Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Tucson Falls Again
June 30, 2013, 14:59
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The Colorado Springs Sky Sox out-dueled the Tucson Padres in last night’s game in the Springs.  Tucson sent RHP Josh Geer in for the start – it’s his first stint with us this season, but he’s a familiar name to Pad’s fans since he spent all of 2011 on our roster (though on the DL while he battled melanoma) and was also with Tucson some last year.  Josh has been doing well in San Antonio this season and really didn’t do too badly versus the Sox last night.  In his four innings, he did allow three runs (all in the fourth), but on only five hits and two walks.  Unfortunately, COS RHP Chris Volstad was a bit more adjusted to AAA speed and power, going seven full innings and allowing only two Tucson runs on seven hits and one walk.  Tucson got those two runs in Volstad’s final inning of work:  Brandon Allen doubled and came home on Rene Rivera’s RBI single, then Jonathan Galvez brought Rene home on an RBI double.  That was all of Tucson’s scoring, unfortunately.  Our bullpen allowed two more COS runs (one on Tommy Layne in the seventh; one on Colt Hynes – unearned, as it came home on a wild pitch – in the eighth.  Brad Brach pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings) for the final score.  There were some really odd stats in last night’s contest that really stood out as worth mentioning.  First of all, Tucson committed three errors.  Errors have been so uncommon with this season’s team that that was a real shocker.  Second, the combined COS pitching staff (three different hurlers) struck out NONE of the Tucson batters.  I don’t recall ever seeing that happen before!  So, how’d they win?  On groundouts!  The Sox staff induced 20 groundball outs!  Very interesting night in the Springs!  So, Tucson lost again – making today’s game the rubber game of the series.  Fortunately, Reno was able to beat Sacramento once again, so we didn’t lose our spot at #1 in the standings.  Vegas was able to beat Tacoma, however, and now they are tied for second with Sacramento – both just ½ game back.  What a contest in this Division this year!   Final Score:  Tucson 2; Colorado Springs 5.

Today’s Game…  Started at 12:35pm with bright sunny skies and a blissful-sounding temperature of 71 degrees.  The T-Pads scored first with a solo run in the top of the second inning.  Clouds rolled it.  Lights went on.  Raindrops fell lightly.  Tarp on the field.  Rain delay (beginning just ONE hour after the game started).  Play has just resumed after 1 hour and 14 minutes.  Bottom of the fourth.  Both starting pitchers have been replaced, which means we lost Sean O’Sullivan out there for Tucson.  Drat!  He had a solid hit earlier, in addition to holding the Sox scoreless.  (Shoot – COS just tied the game at one run each.)

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

Pads Still on the Road.   The Tucson Padres are currently out of town and won’t return home until Thursday, the Fourth of July.  The Pads finish this series at Colorado Springs today.  Tomorrow they head out to Sacramento to face those pesky River Cats (AAA Athletics) for three games in their first visit to Sacramento this season.  Both tomorrow and Tuesday night’s games will start at 7:05pm local.  The game on Wednesday night begins at 6:35pm.  Don’t forget:  all games can be heard live on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres website worldwide.  Mark your calendars for the team’s return:  there will be Giant Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks on both July 4th and 5th.  There will be no Thirsty Thursday promotion on July 4th – gates will open early at 5:30pm and fans are encouraged to show up EARLY to beat the big crowd!  On the 5th, the first 2,000 fans will receive a miniature American flag.  Nothing better than enjoying a professional baseball game AND fireworks to celebrate Independence Day!  You won’t want to miss it!     (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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