Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Tucson Gets a “WOW” Win!!
May 30, 2012, 16:28
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Last night was one of those times when I was listening to the game at home on the radio and really wished I was at the game as Tucson and the visiting Las Vegas 51s (AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) engaged in a hit parade!  I mean, who DOESN’T want to see a game where the teams combined for 33 hits and seven homers (one was a grand slam by 51s’ Yan Gomes; but Matt Clark also did well with his three-run blast!)…where Tucson fell behind, but came back to tie the game with a six-run sixth, and then won the game with Jedd Gyorko’s solo homer in the eighth?!  Well, I suppose last night’s pitchers might not have wanted to see a game like that, but…for fans, it was pure FUN!   I did feel a bit bad for our starting pitcher, Anthony Reyes.  I’m not sure why “they’ve” moved him into the rotation, but he sure led off a crazy game.  He worked three innings and allowed four runs on nine hits (including a homer) and one walk (walks were not a huge problem last night); he got three Ks – and a no-decision.  Jason Ray followed for two strong innings – and no-decision there, either.  Poor Nick Vincent had his worst outing of the season…lasting only one-third of an inning and allowing five runs on four hits (including that grand slam) and two walks.  But, no decision for him, either.  Josh Spence cleaned up the rest of Nick’s outing and went another whole inning allowing no runs on one hit, one K.  No decision.  It was Cory Burns, pitching the eighth, who actually earned the win for his one scoreless inning of work – Brad Boxberger closed and earned his fourth save of the season.  All up and down the Tucson lineup, the guys were hitting up a storm!  Best line of the night goes to Jedd, who was four for five, with a double, a homer, three RBIs, and two runs-scored.  Neither Daniel Robertson nor Logan Fosythe were credited with a hit, but both had a run-scored (D-Rob reached on a walk; Logan on a hit-by-pitch).  Final Score:  Tucson 11; Las Vegas 10.  What a way to start a homestand, Tucson!  Well done!  Let’s keep it up and sweep these 51s outta town!

The Yo-Yo Effect.  Funny coincidence today…  As OF Blake Tekotte was optioned back to Tucson yesterday, after his second brief stint in the Bigs, I wondered how that must feel for a player.  Being called up, sent back down, called up, sent back down…  It just sounds like that must be a certain kind of hell for a player and I wondered how Blake was handling the situation.  Well, thanks to The Arizona Daily Star, I now have an answer to that question.  The paper published a very nice article about Blake today:  seems he’s handling things really well.  I’m impressed by his attitude and hard work.  You can read the article here.

Ask Tim!  During the last series in Tacoma, Broadcaster Tim Hagerty indicated there was some chance that former Angel slugger, Vladimir Guerrero, might be joining the AAA 51s on his way back up to the majors in the Toronto organization.  I hadn’t heard an update on Vlad’s status and so asked Tim whether there was any new news…  His response:  there is still a potential for that to happen.  Vlad will either go to the AA or AAA level next (he’s been playing with the A-level club), but we have no guarantees that we’ll see Vlad here this week.  I’m still crossing my fingers!

Transactions and Injury Report.  Nothing new to report affecting the T-Pads today.  But here’s an interesting move the organization made yesterday:  they’ve signed RHP Jason Marquis to a minor-league contract after his release from the Twins.  While Jason is being sent to AA San Antonio, I imagine there might come a time when we see him here in AAA.  Been interesting watching the Padres snap up a bunch of big league pitching talent this season (see also Jeff Suppan and Kip Wells).

T-Pads Are Home!   Tucson is home for another three games against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays).  Tonight is Wiener Wednesday (dollar hot dogs all night long!) – and, if you’re a fan of the Tucson Padres on Facebook or Twitter, check out their Wed Night Social Media Special.  You can check all of the promotions for this homestand 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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