Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Blame It On The Rain!
August 15, 2012, 16:41
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The night started on a promising note:  after allowing one unearned run to the Iowa Cubs in the top of the first, Tucson turned around and put two runs up on the scoreboard to take an early lead.  Tucson starter, Andrew Werner, was showing off his good stuff, shutting down the I-Cubs one-two-three on ground outs in the second.  And then it began to rain.  And rain harder still!  Tarp out…waiting commenced.  After a 59-minute rain delay, the teams returned to the field to battle it out.  Tucson looked invincible, putting up two runs (on three consecutive hits) in the bottom of the second, and gathering another three in the fourth (one of those off a solo homer by new catcher Eddy Rodriguez – his first for the T-Pads this season) to take a seven-to-one lead!  Werner had been facing the minimums, even after returning to the mound after the rain delay.  I was just thinking that this is the way the Tucson Padres were meant to play ball when disaster hit.  Werner suddenly lost his fine control (doubtless the delay had something to do with that) and by the time Manager Terry Kennedy pulled him from the game for reliever Neil Wagner, things were already racing out of control.  Iowa sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to retake the lead.  It was as if a handoff had occurred:  Tucson couldn’t score another run in the game, while our defense and pitching combined for a perfect storm on behalf of Iowa.  Tucson committed four errors and allowed 16 hits (but only two walks!) in the loss.  Still, I give Eddy a nod for his offense last night:  two for four at the plate, with a homer, a run-scored and three of Tucson’s RBIs.  He did not commit an error, either.  Jesus Merchan continues to impress as well:  two for five with a double and a triple; two RBIs and two runs-scored.  But yes, Jesus was charged with a throwing error.  Werner took the loss; his second since joining the team.  In spite of evidence to the contrary, I really do believe these guys can play better than what we’ve been seeing lately.  I hope they’ll dazzle us in the final three games against these I-Cubs!  Final Score:  Tucson 7; Iowa 12. 

Transactions and Injury Report.   San Diego designated LHP (former Tucson Padre) Alex Hinshaw for assignment (and promoted former T-Pad, Tom Layne from AA San Antonio to fill the gap).  Alexis Lara is now showing as “suspended” on the T-Pad’s roster.  No doubt that is a result of the events from Sunday night’s game.

Fun-Filled Homestand Continues!     The T-Pads are home for three more against the Iowa Cubs (bet you can guess their affiliation…wink wink). Tonight is Weiner Wednesday and Social Media Night.  You have only one more Wednesday night after this to enjoy the awesome deals the Padres staff offers to FaceBook fans!  Check it out – you can’t lose!  Also hot dogs will be available for just ONE BUCK all night long!  How cool is that?  Tomorrow night is the fabulous Thirsty Thursday promotion:  selected beverages will be available for just $1.50 from 6pm until 9pm!  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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