Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Wildcats Beat Sun Devils!
April 17, 2013, 14:13
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After Fresno came surging from behind to beat the T-Pads the previous 2 nights, it was awesome to see the home team pull some of that same magic to beat their opponents…even if the home team in this case was the Arizona Wildcats and not my beloved Tucson Padres!  Yes, I took a night off from the minor league game last night to join with a crowd of over 5,300 fans at Hi Corbett watching the Arizona Wildcats beat their biggest rivals, the Arizona State University Sun Devils.  In spite of the change of venue, the game had an eerily familiar feel to it, as the Cats struggled early and all the breaks landed in favor of the Devils.  Although the Cats struck first, with a solo run in the bottom of the first inning, ASU promptly erased the advantage by putting up six runs through the third.  The Cats put up a second run in the bottom of the third, but ASU answered that with a run of their own in the top of the fourth.  No runs scored in the fifth and ASU put up another run in the top of the sixth.  But suddenly the tables began to turn in the Cat’s favor:  they put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth, allowed only one more ASU run in the seventh, then pounded out another three of their own in that inning to swiftly reduce the lead the Devil’s held all evening long.  Long, lean, lefty reliever Augey Bill kept ASU off the scoreboard in the eighth and the Cats took a one-run lead in the game with another two runs in the bottom of the eighth.  The crowd went wild as Mathew Troupe got three outs in the ninth, giving the Cats a big win.  Oh, that was fun to see!   Final Score:  Wildcats 10, ASU 9.

Meanwhile, over at Kino Stadium…  The Tucson Padres kicked off their four-game home series against the Salt Lake Bees, sending Tim Stauffer in for his third start of the 2013 season.  Because the game was tape-delayed following the Wildcats’ win, I actually listened to a few innings before I couldn’t fight off sleep any longer.  Tim didn’t do badly at all:  he went six complete innings and allowed only one run – a solo homer – on six hits and four walks.  He struck out five.  But while Tim was doing quite well, Bees starter (former Tucson Sidewinder) Billy Buckner was slightly better.  In fact, he had the Padres hitters in knots all evening.  Billy pitched seven innings of no run ball – allowing only five hits and one walk.  He struck out eight T-Pads.  Billy earned his second win of the season, while Tim took his first loss.  Reliever Jason Ray followed Tim to the mound – he allowed three additional Bee runs (two earned) in his two-thirds of an inning.  Both Nick Vincent and Miles Mikolas were finally effective in a game – they pitched shutout innings to end the game.  Tucson had only five total hits, of which two were off the bat of DH Jonathan Galvez.  Galvez also stole a base:  his FIFTH already this year!  He’s turning into quite an offensive machine for Tucson!  But let’s hope the team can get a bit more offensive production in the rest of the series with the Bees.  Face it, Salt Lake is (and often has been in the past) a very talented team, full of veteran players…but I still have confidence that our guys can take ‘em tonight!  Go Tucson!    Final Score:  Tucson 0; Salt Lake 4.

Transactions.  Nothing new to report today.

Series With the Salt Lake Bees Continues.  The Pads face the Salt Lake Bees (AAA affiliate of the LA Angels) for three more night games at Kino Stadium.  Tonight is Wiener Wednesday with dollar hot dogs all night long.  It’s also the first Social Media Wednesday of the season – LIKE the Tucson Padres on Facebook to check out this week’s Social Media special (all I can say is that it’s awesome!  Check it out!).  Tomorrow night will be the first Thirsty Thursday of the young season.  The management has reinstated the DOLLAR beverage prices for this final season in Tucson!  Additionally, all college students can get into the game for only $4 – simply show a valid college ID at the Ticket Office to get this amazingly good deal!  Tell your friends!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed or approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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