Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Bees Sting Colt
July 1, 2012, 16:48
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It looked like Tucson’s starting pitcher, Colt Hynes, had kicked a bee’s nest during the first inning last night…the Salt Lake Bees got hit after hit after hit…with five runs mixed in there, too.  Not an auspicious start for the T-Pads, though they were able to bring the score to only a one-run deficit by the end of the second inning.  Unfortunately, Colt kicked the hive once again in the top of the fifth, and the Bees brought home another four runs.  The T-Pads put up another two runs in the seventh; Salt Lake got another in the ninth; and Tucson completed their scoring with one more run in the ninth…coming up short in their drive to tie the Bees.  Neither team launched a homer last night nor did either team get charged with an error.  Tucson’s leadoff hitter, 2B Andy Parrino had a spectacular night, going three for four with a walk, three doubles, two RBIs, and three runs-scored!  Jedd Gyorko had designated hitter duties last night and did a wonderful job, going three for four, with a walk, a double, and two RBIs.  Although 1B Sawyer Carroll (his first AAA appearance at first – he came in when Matt Clark left the game in the fifth) was oh for two at the plate, he did get credit for two RBIs.  Colt took the loss, his seventh, for his four innings of work (nine runs on 12 hits, no walks, two Ks, one hit batsman).  Brad Boxberger, Cory Burns, and Miles Mikolas provided scoreless innings of relief; closer Brad Brach gave up the final Salt Lake run in the ninth.  Final Score:  Tucson 7; Salt Lake 10.                       

Making MLB History – OUR Yasmani Grandal!!  Former T-Pad, C Yasmani Grandal, made history last night in his first start in the major leagues!  His first two hits in the Bigs were both homers – one from each side of the plate.  That has never occurred before.  Ever!  Way to go, Yas!  Another former T-Pad, Alexi Amarista, also bashed out two homers in San Diego’s substantial defeat at the Colorado Rockies.  2011 Tucson favorite, Anthony Rizzo, also made news last night as he hit his first homer as a Cub.  Read more about last night’s SD Padres game here . 

Transactions and Injury Report.   Although SD Padres C Nick Hundley was optioned to Tucson yesterday, he wasn’t expected to arrive here until today, so the organization assigned C Jeremy Rodriguez to Tucson from Extended Spring Training to be our backup catcher in last night’s game.  I don’t see it yet, but I expect he’ll be reassigned to Extended Spring with Nick’s arrival.  Apparently OF Blake Tekotte left Friday’s game with a sore hamstring – he’s day-to-day with that.  1B Matt Clark came out of last night’s game early after fouling a ball off his foot during an at-bat:  no word on how he’s doing today.

Fun Homestand Continues Tonight!   The T-Pads continue their series against the Salt Lake Bees (LA Angels AAA affiliate) tonight.  Tonight’s game features Military Appreciation & Bark in the Park NightIn honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday all military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) get FOUR free reserved box seats with Military I.D.!  Present military ID at the Padres Box Office to get the tickets. Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners. Fans may sit on the berms or in their seats with their four-legged friends. The T-Pads have also added an inflatable water slide in the outfield Kids Zone. Bring your swimsuit!  Donate to the Goodwill of Southern Arizona all season and bring your receipt to the box office for 2-for-1 admission on Sundays throughout the year. Tomorrow night is KiiM-FM Family Night – a group or family of four will get four box seats, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks for only $20 – a $70 value!  All you have to do is mention KiiM-FM or the Arizona Daily Star at the Padres Box Office. Additionally, tomorrow night will feature a Grandal Poster Giveaway!  The first 2,000 fans get an Arizona Daily Star Collector’s Series 11 x 17 poster of Yasmani Grandal.  Gates open at 6pm for all games; first pitch at 7:05pm.

(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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