Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Rally Towel Failure
June 20, 2013, 13:03
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Another lovely night at the ol’ ballpark with friends, good hot dogs, and live professional baseball!  Sadly, Tucson got in a hole from which we fans could not lift them, even with the enthusiastic waving of our new rally towels.  T-Pad starter, Sean O’Sullivan, tossed three scoreless innings but then gave up four runs in the fourth to end his evening.  The very first run that scored came in on a bases-loaded walk, immediately followed by a two-run double and an RBI groundout.  It was Sean’s fourth loss of the season.  Jorge Reyes took the next two innings and allowed another three runs on three hits and a walk.  All of those runs scored in the sixth…51s’ LF Sean Campbell scored two of those with his second two-RBI hit in the game (he’d hit the two-RBI double in the fourth).  Meanwhile, Tucson was looking like a shutout victim waiting to happen: no scoring through five!  But that situation changed in the sixth:  Justin Miller pinch-hit for the pitcher’s spot and took a walk; Daniel Robertson (who ended the evening oh for four) ground out, but Dean Anna picked the team up with an RBI single!  Not a shutout afterall!  Whew!  Jonathan Galvez then hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Dean – two out, one on, and Brandon Allen at bat.  Brandon had been hitting powerful fly ball outs all evening, but in the sixth he finally connected and launched a two-run homer.  Yay, Brandon!  Still two down, but now the Pads had three runs on the board!  Cody Decker was up next and he went back-to-back with a solo homer of his own!  It was only the second time this season Tucson has launched back-to-back homers…and it sure came at a great time last night!  Unfortunately, the Vegas relievers then came into the game and simply cruised.  Vegas hurler, Gonzalez German, was particularly impressive:  he went two innings, faced only seven Padres and struck out five of them.  No hope against him!  Wilfredo Boscan pitched the seventh for Tucson, allowing one run on two hits (NY Mets veteran, Ike Davis, recently optioned to Vegas to figure out his production problem, smacked the run in with an RBI double…I’m worried he’s getting his groove back while still playing us!).  Brad Brach was impressive in his two-innings of work for Tucson to close out the game – he held the 51s scoreless!  Brach seems to be finding his groove, too.  The Pads were unable to score on Vegas closer, Sean Henn, either.  Henn allowed a hit and a walk…with one out in the ninth, Jesus Merchan ground into a double play to end the game.  Darn defective rally towels – we were waving them like MAD!  Oh well.  Fortunately, Sacramento also lost last night so the Pads are still only two games back of first in the Division.  But of course we are now tied there (again) with Vegas.  Come on, Tucson – take the win tonight!  Final Score:  Tucson 4; Las Vegas 8.

Transactions.  “The Norfolk Tides have traded Chris Robinson to Tucson.”  That is all the Transaction site has to say…but what does it mean?  As it happens, Robinson is a catcher.  Thank heaven!  I’ve just been worried about Rene Rivera having to go out there behind the plate day in and day out!  The Norfolk Tides are the AAA affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles in the International League – Robinson has played for them the last two seasons.  Before that he played three seasons for Iowa in the PCL.  In games this season, his batting average is .241 – he last played on June 9th.  No Pad is going to Norfolk in the trade – the move was made for “cash considerations.”  Slightly more info here.

Only Two More Home Games in June!   The Tucson Padres play their third of four against Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) tonight at Kino.  All games in this series will be played at 7:05pm (gates open at 6pm).  Tonight is the ever-popular Thirsty Thursday, with dollar beverages from 6 – 9pm.  Don’t forget that college students can get in the park for only $4 with their school ID!  Friday night features a big event your family will love as the ZOOperstars return to Kino Stadium for a one-evening performance.  Bring the family out for a great evening and enjoy appearances from these fun inflatable mascot characters!  Stop by your closest Express Locations store to pick up a coupon good for $2 off General Admission or Box Seat tickets to the game. The Pads will hit the road after the game on Friday and won’t return until the Fourth of July, so you’ll want to get out to Kino and enjoy a game real soon!

(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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