Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Grizzlies Roar Back
May 31, 2013, 14:07
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My hopes that the Tucson Padres would cruise through the rest of the series with Fresno after the nice walk-off homer on Wednesday were crushed as Fresno’s RHP Mitch Lively totally exceeded all expectations for his performance.  Lively, like his mound-opponent RHP Wilfredo Boscan for Tucson, began the season tossing relief out of the bullpen.  But something about being a starter seems to have ignited Lively.  His ERA is dropping like a rock…he struck out more T-Pads in the game last night (nine) than ever before in his pro career…AND he doubled his career RBI output, helping his own cause by pounding out two RBIs (his career total for RBIs had been just one).  Lively was stellar…Wilfredo, not so much.  The Tucson loss was not entirely Wilfredo’s fault, though he did give up six runs (five earned – we had a costly error) in three and one-third innings;  the Pads simply couldn’t get runners home.  So many missed opportunities!  The worst was actually in the first inning when Logan Forsythe smashed out a triple with one out…and was left stranded there (Logan was awesome!  Pulled after the fifth in compliance with his rehab assignment, he’d already hit a single, double, and triple…just a homer short of the cycle)!  Altogether, Tucson left eight men on base.  Our scoring came when Jaff Decker hit an RBI double to bring home John Baker (who had walked to lead off the inning) in the second; and on Cameron Maybin’s solo home run (his first since joining us) in the fifth.  Fresno began scoring early, with two runs in the second (one on a solo homer)…added three in the third (part of that came off a two-run homer)…got another in the fourth, at which time Tucson went to the pen and brought Jorge Reyes in to relieve Wilfredo.  J-Reyes did very well!  In two and two-thirds innings he kept Fresno off the scoreboard (two hits, two walks, one K).  Brad Brach followed in the seventh – he allowed a single Grizzly run (leadoff triple came home with an RBI single to the second batter) in the seventh, but sat them down one-two-three in the eighth.  That was encouraging!  Manager Pat Murphy tried something different next, sending knuckleballer Eddie Bonine in to take the ninth.  Interesting experiment…that didn’t work too well for Tucson.  Eddie got one quick out, then gave up a single and a walk before Grizzly Chris Dominguez whacked out a three-run homer.  That was all Fresno would get in the inning, but it was enough to firmly put the game out of Tucson’s reach.  Especially since their closer was able to shut the Pads down without a run in the ninth.  Well, drat!  But we’ve got one more tonight – go get ‘em Tucson!  With the loss, Tucson again swapped position with Fresno in the standings…we’re ½ game back of them in third.  Sacramento lost, though, so we both moved up a game on them.  Such a close race in this Division – Fun!  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Fresno 10.

Transactions.  I don’t see anything new on the Transaction site to report, but I have gotten some information from Tim Hagerty regarding the status of our guys on the 7-day DL.  RHP Jason Ray had to have arm surgery and is recovering from that.  Tim suggests we may see him back later in the season.  C Jason Hagerty has an elbow injury and is considering surgery.  OF James Darnell is still out with the shoulder injury he sustained on the last road trip.  It was a bad one, folks…not likely to see him back this season.  Apparently Dean Anna has a bit of a finger injury and is day-to-day, as well.  Fortunately, we have some help from the San Diego players here on rehab, Logan Forsythe and Cameron Maybin.  Getting C John Baker down from San Diego has also helped give Rene Rivera an occasional break from the strenuous work behind the plate.

Kids Can Get One of These COOL Tees at Kino Stadium TONIGHT!

Kids Can Get One of These COOL Tees at Kino Stadium TONIGHT!

One More Night!   The Tucson Padres comclude their series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) tonight at 7:05pm (gates open at 6pm).  Tonight there is a special Tucson Padres Kids Tee-Shirt Giveaway Night!  The first 2,000 kids, 16 years old and under, with paid admission will receive a FREE Tucson Padres t-shirt jersey!  You’ll want to catch the Padres tonight, because they hit the road for a four-game series at Reno (AAA Diamondbacks) tomorrow.

(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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