Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Heart Attack Kids Win Again!
April 22, 2013, 13:48
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For the second day in a row, the Tucson Padres held onto a one-run lead by the skin of their teeth to win yet again at Chukchansi Park in Fresno!  Yesterday’s win gave Tucson their fifth consecutive win, tying the 2012 T-Pad record in that category!  Oh, but these guys are going to kill me with their late-inning struggles!  Broadcaster Tim Hagerty pointed out that stranding runners on the bases is actually a good stat.  Well, yes…BUT I’d be so much more comfortable if they didn’t get into jams in the first place!  As I wrote yesterday, all of Tucson’s scoring came on the home run ball.  And here’s something I like about our 2013 team:  there’s a different hero in each game!  Yesterday’s hero was SS Dean Anna, who hit not only his first AAA homer (a two-run shot in the second), but went back-to-back with 2B Jonathan Galvez for his second homer in the season.  Galvez’s blast also brought in two runs, thus accounting for all five of Tucson’s runs.  1B Brandon Allen was the only other Padre to cross home (coming in on Galvez’s dinger).  Meanwhile on the mound, RHP Tim Stauffer earned his first win of the year, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits and four walks.  Brandon Kloess followed for a scoreless inning of work – I think he would’ve stayed in longer had his spot in the lineup not come up to bat in the following inning.  Apparently Manager Pat Murphy didn’t want him to bat (sadly, Anthony Contreras couldn’t do anything pinch hitting in Brandon’s spot).  Nick Vincent followed Brandon for two strong innings of work:  no runs on two hits and two walks.  And so, just like the previous night, Murphy sent Brad Boxberger in to pitch the ninth…and again things got scary fast!  Brad may be getting the required outcome (in fact, he earned his third save in yesterday’s outing), but man he stresses me out!  He allowed a single to the first batter he faced, then walked the second.  When he struck out the next two Grizzlies, I was feeling more confident, but then Fresno’s 1B Brett Pill came to the plate and smacked out a solid triple (!!), scoring the two runners on base.  Oh no!  Fresno down by only one run, the potential tying run is standing on the third-base bag, and powerful slugger Roger Kieschnick is at the plate.  Brad tosses a called strike, then a ball, gets another strike on a foul, and then sets Kieschnick down on a swinging strike!  Game over – Tucson wins!  Where’s my nitroglycerin?  Well done, T-Pads!  You’re in the groove now, boys – take ‘em again tonight!  (By the way, INF Cody Decker made his catching debut in the beginning of yesterday’s game.  He did an effective job in that difficult position!  Here’s a recent article about why the Padres are hoping to groom Cody in the catcher’s role:  Cody)   Final Score:  Tucson 5; Fresno 4…again!

Transactions.  I can’t find anything new to report today.

T-Pads Are Still in Fresno.  Our Padres are in Fresno CA for two more games against the Grizzlies (SF Giants AAA affiliate).  The games tonight and tomorrow will begin at 7:05pm – you can follow both 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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