Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Losing Streak Ends
April 28, 2013, 14:25
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Perhaps the owls were a curse…last night, with no owly oversight, Tucson finally busted out of its three-game losing streak with a solid win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox!  For most of the game the score was very close…we’d get a run, COS would get two, we’d get two, they’d get one, we got one…and then not only DIDN’T the Sox answer, but Tucson busted out with an unanswered three-run seventh inning!  Sean O’Sullivan took the start for Tucson and pitched well for 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk.  He struck out seven batters!  He wasn’t able to repeat his grand slam performance from the last time he started (in Fresno) – he did come up to bat with the bases loaded, but struck out.  He went without a hit last night.  Colt Hynes took 2/3s of an inning after Sean – he struck out the two batters he faced.  Jorge Reyes, Tommy Layne, and Brad Boxberger rounded out the pitching corps for Tucson last night.  None allowed a run, though each allowed leadoff singles.  Tucson’s pitchers combined to strike out 12 Sox (compared to COS pitching that struck out only two T-Pads).  Offensively, most of the starting nine had a good night at the plate – in fact, Tucson out-hit the Sox 12 to 6 – with Daniel Robertson and Gregorio Petit going three for four with a double.  Brandon Allen was credited with two RBIs, as was Cody Decker (pinch-hitting in the seventh, Cody bashed out a two-run triple!).  We were charged with two errors – both by 3B Jonathan Galvez, who is trying to learn the third base position on the fly.  The resultant struggles are not unexpected, though somewhat frustrating.  I have to remind myself that AAA baseball is about player development.  San Diego wants to increase the opportunities to work Jonathan’s bat into the lineup, and to do so they’re making him more of a utility position player.  Today’s local paper had a nice article about Jesus Merchan in which it was reported that Jesus is working with Galvez to improve his fielding in these new (to him) positions.  Nice!  (Full article here)  It was great to hear the team get a good win last night – I’m hoping that we’ll see a similar outcome in today’s game. Go Tucson!   Final Score:  Tucson 7; Colorado Springs 3.

Come on Fans!  Tucsonans showed good interest in last night’s game at Kino Stadium, as over 4,100 fans attended the contest.  Perhaps they were drawn by the chance for a Tucson Toros tee shirt, commemorating the old AAA Tucson Toros that played at Hi Corbett; whatever the reason for their interest (and I hope they’ll return, having seen what an exciting, fun team the 2013 T-Pads are!) it was a joy to know that so many peeps showed up to cheer for our boys.  Sadly, there was an unruly element in the crowd, as at least three different fans jumped onto the field to snag balls – one of which was chasing a LIVE ball in play.  There’s really no excuse for this disgraceful, unsportsmanlike behavior; we were lucky not to have our team penalized by the poor choices made by some fans.  Come to the Park, peeps; cheer for our boys; but please stay off the field!

Day Game Today.  This was a game I was supposed to be seeing in person; I make a point of going to at least one game in each series played at Kino, and today was the only day that worked into my schedule for this quick series with the Sox.  Sadly, a stinky spring cold has taken hold of me and I’m stuck listening to the game online while the teams play under bright, sunny, warm skies.  Drat!  The game is underway as I write this…RHP Thad Weber (back in Tucson after his second stint with the Parent Unit) vs. RHP Chris Volstad for the Sox.  They’re in the bottom of the fourth: Sox 4, Tucson 1.

Transactions.  C Jason Hagerty has gone on Tucson’s 7-day DL.  The organization called up C Rocky Gale from AA San Antonio to fill the gap in the meantime.  Rocky is actually starting behind the plate in today’s game.  I’m glad he’s back!  The PCL Transaction site is also reporting that Cody Decker has been assigned to AA San Antonio from Tucson (just when he was starting to find the power in his bat again!); Tucson gains INF Chris Burke from extended spring.

On The Road Again…  After today’s game is complete, the T-Pads hit the road for two four-game series out of town.  Beginning tomorrow night (first pitch at 6:05pm; live on local radio 1290AM The Source or streaming on the web off the Tucson Padres site) Tucson will face off against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) for four; followed by another four in Salt Lake vs. the Bees (again?), AAA affiliate of the LA Angels.  Our Pads return home on May 7th to begin an eight-game homestand that will see rare appearances by the Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA Dodgers) and Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers).  Mark your calendars and 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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