Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Rocky Mountain Win
June 5, 2012, 16:53
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The Tucson Padres ended their five-game losing streak with a win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last night.  There have been lots of questions about how the humidor is working in the Springs…and I have to say it must be doing its job, because the final score in last night’s game (Tucson 3; Sky Sox 1) was very un-Colorado-like, where hitters used to bash the ball out of the park with regularity.  Now Security Service Field plays very differently:  not at all like most of the PCL where the Parks are known to be rather hitter friendly.  Tucson starter, Jorge Reyes, did an excellent job in last night’s victory, going six full scoreless innings for his fourth win of the season.  The Sox starter, Carlos Torres, wasn’t bad himself:  through his five innings, he allowed Tucson only one run (unearned, thanks to an error that allowed Jedd Gyorko to reach first…Jedd then scored on an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal).  Cory Burns followed J-Reyes for an inning full of zeros and then came Josh Spence.  Josh was specifically brought in to face two left-handed batters – and both reached base (a single and a walk) – so Josh didn’t last even a third of an inning.  Erik Hamren took the rest of the eighth inning.  He immediately got a ground ball for a double play, but that advanced a runner to third and the Sky Sox scored their only run in the game when Erik tossed a wild pitch to the next batter. Run charged to Josh.  Thankfully, Tucson had just put two additional runs on the board in the top of the eighth when Jedd whacked a two-out, two-run double that scored Jonathan Roof (who’d reached on a single, advanced to second on a successful sac bunt, and reached 3B on his first AAA stolen base!) and Beamer Weems (who’d reached on a walk).  Closer Brad Boxberger had his better stuff working again last night:  he shutdown the Sox one-two-three in the ninth with two Ks and a groundout!  The win kept the T-Pads from exceeding their season high five straight losing games – and will protect them from a series sweep there in COS.  Well done, T-Pads!  Let’s take the one tonight, too!   Final Score:  Tucson 3; Colorado Springs 1.

2006 Flashback!  Two former players from the amazing 2006 AAA-Championship Winning Tucson Sidewinders team will settle into opposing dugouts at Kino Stadium this week on rehab assignments with their respective major league teams.  Former Diamondback RHP Micah Owings, signed by San Diego in the off-season (and on the DL for all the regular season to date), has already joined the Tucson Padres as he begins his rehab assignment (more info on the team’s plans for him is in Transactions).  According to reports, Arizona Diamondback’s Manager, Kirk Gibson, has stated that SS Stephen Drew will be assigned to the Reno Aces for rehab work this week while the Aces face the T-Pads in Tucson.  Stephen has been on the DL since May 2011 – recovering from a broken ankle.  Boy does it bring back memories to have these two former Sidewinders return to Kino at the same time!  Both played for the Sidewinders during the 2006 season, when Tucson beat all the odds (and Sacramento) to win the Division, Conference, League AND the AAA crown.  In fact, a younger Micah was the winning pitcher in the AAA Championship game, the Bricktown Showdown, in OK City that year.  Flashback!  I cannot wait to see these two guys back here at Kino!

The Tucson Sidewinders won the inaugural Bricktown Showdown in 2006 with a 5-2 victory over the International League champion Toledo Mud Hens. (Bryan Terry, MiLB)

Transactions and Injury Report.  The Padres have designated former T-Pad, RHP Matt Palmer for assignment (when they signed free agent RHP Russ Ohlendorf).  SD OF Will Venable left Sunday’s game early with a leg injury…he is day-to-day at this time, but one wonders what will happen if he moves to the DL.  (I’m thinking we say goodbye to Blake Tekotte again if that happens.)  San Diego also optioned RHP Miles Mikolas to Tucson from San Antonio and they have assigned RHP Micah Owings to Tucson for a major league rehab assignment.  Broadcaster Tim Hagerty said that San Diego will actually be working on transitioning Micah to a very non-traditional pitching role.  During his time in Tucson, they expect that he will act as a pinch hitter and will play 1B.  Micah has always been a tremendous hitter, but I’m surprised to see San Diego move him off the mound and onto the field.  It will be interesting to see how this develops.  In an email conversation with Tim, I also learned that the team roster on the site I visit (off the T-Pad’s home page) is controlled by the folks at MiLB in NY…and therefore doesn’t always represent reality.  How frustrating!  So, I apologize in advance for information I gather and share from there that may not be entirely accurate.  I don’t have access to any “special” information, so can only report on what I can find.  Case in point:  until I pointed it out to Tim, OF Kyung-Min Na continued to appear on the team’s online roster but not on the roster I picked up at Kino during the last home series.  At some point, it appears Na departed Tucson.  I do not know where he went (it was never listed in transactions on the MiLB site)…and I don’t know precisely when he departed.

T-Pads Will Be Home Thursday Night!   Tucson has one more night game to play in Colorado Springs against the Sky Sox (Rockies’ AAA affiliate) tonight, will be off tomorrow, and will return to Kino for a four-game series against the former Tucson Sidewinders (Reno Aces; Diamondback’s AAA affiliate) beginning Thursday, June 7th.  Oh, I LOVE it when the Aces come to town!  Plus, that’ll be Thirsty Thursday – AND you’ll get a chance to see former Sidewinders Stephen Drew and Micah Owings back “home” in Tucson!!  (You can see all of the promotions for June 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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