Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


I Gave Up…T-Pads Did Not!
May 13, 2013, 15:35
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The game notes for Round Rock said last night’s starting pitcher, Josh Lindblom, had yet to allow an earned run “on the road” this season.  The way he blew through our lineup, I wasn’t at all surprised by that note!  On the other side, however, the Express seemed to have the upper-hand against Sean O’Sullivan.  In five, he allowed four runs (none earned…more on that in a second) on six hits and three walks.  Both Gregorio Petit and Daniel Robertson made key, and rare, errors that turned out to be costly.  (D-Rob actually dropped a ball that he clearly had had in his glove…I watched him in RF after that, and he was clearly upset with himself.  Oddly, today’s box score shows this as an error on Jaff Decker.  Perhaps because D-Rob fumbled the ball in CF.  Who knows?)  I’m ashamed of myself this morning for my lack of faith.  After Round Rock put up four runs between the fourth and fifth innings, I let a feeling of hopelessness take over.  When reliever Brandon Kloess came in and offered up another two runs in the seventh I was fairly certain the game was in the can:  afterall, RR led six to nothing.  Tucson started a comeback in their half of the seventh.  Being the crazy Tucson fan that I am, I was thrilled that Tucson DID score two runs against the un-scored-upon Lindblom before he left in the middle of that inning!  But we were still down four as we entered the eighth.  A young mother, with her mom and two young boys, was sitting in front of me in the 3B-side GA seats last night, and she told her clan that Tucson only needed four in the eighth to tie the game.  While my heart didn’t quite believe it would happen again, I did tell her that Tucson had actually scored FIVE in the eighth the night before, so it was possible.  Alas, Tucson did not come through in the eighth.  But neither did the Express score in the frame!  The young family from Sierra Vista left after that inning and I mentioned they could listen to the end of the game on the radio…I sure hope they were able to do so, because PURE MAGIC broke out in the ninth.  First of all, Nick Vincent shut down the Express in the top of the inning.  He allowed a walk, but no hits or runs!  RR also sent in a new reliever to take the ninth.  Facing RR’s Jake Brigham, new T-Pad Justin Miller (recent call-up from High-A Lake Elsinore) made this “AAA stuff” look easy!  He got a leadoff single and then stole second while Jaff was at-bat.  Jaff ended up walking, as did Dean Anna to follow Jaff.  Bases loaded with Padres!  And pitching change for RR!  In comes former T-Pad, Cory Burns!  Cory began by walking D-Rob, which brought Justin home for one run.  Brandon Allen then whacked out a two-run single!  Welcome back to Tucson, Cory!  Are you having fun yet?  D-Rob had taken third on Allen’s single and next thing you know, HE scored a run on a (wait for it) BALK!  Game tied!  No outs!  Cory settled down enough to get James Darnell (in a bit of a slump) to pop out, before Jonathan Galvez hit a single.  Petit was up next – the runners advanced on a passed ball tossed by him, and RR decided to intentionally walk Petit.  And so that brings C Rocky Gale to the plate.  Rocky did not start the game, but came in for Rene Rivera in the sixth.  In his first AB he ground into a double-play…next time up he hit into a fielder’s choice.  It may just be his GREAT baseball name, but I love this kid and am so happy he’s back with us while Jason Hagerty is on the DL.  Still, Rocky was an unlikely hero as he came to the plate with one out, bases loaded, game tied, and Cory on the mound.  But hero he was!  He hit a perfectly beautiful single down the RF line that brought Brandon home with the winning run!  The whole team immediately rushed Rocky at first and swamped him in a mass of pure joy and excitement!  Oh, that was a moment to savor.  All I could think of was this:  if this is our final year of baseball in Tucson, we are certainly going out on a high note!  This is a VERY fun team to watch!  Get on out there, Tucson and root for the home team!  With the win, Tucson is now guaranteed at least a split with the Express in the series.  They also went above .500 in the standings for the first time this year (a fan friend of mine suggested it might be “the first time in forever”).  The only sad news is that everyone else in our division also won last night, so we’re still in fourth place and one game back.  Well, we can’t have everything, can we?   Final Score:  Tucson 7; Round Rock 6.

Rocky Gale (Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Rocky Gale
(Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Transactions.  I don’t see anything new to report today.

Go See These T-Pads!  Only Two More Nights vs. Round Rock!   Our Tucson Padres continue their series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) at Kino Stadium tonight.  Tonight’s game begins at 7:05pm and features Family Four-Pack Night – a group or family of four can get four box seats, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for ONLY $20 – a $70 value!  The homestand concludes tomorrow night – it’s Eegee’s Free Ticket Night!  Stop by your favorite eegee’s restaurant in the Tucson area and get your FREE tickets to this game.  The PCL takes a rare off-day on Wednesday as teams travel out of their Conferences once again.  Tucson will kick off four against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Iowa on Thursday, May 16th.  Then they will take on the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in Omaha beginning next Monday, May 20th.  A HUGE matchup when the T-Pads return to Tucson on May 24th:  they’ll face the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics – and big time Division rivals) for four!  Mark your calendars now for another great homestand!  (Check promotions here)

(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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