Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Slip Slidin’ Away
July 25, 2013, 15:51
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Breaking with what has become “tradition” in the 2013 season, our Tucson Padres lost last night after putting up an early two-to-nothing lead in the game.  Typically, when we score first, we win.  It’s been a remarkably solid stat all season long.  But there have been a few losses, and we can add last night to those.  But there were really positive signs early in last night’s game from Tucson!  They looked lively and confident…in other words, they looked like what we have expected them to be based on their solid May and June performances.  In particular, Daniel Robertson appeared to come out of his long funk.  He led off the game with a single on the very first pitch of the contest, hustled to second on a groundout, and scored because he aggressively ran home on Brandon Allen’s single.  THAT’S the D-Rob we know!  And D-Rob scored the team’s second run, too, in the third inning.  Daniel reached on an error, swiped second base, took third on a ground out, and came home on an RBI single by Gregorio Petit!  Given a bit of a cushion to work with, starter Anthony Bass was just able to keep Tacoma at bay…until the bottom of the third inning…with one out, he allowed a single and a double, so a sacrifice fly scored one run.  Then a wild pitch scored the other.  Those are the runs you really HATE to see come across!  Game tied.  Tacoma put up a go-ahead run on Bass in the fourth with a solo homer.  Bass gave up yet another run in the fifth – on a triple and an RBI single.  It suddenly looked like our offense went flat, when in fact I think Tacoma’s starting pitcher just finally found his groove.  In either case, it wasn’t good news for Tucson!  The Pads did get one more run in the sixth – Allen scored on an RBI triple by Cody Decker!  Bass was done after five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks.  Jorge Reyes came in and tossed a one-two-three sixth and Tucson went to Miles Mikolas for the seventh (and eighth).  I’m not sure why they did that…playing AL rules, the pitchers don’t have to worry about hitting and I would’ve liked to have seen Jorge for another inning, but…  It probably has something to do with Miles’ recent return (again) from the Bigs – a stretch in which he just hasn’t gotten in much work.  In any case, Miles allowed a bunt single and an RBI double in the seventh to give Tacoma their final run of the game.  He sat ‘em down one-two-three in the eighth.  But then, Tacoma’s relievers were also making quick work of the Pads.  Then came the ninth and the very first batter, Cody, was hit by a pitch.  It appeared to hit and injure (oh no!) his wrist, so Jesus Merchan came in to pinch-run.  Scott Moore followed with a walk.  No outs, two on…looking REAL good for the Pads!  But.  Mike Wilson struck out (in four ABs, he struck out three times last night…not his night!).  Jaff Decker ground out.  And Eddy Rodriguez ground out, too.  It really was our best shot at scoring since the third…and we just couldn’t get it done.  Drat.  More bad news:  both Vegas and Sacramento have won their last two games so we are now in sole possession of third place in our Division, 1 ½ games back of Division-leading Vegas (and half a game behind Sacramento).  Hey folks, don’t panic!  It’s still an exceptionally close race…but we really have to start beating these teams who seem to have our number.  Get ‘em tonight, Tucson!  Final Score: Tucson 3; Tacoma 5.

Major Press for Our Eddy!  It’s not often that one of our minor league players is highlighted in a major sports news publication (well, not since those Anthony Rizzo days).  How remarkable, then, that Sports Illustrated decided to produce a really thorough and intriguing story about our catcher, Eddy Rodriguez!  The story highlights his ability to remember every good pitch/batter combination as he works behind the plate – and talks about his family’s incredible journey from Cuba to the United States.  Definitely a keeper here !

You’re On Your Own…  I’ll be taking about a week off from this blog and expect to return in early August (how can it be August already?).  Keep cheering for our team while I’m away – they need your support!

Transactions.  I do not see anything new to report yet today.

T-Pads Home Tomorrow!   The Tucson Padres conclude their series in Tacoma tonight.  Tonight’s game will kick off at 7:05pm and you can catch it live on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres website.  The Padres return home again tomorrow to face the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) for four games at Kino Stadium.  All games will start at 7:05pm – gates open at 6pm.  Friday will be Frosty Friday with reduced price beer, margaritas and tacos!  Saturday will feature another Giant Fireworks Spectacular after the game.  This is the sixth of seven fireworks shows in 2013 (the final scheduled for Aug 24th). Bring the family as the skies light up above Kino Stadium. Stop by your favorite GIANT Convenience store all season long to pick up a coupon good for $2 off General Admission or Box Seat tickets!  Sunday will be Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night – all military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and a guest will be admitted free with Military ID (show at the Padres Box Office).  Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners and the first 100 dogs will get a free Frisbee!  Monday night features the popular Family Four Pack – any group or family of four can get four box seats, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for only $20 – a $70 value!  I hope you’ll get on out there and cheer for our Padres!  Following this series, the Padres head out East once again to face the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) for four in TN (Jul 30 – Aug 2), immediately followed by four games at the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) (Aug 3 – 6th).  All of these will be evening games, but played in Central Time Zone, so start times are generally at 5:05pm Tucson local time.  Of course you can follow these games too 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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