Tucson Padres make Tacoma walk off on Tueday July 19.
Matt Clark hits two homeruns and drives in eight to carry Tucson to an extra inning win on Tuesday July 20.
Tuesday was a wet and offensive game to say the least. SP Jeremy Hefner took the mound for Tucson against opposing starter Chris Seddon. The earned run averages of these starters inflated as SP Hefner allowed seven runs in five innings and SP Seddon allowed six runs in six innings including three Tucson homeruns.
The game was 6-8 as the T-Pads trailed going into the top of the seventh inning. This was when the grey clouds above started leaking. The team name says it all, once the rain started coming down at a near game-stopping rate the Rainiers started crushing the ball.
First baseman Kyle Blanks had been making great fielding plays on hard hit balls all night but in the rainy seventh inning he fumbled a ground ball which allowed Tacoma second baseman Sean Kazmar to reach safely to start the inning.
The rain appeared to effect relief pitcher Greg Burke as he attempted to dry the ball uncomfortably all inning. Ultimately RP Burke would give up six runs (two earned) on two homeruns to bring the score to 6-14 as Tucson was eight runs down while listening to the seventh inning stretch.
The T-Pads showed the Rainiers that they can hit in the rain as well when they answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a three run homerun by left fielder Matt Clark. The hit looked like it would be a routine fly ball off of the bat as it was crushed high up into the rainy sky. There was nothing routine about anything Clark did on this night as the ball carried over the right-centerfield fence.
After RP Luis Perdomo pitched a scoreless eighth inning, Tucson scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning that was highlighted by a bases clearing double by LF Clark. The T-Pads had scored eight unanswered runs to tie the game at 14-14 after eight innings.
The rain that never got quite bad enough to cause any stoppage of play continued through the games end. The end came in the bottom of the eleventh inning when right fielder Eric Patterson tripled with one out to force the infield to play in. Third baseman James Darnell then singled to centerfield to give the Tucson Padres the walk-off win.
RP Evan Scribner got the win in the 15-14 victory. Tacoma had 21 hits on Tuesday while Tucson had 20. Tucson had four homeruns on the night including a two-run homerun by 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir and a solo shot by SS Steve Tolleson.
The player of the night was easily LF Clark as he had four hits including two homeruns and eight RBI in the game. Clark is now hitting .319 with 20 homeruns and 64 RBI this season which gives him the team lead in homeruns and RBI.
Tucson hosts Tacoma again Wednesday at 7pm.