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Tucson Padres Week #1-2 Review 4/711- 7/17/11 

The Tucson Padres won the first game of the 2011 season, out slugging the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 18-14. Wade LeBlanc started the game but reliever Scott Munter was credited with the win, as six pitchers from both teams saw action on opening day.

Tucson had 21 hits that included 4 homeruns. 2B Logan Forsythe got the season started of right with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI. 1B Anthony Rizzo (acquired in Adrian Gonzalez trade) had 2 hits and 4 RBI. On this night homeruns were also hit by RF Aaron Cunningham and pinch hitter Andy Parrino.

Outstanding consecutive starts were turned in by Will Inman and Josh Geer in games two and three. Both starting pitchers went five strong innings with four strikeouts each. Inman gave up one run and zero walks in a 5-3 loss, while Geer got his first win of the year, giving up two runs and one walk in the 9-7 victory.

The Padres split their four game opening series.  Rizzo had nine RBI and Forsythe had five RBI with a batting average of .429 in the first four games.

The road trip continued and ended in Salt Lake City, Utah with a four game series against the Bees. The Padres started the series with back-to-back 1-run losses, with scores of 6-7 and 4-5.

Game two lasted 15 innings and veteran outfielder Bobby Kielty received the loss, taking the mound after the Padres ran out of pitchers. Kielty was able to record two outs and currently has a 13.50 ERA.

Tucson ended the road trip on a winning note with a 12-9 victory; relief pitcher Aaron Poreda recorded the win. Homeruns were hit by Cunningham, Rizzo, and Forsythe, who also had four RBI in the series. The Padres went 1-3 in Salt Lake City, changing their overall record to 3-5.

The Padres first 11 days of action ended with 3 home games against the same Salt Lake City Bees. Game one ended in a tough 6-7 run loss, details can be seen lower on this webpage.

Game two of the series went the Padres way, with relief pitcher Samuel Deduno receiving the win. LF Kielty went 4 for 4 on the night with two doubles and an RBI. 1B Rizzo also had two hits and three RBI in the 8-5 victory.

Tucson lost the third game of the series 5-6, on a night when SS Everth Cabrera was a triple away from the cycle.

2B Forsythe sat out games two and three of the home series with the Bees after injuring his shoulder in the home opener. At this point in the season Forsythe and Rizzo lead the club in HR with 3 a piece. Rizzo is also batting .390 with a club leading 16 RBI.

Manager Terry Kennedy rotates outfielders Cedric Hunter and Luis Durango between left and center field while Aaron Cunningham has been playing right field.

Next week the Tucson Padres continue their home stand with one more game against the Salt Lake City Bees and then 4 home games with the Fresno Grizzlies. Then they will travel north to play 4 games against the Sacramento River Cats.

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