Tucson Padres Week #14 July 2-8
The Tucson Padres put together a decent week winning four of the nine games played in week 14, the final week before the All-Star break.
The T-Pads now have a season record 32-58, which still puts them in fourth place of their division.
Tucson is 22.5 games behind the first place Sacramento River Cats and they are 18 games behind the third place Las Vegas 51s.
The T-Pads started off week 14 by finishing up a four game series against the Salt Lake Bees before heading to Las Vegas to finish up the week.
On Monday July 2 the T-Pads displayed some hitting prowess in its blow-out against the Salt Lake Bees in a 10-1 victory.
Tucson led for the entire game, but they were only up 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. They scored two runs in the fifth, three in the seventh and four more in the eighth.
Second baseman Andy Parrino went 4-5 on Monday hitting two doubles, two singles, scoring four runs and recording three RBIs. He accounted for seven of the 10 runs in the victory over the Bees.
Catcher Nick Hundley went 3-4 hitting three singles.
Center fielder Daniel Robertson went 2-4 on the evening with a triple, a single and collected three RBIs.
Third baseman Jedd Gyorko ended his hit streak at nine games, going 0-4 on Monday, but he did get two more RBIs.
The pitching staff also put together some top notch innings. Starting pitcher Matt Palmer threw six innings, giving up one run on four hits. He struck-out out three while walking two to record his fifth win of the season putting his record at 5-4 for the year.
Relief pitchers Brad Boxberger and Miles Mikolas threw three scoreless innings while striking out two and walking one.
The T-Pads lost its last homestead game for the week against the Bees, 8-3 on Tuesday July 3.
The T-Pads had leads in the game early on, but were unable to hold them. Starting pitcher Bear Bay went six innings giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking one.
His record goes to 2-5 on the season with a 5.15 ERA.
Gyorko was the only T-Pad to have a multi-hit game on Tuesday, he was also a factor in all three of the T-Pads runs scored. He went 2-4 hitting a home run, a single, scoring two runs and collecting one RBI.
Tucson split the series with the Bees at two a piece in the T-Pad’s final home stand series before the All-Star break. Tucson will to Las Vegas for its final series before the break.
The T-Pads won the series opener against the Las Vegas 51s on Wednesday July 4, by a score of 3-1.
For Tucson’s starting pitcher Matt Jackson, this was his first pitching above the High-A level as well as his first win for the T-Pads. He showed that he could compete as he threw five scoreless innings giving up only three hits while striking out three and walking two.
Relief pitcher Erik Hamren recorded his fifth save of the season throwing a scoreless ninth innig while striking out one and walking two.
Three of the four runs scored in the game were unearned, only first baseman Matt Clark and outfielder Sawyer Carroll each recorded an RBI on the evening.
On Thursday July 5 the T-Pads were unable to take the lead at any point in the game as they ended up losing 5-1 against the 51s.
Starting pitcher Colt Hynes threw five and one third innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out two and walking five. His record is now 3-8 on the season with a 6.78 ERA.
Gyorko contributed the only run for the Padres as he went 1-4 hitting a home run, to score the run for the T-Pads on Thursday.
The T-Pads played a double header against the 51s on Friday July 6, they walked away Friday only winning one of the games.
In the first game Tucson scored six runs in the first inning and eventually took the 13-6 victory over the 51s.
Jorge Reyes was the starting pitcher for Tucson in the first game on Friday and he went five innings giving up six runs on six hits while striking out two and walking six. He was still able to get the win and improve his season record to 6-8 with a 5.14 ERA.
Gyorko and Clark hit back to back home runs in the first inning, it is the third time this season that the T-Pads have had this honor.
Gyorko went 2-5 hitting a home run, a single, scoring twice and collected four RBIs.
Clark went 3-4 hitting a home run, two singles, scoring twice and collected two RBIs.
Only Hundley and Robertson went without a hit in the first game of the double header on Friday.
The T-Pads lost the second game in the double header with a score of 8-7 on Friday. Tucson started out with the lead in the first, but were not able to hang onto it.
Clark had an excellent night at the plate as he went 3-4 with two home runs, a single, scored two runs and collected four RBIs. Clark is still leading the team in home runs, with a total of 15 on the season.
Infielder Jesus Merchan also had quite the night as he went 3-4 hitting three singles, scoring one run.
Pitching suffered quite a bit, as Mark Hamburger, the starting pitcher for the T-Pads only threw three and two thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.
Hamburger is 0-3 on the season and is still trying to seek out his first win of the season.
On Saturday July 7 the T-Pads dropped the final game in week 14 with a 7-1 loss against the 51s.
Starting pitcher Palmer was only able to go three and two thirds innings after he gave up seven runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking two.
Tucson’s only run came from Carroll who went yard in the eighth inning, he was 2-3 on the evening with a double and a home run, scoring once and having the only RBI for the night.
The only other player managed to get a hit on Saturday was outfielder Anthony Contreras, who went 1-3, hitting a double. Nobody else on the team got a hit.
With the All-Star break coming up the T-Pads will be having three days off before coming back home to play a four game series against the Fresno Grizzlies and another four game home series against the Reno Aces.
Tucson’s center fielder Robertson will be representing the T-Pads in the All-Star game for the Pacific Coast League on July 11, the game will be played at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.