Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Great Start…Ends Ugly
August 4, 2013, 14:43
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It was probably because the Tucson Padres broke out with an explosion of offense in the first inning – looking like the Padres of earlier months – that made last night’s loss at Nashville so hard to take.  Tucson erupted with a three-run first, sending all nine batters to the plate, and giving starter Jason Lane a rare lead before he tossed a single pitch.  But doggone Nashville has really embraced the role of “spoiler” with these visiting Pacific Southern Division teams and treated the Pads to the same kind of play the 51s couldn’t beat last week.  For all that, the Padres did keep it close through most of the game.  After putting up three in the first, Dean Anna launched a solo homer in the second to give us a four-nothing cushion.  The Sounds began nibbling away at the score with a solo homer of their own against Lane in the bottom of the frame.  Both starters pitched one-two-three third innings and Nashville shut us down again in the fourth.  But Jason issued a two-run homer in the Sound’s fourth to cut into the Padres’ lead.  Dean led off the fifth with a single took two bases on two wild pitches and scored on a fielder’s choice to take one of those runs back…but Nashville came back with another two (one on a solo homer) that chased Lane from the game.  Tied game!  The Pads went down quietly in their sixth, but Nashville put up a run against reliever Ryan Kelly in their sixth to take their first lead in the game.  Tucson immediately tied the game again in the top of the seventh:  Dean (again!) hit a one-out double and scored on Mike Wilson’s RBI single.  Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh…and Tucson went down one-two-three against the Sound’s reliever in their eighth.  Kevin Quackenbush on the mound for the Pads in the bottom of the eighth…and right away there was trouble.  He gave up a single – no biggie there – but on the next batter Dean committed one of his rare errors and it was like the wheels fell off the Padres’ train!  A combination of hits and miscues followed and I began to think Kevin would never get an out!  Nashville had runs score on a single, two fielder’s choices, and a bases-loaded walk.  Yes, that equals four total runs against the Pads.  They batted around and left Tucson limping off the field.  Dean Anna became THE name of the game – went four for four and scored four (we kept hoping for a five-hit evening – a first for the Padres – and/or a cycle, also a first for the Pads) and made the game’s most significant mistake that somehow turned the tide of the whole game for the worst.  Tucson was issued two walks in their ninth, but couldn’t bring another run home.  Just like that it was over.  Worse…Vegas lost again, so the Pads missed yet another chance to gain ground in the standings.  Also bad:  Sacramento won.  We’re still two back of first place…but now Sacramento AND Vegas are tied in first.  My hope for tonight is that the Padres will look like they looked in the first inning last night – an offensive force to be reckoned with! – rather than the demoralized crew that left the field after the game was done last night.  Come on, Tucson.  You can do it!  Final Score; Tucson 6, Nashville 10.

Strum up a WIN, T-Pads! Greer Stadium, Nashville TN (photo courtesy of Tucson Padres Facebook page)

Strum up a WIN, T-Pads!
Greer Stadium, Nashville TN
(photo courtesy of Tucson Padres Facebook page)

Transactions.  I’m not seeing anything new to report yet today.  But keep your eye on the news about San Diego (former T-Pad) INF Everth Cabrera…  He’s implicated in the latest performance enhancing drug scandal and will likely receive a 50-day suspension.  San Diego has not announced who will fill his spot in the event of a suspension – it could be one of our T-Pads (though they also signed another player and have him at the ready in Lake Elsinore).

T-Pads Are In Tennessee.   Tonight the T-Pads continue their series in Nashville, facing the Sounds (AAA Brewers).  Tonight’s game starts at 4:35pm Tucson local time; Monday and Tuesday at 5:05pm Tucson time.  Of course you can follow these games on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres’ website.  The T-Pads return home for an eight-game homestand on Thursday, August 8th – lots of fun events planned PLUS you’ll get a chance to see a couple of the teams from the American Conference that rarely make an appearance in Tucson (New Orleans Zephyrs for four followed by Oklahoma City for four).  Mark your calendars now!

(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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