Tucson Padres Week #11 June 11-17
The Tucson Padres had yet another disappointing week as they went 1-6 on the week, winning its final game of the week on Sunday.
The T-Pads are still in fourth place in its division with a record of 22-48, putting them at 23 games behind from the first place Fresno Grizzlies.
Tucson are 17 games behind third place Las Vegas 51s.
Week 11 saw the T-Pads hit the road for two different series, first they headed to Las Vegas for a three game series against the 51s and then headed to Reno for a four game series against the Aces.
On Monday June 11 the T-Pads dropped the game 13-3 against the 51s.
It marked the fifth consecutive lost for the Padres this season, so far this season the T-Pads have not lost more than five games in a row.
Starting pitcher Matt Palmer only went three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits, while striking out one and walking two.
All six of the T-Pads hits on Monday were singles.
On Tuesday June 12 Tucson dropped another loss to the 51s in a 9-3 contest. This loss increased the Padres loss streak to six games, which is now their longest losing streak this season.
Relief pitcher Miles Mikolas gave up two runs in his one inning of work. This is the first time in his three outings since being called up to Tucson that he gave up runs.
Jedd Gyorko went 2-4 on the evening, he is hitting .419 for the month of June.
Infielder Jesus Merchan went 2-4, hitting two singles and scored a run in his first appearance with the T-Pads since being added earlier that day after being picked up by the Padres from the independent Atlantic League.
Outfielder Daniel Robertson went 1-4 on Tuesday with a double in his return game, he has been returning from a strained tendon in his knee. He had been on the DL since June 2.
The T-Pads lost its seventh consecutive game on Wednesday June 13, when it lost a close 6-5 game against the 51s.
Tucson lost two different leads in the game on Wednesday. They gave up a two run lead in the third and another two run lead in the sixth inning.
Starting pitcher Kip Wells gave up all six runs, five of which were earned on 10 hits through five and two-thirds innings while striking out three hitters and walking three as well.
Merchan went 3-4 on the evening, with a double, two singles, scoring a run and collected and RBI.
Robertson was ejected from the game in the fifth inning after arguing a called third strike.
The T-Pads losing streak extended to eight games on Thursday June 14, dropping the game with a final score 4-1 against the Aces.
Robertson went 2-4 on the evening, hitting a single and a home run to collect the only run and RBI for the T-Pads.
Tucson continued its down slide on Friday June 15 losing by one run to the Aces in an 8-7 game. This increased the T-Pads losing streak now to nine games.
That is the longest losing streak for Tucson in its two year history.
The Padres had two home runs in the game and they did have a lead going into the bottom of the third inning.
Gyorko went 1-5 hitting a solo home run in the third inning.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal went 1-4 on Friday hitting a two run home run in the top of the ninth inning to bring the T-Pads within one run of the Aces.
Tucson showed some improvement as it had more hits than the Aces on Friday 12-11, and eight of the nine hitters for Tucson had at least one hit in the game.
Infielder Andy Parrino made his first rehab start on Friday since straining a ligament in his hand, he has been on the DL since May 31. He went 1-3 with a single.
The T-Pads started out strong on Saturday June 16 as they took a two run lead into the fifth inning, but were unable to hold off the Aces’ offense, who would come back in the later innings to win the game 9-4.
This marked the 10th consecutive loss for the Padres this season and have dropped 17 of its last 19 games.
Parrino went 3-4, hitting three singles and scoring a run.
Palmer pitched five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking two.
Tucson finally snapped its losing streak on Father’s Day Sunday June 17 beating the Aces 10-4. It also marked the first time that the T-Pads beat the Aces this season, in eight attempts.
The T-Pads were also one hit shy of its team total hits for the season, they ended the night with a total of 17 hits.
Starting pitcher Bear Bay pitched five innings allowing two runs, one earned run. He had both one strike out and one walk on Sunday.
It marked the first win for Bay this year, who’s season record is now at 1-4., but he did leave the game in the sixth inning with a mild groin strang.
In fielder Anthony Contreras hit his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning. He went 4-5 with two doubles, a single and a home run while scoring two runs and collecting four RBIs.
Parrino went 2-5 hitting a double and a triple, while scoring a run and collecting one RBI.
The Padres will be hoping to start a winning streak now as they head back home to play a four game series against the 51s and then immediately heading Fresno to take on the first place Grizzlies.