Tucson Padres Week #11: June 17-23
The Tucson Padres finished off its 11th week of play going 4-3 against the Reno Aces and the Las Vegas 51s.
The T-Pads are still currently tied for second place in the division with Las Vegas, both just two games behind the Sacramento River Cats.
Tucson sits three games above .500 with a season record of 40-37.
The T-Pads finished off the final game of a four game series against the Aces on Monday.
The series was split between the two teams as Tucson claimed a 5-1 victory over Reno on Monday June 17.
Tucson jumped out to an early lead in the game putting up three runs in the bottom of the first, with that the team never looked back.
Pitcher Anthony Bass(1-1) got the start for the T-Pads on Monday, he threw five innings giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out four batters and walking one.
The victory marked Bass’ first win as a T-Pad this year.
Pitcher Miles Mikolas threw for the last inning and a third to record his 12 save this season. He leads the team in saves.
On the offensive side first baseman Brandon Allen led the charge for Tucson, going 2-3 hitting two singles, collected three RBIs and scored once.
Catcher Rene Rivera also contributed on Monday as he was 2-4 hitting two doubles, collected one RBI and crossed the plate twice.
There was one other player on the team with a multi-hit game on Monday.
Outfielder Jaff Decker went 2-4 hitting two singles and scoring once.
After splitting the series with the Aces, Tucson will welcome the 51s to town for a four game series. The T-Pads will look to try and take sole possession of second place in the division.
As of now Tucson is in sole possession of second place in the division after its 5-2 victory over the 51s on Tuesday June 18.
The game was evenly matched as the T-Pads kept pace, every time Las Vegas scored, Tucson answered back.
In the bottom of the seventh inning the T-Pads broke the game open, putting three runs on the board to take the lead.
Pitcher Burch Smith got the start for Tucson and he threw five and a third innings giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
Smith ended the game with a no decision.
It was relief pitcher Kevin Quackenbush(1-0) who ended up with the win for the T-Pads.
He threw for the seventh and eighth inning, allowing only one hit in his two innings of work while striking out two batters and walking one.
It was Quackenbush’s first appearance for Tucson after getting called up from the Padres Double-A affiliate the San Antonio Missions on June 17.
Mikolas also recorded his 13th save of the season after getting the final three outs of the game.
Tucson had a total of 13 hits as a team on Tuesday, with five players having two hits each.
Shortstop Dean Anna was 2-4 in the game hitting a single, a triple, collected two RBIs and crossed the plate once.
First baseman Cody Decker went 2-4 hitting two doubles and collected an RBI.
The other three players with two hits were Allen, J. Decker and Jonathan Galvez.
Tucson was able to capitalize with runners in scoring position on Tuesday as it went 4-8 in those scenarios.
However, the team still managed to leave eight stranded on the base paths.
The T-Pads will look to maintain control of second place in the division as it will Las Vegas in game two tomorrow.
Tucson was unable to get runners into scoring position in its 8-4 loss on Wednesday June 19.
The team was 1-3 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday, with three of the four runs attributed to home runs.
Allen hit his eighth home run of the season on Wednesday, it was a two run shot over the right field wall with two outs.
He was 1-4 with a home run, two RBIs and crossing home plate once.
C. Decker immediately followed Allen with a solo shot over the left field wall.
On the night C. Decker went 2-4 hitting a single, a home run, collected one RBI and crossed the plate once.
Pitcher Sean O’Sullivan(6-4) was handed the ball to start in Wednesdays loss as he was only able to get through four innings giving up four earned runs on four hits while striking out three batters and walking three.
The loss was O’Sullivan’s fourth this year.
Tucson will try and regain the lead over the 51s in tomorrows third game of the series.
The T-Pads have fallen a game behind Las Vegas as it lost 7-5 on Thursday June 20.
Pitcher Brandon Kloess got the start for Tucson on Thursday as he threw four innings giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out four batters and walking one.
Kloess ended walking away Thursday with a no decision.
Getting the loss was Quackenbush who faced five batters in his third of an inning in the eighth. He gave up three earned runs on two hits while walking two batters.
This outing inflated Quackenbush’s ERA from 0.00 to 11.57.
The T-Pads were once again unable to capitalize in key situations at the plate, as the team was 2-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners stranded on the bases.
Tucson had 10 hits in the game on Thursday with three players accounting for seven of them.
Third baseman Gregorio Petit was 3-5 hitting two singles, a double and scoring once.
Anna went 2-4 hitting a single, a triple, collected an RBI and crossed the plate once.
The last player with a multi-hit game on Thursday was Allen who went 2-4 hitting a single, a double and collected two RBIs.
Tucson will try tie up the series as well as second place in the final game of the four game series against the 51s tomorrow.
The T-Pads are once again tied with Las Vegas for second place in the division after its 5-3 victory on Friday June 21.
Pitcher Robbie Erlin(6-2) recorded his sixth victory of the season after throwing six innings giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven batters and walking two.
Mikolas got his 14 save of the year after throwing the ninth inning giving up one run on one while walking one batter.
Tucson was able to get 11 hits in its victory with again three players having multiple hits in the game.
Galvez went 2-3 hitting a single, a home run, collected one RBI and scored once.
Petit was 2-4 hitting two singles, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate once.
Finally, C. Decker was 2-4 hitting two singles and scoring once.
Tucson will head to Reno for a four game series. This starts a 12 game road trip for the T-Pads.
Tucson fell 7-3 on its first game in this series against the Aces in the current road trip on Saturday June 22.
Pitcher Jorge Reyes(4-3) ended up with the loss on Saturday after taking over for Wilfredo Boscan in the third inning.
Reyes threw for four innings giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out three batters and walking two.
It marked Reyes’ third loss this year.
The T-Pads only managed seven hits in the loss on Saturday with Anna being the only player to have a multi-hit game.
Anna went 2-4 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once.
Tucson will try and end the week with a positive note as it will try and take game two in the series against the Aces.
The T-Pads had 11 hits in its 8-2 victory over Reno on Sunday June 23.
Smith started his second game of the week and improved his record to 3-1 for the year.
Smith threw six and two-thirds innings giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out five batters and only walking one.
Pitcher Ryan Kelly got his first chance to throw for the T-Pads on Sunday after being called up from San Antonio on the same day.
Kelly threw the ninth inning for Tucson on Sunday only surrendering one hit and striking out two batters in his debut.
Leading the offensive charge for the T-Pads on Sunday was outfielder Mike Wilson.
Wilson went 3-5 hitting a double, two home runs, collected six RBIs and crossed home plate twice.
The home runs were Wilson’s third and fourth of the season for Tucson, the first one sailed over the left wall in the bottom of the first, while the second one was a three run shot that also cleared the left field wall.
Tucson will look to keep this momentum going as it will play two more games against the Aces and then head to Colorado Springs to take on the Sky Sox in a five game series.
The T-Pads will try and distance itself from the 51s while also trying to chase down the River Cats for first place in the division.