Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


One Inning’s Offense is Enough
August 29, 2012, 16:23
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For a second night, the Salt Lake Bees struck fast and furious against a T-Pad starter.  The Bees hit back-to-back triples against rehabbing starter, Anthony Bass, to lead off the first inning of last night’s game.  Bass was able to shut down the side after allowing the one run, but gave up one more run in the bottom of the second before he settled into a groove.  He worked a scoreless third before turning the mound duties over to Ross Ohlendorf (who actually completed the game for Tucson).  Down two runs, Tucson didn’t seem to be able to get anything going against the Bee’s starter, Brad Mills, a former UofA standout.  But then came the fifth inning.  Brad lost his good control and Tucson took full advantage of his vulnerability, putting up NINE (yes, let me say it again:  NINE) runs in the fifth inning!  Vince Belnome led off with a single, Sawyer Carroll followed with a walk, and Jonathan Roof struck out.  Even though it was the first time Tucson had two runners on base, I still wasn’t convinced that Salt Lake wouldn’t get out of the inning unharmed.  But then Mills allowed another single to Eddy Rodriguez to load the bases and Daniel Robertson brought in the first run with a single.  Bases still loaded for Andy Parrino.  Mills plunked Andy with a pitch, allowing a run to score – bases STILL loaded for Jedd Gyorko.  Now I was hoping for a grand slam!  Didn’t happen, but Jedd did bring in another run on a sac fly out.  Matt Clark followed Jedd with a two-run single and we all took a small break while the Bees swapped out pitchers.  Now facing Steve Geltz, Tucson saw Jesus Merchan get a single and then Vince was back to the plate, hitting an RBI single.  Two on and two out for Sawyer’s second at-bat in the inning and he went DEEP for a three-run homer!  Geltz then walked Roof before he was able to get Eddy to strike out swinging.  Thirteen batters came up to the plate in the inning and Tucson tied their season high record for runs-scored in an inning!  Whew!  The Bees were able to keep the T-Pads off the scoreboard for the rest of the game, while Tucson had to work to hold onto a lead.  Ohlendorf allowed one run to score in the bottom of the fifth and gave us a fright when he allowed another three runs in the eighth (on a three-run homer by Cory Aldridge).  Manager Terry Kennedy wasn’t fazed by the rocky eighth and sent Ross in pitch the ninth as well:  he did allow one more base hit, but kept a run from scoring.  And so the T-Pads won on the offense of one single inning’s work!  Our Pads have taken the first two of the four-game series at Salt Lake and I’m still hoping they have a sweep in them!  Final Score: Tucson 9; Salt Lake 6. 

Transactions and Injury Report.   Today San Diego released LF Jeremy Hermida.  I’m assuming that means he was not claimed off waivers and decided against returning to Tucson.  I also noticed in the paper that the Chicago Cubs have already designated pitcher (former T-Pad) Alex Hinshaw for assignment…gee, they just claimed him on Aug 19th!

Tucson Ends the Season on the Road.   Tonight Tucson plays the third in their four-game series at the Salt Lake Bees (LA Angels AAA affiliate).  All games there start at 6:05pm Tucson local time.  The Pads will then head to Reno to end the 2012 season with four games against the Aces (DBack AAA affiliate).  The first two of those games will be at 7:05pm; Sunday’s game will be at 6:05pm; Monday/Labor Day game at 12:05pm.  Remember: you can follow all the Tucson Padres games LIVE on Tejano 1600 AM or off the Tucson Padres home page on the internet!

Save the Date!  The Tucson Padres will kick off their 2013 home season with a game at Kino Stadium on April 21, 2013.  Mark your calendars now!

(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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