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Tucson Padres Week #1 April 5-8 

Tucson PadresThe Tucson Padres kicked off the 2012 season with a four game series at home against the Fresno Grizzlies, from April 5-8.

The Opening day start on Thursday April 5, was given to RHP Joe Wieland who walked to mound to begin the Padres year. Pitching for the San Francisco Giants triple-A affiliate was Ryan Vogelsong, who is on an injury rehab assignment.

SP Wieland threw five and two-thirds innings giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out seven and only walking one.

Wieland allowed one in the first inning, Fresno’s Charlie Culberson, hit an RBI single bringing the first run of the game. Wieland settled in after that and kept it rolling until the sixth inning when he gave up a two out single to Joaquin Arias, which brought in two more runs for Fresno.

The Padres had a few scoring opportunities as they had a runner on base in seven of the nine innings played and leaving a total of 11 runners on base.

Relievers for the Padres came in and kept the game close by throwing three scoreless innings. The releif pitchers who contributed were Cory Burns, Alex Hinshaw and Colt Hynes.

They had a real threat when they brought the tying run up to the plate in the ninth inning, however Fresno’s first baseman Todd Linden made a diving play at center fielder Blake Tekotte‘s groundball to record the final out of the game.

Fresno shut out the Padres in 3-0 victory on Opening Day.

The second game in the series on Friday April 6, showcased Tucson’s starter Casey Kelly against Fresno’s Brian Burres. SP Kelly stumbled in the third inning, giving up three runs on five hits.

Kelly settled back down and threw thru six innings, striking out five before head coach Terry Kennedy mad a call to the bullpen.

RP Josh Spence came into the game in the seventh and ended up collecting the win for the Padres.

Hitting had come around on the second game as four of the nine starting players collected a hit in the game.

Third baseman James Darnell had some the best looks of the game going 2-3 with two singles, a walk and an RBI.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal also had a productive night as he went 2-4 collecting a single, a double, scoring a run and getting an RBI as well.

RP Brad Boxberger came in to close-out the game and made an interesting go of it. The inning started off with Fresno’s Jackson Willams hitting a double, then advancing to third on a groundout.

Boxberger then appeared to have a hard time locating the strike zone by walking the next two batters, which loaded the bases. He came back in stellar form by striking out Conor Gillaspie and Todd Linden, who were Fresno’s third and fourth hitters, collecting Boxberger his first save of the year.

Leading the Padres to a 4-3 victory and tying the series at one game a piece.

The third game in the series on Saturday April 7, saw Padres Josh Geer go head to head with Grizzlies Eric Hacker.

The night did not go well for the Padres as Geer only went four innings giving up four runs, three earned on five hits while both striking out two and walking two as well.

RP Eddie Kunz came into the game in the fifth inning and gave up five runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning. He also gave up the Padres first homerun of the season.

Second baseman Anthony Contreras had good night at the plate as he went 2-4 hitting the first homerun of the year for the Padres, a single, as well as collecting two RBIs and scoring a run.

Left fielder Daniel Robertson contributed as well by going 3-4 with two doubles, a single and scoring a run.

The Grizzlies dominated the Padres with a 11-4 victory.

The Padres and Grizzlies met in the final game of the four game series on Sunday April 8, saw Padres’ Jorge Reyes compete against Grizzlies’ Andrew Kown.

This was the first home day game for the Padres since arriving in Tucson a year ago.

SP Reyes only four and two-thirds innings giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking three.

The bullpen was solid for the Padres as they did not allow any more runs in four and one-third innings.

The Padres were able to collect seven hits in the game, but were unable to capitalize as they only pushed one run across.

Darnell had another good game at the plate by going 2-4 with a double, a single and scoring a the one and only run.

Contreras went 1-3 with a triple, a walk and collecting the only RBI for the Padres.

Shortstop Beaner Weems made some nice contact at the plate by going 2-3 with a double and a single.

It wasn’t enough, as the Padres fell 4-1 to the Grizzlies. The Padres record is now 1-3, but will be back at it as they have a four game series against the Sacramento River Cats.