Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


So Done With Fresno!
June 14, 2013, 13:54
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The Tucson Padres’ struggles continue after last night’s shutout loss vs. the Fresno Grizzlies.  That said, I wouldn’t go so far as to say last night was a bad game. In fact, it was a very well-pitched duel between two young prospects, in which the Fresno hurler out-performed our starter, Burch Smith.  Although the T-Pads had already beaten young Chris Heston twice this season, last night Heston lived up to his reputation as a major pitching prospect in the Giant’s family.  Heston tossed his first ever complete game…and got a shutout, too!  He allowed five total hits through nine innings, walked only two and struck out nine.  The only time Tucson came close to threatening was in the ninth, when they loaded the bases on a hit and both walks Heston allowed.  You could tell he was, finally, running out of gas.  But he hung in there – and actually struck out the side, leaving the bases loaded with Padres.  Not that Burch was a slouch out there on the mound!  Burch allowed six hits and only one run (a solo homer) through his six innings of work.  Brad Brach took an inning of scoreless relief…Colt Hynes allowed the only other run in the game during his inning on the mound.  Burch took his first loss as a T-Pad, while Heston earned his sixth win.  The Pads were all essentially blanked as far as hitting went last night.  Dean Anna was the one glaring exception!  After going oh for twelve in the series, he had a breakout night at the plate, going three for four in his ABs.  Cody Decker had the most frustrating night:  he struck out in every one of his ABs.  Because the team wasn’t getting ON base to begin with, the overall total for players left stranded was pretty low…we left five on base, but three of those came in the ninth.  Give credit where credit is due:  Chris Heston was just in the groove last night and completely earned his victory.  Fortunately, everyone else we’re following in our Division also lost last night!  In fact, Vegas was blanked 11 to 0 by Tacoma!  Sacramento also fell to Reno, 3 to 1.  All of which means we’re still only three games back of Sacramento, tied with Vegas in second.  Fresno is now only 5 ½ games back after winning this series against the T-Pads.  The Padres come home tonight for an eight-game homestand, beginning with four against the suddenly resurgent Reno Aces.  I still have faith in our home team – Go Tucson, Beat Reno!!  Final Score:  Tucson 0; Fresno 2.

Transactions.  There’s nothing new on the League Transaction site for today.  Yet.  But San Diego has made a couple of moves that may impact our roster. The Boston Red Sox have traded INF Pedro Ciriaco to San Diego…for a player to be named (or cash).  I can’t tell where Ciriaco will be playing – he doesn’t appear on San Diego’s Active Roster yet (and he’s not on ours either).  Apparently this trade required the Parent Unit to vacate a spot on the 40-man roster because they have also designated James Darnell for assignment.

T-Pads Return Home Tonight!   The Tucson Padres return home to Kino Stadium tonight to kick off an eight-game homestand in which they will face the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) for four, followed by the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) for four.  All of the games in the homestand will be played at 7:05pm (gates open at 6pm).  Lots of cool promotions on tap, as well!  Tonight will be Frosty Friday with reduced-price beverages and tacos AND there will be a Sidewinders 2006 Championship T-Shirt Giveaway!  The first 2,000 adults with paid admission will get one of these memorable tee shirts for free!  DBack fans should also note that recently demoted hurler, Tyler Skaggs, will take the start for the Aces tonight.  Great for fans – a bit of a challenge for the T-Pads!  Tomorrow night will feature a post-game Fireworks Spectacular – always a fan favorite!  Why not take your dad out to a ballgame this weekend?  You know he’d love it!  I hope to see you out at the ballpark this weekend!

(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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