Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Taking a Break With the Other Cats…
May 26, 2013, 13:32
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Last night I took a break from my Tucson Padres to take in a University of Arizona Wildcat baseball game at Hi Corbett Field.  What a lovely evening – once the sun finally got out of our faces!  The Cats were facing off against PAC-12 rival, University of Southern California, in the middle game of a three-game series, the final series of the regular season.  On Friday night, the two teams had needed ten innings before Arizona took a win…it was a totally different game last night!  The Cats immediately took charge, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  But then both pitchers settled in some and neither team scored until the fourth.  SC pounced on UofA starter, James Farris, in the top of the frame, hitting a single, a fielder’s choice, another single, and taking a walk before Trojan Timmy Robinson smashed out a three-run triple to give SC a one-run lead.  That was all the spark the Wildcats needed!  In the bottom of the fourth, Arizona sent 12 batters to the plate, faced three different pitchers, and ended the inning with EIGHT fresh runs on the scoreboard!  It took forever, but was a delight to the home team fans.  Arizona had gotten relievers up during the top of the fourth, but Farris and the Cats decided against replacing him as they headed into the fifth.  After a surprisingly fast and quiet fifth, there was another minor explosion in the top of the sixth as the Trojans led off with a triple and brought him home with a double two batters later.  It was, however, the final run SC could manage to plate in the entire game.  Arizona wasn’t done, however!  They plated another three runs in the bottom of the sixth and added another five in the seventh!  There were hits galore – doubles and triples (I was especially surprised at the number of triples in the game) and singles – along with walks, stolen bases (Wildcat’s Head Coach Andy Lopez is known to keep the guys aggressive on the base paths – and boy, did that mess with the Trojans!), and even a couple hit batsmen.  To be honest, SC didn’t seem particularly strong on defense last night.  They were only charged with one error, but I thought that was pretty generous.  There were overthrown bases, missed balls, and other miscues that really aided the Cats.  Amazingly, Farris pitched a complete game – a total blowout in the Cats’ favor.  Cats win!  Yay!  Final Score:  Arizona 18; Southern California 4.

Meanwhile, Over at Kino Stadium…  Tucson and Sacramento needed extra innings to settle last night’s game, after Sacramento came back on the Pads in the eighth to tie the game.  Sacramento actually scored first in the game, when old friend former Tucson Padre Andy Parrino’s sacrifice fly brought in the game’s first run.  It wasn’t until the fifth that Tucson made its presence felt:  with two outs Tucson loaded the bases and a single by Gregorio Petit brought home two Padres for the lead.  The Pads extended their lead with another two runs in the sixth.  Looking good for Tucson…until the eighth, when Sacramento’s Scott Moore blasted out a three-run homer to tie the game. Ouch!  No runs for either team in the ninth, tenth, or eleventh.  The Pads sent Brad Brach in to face the River Cats in the 12th – he got the first two batters to strike out swinging!  But then issued back-to-back-to-back solo home runs, giving the Cats a three-run advantage.  Tucson was unable to recover in their half of the 12th, taking their first extra-inning loss of the season.  Cats win!  Boo!  Go get ‘em tonight, T-Pads!  Final Score:  Tucson 4; Sacramento 7, 12 Innings.

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

Fun Homestand Continues!   The Tucson Padres play the third game of four against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) tonight; followed by the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) for another four!  Some exciting baseball against our Division rivals – and there are some wonderful promotions on tap for this Memorial Day weekend!  Tonight 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.  Tomorrow night is the usual Family Four Pack Night – a group of four can get four box seat tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks for just $20!  PLUS there will be a Memorial Day Special!  The Tucson Padres remember the fine men and women who have served our country, and so they are extending their military appreciation offer for the game on Memorial Day. All Active Duty, Reserve and Military Retirees receive TWO FREE box seat tickets with valid military ID.  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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