Tucson Padres Week #13: July 1-7
The Tucson Padres finished off its 13th week of play on a high note, as the team finished 5-2 for the week and took sole possession of first place in the division with a season record of 50-41.
The T-Pads also celebrated the Fourth of July with a win in front of a season high attendance.
Tucson also had three players named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team; catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Dean Anna and pitcher Colt Hynes. Rivera will be the starting catcher for the PCL.
Tucson started out the month of July with a victory as it defeated the River Cats 6-3 on Monday July 1.
Anna led the way offensively for the T-Pads, going 3-4 hitting two singles, a double and collected two RBIs.
Another contributor on Monday was first baseman Brandon Allen who went 2-5 hitting a single, a triple and collected one RBI.
All but three of the batters that Tucson sent to plate recorded a hit on Monday.
Hitting was not the only contributing factor to Tucson’s victory on the first of the month.
Pitcher Anthony Bass(2-1) recorded his second win of the season after throwing six innings on July 1.
Bass gave up one earned run on seven hits while striking out three batters and walking none in his six innings of work.
He faced 25 batters on 85 pitches while 56 of those pitches were recorded strikes.
Pitcher Miles Mikolas came in to record the last out of the game as he took over for pitcher Colt Hynes in the ninth with runners on first and second and two outs.
Mikolas struck out the batter he faced to record his team leading 17th save of the season.
The T-Pads will try to extend its win streak to three games, as it takes on Sacramento in the second game of this series.
Tucson failed to continue its win streak on Tuesday July 2 as the team fell 2-0 to the River Cats.
The T-Pads were unable to string anything together as the team had only five hits in the game and went 0-10 with runners in scoring position.
Tucson also left seven base runners stranded.
Only two of the five hits managed to go for extra bases, outfielder Daniel Robertson was 1-3 hitting a double in the top of the sixth inning.
The other extra base hit came courtesy of Rivera who was 1-3 hitting his double in the top of the seventh inning,
Robertson’s double marked his 15th of the year and Rivera’s was his 18th of the year.
With no run support the pitching just gave up a couple of runs to many with pitcher Brandon Kloess(2-3) recording his third loss of the season.
Kloess threw four innings giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
Kloess faced 16 batters and threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes in his innings of work. The two run shot he gave up in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be his undoing.
Tucson will try to get back on page and try to win in the final game of this three game series.
The T-Pads flipped the script on Sacramento defeating them 2-0 on Wednesday July 3.
Tucson did not string to many hits together, but took advantage of opportunities when they arose, catcher Chris Robinson scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning.
Third baseman Gregorio Petit had good night at the plate on Wednesday as he went 3-4 hitting three singles.
Outfielder Ben Francisco also capitalized at the plate on Wednesday going 2-4 hitting two singles.
The T-Pads had a stellar performance from pitcher Matt Andriese(1-0) who threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday.
In his seven innings of work Andriese only gave up one hit, a double to Daric Barton in the bottom of the sixth.
Andriese struck-out eight batters and walked two in his first win as a T-Pad.
Mikolas came into the ninth and recorded the final three outs to collect his 18th save of the season.
Tucson’s pitching coach Bronswell Patrick was ejected by the home plate umpire in the top of the ninth inning.
The T-Pads will look to extend its win streak as the team heads back home to Kino Stadium to take on division rivals Las Vegas in a four game series.
Tucson hung onto a close 6-5 victory over the 51s in celebration of the country’s independence on Thursday July 4.
The T-Pads played in front of a season high 10,950 fans in its win on Thursday night.
Rivera had a good night at the plate as he went 3-4 hitting three singles and crossed home plate once.
Outfielder Jaff Decker also feasted at the plate as he went 2-3 hitting a single, a home run, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate twice.
J. Decker two run shot sailed over the right field wall in the bottom of the second inning, his seventh homer of the year. In the second inning is when Tucson scored five of its six runs in the game.
Pitcher Brad Bach(3-1) ended up recording his third win of the season for Tucson after coming into the game to throw the seventh and eighth innings.
Bach gave up no runs on no hits while striking out three batters and walking one in his two innings of work.
Mikolas came into the game to close-out the ninth inning. He surrendered a solo shot over the centerfield wall after retiring the first two batters he faced.
Mikolas rebounded and got the final out of the game to record his 19th save of the season.
Tucson will look to continue this momentum in its second game against Las Vegas.
The T-Pads pulled out another narrow victory over the 51s on Friday July 5 in a 3-2 contest.
Tucson managed 10 hits as a team, five of the hits were split between two players.
J. Decker went 3-4 hitting three singles.
Petit went 2-4 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once.
The T-Pads did display a little bit of power as Rivera launched his fifth home run of the year over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Pitcher Brad Boxberger(1-3) got his first win of the season after coming in and throwing the eighth and ninth innings of the game.
He gave up no runs on one hit while striking out four batters and walking none.
Tucson looks to extend it’s winning streak to three games when its takes on Las Vegas in game three of this series.
The T-Pads were unable to keep up the momentum as it lost 5-2 to Las Vegas on Saturday July 6.
Tucson did manage to have 10 hits as a team, with three players having two hits each.
Outfielder Mike Wilson went 2-3 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once.
Francisco went 2-4 hitting a single, a double, collecting an RBI and crossed home plate once.
Second baseman Jonathan Galvez went 2-4 hitting two singles and collected an RBI.
Bass was stuck with the loss, his second of the year, after throwing seven innings. He gave up five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out nine batters and walking one.
The T-Pads will look to bounce back and try and claim the series as it will take on the 51s in one more game this week.
Tucson pulled out yet another narrow victory this week defeating Las Vegas 4-3 on Sunday July 7.
Anna was a contributor with the bat as he went 2-3 hitting a single, a double, collected an RBI and crossed home plate once.
Petit was another player who used the lumber to his advantage going 2-4 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once.
Kloess got the start and threw five and a third innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
However, Kloess ended up with a no decision on the evening.
Pitcher Kevin Quackenbush(3-1) ended up with the win, his third of the year, after coming into the game in the seventh inning and losing the lead.
Tucson added another run to the board in the bottom of the seventh.
In Quackenbush’s one inning of work he threw 35 pitches giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter and walking one.
Tucson will welcome the Tacoma Rainiers to town for a three game series at Kino Stadium before hitting the road and heading to Las Vegas for another four game series against the 51s.