Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Bad Things Come in Threes
June 2, 2012, 13:52
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Life seemed to overwhelm my ability to keep up with this blog over the last couple of days…I actually got to see two of the following three games on beautiful nights in Kino stadium.  It’s remarkable how pleasant an evening that starts in the high 90s can feel once the sun goes down here in Tucson!  Even so, it appears the season is beginning to wear on the T-Pads as they lost the final three games against the Las Vegas 51s here in Tucson.  In some ways, it appeared that the big come-from-behind win on Tuesday night just sucked the life right out of Tucson.

Wednesday, May 30:  Tucson 4; Las Vegas 7.  I’ve been real lucky about getting new folks out to see the T-Pads this season and a crowd of us were in the seats for this game (thanks to an awesome Social Media Night Special!) as Tucson and Vegas battled it out.  Tucson’s starter, Jorge Reyes, shut ‘em down one-two-three in the first and I was hopeful that trend would continue.  However, Vegas had other ideas and put up four runs in the second to take a lead Tucson could not overcome.  Jorge ended up with his sixth loss of the season for six innings of work (five runs on nine hits, one walk…but five Ks).  New T-Pad RHP Neil Wagner had his Tucson debut following Jorge:  two innings – two runs on three hits, including a solo homer, no walks, two Ks.  Erik Hamren closed with a beautiful three-K ninth!  Tucson’s offense amassed 11 hits…and left 10 men on base.  Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark each hit solo homers; in fact, Matt went four for five with the homer, two RBIs and a run-scored.  He also reached a major milestone in his minor league career:  he was credited with his 500th hit!  Way to go, Matt!  (Clark)

 

Photo By Chris Carlson/The Associated Press

Thursday, May 31:  Tucson 4, Las Vegas 5.  Another friend and I attended this Thirsty Thursday night event.  A lovely evening and a good crowd, but the T-Pads looked a little “flat” and tired.  Although the final score was the closest of the three in this report, the guys just didn’t seem to stretch it out on defense…it was just an odd night for the team.  Even with the apparent difference, Tucson kicked off the scoring with a run in the second and held the 51s at bay until the fifth when the 51s scored a solo run.  The real damage came in the sixth, when Tucson gave up four to Vegas.  In the bottom of the frame Cody Decker hit a three run homer that very nearly propelled Tucson back into the mix, but the 51s were still ahead by one…it turns out that would be all the scoring in the game.  Colt Hynes took the loss for allowing all five Vegas runs in his six innings of work.  There was a historic event during the game, as well – sadly, it went against Tucson.  In the Padres’ fourth, we had two runners on and no outs…looking very promising for at least one run, right?  Well, D-Rob stepped to the plate as Vegas’ defense positioned themselves for a bunt…Daniel gave the ball a chop that the T-Pads were sure would go foul – but Vegas had other ideas!  The third baseman snagged the ball, tagged third for one out, tossed to second for two outs, and then their 2B tossed to first to complete a TRIPLE PLAY.  Inning over.  Yow!  That was the first triple play in T-Pad history – only the second in Vegas’ 30-year history.  For sure it was the first time I’d actually seen a triple play.  Such a bummer that it went against the home team! 

Friday, June 1:  Tucson 1, Las Vegas 11.  Our old pal, former Tucson Sidewinder Bill Murphy, pitched a gem against the T-Pads last night…allowing only three hits in his six innings of work.  He also allowed Tucson’s only run, a solo homer off the bat of Beamer Weems in the first inning.  Since Vegas had scored one in the first and we kept it even in the bottom of the frame, I felt good about how the evening might develop.  But then Murphy just kept getting Padres out…while Tucson pitching rarely got out of an inning without allowing at least one run to score.  And then there was another historic event – again for the 51s – that really just crushed our spirits:  Vegas’ CF Moises Sierra hit THREE home runs in the game off three different Tucson pitchers!  Two were two-run homers, too.  I mean, Vegas just loved hitting at Kino.  In last night’s game they scored 11 on 17 hits; in the four-game series, the 51s accumulated 61 hits…  Man, I’m glad they’re gone!  Tucson loses another series; but was not swept!

Transactions and Injury Report.  San Diego signed free agent, OF Jorge Padilla, and assigned him to Tucson.  He played his first game with Tucson last night.   San Diego has called up C Yasmani Grandal and has promoted Rocky Gale from AA San Antonio to backfill the catcher’s position in Tucson.  Way to go, Yasmani!  Good luck in The Show!  In another move, LHP Tom Layne has been assigned to San Antonio from Tucson.  San Diego also designated former T-Pad pitcher Jeff Suppan for assignment after his short stint with the Parent Unit.  Daniel Robertson suffered a left leg injury of some sort on Thursday night and was out of the lineup for last night’s game.  Today’s paper indicates he is day-to-day and unlikely to land on the DL.  A side note: I’d mentioned the possibility that Vladimir Guerrero would play for the 51s…and he will be doing so.  Sadly, Vegas has just left town, so we won’t actually get to see Vlad play here in Tucson!  So close!

T-Pads Are On The Road Again…   Tucson will spend the next four days in Colorado Springs playing the Sky Sox (Rockies’ AAA affiliate) for the second time this season (both series have been in COS).  The team will have an off-day on June 6th before they return to Kino for a four-game series against the former Tucson Sidewinders (Reno Aces; Diamondback’s AAA affiliate).  Oh, I LOVE it when the Aces come to town! 

(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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