Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Second Consecutive Big Win!
May 23, 2012, 16:10
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In spite of a game-time temperature of 97 degrees, it was pleasant in the stands at Kino last night when the Tucson Padres took the field against the Memphis Redbirds.  And what a wonderful night to be in the stands supporting the home team!  Once again the T-Pads dominated in all key aspects of the game:  pitching (starting and relief), hitting, scoring, defending…  Even though half the lineup is “new” to our 2012 Padres, the team continues to gel and improve.  Take starter, RHP Bear Bay…  In his first start for the T-Pads (and apparently on a pitch count), Bear pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk.  In the first two innings, he shut down the opposition one-two-three!  I hated to see him leave the mound!  New guy, Will Scott, took the next 1 2/3 innings…got a bit rattled and gave up the only runs-scored by the Redbirds (on a two-run homer by C Bryan Anderson), but was able to strike out two.  Josh Spence followed for an inning and a third, his easy and relaxed delivery resulting in a line full of zeros in the box score…Erik Hamren took an inning and departed with his 0.00 ERA still intact…and Brad Boxberger worked the ninth.  He allowed a walk before he shook the rust out of his system…and then he K’d the side!  Meanwhile, on offense, Tucson was having a grand ol’ evening!  Leadoff batter Logan Forsythe was four for four with a walk, his first triple of the year, and three runs-scored.  He hustled around those bases and I wouldn’t be surprised if his MLB rehab assignment is winding down quickly now.  He was unstoppable last night!   Daniel Robertson had the craziest line through the first few at-bats:  he was zero for three…but he walked each time and got an RBI on one of those!  Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark had nearly back-to-back homers again, this time in the eighth inning.  Jedd’s was a three-run blast; Matt’s was a solo shot and his only hit in the evening.  Yasmani Grandal batted between Jedd and Matt – got a groundout between the homers, but had a solid evening with two singles (one of which earned him two RBIs) and an intentional walk.  New position player Cody Decker played LF (which seems a little odd to me since his stats from San Antonio reflected him as an INF player) and went oh for three, but with two walks.  Beamer Weems had a good night, going two for five with two doubles, an RBI and a run-scored.  No errors for either team.  A wonderful night of baseball!  And Tucson won, giving them a two-game lead in this series.  We don’t have a lot of two-game winning streaks this year, and it’s the first time we’ve taken the first two games of any series this year.  I believe we can win this series!  Go Tucson!  Final Score:  Tucson 9, Memphis 2.


Transactions and Injury Report.  Added benefit of sitting in 3B-side GA seats:  interaction with the players as they move to and from the dugout.  Fans – “Hey Belnome!  How’s the shoulder?”  Vince Belnome – “It’s getting there.”  You heard this injury update here!  I couldn’t find any transactions affecting the T-Pads today, but did note that the Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with Orlando Hudson, who was released by San Diego last week.

Support Your Home Team – Get Great Deals!   The Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals AAA affiliate) are in town for two more games at Kino.  Head on out there and root for these T-Pads as they try to win their first series of the 2012 season!!  Tonight it’s WIENER WEDNESDAY – One dollar hot dogs all night long! It’s also Tucson Padres Social Media Night. If you haven’t LIKED the Tucson Padres on Facebook yet, you’re missing some great deals!  Tomorrow night is THIRSTY THURSDAY!  Reduced-priced beverages from 6pm to 9pm!  You can’t miss!

(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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