Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Tucson Gets First Series Win of Season
April 20, 2013, 15:15
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After a number of games here in Tucson where our Padres have blown significant leads for losses, I was never fully comfortable with the home team’s massive lead over Salt Lake until the final out was made in the game.  And in the end Tucson not only prevailed, but fairly trounced on the Bees, sending them home a slightly humbled group of players.  Oh, it was a magnificent night at the ballpark, even if, after a warm day, the night turned chilly…fans raised their voices to sing Happy Birthday to GM Mike Feder and then hooted with joy as the Pads put run after run up on the scoreboard.  It’s a pity that there weren’t more folks at the park.  Trust me, Tucson; you don’t know what you’re missing!  Don’t let the fact that the team will be leaving Tucson for El Paso next season allow you to miss the experience of seeing these young Padres players trying to make it to The Show.  If last night is any indication (and I think it could well be), this is a solid team and they’re about to really take off against their PCL opponents!  Tucson never trailed in last night’s contest.  Once 3B Jonathan Galvez kicked off the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first to score a hustling CF Daniel Robertson, Tucson never seemed to let up on offense!  Two in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth, four in the sixth, and another three insurance runs in the eighth (all off a deep home run by LF Travis Buck!)…the Bees’ pitching staff couldn’t put out the fire!  Meanwhile, young Robbie Erlin won his second start (of three) for going five innings and allowing only two runs on five hits and three walks.  One of those runs was a solo home run in the fourth.  Jason Ray (two innings; one run), Nick Vincent (one inning; no runs), and Daniel Stange (one inning; one run) filled out Tucson’s pitching dance card for the evening.  Being at the game refreshed my enthusiasm and appreciation for D-Rob.  His stats tell part of the story:  two for three at the plate with a triple (which he got because he ran FAST!), two walks, and four runs-scored.  Daniel plays every game like it’s the 7th game in the World Series:  getting on base, hustling on the base paths, getting his uniform dirty in his first AB, and making every possible catch in Center.  Beyond that, D-Rob is just a genuinely nice guy.  He graciously signs autographs, looking you in the face, smiling, and pleasantly chatting as if you were his buddy who’d come to the game at his request.  In an article in the Arizona Daily Star on April 13th, Daniel Gaona wrote “Robertson said he was looking forward to seeing familiar faces and interacting with the passionate and loyal fans he met last year” (read the whole article here).  And this is the sense you get from D-Rob as he walks out of the clubhouse to the dugout before each game:  that he’s happy to see YOU there at the game, when so often, it’s really the other way around.  Come on Tucson fans – make Daniel happy!!  Come see him play baseball for US!   Final Score:  Tucson 12; Salt Lake 4.                                                                                            

Transactions.  Nothing new to report today.

T-Pads Are in Fresno for Four…  Our Padres are out of town in Fresno CA for four games against the Grizzlies (SF Giants AAA affiliate) beginning tonight at 7:05pm.  Tomorrow’s game will be a day game with first pitch at 2:05pm.  You can follow tonight’s game LIVE locally on 1290AM The Source or off the Tucson Padres website.  The T-Pads return home to kick off a quick four-game series versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA affiliate of the CO Rockies) beginning April 25th.  That’ll be the second Thirsty Thursday of the season:  dollar beverages!  Make your plans now to catch a game at Kino Stadium!

(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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