Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Game Comes Up Aces
June 8, 2012, 17:00
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The Tucson Padres were oh so close to a win last night…ahead two runs in the ninth, with steady Brad Boxberger tossing the closing inning…Brad quickly struck out the first batter but then things went downhill and by the time the inning finished, the Aces were tied with Tucson and Brad had earned his second blown save of the season.  Tucson was unable to score in the bottom of the ninth and so we went into extras…two more innings of zeros and then Cory Burns was facing his second inning on the bump in the 12th.  He got the opposing pitcher, Sam Demel, to strike out, but then he allowed a walk, an RBI triple, got another strikeout, and allowed an RBI single before a groundout ended the inning.  Slow pitching Demel closed out the game for the Aces with a one-two-three inning and the game was over.  One positive thing about a long game:  by the time it was finished most of the crowd had departed and it was easy to get out of the ball park!  But…I feel particularly bad for our starting pitcher, Bear Bay.  He was incredible last night!  Six innings – no runs on two hits and no walks!  And the T-Pads did just enough, offensively, to hold onto the game.  Jedd Gyorko (who smiled and chatted with me some before the game – replying that he’d try to hit another slam when I commented on his accomplishment from the Springs’ series) hit a first-inning solo homer; and Matt Clark added one of his own in the seventh.  Those were the only runs through the entire game until the Aces beat up Boxberger in the ninth.  I must say that it was really nice to see Stephen Drew playing on the grounds of Kino Stadium once again.  He looks well – had a solid double in his first at-bat, and didn’t seem hindered in the least by his ankle through the eight innings he played.  In fact, he made an incredible catch in foul territory in the LF in which he smashed into the Aces LF player…thankfully he was not hurt in the collision.  I was also delighted to see Micah Owings back in Tucson.  He had a pinch-hit double in the eighth and after the play was complete I glanced over to see that Drew had the biggest smile on his face over that hit.  Still smiling ear-to-ear, Stephen stepped over to second to chat with Micah.  It was a neat moment:  former teammates – now opponents –back in AAA and sharing a friendly moment on the field.   Final Score:  Tucson 2; Reno 4.

Transactions and Injury Report.  There are a number of transactions to report today.  The first explains why Beamer Weems didn’t play in last night’s game, though he’d been in the starting lineup I received from Guest Relations:  he’s gone on the 7-day DL.  The organization has reassigned C Rocky Gale to High A Lake Elsinore (glad I got to see him in action last night!) and has assigned P Chris Haney to A Ft Wayne.  Tucson received OF Mykal Stokes (again) from Ft Wayne and has also gained INF Felix Cabrera from extended Spring Training (Felix is our first player from the Dominican this season!).  After being designated for assignment, P Matt Palmer has been outrighted to Tucson from San Diego.  P Nick Vincent has been assigned to AA San Antonio.

Fun Homestand Continues!   Tucson plays three more against the former Tucson Sidewinders (Reno Aces; Diamondback’s AAA affiliate) at Kino this weekend.  Oh, I LOVE it when the Aces come to town!  Tonight is the debut of the notorious Kino Krawl (see article from the front page of today’s paper  here )…AND you’ll get a chance to see former 2006 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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