Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Close…But a Win!
August 10, 2013, 15:03
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The T-Pads looked a little more like their old selves in last night’s victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs…and they got the benefit of having both Sacramento and Las Vegas lose their games.  We gained a whole game in the standings!  The game last night ended up being a lot closer than you would’ve guessed early on.  Burch Smith started for Tucson and was just exquisite on the mound against the Zs!  He faced the minimum through the first four innings, finally allowing a single (to a former Wildcat, Jordan Brown) in the fifth.  Encouraged by Burch’s mastery on the hill, perhaps, the T-Pads broke out with a lot of early offense, scoring two runs in the first (each of the first five batters reached on hits or walks) – but leaving the bases loaded when the NO hurler finally figured out how to get outs – adding another two in the third, and yet another in the fifth (solo homer by Mike Wilson!).  In fact, Tucson put up runs in each of the odd-numbered innings…and the eighth, too, just to round things out.  The Pads pulled Burch off the mound in the sixth after he allowed the first NO walk of the game.  Tucson was ahead five to nothing and when I heard Jorge Reyes announced as the new pitcher I hoped it’d be one of his GOOD nights on the mound.  Except it wasn’t.  He couldn’t get an out…three hits, two runs-scored…time for Brad Brach!  Brach allowed one more run to score (charged to Jorge), but then got the final two outs in the inning.  But now the score was five to three.  The Pads put up a run in the seventh (after going down one-two-three in the sixth) to pad their lead…a thing that would become crucial later!  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the top of the eighth and allowed an unearned run to score…but Tucson came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.  It was seven to four in favor of the Padres when closer Miles Mikolas came in to toss the top of the ninth.  I’ve said it before:  Miles likes to make you worry!  He allowed a leadoff walk, followed by a pinch-hit RBI double.  He then registered his first out, but on a groundout that advanced the runner to third…so that a sacrifice fly scored yet another Zephyr run.  Two down, two in, bases clear, Pads still ahead by a single run…and there goes a fly ball…caught for an out!  Game over – Tucson wins!  Yikes, Miles – that was close!  Both Daniel Robertson and Dean Anna had three hits…Wilson earned three RBIs!  Each team’s third-baseman was charged with an error.  Burch took his fourth Tucson win and Miles got his 22nd save.  Two more against the Zs – let’s hope we’re on the upswing now, fans!  Go T-Pads!!  Final Score:  Tucson 7, New Orleans 6.

Transactions.  Holy Cow!  San Diego has recalled OF Jaff Decker again!  I have to admit that because 1290 AM The Source wasn’t broadcasting the game live last night, I ended up listening to the Zephyr’s broadcast…and feel like I have no clue what’s up with Tucson today!  Perhaps Tim Hagerty announced this last night and I missed it.  But YAY, Jaff!  It looks like this move was required when SD had to place Carlos Quentin on the 15-day DL with a sore knee.

T-Pads Are Home!   The T-Pads continue their series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) tonight.  Special promotion tonight!  It’s the Field of Dreams Giveaway Night!  One lucky fan will win their choice of a quality pre-owned 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier from the Jim Click Automotive Team car OR $3,000 in cash!  All fans ages 17 and older will get a lucky number ticket when they enter the park.  In addition to the car, 49 other contestants will qualify and win great prizes that are each valued at over $100. These include dinners, a San Diego Padres VIP trip (game tickets, travel funds and hotel), gift certificates and more – $25,000 worth of prizes!  Tomorrow night will be the usual Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night.  All military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and a guest will be admitted for free – simply show your Military ID at the Padres Box Office.  Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners; the first 100 dogs will get a free Frisbee!  First pitch for all home games will be at 7:05pm.  You can’t beat the fun at the ol’ ballpark – I hope to see you there!

(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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