Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Running Wild!
May 21, 2013, 15:54
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As has become their current MO, Tucson put up a couple of runs early (two in the first) in the first game of the series vs. the Storm Chasers in Omaha last night…. sadly they were not able to hold onto the lead in spite of out-hitting Omaha through nine.  It was an odd game, actually.  The Padres played pretty effective “little ball” while the Storm Chasers kept up (and got ahead) on multi-run homers.  And our pitchers performed just opposite of my expectations in the contest, as well.  Manager Pat Murphy, stuck with a hole in his starting rotation with Thad Weber now gone to the Blue Jays organization, decided to start RHP Brandon Kloess.  Since Brandon is typically a reliever, this made me very nervous, but I was consoled to know that our surest long-reliever, Jorge Reyes, was prepared to pick up the slack at any point.  Well, turns out that Brandon did quite well!  He went five complete innings, and actually got stronger with each frame.  True, he did give up a three-run homer in the bottom of the second (oddly enough he struck out the side…but had a single, a walk, and a homer mixed in between the Ks), but after that he set Omaha down one-two-three in the third, fourth and fifth innings.  I was terribly impressed!  Tucson added a run of their own in the third, two in the fourth and yet another (on a solo homer by Rene Rivera – maybe he’s getting his groove back!) in the fifth, so when Brandon left the hill after five, Tucson held a six-three lead over the Storm Chasers.  The Pads added another run in the sixth and I was convinced that we had this game in the can!  J-Reyes coming in – decent lead – who could ask for anything more?  Unfortunately, even Jorge has off days.  We found this out last night.  He got the first batter he faced to ground out, but then gave up two consecutive singles and an RBI double.  One Omaha run, no problem!  Especially since Jorge then Kd a batter.  But the next guy up launched a three-run homer.  It’s funny how much different a one-run inning looks from a four-run inning:  we were tied and Jorge was done for the evening.  Don’t give up yet!  The Pads added another run in the top of the seventh to go ahead once again!  Murphy sends Brad Boxberger out to the mound.  Brad leads off allowing a double, got a groundout, allowed an RBI single (tied again), and then gave up a two-run homer!  Another three-run inning for Omaha…and, sadly, Tucson didn’t begin to match those final runs by the Storm Chasers.  To cap off the evening, Omaha’s Willy Taveras launched a solo homer in the eighth, giving Omaha a solid win.  Their four homers were a season-high in one game…as was their FOUR errors!  All but two of their runs came in on homers.  Wow.  Meanwhile, our T-Pads were hitting up a storm!  Everybody but Jaff Decker had at least one hit (though he reached base twice with patient walks and had a run-scored), while Dean Anna led the team with three hits (two doubles).  But note this difference:  Tucson left eight men on base…Omaha left ONE.  I am not panicking yet.  We’ve got three more versus Omaha and there are lots of things that Tucson is doing right.  Let’s go Tucson!  (We remain above .500 for the season, but both Fresno and Sacramento have had a smidge more luck than we have lately.  They are knotted in first place in our Division; Tucson is two back of both of them.)  Final Score:  Tucson 8; Omaha 11.

Transactions.  RHP Eddie Bonine has been activated off the Tucson Padres’ 7-day DL.  Recent former T-Pad, RHP Thad Weber has been assigned to the Blue Jay’s AAA affiliate in the International League, the Buffalo Bisons.

Playing In Omaha.   Tucson continues its series against the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) tonight.  Game time will be at 4:35 local (as will be the final two); you can catch all of these live on 1290AM The Source and off the Tucson Padres website worldwide!  Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy some great times at the ol’ ballpark as the Tucson Padres return home on Friday, May 24th.  Not only are there a ton of really fun promotions to take advantage of, but the Pads will be facing the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) for four; followed by the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) for another four!  Both of these teams are neck and neck with us in the division standings – maybe YOUR presence in the park rooting for the Pads will tip the scales in our favor!  See you there!  (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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