Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Pads Jump on Relievers to Win
August 25, 2013, 15:17
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The early innings in last night’s contest between our Tucson Padres and the Tacoma Rainiers were typical pitcher’s duels.  Neither team scored early as the starting pitchers were facing pretty close to the minimum in each inning.  That changed a bit in the fourth when our starter Burch Smith gave up two runs on a homer smashed into right by Tacoma’s Nate Tenbrink (who has been the one Rainier with a very solid series).  But Tucson answered immediately with a run of its own, when Gregorio Petit hit an RBI double to score Mike Wilson (who’d walked to lead off the inning).  Burch lasted five innings, allowing those two runs on only three hits and one walk (five strikeouts!) – a very impressive outing by Burch!  Jason Lane followed Burch and took two scoreless innings of relief.  He only allowed one hit and had two strikeouts!  Gosh, he’s looking good as a reliever.  But, while our guys were getting it done on the mound, so were the Rainiers.  If anything, Tacoma’s starter, Hector Noesi, seemed to buckle down and REALLY throw after he allowed that one run in the fourth.  The Pads went down one-two-three in both the fifth and sixth.  The game was looking like a very close, low-scoring win for Tacoma.  Especially when Tommy Layne replaced Jason on the mound for the seventh.  He allowed two consecutive singles, got an out, but then allowed a two-RBI double that gave the Rainiers a four-to-one lead.  Drat!  But our Pads didn’t give up.  No sir!  In the bottom of the seventh, the finally broke through against Noesi.  Jonathan Galvez led off with a single and Cody Decker followed with a double.  Noesi got a strike out, but Tacoma decided to go with a lefty-left match up and put Brian Moran out on the mound to face the next batter.  Moran’s usually very effective.  But not so much last night!  Reymond Fuentes had a prolonged AB against him, which finally resulted in an RBI single.  Daniel Robertson followed suit with an RBI single.  Brandon Allen then brought two runners home with another single!  Seeing his strategy hadn’t worked quite right, the Tacoma skipper went to the pen and this time drew out Josh Kinney.  Another fine pitcher!  Wilson greeted him with an RBI single.  Scott Moore reached on an error – and THAT scored a run, too.  Finally, Kinney found his stride and struck out two to end the inning.  Pads had put five runs on the board in a ten-batter inning!  Tommy started the eighth inning – hit a batter and gave up a single, but struck out two – but turned things over to Kevin Quackenbush to get the final out in the Tacoma eighth.  Both Kinney and Kevin set their opponents down one-two-three in the next frames.  Another monster inning for the Padres wins the game for them!  That’s six wins in a row!  Sadly, they made absolutely no progress in the standings against Vegas.  The 51s somehow hung on to beat Fresno again, so we remain five games behind them for the Division lead.  Sacramento DID lose.  They are still in second, three back of Vegas.  One more against Tacoma (a team that swept the Pads earlier this year) – and wouldn’t it be FINE if we swept all five?  Go Tucson!  Final Score:  Tucson 6, Tacoma 4.

Transactions.  Yesterday San Diego called up RHP Brad Brach – a move which also made room for RHP Sean O’Sullivan on the Tucson roster!  Sean is expected to start for Tucson in tonight’s game.  Brach was able to join the Parent Unit’s roster because the team designated RHP Edinson Volquez for assignment.  RHP Dan Cortes has also been assigned to Tucson from High-A Lake Elsinore Storm.  Good heavens!  I thought I recognized his name!  He played with Tacoma in 2010 and 2011.

FINAL Homestand Continues!   The Tucson Padres continue the final homestand of their history tonight at Kino Stadium.  They’ll conclude the series with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) tonight; then the Reno Aces (AAA DBacks) come to town for four.  All games will be played at 7:05pm.  Tonight is the usual Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night.  As always, all military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and a guest will be admitted free when a Military ID is presented at the Padres Box Office. Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners, and the first 100 dogs will get a free Frisbee.  Fans may sit on the berms or in their seats with their four-legged friends. The Padres will also recognize former Sidewinders players, field staff, full-time staff and game day employees before the game with an on-field ceremony.  Well, you KNOW I’ll be there for that!  Tomorrow night will see the final Family Four Pack Night at the Park.  A group or family of four can get four box seats, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for only $20 – that’s a $70 value!  Any tickets purchased after four will be sold at a $5.00 price.  Additionally, tomorrow night will be Community Food Bank Night at the Park!  Each person who brings two cans of food, as a donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, will be admitted free.  Food Bank donation boxes will be located at each entrance.  Remember, the items needed most are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit and canned tomato products.  Please, no glass containers.  Finally, the Padres will also honor one of the two youth teams that recently represented Tucson on the national stage:  the Sunnyside Softball Little League National Champions.  I hope you’ll take advantage of all the fun events planned at the ballpark as our final season here in Tucson winds down.  Get on out to at least one game before it’s too late!

(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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