Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Woo Hoo!
July 3, 2012, 18:07
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After a hot, sticky Tucson day it was hard to get in my overheated car and head to the ballpark last night…but once there I was immediately pleased I’d taken the trip.  A nearby storm system left us dry, but cooler and with a nice breeze, making for a perfect evening to watch baseball!  Oh, and the moonrise was spectacular!  All that and a live baseball game!  Who could ask for anything more?  Bliss!

Now, as a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of “blow out” games…but the Tucson Padres have had such a difficult season this year, that I was exceptionally happy to see our T-Pads slam the Bees in last night’s game at Kino Stadium.  It didn’t start like a blow out, for sure.  Tucson got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the first inning (leadoff man Andy Parrino scored on a Jedd Gyorko sac fly) but that appeared to be all we would get.  Starting pitcher, Matt Palmer, did an effective job holding back the Bees, too, though it never felt like he was cruising through the game (possibly because he didn’t K that many batters).  Palmer worked six innings, allowing the only run (on four hits and two walks) the Bees could muster during the entire game in his final inning of work.  Our offense, in the meantime, began getting into the groove in the fifth inning.  With two out, Beamer Weems doubled, followed by a double for Andy which scored Beamer, followed by a Daniel Robertson single that scored Andy.  Two more runs for the T-Pads!  After the Bees scored their run in the sixth, the Pads came up with a three-run seventh that practically reads like a duplication of the fifth-inning scoring drive!  Jorge Padilla singles – and scores.  Beamer singles – and scores.  Andy doubles – and scores!  Reliever Brad Boxberger had kept the Bees off the board in the top of the frame (and thrilled fans with a strikeout resulting in a Burger Bonanza – half-priced burgers for the rest of the game!):  six to one, in favor of the T-Pads!  Miles Mikolas pitched a scoreless eighth for Tucson and the T-Pads were back up at the plate.  Our Pads put up another big ol’ crooked number as Anthony Contreras (in for Jeremy Hermida), Sawyer Carroll, Jorge, and Andy all crossed home, netting four big runs for the Pads.  Miles kept the Bees off the board in the ninth and the game was over!  A resounding win for the Padres!  And with the win, the T-Pads are guaranteed AT LEAST a series-split with Salt Lake as they enter play tonight.  Well done, guys!  Thanks for a FUN game!    Final Score:  Tucson 10; Salt Lake 1.

Jedd Gyorko – PCL Player of the Week!!  The Pacific Coast League has just named our INF Jedd Gyorko one of its Players of the Week, for the week of June 25 to July 1!  Here’s what today’s news release has to say about OUR Jedd:

Gyorko was the best player at the plate last week, pacing the Pacific Coast League in average (.571), on-base percentage (.636), and smashing for the second-highest slugging percentage (.893) over his seven games as he led the Padres to a 5-2 record over that span. The infielder’s 16 hits also led the league, as he added three doubles and two home runs, racked up 11 RBI, and brought his personal hit streak to ten games. Gyorko’s biggest night came on Tuesday in Fresno when he went 4-5 with a double, a home run, and five RBI, including the eventual game-winning single in the top of the 8th to put Tucson up 9-8.

Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Gyorko was selected in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft out of Western Virginia University, where he had won the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award as the best shortstop in NCAA Division I baseball. He hit .302 in his rookie season after being drafted, and in 2011 hit .333 between the California League and the Texas League. In 2012 he started back in the Texas League, but after 34 games was promoted to Tucson, where he has hit .355 with ten home runs and 39 RBI for the Padres.

Congratulations, Jedd, on this very well-deserved honor!

Transactions and Injury Report.   More changes to report today…  First the good news:  Vince Belnome has been assigned to Tucson again from Lake Elsinore!  Now the not-so-good news:  the organization released OF Jorge Padilla (who had a good game last night, doggone it!) and has placed OF Blake Tekotte on the 7-day DL retroactive June 30th (so I’m thinking the hamstring pull he felt in his last game was worse than initially thought).

Star Spangled Spectacular – Just Hours Away!   The T-Pads conclude their series against the Salt Lake Bees (LA Angels AAA affiliate) tonight.  The T-Pads will host an Independence Day Star Spangled Spectacular this evening at Kino Stadium.  This will be their largest fireworks show in 2012.  Gates will open up at the special time of 5:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to watch this great fireworks show on the field!  Always the biggest crowd of the season, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets early.  The T-Pads hit the road again tomorrow, traveling to Las Vegas for five games in 4 days (doubleheader on Friday, July 6th).  One off day and then it’s time for the All-Star Break, July 9 – 11.  Remember, you can follow ALL Tucson Padres games this season on Tejano 1600 AM!!

(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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