Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Couldn’t Sweep OKC
August 16, 2013, 15:16
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The Tucson Padres’ six-game winning streak came to a halt last night against excellent pitching dished out by the Oklahoma City RedHawks.  Sacramento and Vegas won – we’re back to three-games behind the River Cats in the Division standings today…and playing those Cats tonight!  August is the launch of my “busy season” and I couldn’t tune to last night’s game until the beginning of the fourth inning.  And at that time the game was tied up at zed-zed!  For a second night in a row, I wondered if I brought the Padres some bad luck, because Tucson’s starter, Keyvius Sampson, immediately went into a funk and couldn’t find the strike zone, walking three batters after issuing a double and eventually allowing four Hawk runs to score in the fourth.  The Pads answered with a solo run in the fourth, but OKC answered with another run in the fifth.  Jorge Reyes and Brad Boxberger each took a scoreless inning of relief, while the Pads still struggled against the OKC starter to no avail.  Brandon Kloess took his turn on the mound in the eighth inning and he just got smashed!  The leadoff batter hit a single and came ‘round on a two-run homer on the very next batter.  Kloess then got a fly out before issuing a solo homer to the fourth batter in the frame!  A walk and a single followed, but neither scored as Brandon finally got the final two outs in the inning.  But the RedHawks had put up three and led the game eight to one.  Tucson was able to get one more run in their half of the eighth (an RBI double by Jonathan Galvez, hit off former T-Pad Wade LeBlanc, brought home Dean Anna) but that was all.  Tucson went down one-two-three in the ninth – in spite of having Cody Decker hit in the inning.  Cody wasn’t able to repeat his walk-off heroics of the night before, and went down on strikes.  Drat.  The Pads combined for a total of eight hits and left six on base.  Reymond Fuentes, Galvez, and Scott Moore each had two hits a piece – and both Reymond and Galvez collected a double.  We’re still within striking distance of the River Cats – Go Get ‘Em Padres!  Final Score:  Tucson 2, Oklahoma City 8.

Transactions.  OF Mike Wilson officially went on the 7-day DL with a calf injury yesterday.  And here’s really neat news:  C Chris Robinson, a guy with 9 years of experience toiling in the minors, has been called up by San Diego to back former T-Pad Rene Rivera while Nick Hundley is on the Paternity List!  See article here.  I’m hoping that in this short 3-day period, Chris will actually get into a game in The Show!  He certainly deserves it!  Go, C-Rob!

FINAL Homestand Begins on August 21st!   The T-Pads are on the road to kick off a crucial five-game series versus the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in CA.  First game will be tonight!  You can catch all five of those games – with our outstanding Broadcaster Tim Hagerty – at 7:05pm local on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres website.  The team returns home for the final, nine-game homestand of the season (and most likely for pro baseball in Tucson, period) on Wednesday, August 21st.  The Pads will face the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) for five, followed by the Reno Aces (AAA DBacks) for four.  The staff is planning all kinds of fun, farewell events – I hope you’ll mark your calendars and plan to attend at least one of the final nine games at Kino Stadium!

(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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