Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Having a Blast in Tucson
July 10, 2013, 15:01
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Your #1 Tucson Padres soundly beat the Tacoma Rainiers – for the first time this season! – last night at Kino Stadium.  Oh it was a dandy game, as the Pads opened up an offensive explosion the likes of which we haven’t seen recently.  Most of the fireworks came early in the game.  In fact, I had a meeting to attend and was afraid I’d miss a lot of the game…but the first four innings were played in slo-mo, so I missed very little.  In fact, I tuned in just in time to hear one of the major highlights of the game:  in the first inning (yes, the FIRST inning), Brandon Allen belted out the Padres’ second GRAND SLAM of the season, giving Tucson an early four-run advantage.  Allen’s Slam was the first one the Padres have launched in front of the home crowd since 2011 – oh, how I wish I’d seen that!  The Pads added another two runs against the Rainier starter, Andrew Carraway, in the second inning giving the Pads a six-to-nothing lead.  I thought they might mirror the score of the previous night, until our starter Burch Smith struggled in the fourth inning.  Burch allowed two runs with two outs and still had runners in scoring position when he was pulled for reliever, Brad Boxberger.  Brad had two more of those runners cross home plate, but both were charged to Burch.  With that one shaky inning, the Rainiers had crept to within TWO runs of the Pads!  But not for long!  Tucson plated three runs in their half of the fourth (which chased Carraway out of the game, too) and added another two runs in the sixth as Rainier reliever, Forrest Snow (don’t you just LOVE that name?), finally became hittable.  Tacoma scored one run against Colt Hynes (in to relieve Boxberger) – it was unearned due to a throwing error…by Colt himself.  Colt was otherwise really effective in two innings (as was Boxberger – in fact, Box got the win).  Tommy Layne came in for the final inning – he tossed a scoreless ninth!   Offensively, the game saw the reversal of fortune for a number of players when compared to the previous night’s contest.  On the Decline:  the Rainier’s Tucsonan, Stefen Romero, had only one hit in five at-bats; a night after bringing in five of Tacoma’s seven runs in the series opener.  One night after Kalian Sams WAS the offense for Tucson, he was blanked at the plate, going oh for four (struck out twice).  On the Incline:   both Dean Anna and Yonder Alonso had a powerful night at the plate.  Dean went three for four and came just a homer short of hitting for the cycle; Yonder was four for four when he came out of the game (a planned departure as part of his rehab work).  In all, the Pads amassed 14 hits (Daniel Robertson didn’t get a hit – but reached twice on the only two walks issued by Tacoma’s pitching staff).  Oh, and did I mention that Brandon Allen hit a GRAND SLAM?  Woo hoo!!  (It may have been his only hit in the game, but it was sure a big one!)  More important than anything, I think, is just that Tucson has finally dealt a loss to Tacoma – for their own momentum’s sake, they had to be able to do that…and now they have!  Our major opponents in the Division race reversed their results, too, with Vegas beating the Bees and Sacramento falling to the Sky Sox.  That means we’re now back to 2 ½ games ahead of both teams – and that they’re tied, once again, for second place.  Oh hold on there!  Sacramento has already played AND LOST today, too!  So they have slid down to third place in the Division, now 3 games back of Tucson (until tonight’s results are in from our game)!  Isn’t this an awesome year to be a Padre fan!  Final Score:  Tucson 11; Tacoma 5.

Transactions.  I don’t know what to make of this, so I’ll just repeat what I see in the PCL Transactions site…  Yesterday Tucson changed RHP Miles Mikolas’ roster status (no further info)…he will be reactivated on July 24th.  Ohhhhkaaaaaayyy.  Also of note, San Diego has optioned Tyson Ross to Tucson.  The plan for Ross, apparently, is to stretch him out here with Tucson so he can return to San Diego as a starter once again.  More info here.

Last Chance to Catch Your Padres for a Week!   The Tucson Padres complete their series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) tonight at Kino Stadium at 7:05pm.  Tonight is Wiener Wednesday and Social Media Night.  One dollar hot dogs all night long – AND the team has posted an incredible special on Facebook for anyone who LIKES their page.  Check it out – it’s a really great deal!  The Padres head out to Las Vegas for the first time this year to face the 51s in their home park.  The teams will play four games in three days, beginning tomorrow night at 7:05pm.  Remember, you can catch all the Tucson Padres games live on local radio 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the team’s website.  After this series, the PCL heads into the AAA All-Star Break.  Play will resume for your Tucson Padres here at home again on Thursday, July 18th, versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).  Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss a chance to get out and root for your #1 Tucson Padres!

(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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