Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Let’s Take a Break
July 14, 2013, 15:41
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Make no mistake; your Tucson Padres will go into the All-Star Break leading their Division…even though they had a disappointing loss to conclude their series at Las Vegas last night (and even if Sacramento wins its game today).  Tucson’s starter, RHP Matt Andriese had his least successful outing as a AAA hurler and it seemed that Vegas was right on top of every glitch in his work.  The 51s put up two runs in each of the first and second innings before Tucson could finally force across a single run in the top of the third (Dean Anna led off with a double and scored on Brandon Allen’s RBI single).  Andriese shut Vegas down in a scoreless third, but struggled again in the fourth, giving up another run before the Pads went to the pen for Brandon Kloess.  Kloess got the final out in the fourth with one pitch and then held the 51s at bay through the next two innings.  Colt Hynes was next on the hill, taking the start of the seventh.  He got two quick outs, but allowed a hit and the Pads went to the pen again, this time coming out with Miles Mikolas.  Just back from San Diego (something he didn’t need to do…he could’ve used the three-days allowed when optioned to take him directly into the All-Star Break), Miles pitched what became the craziest partial inning in the game.  Brandon Hicks, who’d reached on the single against Colt, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by C Eddy Rodriguez and then turned for home.  The throw into home was high, but Hicks barreled into Eddy to score.  Miles and the Tucson staff argued that Hicks used unnecessary force and there was a long, heated argument that, surprisingly, didn’t result in any ejections.  Nor did it change the scoring…Vegas now in a six-to-one lead.  Miles walked one but struck out the final batter to end the inning.  Our Pads put another run up in the eighth, when Gregorio Petit led off the inning with a single (his first hit in the entire series) and came in two-outs later on Cody Decker’s RBI single. That was the last run in the game.  With the loss, Tucson split the series and Vegas drew one complete game closer in the standings (now 2 ½ games behind Tucson).  Fresno staged a great come-from-behind win last night, sending Sacramento back to third place, three games behind Tucson.  Sacramento is playing today – if they win (and it’s knotted at zero in the eighth right now) they’ll pull into a tie with Vegas once again.  Regardless, your Tucson Padres are NUMBER ONE as they go into the All-Star Break!  Final Score:  Tucson 2; Las Vegas 6.

Transactions.  San Diego has done it again!  They’ve pulled another one of our AAA All-Stars up to The Show!  Not that a AAA player would rather be in the big AAA game, but still!  Today San Diego has selected the contract of Colt Hynes – so he’ll be in the Bigs during this break!  The organization also optioned Brad Brach back to Tucson and sent Matt Lollis back to AA San Antonio.

It’s AAA All-Star Break – T-Pads Return to Kino on Thirsty Thursday!   The Tucson Padres are off today…all the other AAA teams join them tomorrow for All-Star Break, Monday through Wednesday.  You can watch the AAA All-Star Game live from Reno on MLB Network, Wednesday, July 17th, at 6:05pm.  (It will also be broadcast on 1290AM The Source!)  The game will feature the PCL All-Stars (including your T-Pad representative Dean Anna!) vs. the International League All-Stars (which will include 2012 T-Pad, Vince Belnome!).  Regular season play will resume for your Tucson Padres here at home on Thursday, July 18th, versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).  Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss a chance to see your #1 Tucson Padres in action!

(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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