Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Late Comeback for Win!
August 5, 2013, 14:09
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Last night’s game had a similar feel to the first game the Pads played against the Sounds in Nashville:  there were big chunks of scoring, though the game stayed fairly close until one final breakout inning for the winner…the T-Pads (thankfully!) in this case!  Tucson starter Anthony Bass didn’t have the greatest of nights; he was touched up for all five of the Sounds’ runs, though only three were earned (thanks to another rare Padre error).  The Sounds scored two runs in the first and held Tucson at bay until the third when Jaff Decker scored on an error which also put Brandon Allen on first.  Still down a run, the Padres had a great fourth inning, in which our boys hit three doubles and scored three runs.  The Nashville fifth put the Pads in the hole again, as Bass allowed a leadoff single and a walk, then watched as Hunter Morris smashed out his 21st homer of the season to bring home three runs.  Padres down a run and both teams turned to their bullpens to finish the game – with them in the game, there was no scoring for what felt like the longest time.  Tucson’s Brad Boxberger was especially effective!  He went two innings, faced only six batters and struck out FIVE of them!  Fortunately, the reliever Nashville sent in to face the Padres in the ninth was not throwing as effectively as had Boxberger.  Daniel Robertson (in for Cameron Maybin in the late innings) led off with a walk (he’s so good at that) and Dean Anna followed with a single.  Allen struck out but the Sounds still went to their pen to grab another pitcher to face Gregorio Petit.  Petit also walked to load the bases, bringing Cody Decker to the plate.  The Sounds were playing in a bit, so that Cody’s hit flew over the centerfielder’s head for a three-RBI triple!  With two out, C Chris Robinson came to the plate and calmly laid down an RBI BUNT single.  I can’t think of when I’ve seen a catcher have so much success with bunting for hits – C-Rob can really fly!  Our closer, Miles Mikolas, had pitched the eighth and hit for himself so he could also toss the ninth.  He groundout to end the inning – but the Pads had put up FOUR runs in the ninth to take the lead!  And Miles effectively held the Sounds in that three-run deficit, working around the two singles he allowed to end the game with no more runs scored.  Oh, it was SUCH a relief to hear the Padres win a game again!  Especially since we already knew that Las Vegas had beaten Memphis.  Turns out Sacramento won, too.  So there’s no change in the standings today:  we’re in second place, two back of Vegas and Sacramento who are tied in first.  Both Dean and Jaff had productive nights – each got three hits and an RBI in the game.  Miles took the win; his fourth of the season.  Incidentally, the Pads faced one of the PCL’s biggest, hottest prospects to start the game.  RHP Johnny Hellweg came into the game with a nine and oh record for his last ten AAA starts!  Tucson was able to get to him, scoring four runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks.  Hellweg did not get a decision in the contest.  But still:  we raised his ERA a bit for sure!  The Pads have two more in Nashville – I’m hoping last night’s win gives them the momentum they need to keep these spoilers from winning the series!  Go Tucson!  Final Score; Tucson 8, Nashville 5.

Transactions.  I’m not seeing anything affecting the Tucson Padres to report yet today.  However, San Diego has put SS Everth Cabrera on the restricted list as his 50-game suspension was announced today (article).  San Diego hasn’t yet made a move to bring someone else onto the roster to replace Everth.  The article says former T-Pad Logan Forsythe will fill in for the near term.  Also of interest:  the other San Diego player caught up in this latest drug mess is pitcher Fautino De Los Santos. You may remember that he started the 2013 season on the Tucson Padres roster.

T-Pads Are Still In Tennessee.   Tonight the T-Pads continue their series in Nashville, facing the Sounds (AAA Brewers).  Tonight’s game starts 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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