Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Second Series Win for Tucson!
June 27, 2012, 15:46
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If you had told me last week that the Tucson Padres would win their second series of the season against the Fresno Grizzlies, I would’ve snorted a reply of “Yeah, right!”  Through this season, Tucson has been able to win only one series and that was against the Memphis Redbirds who were (and are) the worst team in the PCL (next to, uh, the Tucson Padres).  On the other hand, the Grizzlies have been amazing this season:  dominating our Division throughout much of the season.  Well, perhaps their fortunes are changing (they were swept by their nearest competitor in the Division – the Sacramento Rivercats – in the last series, losing their position as the Division leader in the process) – or maybe (oh, please let it be true!) OUR fortunes are changing.  Whatever the cause, it’s a wonderful thing to say today that the Tucson Padres have a three-game winning streak under their belt (last time they returned home they owned a 10-game losing streak) and that they did indeed win their second series of the season against the formidable Fresno Grizzlies!

The T-Pads and the Grizzlies played a long, back-and-forth game last night in Fresno.  Tucson kicked off the scoring with two runs in the top of the first (both RBIs courtesy of a Jedd Gyorko-double…Jedd had a terrific night, going four for five with a homer, this first-inning double, five RBIs and two runs-scored!), added another run in the second (RBI to Daniel Robertson who also had an incredible night, also going four for five with a walk, this RBI and three runs-scored!), and added another two runs on Jedd’s two-run homer in the third before Fresno even put a run up on the board.  Then it was Fresno’s turn to produce for awhile.  They got one in the third, one in the fourth (as did Tucson…but then Tucson went quiet until the seventh), one in the fifth, then blew the game wide open with four runs in the sixth.  All of those runs were charged to Tucson’s starting pitcher, Jorge Reyes, though only TWO of those seven runs were earned.  Shaking my head in wonder…how could Tucson have pulled off a win in a game where they were charged with FOUR errors??  (Three went to SS Amadeo Zazueta – two of those came on one badly bungled play in the fifth.)  After Jorge had given up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, Manager Terry Kennedy went to the pen and reliever Daniel Stange got the final out in the sixth inning.  So, Tucson now down six to seven.  But Fresno brought in SF Giant pitcher, Dan Runzler (on rehab with the Grizzlies) to toss the seventh.  He issued a double, a single and two consecutive walks to give Tucson one run, but then got Amadeo to hit into a run-scoring double play.  Fresno now down a run and their manager went back to the pen:  Steve Edlefsen got the final out to end the Tucson half of the inning.  TK countered by bringing Neil Wagner in to face the Grizzlies in the seventh.  Neil pitched the strangest inning I’ve ever listened to!  He got Brett Pill to fly out, but then walked Nick Noonan.  With Charlie Culberson at the plate, Neil lobbed a wild pitch to advance Noonan to second.  THEN the umps called a balk on Neil, and Noonan took third!  And doggone if Noonan didn’t score on Culberson’s sac fly out!  The next batter then ground out.  So, Neil’s charged with a run…in a no-hit inning!!  Crazy!  Worse, it was a game-tying run!  Top of the eighth and the Pads are still facing Edlefsen:  D-Rob singles, Anthony Contreras (who had an off night after being so hot lately) ground out, Yasmani Grandal took a walk, and Mr. Reliable, Jedd, whacked out an RBI single before Cody Decker closed the inning with a ground out.  Turns out that was the game-winning run!  Neil shut the Grizzlies down one-two-three in the eighth and Cory Burns took a rare shot at being a closer in the ninth:  he also sent the Grizzlies down one-two-three!  Neil earned both a blown save (his third) and the win (his second) for his work.  Cory earned his first save of the 2012 season.  Amazing game, T-Pads!  Let’s keep it up here in Tucson this week!   Final Score:  Tucson 9; Fresno 8.

Fire Postpones COS Game.  Last night’s game in Colorado Springs, between the Sky Sox and the Tacoma Rainiers, was postponed because of the devastating wildfire burning in Colorado Springs (news).  This fire is actively burning homes in the community and threatens the United States Air Force Academy campus.  Let’s keep the people of the Springs in our thoughts and prayers…and let’s show our concern with a warm, Tucson welcome to the Sky Sox as they arrive to play the T-Pads at Kino today.

Transactions and Injury Report.   I don’t see anything new to report today.

Amazing, Fun Homestand Begins Tonight!   The T-Pads return to Tucson for a long homestand tonight.  They’ll kick off with three games against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (CO Rockies AAA affiliate), followed by four against the Salt Lake Bees (LA Angels AAA affiliate).  Tonight is Wienerschnitzel Wiener Wednesday (one dollar hot dogs all night long) and Social Media Night!  Check out this week’s awesome social media special on Facebook and/or Twitter…it’s another good one!   Tomorrow night will be Budweiser Thirsty Thursday of course, but there will also be a really neat pre-game first-pitch ceremony honoring the University of Arizona Wildcats  College World Series Champions! – baseball team!  You don’t want to miss that, now, do you?

(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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