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Tucson Padres Week #14: July 8-13 

The Tucson Padres finished off it’s 14th week of play winning three of the seven games played. This being the final week before the All-Star break.

The T-Pads will be represented at the Triple-A All-Star in Reno on Wednesday July 17 by three players. Catcher Rene Rivera, who will start the game for the PCL, infielder Dean Anna and pitcher Colt Hynes.

Tucson still manages to sit atop the Pacific Coast Southern League with a season record of 53-45, the T-Pads are two and a half games up on the Las Vegas 51s and the Sacramento Rock Cats who are tied for second in the division.

However, the start of week 14 for the T-Pads was not so favorable as it started off the week taking on Tacoma in three game series at Kino Stadium.

The T-Pads were unable to stop the Tacoma Rainiers as Tucson lost 7-0 on Monday July 8.

Tucson was only able to muster up five hits in the loss to the Rainiers with one player getting three of the five hits.

Outfielder Kalian Sams went 3-3 on the evening hitting three singles in Monday’s loss.

The other two hits came from outfielder Daniel Robertson and third baseman Gregorio Petit, their hits were singles as well.

On the pitching side of things starter Matt Andriese(1-1) had a good outing, but still ended up recording the loss, his first as a T-Pad.

Andriese threw six innings giving up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four batters and walking two.

In his outing Andriese threw a total of 96 pitches, with 62 of them being strikes to the 25 batters that he faced.

Tucson will try and rebound as it takes on the Rainiers in game two of the series.

The T-Pads put several runs on the board beating Tacoma 11-5 on Tuesday July 9.

Leading the way offensively for Tucson was first baseman Yonder Alonso who went 4-4 Tuesday hitting four singles, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate once.

Anna also made quality contact on Tuesday going 3-5 hitting a single, a double, a triple, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate twice.

He was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

The only home run in the game came in the bottom of the first inning, with outfielder Brandon Allen sending the grand slam shot over the right field wall.

The grand slam was Allen’s 10th home run of the season, he is now trailing the team home run leader first baseman Cody Decker by one.

Pitcher Brad Boxberger(2-3) ended up recording his second win for the T-Pads after relieving starting pitcher Burch Smith in the fourth inning.

Boxberger threw two and a third innings giving up no runs on just one hit while striking out four batters and walking two.

Tucson will look to keep the bats going as it plays the third and final game of this series.

The T-Pads failed to keep it’s momentum as it lost 6-5 to Tacoma on Wednesday July 10.

Tucson did manage to come away with 13 hits in the losing effort. The team was led by Petit who went 3-4 hitting a single, two doubles and crossed home plate once.

Both Alonso and outfielder Ben Francisco were 2-4 on the evening hitting two singles.

Pitcher Matt Lollis(0-1) ended up with the loss on Wednesday after coming into the game in the fourth inning to relieve pitcher Brandon Kloess.

Lollis pitched the fourth and fifth inning giving up four runs, two earned on four hits while striking out two batters and walking two as well.

The outing marked Lollis’ first pitching experience with the T-Pads after being called up from the San Antonio Missions on July 13.

After dropping the series to the Rainiers Tucson will hit the road and head to Las Vegas to take on the 51s in its final series before the All-Star game.

The T-Pads were unable to capitalize in it’s 11-3 loss against the 51s on Thursday July 11.

Tucson was 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left six runners stranded along the base paths.

Alonso was 2-3 on the evening going 2-3 hitting two singles.

Catcher Chris Robinson took full advantage of his at bats on Thursday going 2-4 hitting a single, a double and crossed home plate twice.

Starting pitcher Anthony Bass(2-3) ended up getting his third loss of the year after throwing five innings and giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five batters and walking only one.

Tucson ended up using three more pitchers to finish up the final three innings of the game.

The T-Pads will take the 51s in a doubleheader on Friday with the hopes of starting a win streak.

Tucson claimed victory in this second meeting against Las Vegas in the series, defeating them 6-0 on Friday July 12.

Despite the blowout the T-Pads only managed to accumulate only seven hits in the game.

Francisco had a good first game at the plate going 2-3 hitting a single, a double and crossed home plate twice

Robertson was the only other Tucson member to have a multi-hit game that day, going 2-4 with two singles and collected two RBIs.

Pitcher Tyson Ross(1-0) recorded his first win as a T-Pad on Friday after being called over from the Oakland Athletics.

Ross threw five innings giving up no runs on three hits while striking out three batters and walking two in his victory on Friday.

The T-Pads will look to increase its possible winning streak as it quickly turned around to play the second game of the day.

Tucson did increase its win streak to two games after it defeated the 51s 5-4 in the second game that took place in the evening.

The T-Pads only managed seven hits in the game, all came from a different player, with no one having a multi-hit game.

Tucson was once again 1-6 with runners in scoring position.

C. Decker kept the T-Pads in the game hitting a two-run shot over the left center wall in the top of the fourth inning, it was his 12th home run this year.

Sams came through in the top of the fifth inning as he hit a two-run shot over the left field wall, it was Sams’ first home run of year as a T-Pad.

From the field side of things pitcher Kevin Quackenbush(4-1) recorded his fourth win of the year after blowing a save opportunity, his second of the year.

Quackenbush threw two innings giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out one batter and walking none.

Pitcher Ryan Kelly came in to close out the game and managed well, giving up no runs on no hits while striking out none and walking none.

The save marked Kelly’s first of the season as a T-Pad.

Tucson will look to extend its win streak to three games and to possibly take the series as well on Saturday.

The T-Pads ended up splitting the series at two games a piece with the 51s after losing 6-2 on Saturday July 13.

Tucson was 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven base runners stranded, with only one of it’s players managing to have a multi-hit game.

Anna was 2-4 hitting a single, a double and crossed home plate once.

The pitching side didn’t fair much better as Andriese(1-2) recorded his second loss of the season after only throwing three and two-thirds innings giving up five earned runs on eight hits.

He struck out one batter and walked two.

Tucson used four other pitchers to close out the game.

The T-Pads have a few days off for All-Star with the three previously named players heading to the game itself.

After that Tucson come back home to Kino Stadium to take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a four game series.