Tucson Padres Week #10 June 4-10
The Tucson Padres kicked off week 10 finishing up a five game series in Colorado Springs before heading back home to play a four game series against the Reno Aces.
The T-Pads finished the week going 2-4, continuing its weekly losing streak.
The Padres are still fourth in its league standings at 21-42 and are 19.5 games behind the first place Fresno Grizzlies.
They trail the third place Las Vegas 51s by 14 games.
However, Tucson continues to see an influx and out flux of players due to injuries, call ups and send downs.
On Monday June 4 San Diego activated RHP Micah Owings and have him in Tucson on rehab assignment.
Also on Monday the T-Pads pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, snapping a five game losing streak.
Starting pitcher Jorge Reyes threw six scoreless innings giving up six hits, while striking out two and walking two. He improved his record to 4-6 on the season.
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko went 1-3 on Monday extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He scored a run in the fourth inning, then in the eighth inning he hit a two run double to put the Padres on top.
Relief pitcher Brad Boxberger recorded his fifth save for the T-Pads this season. He threw scoreless ninth inning, he didn’t allow a hit and struck out two.
Tucson pitching coach Steve Webber was ejected from the game in the fourth inning after arguing with home plate umpire Jason Arends.
The T-Pads saw another player added to its team as San Diego optioned pitcher Miles Mikolas to Tucson on Tuesday June 5.
Tucson made it a two game winning streak on Tuesday as well, beating the Sky Sox 9-5.
In the fourth inning the T-Pads sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored nine runs, which is the most the Padres have scored in one inning this season.
Tucson had its second grand slam this season on Tuesday night, the grand slam was hit by Gyorko.
Gyorko went 2-4 with the grand slam, a single, scoring two runs and collecting four RBIs. He extended his hit streak to 12 games.
It marks a great series for Gyorko as he helped the T-Pads split the series with the Sky Sox, he went 9-for-16 and had nine RBIs for the four games.
Tucson had an off day on Wednesday June 6 and came back home for a four game series against Reno. The T-Pads optioned pitcher Nick Vincent to San Antonio.
On Thursday June 7 the Padres lost a 12 inning contest against the Aces by a score of 4-2.
Tucson almost had the win on Thursday as they had one out to go in the ninth inning, then the Aces tied it up and took the game in the 12th.
Boxbeger struck out the first batter in the ninth, but then failed to lock it down giving up two runs on six hits. It was Boxberger’s second blown save of the season.
Gyorko extended his hit streak to 13 games in the first inning of the game by hitting a solo shot, which marks his seventh in 21 games with Tucson.
He went 2-5, hitting a home run, a double, scoring a run and collecting an RBI.
Starting pitcher Bear Bay threw six scoreless innings giving up only two hits while striking out two and walking none.
First baseman Matt Clark hit his team leading 11th home run of the season on Thursday. Clark went 1-4 hitting the home run, scoring a run and collecting an RBI.
Tucson saw a lot of movement on Friday June 8 as they added three players and lost four players.
The T-Pads acquired infielder Felix Cabrera and outfielder Mykal Stokes from Extended Spring Training. They also got back pitcher Matt Palmer from San Diego.
Tucson lost infielder Beamer Weems to the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. They optioned catcher Rocky Gale to Lake Elsinore and optioned pitcher Chris Haney to Fort Wayne.
Boxberger was called up to San Diego late in the evening, leaving Tucson with out its most consistent closer.
The T-Pads dropped another game 4-0 to the Aces on Friday.
Tucson only had five hits on the evening, one of the five hits was made by pitcher Micah Owings who made his first appearance as a Tucson Padre this season. He played four innings at first base.
Gyorko did not get a hit on Friday which ended his hit streak at 13 games.
Starting pitcher Kip Wells collected his second lose of the season for the T-Pads, putting his record at 1-2. He threw five and a third innings, giving up four runs, three earned on eight hits while striking out three and walking seven.
This was a season high for walks for Wells as the most hitters he has walked previously for the T-Pads was two.
Tucson put up a five run first inning in its third game of four against the Aces on Saturday June 9.
It seemed like a great start for the T-Pads, however they were unable to hold the lead against the Aces, who are in first place of their division.
Reno had a couple of good innings as they scored four runs in the third, five in the fifth and three in the seventh.
Clark had a good night at the plate for the T-Pads as he went 3-4 hitting a double, two singles, scoring two runs and knocking in three RBIs.
Tucson would play the finale of the series on Sunday June 10.
The T-Pads extended its losing streak to four games on Sunday as they dropped the last game of the series against the Aces.
Tucson lost the game in the last three innings as Reno scored a run in each of those innings to declare a 4-2 victory.
It marked the first Triple-A loss for Padres relief pitcher Josh Spence as he gave up two runs on four hits over his work in the eighth and ninth innings. He managed to strike out two hitters while walking none.
The game marked the second straight multi-hit game for Clark as he 2-4 with a double and a single, while scoring one run and collecting one RBI.
Gyorko is still showing off his talents at the Triple-A level as he is now hitting .356 in his 24 games with the T-Pads.
He went 2-3 on the evening with a double and a single.
Tucson will be heading out of town for the next as they are traveling to play in the glitz and glamor of both Las Vegas and Reno. They will not return home until June 19.
Maybe the road trip will treat them better than this home stand has.