Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

No Christmas Magic
July 21, 2013, 14:47
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It was Christmas in July at Kino Stadium last night, but Santa didn’t bring the Tucson Padres the win they had asked for, and the team fell to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox again.  The good news in all of that is that both Sacramento and Las Vegas lost their games, too, so Tucson’s position in first place, 1 ½ games ahead, still holds!  Whew!  The Sky Sox never mounted a single BIG inning against the Tucson pitching staff, but managed to plate a single run in six of nine innings, while the Pads continued to try to get their collective swing back.  Robbie Erlin pitched fairly well through five innings, allowing only three runs on five hits and two walks.  He only struck out three – which is a bit unusual for him.  In those innings Robbie was pitching, the Pads kept nearly catching up to the Sox.  Down two to nothing in the fourth, Tucson was able to plate a run and halve the COS lead – Gregorio Petit led off the inning reaching second on an error and Ben Francisco brought him home with an RBI double.  The Sox took that run right back in the fifth, but Eddy Rodriguez again kept us close as he led off our half of the fifth with a solo home run!  It was our last run…but the Sox added another against reliever Ryan Kelly in the sixth…another against reliever Tommy Layne in the seventh and the eighth.  Only Kevin Quackenbush – playing closer for the Pads last night – was able to prevent the Sox from scoring against him:  he faced three; struck out two and got a line out.  It’s not like Tucson didn’t have chances…there were several innings when the team stranded two runners on the bases.  But they’re certainly not hitting the way they have most of the season.  Broadcaster Tim Hagerty noted that the team-wide hitting slump seems to date back to the promotion of Rene Rivera to San Diego.  Of course Rene wasn’t doing ALL our hitting, but it is interesting that the team is flailing a little since his departure (five wins; seven losses).  Only Dean Anna showed a spark of life at the plate last night, going three for five in his at-bats.  Well, Eddy’s homer was pretty groovy, too, but you get my drift.  We know they have it in them…let’s hope the figure it out soon!  The team’s in a stretch of games facing tough, tough teams…and Sacramento and Vegas continue to nip at us from the rear.  Go Tucson!!  Final Score: Tucson 2; Colorado Springs 6.

Transactions.  A number of moves to report today.  INF Jesus Merchan has been activated off our 7-day DL.  Unfortunately, INF Jonathan Galvez replaces him on the DL (I had wondered why he wasn’t in the starting line up the last two nights – I thought it had something to do with the arrival of Scott Moore, but perhaps Galvez has been nursing an injury).  San Diego has once again recalled RHP Miles Mikolas.  It doesn’t appear there was a corresponding move sending us another reliever to replace Miles.  Anyway, good for Miles!  I hope he has a blast in The Show!

T-Pads Home – Just ONE More Day!   The Tucson Padres conclude this series versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) at Kino Stadium tonight.  First pitch tonight at 7:05pm. It’s Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night.  All military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) and a guest will be admitted for free with Military I.D.; simply present a military ID card at the Padres Box Office.  Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners – the first 100 dogs will get a free Frisbee!  Good times at the ballpark – AND a chance to see your #1 Tucson Padres in action!  You can’t miss!  Tomorrow the team heads out to Tacoma to face the Rainiers (Mariners AAA) for four games in WA.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday the games will kick off at 7:05pm.  Day game on Tuesday at 11:35.  You can catch all games live on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres website.

(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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