Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

T-Pads Pad Lead
July 2, 2013, 16:13
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You can’t underestimate the significance of this series the Tucson Padres are playing at Sacramento this week…with each game comes the potential to either move forward or fall back in the standings with great speed.  The River Cats played the Pads tough when they visited us here in Tucson – the Pads were only able to win one game in each of the four-game series.  And you gotta believe the Cats will play even better on their home field…  So what a wonderful surprise when the Padres were able to pull off a solid win in last night’s contest at Raley Field in Sacramento!  Tucson starter Anthony Bass had his best outing of the season for the Pads, going six complete innings and only allowing one SAC run to score.  That run came in the second inning and gave the Cats an early lead in the game.  Tucson does a LOT better when they score first…but that hasn’t happened as often as we’d like lately.  The Pads didn’t give up, of course!  In fact, they tied the game in the top of the third when Dean Anna had an RBI single to score Chris Robinson (who’d led off with a double).  I DID worry that the Pads left the bases loaded in that inning…but at least the teams were tied.  The next time Tucson had a chance to score, they did so more productively!  In the fourth inning, Tucson brought home four runs to take a substantial lead in the game.  Jonathan Galvez led off with a double and Jaff Decker followed with a double.  Galvez should’ve scored, but he misread the signs from his third-base coach and slid into third, rather than trying to hoof it to home.  Thankfully, that momentary lapse didn’t hurt the Padres as Daniel Robertson brought Galvez home with an RBI fielder’s choice.  Dean then brought Jaff home with a sacrifice fly RBI, Ben Francisco hit an RBI single to score D-Rob, and Brandon Allen smashed out a triple to bring in Ben!  Gregorio Petit manufactured a run for Tucson in the fifth – he led off the inning with a single, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and came home when the Cat’s catcher threw the ball away for SAC’s only error.  Heads-up base running by Petit!  And it gave Tucson a six to one lead in the game!  Kevin Quackenbush relieved Anthony on the mound – he pitched two innings and allowed only one run on two hits and one walk.  He struck out four!  Colt Hynes started the ninth – he got two out, but allowed three hits – and one run – and was replaced by Miles Mikolas before the inning ended.  Miles faced only one batter; struck him out and the game was over!  Tucson wins!  AND because we beat Sacramento, we pulled a whole game ahead in the standings.  Vegas lost, too, so they are still tied for second place with the River Cats – both one and a half games behind Tucson. Gosh…it’s fun to say that!  It’s only a three-game series with the River Cats – a win tonight gives the Pads a series win!  Go Tucson!  Final Score:  Tucson 6; Sacramento 3.

Three T-Pads Going to AAA All-Star Game!!  Last season, Daniel Robertson was the lone Tucson Padre selected to play in the AAA All-Star game.  This year the League has assigned THREE Padres to the PCL Roster…and they couldn’t have picked any better!  Dean Anna has had a remarkable rookie year in AAA and continues to be among the league leaders in hitting…Rene Rivera has not only been a defensive force to be reckoned with at catcher, but has put up amazing numbers with his hitting…Colt Hynes has practically been reborn in 2013, as the small “tweak” the Padres staff suggested he make in his delivery has allowed him to maintain a miniscule ERA through 27 games in AAA this season.  Congratulations to each of our Tucson All-Stars!  The 26th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game will be held at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday, July 17.  The game will be televised live on MLB Network.

Transactions.  Still nothing new to report as far as I can see.

T-Pads Home for the Fourth of July!   The Tucson Padres are currently out of town and won’t return home until Thursday, the Fourth of July.  The Pads continue their series against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) tonight at 7:05pm local.  The game tomorrow night is scheduled to begin at 6:35pm…however, the Sacramento area is (and will be) under an “extreme heat advisory” through tomorrow and the team management is considering delaying first pitch to 7pm.  If I hear about a change in time for first pitch, I will post it here.  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 THIS THURSDAY!  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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