Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Aces Take Game & Series
July 20, 2012, 14:48
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There were dark, threatening clouds around Tucson as I departed for last night’s baseball game at Kino Stadium.  I was half sure the game would be rained out – the first and only game I’d planned to attend in this homestand…just my luck!  But aside from a few pleasant sprinkles long before first pitch, the game went off (and to completion) without a single weather-related issue!  Very nearly perfect!  Well, except for the actual baseball game, that is.  Tucson scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning (Andy Parrino came in on a Jedd Gyorko RBI single) and starter Jorge Reyes looked really good early on…I thought maybe we had some momentum going from the win the night before!  But then J-Reyes began to get in trouble, giving up a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and another run in the sixth before his day was over.  I’m guessing that our bullpen was depleted and Manager Terry Kennedy was trying to take J-Reyes as deep as possible, because it truly looked like Jorge was “done” in the fifth…and yet he came back to pitch the sixth as well.  Meanwhile, another pesky Reno pitcher stubbornly refused to let Tucson get back on the scoreboard.  This time Ace’s starter Charles Brewer fairly effectively held the Pads at bay, though he did allow a solo homer to Matt Clark in the seventh (which was our second run in the game).  Matt had hit into a double play in his first AB and flew out the second time up.  When he came up in the seventh, I told my friends not to give up on him – that he can hit for power – and WHACK, nice line-drive homer into the visitor’s bullpen!  Yay, Matt!  With that blast, Brewer was done and Sam Demel once again did a good job holding the four-two lead the Aces held after Matt’s dinger.  Not that Tucson didn’t try to shake things up!  They attempted a two-out come back in the eighth (with two on, Vince Belnome struck out to end that drive) and yet another comeback attempt in the ninth.  This one was more productive!  Again with two down, Rocky Gale came to the plate.  There was an article about Rocky in the local paper here, talking about what a great catcher he is…if only he could hit better…  Well!  Rocky whacked out a ball to left-center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double!  His second double in as many at-bats!  My new hero!  And the previous night’s hero, Beamer Weems, coming to the plate to pinch hit.  He tagged the ball with an excuse-me swing that was destined to be a game-ending groundout, except that Rusty Ryal mangled the throw!  Beamer safe – Rocky scores!!  Tucson down by only one run now AND the top of our lineup was coming up, starting with Daniel Robertson.  Now I have to say, D-Rob really hasn’t been right since his return from the AAA All-Star game…and to this point in last night’s game he was oh for four, so I was a little more worried than usual when he stepped up to the plate.  But bless his heart, he got a single!  Two on, two out, and behind by one for Andy Parrino.  Andy had kicked off the game with a triple that just missed going out by a few inches (really…I’m not exaggerating!) and had also hit a single.  He was definitely the guy I wanted to see up at the plate in this position.  Andy swung at the first pitch for a soft line-drive to the SS to end the game.  Oh drat!  Just a foot higher and it would’ve tied the game!  And so the Aces take the game and the series – at least we were NOT swept!!  J-Reyes took the loss (his ninth); Brewer the win.  And now the Pads hit the road…and it doesn’t get any easier.  Instead of facing the first place team in the Northern Division (these doggone Aces); Tucson will play four AT Sacramento…the team that now leads our own division.  Give it your best, boys!  Final Score:  Tucson 3; Reno 4.   

Transactions and Injury Report.   Today we have our answer about what would happen to Jeremy Hermida when he reached the point where he must either be activated off the major league DL or be optioned to Tucson:  he was optioned.  And he played for the T-Pads last night so I guess he’s good with that.  In other news, San Diego has designated Mark Hamburger for assignment.

On The Road Until July 28th.   The T-Pads are on the road for four at Sacramento River Cats (Sunday and Monday will be day games, btw) followed by four at Tacoma Rainiers (Wed, July 25th will be a day game there).  Remember, this year you can catch ALL Tucson Padres’ games on Tejano Radio 1600 AM.  You don’t have to miss a single pitch!  And be sure to mark your calendars for July 28thThe Pads return to Kino to kick off a five-game series (played in four days) vs. Tacoma and the staff has put together an extra special evening for that Saturday night.  Not only will there be Fireworks after the game, but the game will feature the appearance of Beto and Chacho!  Plan to come see the famous mascot Chacho from the Obregon Yaquis and Beto from the Hermosillo Naranjeros in this sneak preview of what’s to come for our Mexican Baseball Fiesta October 5-7.  I saw these mascots last year – they’re definitely worth seeing, fans!

(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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