Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Aces Sweep Tucson
June 11, 2012, 16:07
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‘Tis the season for memorable milestones…graduations, retirements, births, and such…  Recently I’ve enjoyed sharing these milestones with family, friends and coworkers.  All of which is a way of saying I completely missed last night’s final game in the series between the Reno Aces and Tucson Padres because I was out celebrating a well-deserved retirement!  And, perhaps it was a good time for a break:  as one of the unacknowledged cheerleaders for the T-Pads, I’ve been feeling a little drained lately.  How our players can go out, each and every night, and play hard with focus and determination throughout the long and frustrating season is beyond me.  If I, poor scribe that I am, feel tired just in listening and reporting, how much more wiped out must our players feel?  I wonder how they work through those valleys.  This is personal for them – their careers are on the line with every night’s work.  What do you do when you can’t seem to win, no matter how hard you try?  Because, with a very few exceptions, the one thing I’ve never doubted about the T-Pads is that they are battling.  I’ve only seen one game where I thought they gave up a little…that they weren’t trying their hardest to get to balls…only ONE.  In all the other times I’ve seen them, they’ve been out there giving the game 100%.  That’s all we can ask and hope for.  But I sure wish – for all of our sakes – that they’d also win a few!

One thing’s for sure:  the Reno Aces aren’t just touted as one of the best hitting teams in the PCL…they live up to that billing and more.  Even though Tucson kicked off the scoring with a run in the first and even after Reno’s starting pitcher, Charles Brewer, was ejected from the game in the third for having a “foreign substance” on his arm (and apparently using it to mess with the ball), Tucson still couldn’t hold the Aces from winning the game.  There was an article in the paper today that quoted Manager Terry Kennedy as suggesting the biggest problem the T-Pads have this year is in getting consistent pitching.  While I’m sure that’s true, I feel the same thing could’ve been said about last year’s Tucson team.  Only in that case, it seemed to me that our relievers were “the problem.”  This year it seems that we have inconsistency within the games themselves.  If we get a really good start, our relievers struggle.  In games where the starter has struggled, often our relievers have been excellent (but often not good enough to compensate for the hole the starter got the team into).  It seems rare that we get BOTH starter and relievers to do well through one game.  We’re starting to hit better and more consistently…we just need to get the whole package together more often!  In any case, our starter last night, Jorge Reyes, apparently pitched quite effectively, though he did walk in the tying run in the fourth on a balk.  In six and two-thirds innings, J-Reyes allowed only two runs on nine hits and no walks (five Ks) – he got a no-decision.  The T-Pads went ahead two to one with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning…but Reno was able to put up three solo, unanswered runs in each of the final three innings to take the game and the series.  Nice outings for Matt Clark (two for four with a double, an RBI and a run-scored) and Felix Cabrera (two for two with another stolen base – I can’t wait to see this kid play!).  Cody Decker was credited with the team’s other RBI.  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Reno 4.

Transactions and Injury Report.  The organization activated OF Sawyer Carroll from the 7-day DL.  And they released OF Mykal Stokes.

On the Road.  Again.   Tucson kicks off a three-game series vs. the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field tonight.  After those games, the T-Pads travel to Reno to see the Aces on their turf for four additional road games.  They’ll have an off day next Monday, and will face Vegas again for four here at Kino, beginning Tuesday, June 19th.

(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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