Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Vegas Edges Closer
July 7, 2013, 15:38
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There were no late-inning heroics in last night’s game at Kino Stadium…the 51s took an early lead, yet again, and this time managed to hold onto it for a win.  Facing Tucson’s Anthony Bass, Las Vegas kicked off the scoring with two in the fourth (on a solo homer and an RBI double following a triple), added another couple with a two-run homer in the fifth, and put their final run on the board with another RBI double in the seventh.  All against Bass, who didn’t actually pitch badly (he struck out a season-high nine batters!) and who did help Tucson tremendously just by going deep into the game.  In a night following a bullpen day, it was crucial our starter go deep to preserve the arms in the pen.  Bass filled the bill with his seven-inning start.  He did take the loss, and his ERA blew up to 7.02, but he did what the pitching staff needed.  Colt Hynes followed Bass on the mound and pitched two beautiful innings:  no runs, hits or walks – he struck out two.  Our batters were facing Rafael Montero to start…the guys were getting hits, but kept hitting into double plays (Vegas turned three!) and stranding batters.  Tucson was able to get two runs in the seventh, as Montero ran out of gas (he allowed a single to Mike Wilson and an RBI double to Ben Francisco before being pulled with no outs in the inning) and the 51’s first reliever couldn’t get an out (he issued two consecutive singles to Chris Robinson and Jonathan Galvez which scored another run for the Pads).  Vegas swapped relievers again at that point and Sean Henn got three quick outs to end our threat.  That was as close as we’d get.  At least it was not a shutout!  Hitting was not the problem – three of our batters had two hits each, and Brandon Allen hit a triple – but getting them home was a challenge once again.  One of the more interesting aspects of last night’s game was that Cody Decker stood in at third base on defense.  With Dean Anna out with a sore ankle (from being hit by a pitch the night before), the Pads had to do something creative to fill out their infield.  Cody’s first test at third resulted in his second error of the season, but he then fell into the groove and played very well there the rest of the evening.  With the loss, Vegas gained a game in the standings – still behind us in second place, but now only 1 ½ games back.  Thanks to Fresno, Sacramento also lost last night, which means the River Cats are now in third place, 2 ½ back on your first place Tucson Padres!  One more against the 51s tonight – go get ‘em Tucson!  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Las Vegas 5.

Transactions.  Big news for the Tucson Padres yesterday as San Diego catcher, Yasmani Grandal went down with an injury and the Parent Unit selected the contract of Tucson’s C Rene Rivera!  To give us a hand behind the plate in the meantime, the organization assigned C Eddy Rodriguez to Tucson from AA San Antonio Missions.

Come See Your Tucson Padres!   The Tucson Padres complete their series against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) tonight.  Tomorrow night the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) come to town for a three-game series at Kino Stadium.  All games will start at 7:05pm.  Tonight is 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!  Tomorrow night is Family Four Pack Night at the Park – a group or family of four can get four box seats, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for only $20 – a $70 value!  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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