Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Aliens Clinch Division Title
September 1, 2013, 15:25
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Gee, the joint was jumping at Cashman Field last night!  Eight of the teams’ combined 14 runs were scored on home runs…ALL of Tucson’s runs came in on homers!  That after a night when there was minimal offense at all…last night was much more like you’d expect at Las Vegas.  The 51s started the scoring drive with a solo home run against our starter, Keyvius Sampson, in the first inning.  Tucson took control of the game with Brandon Allen’s THREE-run homer in the third!  Vegas tied the game with two runs (no homers that time) in their half of the third, and went ahead with a solo homer in their fourth.  Vegas went to their pen after Mike Wilson smashed a two-out double in the fifth, and John Church gave Allen a perfect pitch which he launched for a homer to put up another two Tucson runs!  Vegas – playing like a team that needed just ONE win to clinch the franchise’s first Division title since 2002 – added another two runs in their fifth to take the lead again.  They added another two for good measure in the seventh.  The Pads answered back with another run – a solo homer hit by Gregorio Petit – in the ninth, but couldn’t make up the deficit to win the game.  But even before Petit’s dinger – as our leadoff batter went to the plate in the ninth – Broadcaster Tim Hagerty had excitedly announced to his radio listeners that Tacoma had shutout Sacramento for a win:  Las Vegas had clinched our Southern Division!  Don’t know if the team and/or fans were aware of that…but it was neat to hear the fans at Cashman Field cheer and holler after the win, when the PA dude announced their “Las Vegas 51s, Southern Division Champions!”  Wish it’d been Tucson, but am happy it wasn’t Sacramento.  Let’s look at some highlights from last night’s game.  Petit!  He was four for five, with a homer, an RBI and two runs-scored!  Allen!  Two for four with two homers, FIVE RBIs, and two runs-scored!  Sampson took the loss – his third as a Padre – for four and two-thirds innings of work.  He allowed six runs on nine hits (NO walks!).  Dan Cortes tossed one-third inning – scoreless.  Matt Andriese took two innings and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks.  Brandon Kloess took the final inning and held the 51s scoreless.  Only two more games in this 2013 season…hard to believe the end is near.  My final hope for our Padres:  that they’ll win this series by taking these final two games in Vegas.  If they do that, they’ll also FINALLY get their record higher than the nine games above .500 that has been their season high.  Go Pads!  Final Score:  Tucson 6, Las Vegas 8.

Transactions.  Yesterday, San Diego activated RF Kyle Blanks from the DL.  To make room for him on their roster, the team optioned RHP Anthony Bass back to Tucson. In today’s first day of roster-expansion callups, San Diego recalled both LHP Tommy Layne and C Chris Robinson!  I’m especially excited that C-Rob is getting another chance in The Show.  I hope this time he’ll actually get into a game!  I don’t see a transaction sending us an additional catcher…I guess Cody Decker will get that chore in these final two games of the season.  This article suggests that Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach will likely be recalled next – possibly on Tuesday (after the PCL season is complete).  Bass will likely go back up with the Brads, too.  I’m still hoping San Diego will take Dean Anna this month – of all our players, Dean has really made a name for himself this season.  He deserves a shot at the Bigs!

Gone, but NOT Finished.  The Tucson Padres are playing their final series of the 2013 season in Las Vegas against the 51s (AAA Mets).  That series continues tonight at 7:05pm.  The season finale tomorrow will air at 12:05pm.  You can catch both of these games on 1290AM The Source or live-streaming off the Tucson Padres website.

(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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