Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Vegas Wins Game & Series
June 23, 2012, 16:17
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Once again our T-Pads stole a defeat in the face of victory, losing the final game, and the series, with the Las Vegas 51s last night.  Tucson’s starter, Matt Palmer, was granted an early lead when Tucson smashed out five runs in the second inning, putting the Pads up by four runs.  These all came against our old Tucson Sidewinder friend, Vegas hurler, Bill Murphy.  In that one inning, nearly all of Tucson’s starting position players reached base, some on hits, some on walks, some on fielder’s choices and errors.  The biggest of these was Yasmani Grandal’s two run double.  In fact, Yasmani had a huge evening as our DH!  He went three for four with two doubles, a walk, three RBIs and a run-scored!  Anthony Contreras kept up his current pace, as well, going three for four with a double, a walk, and a run-scored.  Between them, they accounted for all our extra-base hits.  Palmer wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning, allowing only one run to the 51s, but couldn’t repeat the feat in the fourth when he loaded the bases and then allowed a three-run triple to Adeiny Hechavarria.  According to Tim Hagerty, the ball was very nearly out of the park for a grand slam – guess we got lucky that only three runs scored!  Tucson put up an extra run in the bottom of the fourth, but then went silent.  Vegas got a run on Travis d’Arnaud’s solo homer in the fifth, but neither team scored in the sixth.  Tucson sent in lefty reliever, Josh Spence, to take the seventh inning.  He didn’t have any kind of luck against the left-handed batters in the Vegas lineup:  single to Travis Snider (who didn’t hit a homer last night!), single to d’Arnaud, and a three-run homer to DH Adam Lind (who more than compensated for Snider’s “off” night), a double to Yan Gomes, RBI single to Eric Thames, and finally the first out in the inning!  Still, Manager Terry Kennedy had seen enough:  Spence done for the evening (he took the loss, btw).  So Eddie Kunz to the mound to face Jonathan Diaz.  Diaz batters a ball way out to the wall in LF, where Jonathan Roof hauls it in for an out.  So, two out!  But Kunz got a bit sloppy suddenly, allowing a walk to Anthony Goes, a wild pitch to advance the runners, ANOTHER wild pitch that scored a runner, and then he walked Adeiny, too.  Thankfully, he got a groundout from Snider and the inning was over.  But the damage was done:  an additional five runs on the board for Vegas, all charged to Josh.  Between them, Kunz and closer Jason Ray shut the 51s down through the final innings…but Clint Everts and Ronald Uviedo did the same with Tucson.  No errors for the T-Pads.  The game featured the debut of newcomer, Bryan Altman at SS (the lineup was significantly different, as Matt Clark and Blake Tekotte were held out because Vegas started with a lefty hurler).  Altman had no hits in four at-bats, but did get a run-scored in his AAA debut.  Final Score:  Tucson 6; Las Vegas 11.

How ‘Bout Them Cats?  The University of Arizona Wildcats baseball team has simply cruised through the College World Series playoffs, defeating Florida State University (twice!) and UCLA to head to the Finals.  The Cats will face the South Carolina Gamecocks in the finals beginning tomorrow.  Bear Down, Arizona!!

Transactions and Injury Report.  Once again, I don’t see anything new to report.

Tucson on the Road in Fresno.   The T-Pads spend the next four days in Fresno playing the surprisingly strong Grizzlies (SF Giants AAA affiliate) on their turf.  This will be a challenging series – lately the Pads just can’t seem to catch a break!   Don’t forget, you can catch all “away” games (as well as those played at home) on Tejano 1600 AM radio!   The team returns to Tucson for a long homestand, beginning Wednesday, June 27th.  Tons of fun events planned for that homestand – check here (or the T-Pads’ website) for more details as we draw closer!

(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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