Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

River Cats Claw Out Win
May 25, 2013, 13:07
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Tucson finally faced their Division rivals, the Sacramento River Cats, last night at Kino Stadium.  It seems odd that our schedule this year has us meeting them so (relatively) late in the season.  Unfortunately, the game didn’t go Tucson’s way and we’ve fallen further back in the standings as a result.  Not that we didn’t have a chance last night!  With two two-run homers in the first two innings, it looked like the game was going to be a veritable slugfest between two teams who hadn’t been hitting the long ball with any frequency of late.  The Cats were all over starter Wilfredo Boscan in the first inning, getting three hits (one of which was a two-run homer) to take an early lead.  But Wilfredo impressed afterwards, leaving the River Cats scoreless through the rest of his five innings.  A very nice job!  Tucson also took advantage of Sacramento starter, Justin Thomas in the second inning, smashing out a single and a two-run homer by Travis Buck in their first two ABs in the inning.  But then came a very weird and controversial call that I believe may have set Tucson back a bit in terms of momentum.  After Buck’s dinger, Rene Rivera made a quick out, but Jonathan Galvez worked a walk bringing Daniel Robertson to the plate.  D-Rob was hitting ninth last night, a sort of second leadoff hitter to Cameron Maybin (in the one slot last night).  Galvez stole second and made it to third on a throwing error by the Cats’ catcher during Daniel’s AB.  D-Rob then smashed out a hit and ran like crazy, past first and onto second, apparently bringing Galvez home with a go-ahead run.  But Sacramento had seen something that they appealed during the next AB:  they believed D-Rob somehow missed first base in his flight around the paths.  The officials agreed.  No hit for Daniel…no run for Tucson.  D-Rob was incensed and argued heatedly.  He was ejected from the game between innings.  Tucson kept hitting after that, but could never push a run across the plate.  We stranded nine.  But Wilfredo was also keeping Sacramento off the scoreboard, so it didn’t seem too horrible.  Brad Boxberger took the mound in the seventh, issuing a walk and bringing him home with the go-ahead run on a two-out RBI double, but held the Cats scoreless in the eighth.  Unfortunately, Sacramento kept us off the scoreboard, too.  Brad Brach took the ninth…Sacramento was able to get two more insurance runs off Brad before being retired…and the Cats were able to take Tucson down in the ninth without a run-scored, too.  An interesting stat from last night’s game:  Sacramento turned three DPs; Tucson turned two.  I’m not certain I’ve ever seen so many DPs turned as there have been in the last couple of games.  On offense, Galvez had the best line (three for three with a walk), though Buck earned RBIs for both our runs-scored.  Hey, it’s a four-game series, T-Pads – get ‘em tonight!  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Sacramento 5.

Transactions.  As mentioned above, CF Cameron Maybin has joined Tucson for a MLB rehab assignment.  RHP Jairo Gomez has also joined Tucson from Extended Spring Training (he pitched relief in one game at High-A Lake Elsinore in April).

Fun Homestand Continues!   The Tucson Padres play the second game of four against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) tonight; 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!  And there are some wonderful promotions on tap for this Memorial Day weekend!  Tonight is Fireworks Spectacular Night – and you know you want to enjoy that on this holiday weekend!  Tomorrow is Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night – all military personnel (active, retired or veterans) can get two free box seat tickets by taking their ID card to the Ticket Office – AND dogs get in FREE.  What a great way to spend a Sunday during Memorial Day weekend!  Make your plans now to be at Kino Stadium this weekend!  I’ll see you there! (Check all May 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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