Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Weber Wobbles
May 4, 2013, 13:02
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Tucson’s batters got two hits and a run in the top of the first inning – the first time in the recent losing streak that the team took an early lead in a game.  I was confident that they were back to their old winning ways, especially since RHP Thad Weber was on the mound for the start.  Thad’s been our winningest starter; a sure bet on the hill.  Unfortunately, he got off to a rare rocky start last night against the Salt Lake Bees.  He gave up back-to-back-to-back doubles for two runs in the bottom of the first – just like that, our lead was gone!  But hey, we’re only one run behind!  Bee’s starter, Matt Shoemaker, had a one-two-three second against us and then Thad REALLY tanked in the bottom of the frame and the Bees took full advantage, plating five runs before getting the final out.  Suddenly Tucson was looking at a seven-to-one deficit and I was significantly more worried than I had been at game start.  But, signs of life from the T-Pads once again in the third:  Rocky Gale led off with a single, followed by a double off Dean Anna’s bat.  Daniel Robertson brought Rocky home with an RBI groundout and Travis Buck finally found his groove and whacked out a two-run homer scoring himself and Dean!  Three runs for Tucson!  The game suddenly had the feel of one of those wild ones, where both teams score like crazy, the ending never assured until the final out.  But just as suddenly as all those crooked numbers flew up onto the scoreboard, both pitchers settled down (credit Thad for keeping his head after that tough second inning!) and the only crooked number that either team put up until the sixth was a big fat zero.  Tyson Ross, continuing his major league rehab assignment with Tucson, relieved Thad in the fifth inning, after Thad had faced two batters and allowed one double.  Ross got out of the fifth with no damage, but couldn’t replicate that in the sixth:  he allowed a leadoff single and a groundout, before Manager Pat Murphy replaced him with LHP Colt Hynes (to face a series of Bee lefties).  Colt struck out the first batter he faced, but followed that with an RBI single (run charged to Tyson) before getting the final out in the inning.  That would be the last run scored by either team.  Both Brandon Kloess and Daniel Stange pitched scoreless innings of relief (a night after each allowed HRs to the Rainiers).  So, another loss for Tucson, but some good signs of life in the box score today:  Tucson smashed out 10 hits and those were fairly evenly spread throughout the batting order.  Only Brandon Allen and Jaff Decker went without a hit in the contest.  No errors by our T-Pads, either (in fact, this is an area where we continue to be strong – the team has far fewer errors than last year’s team).  I’m hoping Tucson will bust out of their slump tonight!  Come on, T-Pads!   Final Score:  Tucson 4; Salt Lake 8.

Transactions.  Still nothing new to report today.

Still On The Road…  Our Tucson Padres continue their series at the Salt Lake Bees (AAA affiliate of the LA Angels of Anaheim) this evening.  Tonight’s game begins at 5:35pm (tape-delayed on local radio 1290AM The Source until after the UofA Wildcats baseball game is complete, but LIVE on the web off the Tucson Padres site).  Tomorrow’s game will be at noon, Tucson local time – it will also be tape-delayed on 1290AM The Source, but live off the website.  The team returns home on Tuesday, 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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