Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Opposite Extreme
May 28, 2013, 13:20
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One night after being thoroughly shellacked by the Sacramento River Cats, the Tucson Padres avoided a series sweep AND earned its first shutout victory of the season on the shoulders of LHP Robbie Erlin’s excellent pitching.  In fact, Robbie and his mound opponent, former T-Pad LHP Andrew Werner, were exceptionally well-matched in what was a serious pitcher’s duel.  There were a couple glaring differences between the two, though, and both fell in Tucson’s favor.  First of all, Robbie was a strikeout machine!  He tied Sean O’Sullivan’s team record for Ks in one game with his tally of 11…and in the fifth inning, Robbie struck out the side on only ten pitches!  He tossed only one ball in that entire frame!  And, though Robbie did allow three walks early in the game, he was also stingy with the hits:  Sacramento was unable to get a hit off of him until the sixth inning!  In his seven complete innings, Robbie allowed only two hits.  It was his best outing of the season (he seems to improve a bit each time he goes out for a start) and he’s the first and only Tucson pitcher with a four and oh win/loss record as a result.  As I mentioned, Werner wasn’t much of a slouch out there against the Pad hitters!  He didn’t have the Ks, but he also avoided the walks and nearly avoided the runs, too!  It was a great relief when Tucson got on the scoreboard, especially since it came on a leadoff solo homer by Mike Wilson to kick off the Tucson fifth!  Both pitchers had been so tough, I seriously thought that would be all the scoring in the game, but Tucson manufactured another run in the seventh.  After Werner issued a single to Rene Rivera to lead off the inning, Mike ground into a double play, erasing the runner and giving the Pads two quick outs.  But Cody Decker followed with a double and came home when the next batter, Jesus Merchan, hit a single that was mishandled by the Cats; Jesus made second on the error, but earned an RBI as Cody came home.  That was all for scoring!  Both Mike and Jesus led the team with two hits a piece last night.  Nick Vincent pitched two-thirds of the eighth; Colt Hynes came in for a lefty-lefty matchup to finish the frame and then stayed in to take the ninth.  For his work, Colt earned his second save of the season.  Well done, Tucson!  Keep it up against the Grizzlies tonight!   Final Score:  Tucson 2; Sacramento 0.

Transactions.  C Yasmani Grandal has completed his suspension rehab assignment with Tucson and has rejoined San Diego.  San Diego has optioned C John Baker to Tucson to fill out our roster for catchers (since Jason Hagerty continues to be on our DL); he’s been San Diego’s backup catcher in Grandal’s absence this season.

Fun Homestand Continues!   The Tucson Padres kick off a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) tonight!  Exciting baseball against our Division rivals, great promotions – you can’t beat the fun at the ol’ ballpark!  Tonight is Eegee’s Free Ticket Night – stop by your favorite eegee’s restaurant in the Tucson area and get your FREE tickets to this game.  Tomorrow night is Wiener Wednesday and Social Media Night!  Hot dogs will be just a buck a piece all evening long.  LIKE the Tucson Padres on Facebook to check out this week’s Social Media Special – you can bet it’ll be worth the effort!  See you at the Park!  (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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