Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Reversal of Fortune
September 2, 2012, 15:41
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I have been very impressed with the way Josh Spence and Jorge Reyes have responded to their swapping positions on the pitching staff.  While J-Reyes has done a fine job as a reliever, Josh has been equally impressive as a starter.  Josh took the start last night and really outdid himself…going six innings and allowing NO runs on only two hits and three walks (three Ks)!  While Josh was dealing on the mound, Tucson was able to eke out two unearned runs in the third (with two out, both Andy Parrino and Jedd Gyorko punched out singles and the inning continued as a fielding error allowed Jesus Merchan to reach first and brought Andy home.  Vince Belnome then hit an RBI single to bring in Jedd).  Those two runs gave Tucson a lead that held up as both Brad Boxberger and J-Reyes pitched scoreless innings, taking us through the eighth.  In their half of the eighth, Tucson had put up another unearned run (with one out, Eddy Rodriguez hit a double and reached third on a botched pickoff attempt while Blake Tekotte was pinch-hitting in the pitcher’s spot.  Tucson then executed a successful suicide squeeze bunt to score Eddy from third!).  Although all three runs were unearned, they still counted on the scoreboard for the Pads!  Reno was able to shut Tucson down one-two-three in the top of the ninth and Tucson sent Jason Ray to the mound to close out the ninth.  No problem!  Ray has been lights out as our new closer.  But last night was not his night.  He allowed a leadoff double, followed by a single, followed by a three-run homer to Reno’s Brent Clevlen.  Shutout gone…tied game…no outs.  Jason finally got an out, but then allowed a single to Ryan Budde.  Budde reached second on a wild pitch while Jason was throwing to a pinch hitter who eventually flew out.  Two down, but dangerous (PCL MVP of 2012) Adam Eaton at the plate.  They intentionally walk Eaton…and Ray couldn’t find the strike zone after that.  He allowed Budde to reach third on another wild pitch, and then walked Tyler Bortnick to load the bases.  And then he walked in the winning run for the Aces in the person of A.J. Pollock.  It was Jason’s second blown save of the season…his third loss.  After holding onto a (small) lead all evening and pitching a shutout, that ninth inning meltdown was heartbreaking!  Well…two more to go.  Tucson can still split with the Aces!  Come on, Tucson!  Let’s go Padres!  Final Score: Tucson 3; Reno 4. 

Transactions and Injury Report.   Still nothing new to report.

Countdown:  Two Games Left.   Tucson plays only two more games this season, both at Reno Aces (DBack AAA affiliate).  Tonight’s game will be at 6:05pm local Tucson time; tomorrow’s game will be at 1:05pm (special time for Labor Day).  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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