Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Bunches of Runs!
June 10, 2012, 16:09
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The T-Pads kicked off their first inning with five hits, a walk, and four runs before recording the first out in the frame!  Tucson recorded five total runs in the first and it looked like it was going to be smooth sailing for the team, and for starter, Anthony Reyes, as he shutdown the Reno Aces in the first inning, one-two-three, and then kept a leadoff single from getting anywhere in the second.  But when the third inning kicked off, A-Reyes got two quick outs (perhaps worthy of noting that they were the only two batters who hadn’t seen him in the first two innings) and then the wheels fell off.  As the Aces faced A-Reyes for their second at-bats, they simply didn’t let anything get past them.  The Aces got a double, an RBI triple, and then rehabbing Stephen Drew punched out his first homer of the 2012 season:  a two-run dinger!  That was followed by a single and a double before A-Reyes got the final out.  Four runs on the board for the Aces.  Neither team scored in the fourth, although latest T-Pad newcomer, SS Felix Cabrera, got his first AAA hit and stolen base.  Sadly, the Aces had another slugfest in the fifth, gathering five more runs off A-Reyes and reliever Eddie Kunz.  Nothing for either team in the sixth, though RF Mykal Stokes (back with the T-Pads once again) got his first AAA hit for 2012 – a solid double for the first/only hit in the inning for Tucson.  As was bound to happen, the seventh was again a wild one for both teams.  Reno’s Cole Gillespie led off the inning with a solo homer against our reliever Neil Wagner.  Neil got two quick outs before the Aces busted out with another two runs on two singles and a triple (Reno’s Jake Elmore had two triples and a total of three RBIs in the game).  After Neil recorded the final out, Tucson answered the Aces with three runs of their own – two of those came on walks to Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal, who were brought in by Matt Clark and Cody Decker.  Matt then crossed home plate on a wild pitch!  Matt had a great night:  three for four with a double, three RBIs and two runs-scored!  After keeping the Aces off the board in the eighth, Tucson tried to mount a comeback.  Mykal ground out; but Felix reached on a single, advanced to second with his second stolen base of the evening, and scored on a single by Jonathan Roof.  That was the end of the comeback, as Blake Tekotte and Jedd then struck out to end the inning.  Neither team scored in the ninth, and the Aces won their third-straight game against the T-Pads.  A-Reyes took the loss – his third in the season.  Final Score:  Tucson 9; Reno 12.

Transactions and Injury Report.  And there he goes!  San Diego has called up our closer, Brad Boxberger.  Good luck, Brad!

One More Game in Fun Homestand!   Tucson plays only one more against the former Tucson Sidewinders (Reno Aces; Diamondback’s AAA affiliate) at Kino tonight.  It’s Military Appreciation AND Bark in the Park Night – good stuff!  You don’t want to miss it!  Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05 first pitch.  (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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