Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Season-High FOUR Game Winning Streak!
June 28, 2012, 17:27
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It seems that every time my cousins and I plan to attend a Tucson Padres game together the weather goes south on us.  Last year we “attended” one of the few games that was weather-postponed due to a monsoon blast.  So, it was no surprise to me that the skies darkened yesterday afternoon before our planned outing to Kino Stadium.  Sadly (for me, though not for baseball), it seems that where ever I am THIS year, rain is somewhere else.  While I traveled through puddles on my route to the Park, my home – and the ballpark – stayed dry as a bone.  Ah, but it was a PERFECT evening at the stadium as my cousins and I enjoyed dollar hot dogs and a fun baseball game!  I was very impressed when the PA announcer called for a moment of silence before the National Anthem in solidarity and concern for the Sky Sox and all those affected by the horrific fire burning in Colorado Springs.  A classy move, for certain!

And then the game began…and I commenced to worrying.  Our starter, Matt Palmer, just wasn’t very sharp to begin the game, allowing a single and two walks before registering his first out in the top of the first.  But, after getting out of the first allowing only one run to the Sox, Matt seemed to settle in some…until the fifth, that is.  Before being pulled with two out, Matt allowed three runs on four hits and a Daniel Robertson error (his first of the season and the only error by either team during the game).  Jason Ray followed Palmer on the mound, got the final out and was then perfectly positioned to be credited with a Win in the game as the T-Pads broke out of their evening’s slump with a five-run burst in the bottom of the fifth.  Oh, it was a FUN thing to watch, baseball fans!  Sox starter, Rob Scahill, had been cruising all night…and the fifth didn’t start much different.  He allowed a leadoff single to C Brad Davis, but then got both PH Jonathan Roof and D-Rob to ground out.  Two out…Davis on third.  And then the meltdown!  Scahill walked Andy Parrino, allowed an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko on which Andy hustled to third, and then Matt Clark drew boisterous cheers as he hit a three-run homer to CF!  Four runs in – game tied!!  Still two out!  Anthony Contreras and Blake Tekotte single and then Sawyer Carroll singles in another Tucson run!  Finally the Sox manager cried “Uncle!” and made a flurry of changes while replacing his starting pitcher for reliever, Jason Bergmann.  Sawyer stole second during Brad Davis’ at-bat, but Bergmann was able to get Davis to fly out and end the inning.  But Tucson ahead!  The Pads were able to put up one more run in the sixth (Parrino hit a ground-rule double and Jedd brought him home with a double) and excellent pitching (including a nice outing by Brad Boxberger in his return to Tucson, followed by Miles Mikolas, and with Erik Hamren closing) and defense (the Pads turned double plays in both the seventh and the ninth) kept the Sox from getting any closer.  And just like that, the Tucson Padres had their fourth consecutive win: a season high and a delight to see!  Final Score:  Tucson 6; Colorado Springs 4. 

Daniel Robertson:  OUR All-Star!!  The Pacific Coast League today announced its 2012 All-Star team, comprised of players from each of the 16 PCL clubs.  The PCL All-Stars will take on their International League counterparts in the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, set for Wednesday, July 11th, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.  The matchup will be broadcast live on MLB Network, the American Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.  Tucson Padres’ OF Daniel Robertson will represent our team, as a selected reserve player in the OF.  D-Rob is batting .328 with one home run and 22 RBIs in 69 games with the Tucson Padres this season.  Way to go, D-Rob!   

Transactions and Injury Report.   Several moves to report today:  San Diego optioned pitcher Brad Brach back to Tucson.  Daniel Stange was returned to AA San Antonio.  The organization released INF Bryan Altman.

Amazing, Fun Homestand Continues Tonight!   The T-Pads continue their homestand against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (CO Rockies AAA affiliate) tonight and tomorrow, followed by four against the Salt Lake Bees (LA Angels AAA affiliate).  Tonight is Budweiser Thirsty Thursday of course, but there will also be a really neat pre-game first-pitch ceremony featuring the University of Arizona Wildcats baseball team!  Here’s what the official press release has to tell us about the events tonight:  The Tucson Padres are excited to announce the Arizona Wildcats championship baseball team will be well represented at tonight’s Thirsty Thursday. Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, Head Baseball Coach Andy Lopez, and other members of the baseball team will be a part of our First Pitch Ceremony just before 7:00. Cory Burns, a Tucson Padres reliever and a recent member of the Wildcats team, will catch the First Pitch. Additionally, the NCAA National Baseball Championship trophy will be on display on the concourse throughout the entire game. Fans can bring their cameras and have pictures taken with the trophy.  The Tucson Padres will offer anyone wearing Wildcats apparel (shirt, hat, sunglasses, etc.) $4 GA tickets for this Thursday’s Thirsty Thursday promotion.  Fans are encouraged to come out early to buy tickets…a large crowd is expected.   Tucson Padres VP and General Manager Mike Feder says, “The University of Arizona National Baseball Championship brings great pride to the Tucson community. We’re proud to play a small part in bringing the great Wildcat family to Kino Stadium to get the appropriate recognition”.  You don’t want to miss that, now, do you?

Tomorrow night features the appearance of Myron Noodleman – the Hippest Nerd in the Biz!  He is the Clown Prince of Baseball and he has been delighting fans for years!  This Jerry Lewis-type performer is guaranteed to make you laugh throughout the evening!  Gates open at 6pm for 7:05pm first pitch.

(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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