Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Wilson’s Walk-Off Wins It
July 6, 2013, 14:55
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I have to admit that I was a bit of a doubter last night…  Tucson fell behind two to nothing by the third and just couldn’t creep onto the scoreboard.  It’s not like they didn’t have chances!  The Pads left the bases loaded with Friars in both the third and seventh innings AND they stranded Dean Anna at third base in the sixth after Dean led off the inning with a triple.  No outs and you can’t get the guy home from third?  Bad news!  And though the Tucson pitching staff – it was a bullpen night, with Ryan Kelly taking a spot start – was shutting down Las Vegas’ offense, as well, I didn’t have a warm fuzzy feeling that the Padres were going to get into the game.  In the 2013 season, these guys have been good in many ways, but they have not been a late-inning come-from-behind team at all.  I was encouraged when Rene Rivera led off the seventh inning with a solo homer…but because the team then left the bases loaded afterwards, I felt my hope fizzle again.  (I was, as always, disappointed that the fuss over a controversial call and the subsequent ejection of Manager Pat Murphy later in the seventh stole all the thunder from Rene’s dinger, which should’ve been the highlight since it halved the 51’s lead.)  Fast-forward to the bottom of the ninth…Tucson still trailing one to two.  I wasn’t feeling real hopeful, but Vegas had put a new reliever on the mound…we’d had some success with him earlier this season, so there was a glimmer of hope!  That glimmer increased as Daniel Robertson, who’d pinch hit in the seventh, led off with a walk…Jaff Decker advanced him to second with a sac bunt, then Gregorio Petit reached second on a single and an error – also advancing D-Rob to third!  But Anna struck out and we were down to our final out, still trailing by a run.  Mike Wilson came to the plate to pinch hit for Tucson.  Mike is kind of streaky and pinch hitting is such a hard job…all I could do was cross my fingers!  Down one and two in the count, Mike sends the next pitch out for the most beautiful single of the entire game!  Deep enough to score not only the tying run brought to you by D-Rob, but also the WINNING RUN on the feet of Petit!  A walk-off win!  Never has there been a better sound than the joy that exploded from the crowd (and our Broadcaster Tim Hagerty) with that amazing win!  And, thanks to a huge comeback of their own, Fresno was able to deal Sacramento a loss, too!  YOUR first place Tucson Padres are now 2 ½ games ahead of both Sacramento and Las Vegas in the Division race.  Woo doggie!  Two more vs. Vegas – go get ‘em Pads!  Final Score:  Tucson 3; Las Vegas 2.

Transactions.  I don’t see anything new out there for us today.

Cool Patriotic Tee!  Free to the First 2,000 Adults through the Gates! TONIGHT at Kino Stadium!

Cool Patriotic Tee! Free to the First 2,000 Adults through the Gates!
TONIGHT at Kino Stadium!

Come See Your Tucson Padres!   The Tucson Padres continue their series against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) tonight and tomorrow night.  All games in this series will start at 7:05pm.  Tonight the team will be giving away Tucson Padres Patriotic T-Shirts to the first 2,000 adults through the gate with paid admission.  Tomorrow will be Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park night at Kino Stadium.  All military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) and a guest will be admitted for free with military ID (simply take your military ID to the Padres Box Office).  Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners – the first 100 dogs will get a free Frisbee, too!  Good times at the ballpark – and the opportunity to root for your #1 Tucson Padres!  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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