in Florida – check his very detailed report here.

Transactions and Injury Report.  Aw heck, there they go again…our Parent Unit saw how hot T-Pad James “Dinger” Darnell had gotten and just like that they recalled him to play for San Diego!  Obviously GREAT news for Darnell – good luck, Dinger!!  We’ll miss you here, for sure!  I don’t see a specific corresponding move to backfill our roster yet.  However, Blake Tekotte has returned for duty with Tucson – nice to have him back!  Tucson also picked up a new pitcher yesterday:  Nick Vincent.  Apparently Nick pitched with AA San Antonio Missions last season and went on the DL during Spring Training.  Upon activation from the DL, Nick was added to Tucson’s roster.  Some disappointing news from on San Diego transaction site:  Joe Wieland has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow.  Former (2011) T-Pads on San Diego’s DL include Logan Forsythe and Kyle Blanks.  They have both recently been transferred to the 60-day DL.

Follow the T-Pads on Tejano Radio 1600 AM!   The T-Pads are playing a final night game in New Orleans even as I type this; Tucson is trailing by one run in the sixth.  The team travels to Oklahoma City to see the Red Hawks (Houston Astros AAA affiliate) tomorrow night through Tuesday, May 15th.  Start times will be at 5pm Tucson time (except for next Sunday’s game, which starts at noon).  Our Pads return home for Thirsty Thursday on May 17th:  they will be facing the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers AAA affiliate) for a four-game series.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the ballpark!

(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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