Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Belnome Scores THE Run
July 27, 2012, 15:35
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A pitcher’s duel broke out in Tacoma last night, and our starter, Colt Hynes, bucked his Rainier counterparts with the very best outing of his 2012 season!  Colt worked seven innings and allowed only three hits, one walk and NO runs!  He did this with only 86 pitches!  Well done, Colt!  Cory Burns tossed his usual spotless eighth and Erik Hamren closed with a one-two-three (thanks to a DP) ninth to earn his eighth save of the year!  Colt took the win, only his fifth in the year.  Remember when I mentioned in Transactions that our PCL opponents were going to be feeling the effects of major league trades?  Well, last night was a case in point, as Rainier starter, D.J. Mitchell made his first PCL start after being traded to the Mariners organization in the deal that sent Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees.  Mitchell was not bad, by any means, but suffered the loss because Tucson scored the only run in the game in the second inning, while Mitchell was still hurling for Tacoma.  After getting two quick outs in the second, Mitchell allowed Vince Belnome a walk to first.  Vince then stole second base with Sawyer Carroll at the plate and scored the game’s only run on Sawyer’s RBI double.  There were other chances that the Pads couldn’t capitalize on, but generally last night’s game was about pitching.  Tucson amassed seven hits and walked three times.  They also struck out nine times.   Sawyer had the most productive evening of the team on offense:  two for four with two doubles – and the only RBI.  Worst case, then, the T-Pads will at least split this series in Tacoma…but a win tonight will give them the series, too.  Go Padres!  Final Score:  Tucson 1; Tacoma 0.

 Transactions and Injury Report.   Pitcher Will Scott has been returned to Eugene from Tucson.  The Transaction Site is very busy these days, though there are very few moves affecting Tucson.  I did notice one trade impacting a former T-Pad:  C Brad Davis has been traded to the Toledo Mud Hens from New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins).  The Mud Hens are the AAA International League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  The Marlins organization is definitely in the “sell” mode.  It will be interesting to see how the Padres organization fares through the major league trade deadline.  The biggest trade rumor in San Diego surrounds 3B Chase Headley (article); who, if traded, would leave an INF gap likely to be filled by our Jedd Gyorko.  Time will tell:  it sounds like San Diego is exploring options, but hasn’t made any definitive plans yet.

On The Road Until July 28th.   The T-Pads will face the Rainiers in Tacoma for one more tonight before BOTH teams arrive in Tucson to play another series here.  Remember, this year you can catch ALL Tucson Padres’ games on Tejano Radio 1600 AM (also available online off the Tucson Padres website.)  You don’t have to miss a single pitch!  Fun Night Planned for Tomorrow!  The Pads staff has put together an extra special evening for tomorrow night.  Not only will there be Fireworks after the game, but the game will feature the appearance of Beto and Chacho!

See the famous mascots Chacho, from the Obregon Yaquis, and Beto, from the Hermosillo Naranjeros, tomorrow night at Kino Stadium!

I saw these mascots last year at the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta – 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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