Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Vegas Sweeps Tucson
June 14, 2012, 17:31
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So, the T-Pads lost again last night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas…but this was a much closer loss, and somehow feels “better” because of that.  Tucson scored first and retained the lead through a good portion of the game – that was a plus, too.  Now, there are times when I feel bad for a pitcher who loses a game, even after pitching well, because the defense behind him fails…or doesn’t produce enough.  But then there are games like last night, where the pitcher himself commits what would be a game-changing error, directly resulting in his loss.  In those cases, it makes much more sense to me to say “the pitcher earned a loss.”  And last night, starter Kip Wells really did earn the loss.  He had a four to two lead in the sixth inning, with two out and the bases loaded, when Vegas leadoff hitter, Anthony Gose hit a chopper back to the mound.  Kip struggled a bit in picking it up and seemed both rushed and frustrated as he picked up the ball and launched it towards first base…clear over Matt Clark’s extremely long reach.  Gose was credited with a base hit and an RBI, but three total runs scored on play.  E1 to Kip.  Manager Terry Kennedy left Kip in for one more batter…but when that batter served up an RBI single, Kip’s night was over.  Relievers Neil Wagner and Josh Spence combined to close out the game, holding the 51s scoreless in the final frames.  In fact, Spence did an awesome job:  one and two-thirds innings – no runs, hits, or walks.  The T-Pads did score one additional run after the breakout sixth for the 51s, but couldn’t quite bridge the gap to tie the game.  Some good news in last night’s contest:  Blake Tekotte has had a really slow June, so I was delighted when he whacked out a solo homer in the third inning.  It was his only hit in the game, but I’m hoping it means he’s getting back on track.  Jesus Merchan continues to look like an incredibly smart pick up by the Pads:  he was three for four with a double, an RBI and a run-scored.  Another new guy, Jorge Padilla also looked good – one for two with two RBIs.  For some reason, he came out of the game at the same time TK replaced RF Daniel Robertson (ejected for arguing strike call) on defense in the fifth.  Hope he’s okay!  Final tallies for both teams were incredibly even (10 hits for Tucson/11 for Vegas; three walks for each team; one error for each team), which is why I feel better about this loss than the others.  No blowout last night!  And now the T-Pads move on to Reno…and we all know the Aces are on fire this season, so things don’t get any easier for Tucson in the near-term.  Final Score:  Tucson 5; Las Vegas 6.

Former Fresno Grizzly Makes History!  San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Matt Cain, pitched the first perfect game in Giants’ history before a packed crowd in San Fran last night!  No low-scoring affair, the Giants’ put up 10 runs against the visiting Astros while Cain mowed down player after player.  Perfect  Cain pitched for the Fresno Grizzlies in the 2005 season, his last year in the minors.

Transactions and Injury Report.  San Diego has assigned INF Andy Parrino to Tucson for major league rehab.  Some of you may remember that Andy started the 2011 season with the T-Pads – it’ll be nice to have him back!

On the Road.   Tucson is in Reno to face the Aces on their turf for four games.  Don’t forget, you can follow ALL Tucson Padres games this season on Tejano Radio 1600 AM!!  Tucson is off 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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