Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Tucson Sweeps DH
July 30, 2012, 15:12
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While my area in NW Tucson was being swept up in huge monsoon thunderstorms yesterday, Kino Stadium somehow stayed high and dry…allowing the scheduled double-header between the T-Pads and the Tacoma Rainiers to go off without a hitch.  AND, Tucson won both games!    (It is rather remarkable, but they’ve done quite well all season in DH situations.  Would love to understand the cause behind that!)  The games also – finally – broke the “one-run game” rule that seems to have settled in over these two teams as they’ve played each other for what now feels like forever (I can practically write out Rainier Manager Daren Brown’s starting lineup before it’s announced, they’ve become so familiar!).  With a win tonight, the Pads can win this series – let us hope that’s how it goes down!

Game One:  Tucson 5; Tacoma 3.  In the minor leagues, double-headers always consist of two seven-inning games.  Surprisingly, our T-Pads, who have lately been shy about hitting, hit up a storm in the first game in the DH.  In seven innings, they amassed 12 total hits, and Daniel Robertson (who had been slumping and now seems to be surging once again), Jedd Gyorko, Matt Clark, and Jesus Merchan all had multiple hits in the shortened contest!  In fact, D-Rob had three hits in four ABs, including a double!  Our starter, Jorge Reyes, slogged through six and one-third innings, giving up all three Tacoma runs on seven hits and two walks.  One of those hits was a solo home run by 2011 T-Pad catcher, Guillermo Quiroz in the fifth inning.  Jorge then shut down the side with strikeouts!  Tiring in the final inning of the game, Jorge was pulled when he loaded the bases with only one out…Erik Hamren came in, got the final two outs with no runs allowed, and earned his ninth save of the season.  Jorge earned the win, his eighth.

Game Two:  Tucson 2; Tacoma 0.  As is typical in the second game of a DH, Tucson platooned its bullpen in game two.  And Tucson’s bullpen was more than up for the task as they combined to shutout the Rainiers…and allowed only three total hits and three total walks!  Tacoma went with one pitcher, David Pauley, who took all seven innings – and the loss (his first with Tacoma).   Tucson’s offense was held to only six hits, and D-Rob and Sawyer Carroll (who’d gone oh-fer in game one) each had two of those six.  However, the one BIG hit came from Jedd – a solo homer in the fourth inning for the final run in the game.  It was Jedd’s 17th HR since joining Tucson.  He now trails Matt Clark in the home run column by only one HR, but leads the team with 60 RBIs (Matt has 57 RBIs and is next in the RBI column).

Transactions and Injury Report.   San Diego was forced to place LHP Joe Thatcher on the 15-day DL today, retroactive to July 26th (right knee tendinitis).  To fill the vacancy, they have recalled RHP Brad Boxberger.  Oh no!  We no longer have any “burgers” on our team!  Guess the Burger Bonanza deal at Kino is off the table for the time being…  Drat!  This is Brad’s second time this season to play in The Show – good luck, Brad!

Homestand Continues Tonight.   The T-Pads face the Tacoma Rainiers at Kino Stadium for two more games, tonight and tomorrow.  Tonight features the usual KiiM-FM Family Four Pack promotion PLUS it’s Matt Clark Poster giveaway night!  The first 2,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive a free 11” x 14” Collector’s Poster featuring first baseman Matt Clark. This is the third poster giveaway of the series.  Tomorrow night is eegee’s Free Ticket Tuesday…stop by your local eegee’s and pick up free tickets for this, or any, Tuesday night home game!

1B Matt Clark – leads the Tucson Padres with 18 home runs this season!

(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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