Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Storm Chasers Blow Out of Town
August 14, 2012, 15:05
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Hand it to the Tucson Padres!  After taking a shellacking in Sunday night’s game, the guys came out and gave Omaha a close game to end the series.  No matter the frustrations vented the night before (see “About Last Night” below), both teams played a good, steady game last night.  Tucson didn’t panic when, once again, Omaha took an early one-run lead in the second.  Instead, the Pads put up two runs in the third to take a quick lead.  It was, unfortunately, the only time that Omaha’s starter, Ryan Verdugo, showed any vulnerability, however, and so the lead was short-lived.  Daniel Robertson led off the inning with a walk and Jesus Merchan followed with a single.  Omaha also committed an error that advanced those two one base each.  Andy Parrino then drove in D-Rob with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw home.  Matt Clark (finally back in the lineup after sitting out with a sore hand for two nights) then took a walk to load the bases.  No outs – bases loaded – heart of the order up!  Gotta be good!  But…Jeremy Hermida struck out…and so did Vince Belnome.  Now TWO down and bases loaded for C Eddy Rodriguez.  I was thinking about Eddy’s first AB in the Bigs just recently:  he went deep!  Wouldn’t a grand slam be nice here!  Well, not a slam, but Eddy reached base on another error and Jesus scores our second run of the inning.  Bases still loaded, two outs…Beamer Weems flies out to end the inning.  From that point on, our batters were completely stymied by the Omaha pitching staff.  The Pads didn’t get another hit or walk, much less a RUN, through the rest of the game.  Dang!  But our starter, Bear Bay, and the reliever corps didn’t do that badly for Tucson, either.  Bear may have given up 11 hits in his six innings of work, but he allowed no walks, and the team as a whole held the Storm Chasers to only five runs in those six innings (only four earned; error to Beamer).  Jorge Reyes, recently moved to the bullpen, did a great job following Bear:  two innings…no hits/walks/runs.  We needed that!  Erik Hamren was given another chance to close a game (non-save situation, obviously) and did a decent job, though he made it more interesting than you’d hope (he walked the leadoff batter, then advanced him on a wild pitch; walked another batter, too…but got out of the inning with no runs-scored…no hits, either).  Bear took the loss – his eighth this season.  And thus the Storm Chasers did sweep the T-Pads here at Kino this week.  Omaha will be replaced by the Iowa Cubs, who will face off against the T-Pads here at Kino Stadium through Friday.  It’s worth noting that the I-Cubs are the only team in the PCL with a worse record than our own Tucson Padres…I trust that our Pads will treat us to a home-field sweep against the Junior Cubs this week!  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Omaha 5. 

About Last Night…  Today’s local paper contained an interesting article about the debacle called a baseball game at Kino Sunday night (you know, the one I wouldn’t speak of).  In addition to taking a beating, the T-Pad’s frustrations surfaced during the game and one of our new youngsters decided to take things into his own hands and do that which is absolutely forbidden in baseball:  throwing at an opponent’s head.  When Alexis Lara did this on Sunday night he and Manager Terry Kennedy were both immediately ejected from the game (both teams had just been warned because of tensions that were already obviously building between the teams/staffs…see article for more about the cups.  Yes, as in paper cups…) and TK was suspended from last night’s final game vs. Omaha.  In the article TK is quoted as having ridden Lara hard for his poor judgment; the article says that Lara then quit.  Not just the argument or that game, but quit baseball.  He’s still on our roster today (but I know that’s not always absolutely accurate), so who knows.  What a mess!                                                                                                                 

Transactions and Injury Report.   I do not see anything new to report today affecting our Tucson Padres.

Fun-Filled Homestand Continues!     The T-Pads are home for four against the Iowa Cubs (bet you can guess their affiliation…wink wink). Tonight is eegee’s Nightat the ballpark!  Stop by your favorite eegee’s restaurant in the Tucson area and get your FREE tickets to this game.  Tomorrow night will be Weiner Wednesday and Social Media Night.  You have only two more Wednesday nights to enjoy the awesome deals the Padres staff offers to FaceBook fans!  Check it out – you can’t lose!  All games this week start at 7:05pm – gates open at 6pm.  I hope to see you there!

(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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