Tucson Padres Week #15 & 16: July 15-28
The Tucson Padres finished off the past two weeks a bit on the down side as its record was 4-7 for that time span, including the All-Star break week.
Tucson will spend most of the past weeks at home, playing just one four game series in Tacoma, but will kick things off at home against Colorado Springs after the all-Star game.
The T-Pads finished off the first half of the season in first place of its division heading into the All-Star break.
Of the three players who were selected to participate in the Triple-A All-Star game from Tucson, only one of the players made it to the game.
The players selected were catcher Rene Rivera, Anna and pitcher Colt Hynes.
Rivera and Hynes did not make it to the All-Star game as both had their contracts selected by San Diego.
Rivera was called up Sunday July 7 and Hynes was called up a week later on Sunday July 14.
The Triple-A All-Star game was held on Wednesday July 17, with the Pacific Coast League coming up short against the International League, losing 4-3.
Anna came into the game in the top of the sixth inning, replacing Yangervis Solarte of the Round Rock Express at second base.
Anna was 0-2 on the day with two groundouts.
Anna will rejoin the T-Pads and get ready to start the second half of the season as the team will host a four game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Kino Stadium.
Tucson had it’s first game of the second half at home, but were unable to get things going as it lost 2-0 on Thursday July 18.
Pitcher Tyson Ross(1-1) ended up recording the loss, his first as a T-Pad, after throwing four innings giving up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out three batters and walking two.
The T-Pads were held to only four hits in the game, with half of them by outfielder Jaff Decker.
J. Decker went 2-4 hitting two singles.
The other two hits came from first baseman Brandon Allen, who went 1-4 hitting a double, his 15th of the season.
With the last hit coming from catcher Chris Robinson, who was 1-3 hitting a single.
Tucson didn’t have many opportunities to put runs on the board as the team was 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left five runners stranded.
The T-Pads will try and bounce back in the second game of the series.
Tucson makes a comeback, defeating the Sky Sox 8-7 in extra innings at Kino Stadium on Friday July 19.
Getting the win for the T-Pads was pitcher Miles Mikolas(3-1), his third of the year, after throwing the ninth and tenth innings.
Mikolas gave up no runs on no hits while striking out one batter and walking one. He faced the minimum amount of hitters in his two innings of work.
Leading the way offensively for the T-Pads was newly acquired third baseman Scott Moore, who joined the team July 18.
Moore went 4-5 hitting three singles, a home run, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate twice.
Moore’s home run game in the bottom of the third, it was a two-run shot over the centerfield wall. It was his 12th homer of the season, but his first as a T-Pad.
Also collecting four hits in the game was J. Decker who went 4-6 hitting three singles, a double, collected one RBI and crossed home plate once.
In all the T-Pads totaled 14 hits in its ten inning victory, while going 3-9 with runners in scoring position.
Tucson will try and start a winning as it continues it’s series with Colorado Springs.
The T-Pads stumbled backwards as it fell 6-2 to the Sky Sox on Saturday July 20.
Recording the loss for Tucson was starting pitcher Robbie Erlin(6-3), he threw five innings giving up three earned runs on five hits while striking out three batters and walking two.
Erlin threw twice the amount of strikes as he did balls, in his innings of work, totaling 75 pitches and 50 of them going for strikes.
Tucson was again kept from getting on base, getting only seven hits in the game.
Of those seven hits Anna managed three of them. Anna was 3-5 hitting three singles on Saturday.
The other notable hitter for Tucson on Saturday was catcher Eddy Rodriguez who was 1-4 hitting a solo shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth.
It marked Rodriguez’s first home run a s a T-Pad.
Tucson will try and even the series at two games a piece going into the fourth and final game of this series.
The T-Pads were unable to get anything going against the Sky Sox in its 6-4 loss on Sunday July 21.
The game did not start out well as pitcher Matt Andriese ended up giving six runs on eight hits, in his five innings of work.
He managed to strikeout four batters and walk none in those innings.
Of the eight hits accumulated by the T-Pads, two players accounted for four of those hits.
Anna was 2-4 hitting a double(his 31st this year), a triple(his fifth this year), collected two RBIs and crossed home plate once.
Robinson was the other player to go 2-4 hitting two singles on Sunday.
Tucson struggled once again were unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position as the team was 2-12 RISP on Sunday.
The T-Pads will try and bounce back as the team heads to Tacoma for a four game series against the Rainiers.
Tucson was unable to overcome a four run deficit in its 4-2 loss to the Rainiers on Monday July 22 in Tacoma.
Pitcher Brandon Kloess(2-4) threw for seven innings in the game on Monday. The loss was his fourth of the year as a T-Pad.
In his seven innings of work Kloess gave up four runs, three earned on seven hits while striking out two batters and walking one.
Kloess threw 108 pitches on Monday with 65 of them being strikes, while facing a total of 29 batters.
The T-Pads continue to struggle offensively as the team ended the game with seven hits, was 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight base runners stranded.
Once again there are two players that accounted for most of the teams hits.
Outfielder Mike Wilson went 2-4 hitting two singles and collected an RBI, his 19th for Tucson.
J. Decker went 2-4 hitting a single, a double and collected one RBI, his 31st for Tucson.
They had the only two RBIs for the T-Pads in the game on Monday.
Tucson will look to try and even the series in the second game.
The T-Pads were able to put some runs on the board as it defeated Tacoma 8-4 on Tuesday July 23.
Pitcher Jason Lane(1-0) got the start for Tucson as he was called up earlier that day. He threw six and a third innings in his debut, giving up four runs, three earned on five hits while striking out four batters and walking none.
He did get some help from his offense on Tuesday.
Once the team only accumulated seven hits, but it made better use of them.
J. Decker led the way going 2-3 hitting a double, a home run, collected three RBIs and crossed home plate twice.
Outfielder Daniel Robertson went 1-3 hitting a home run, collected and RBI and crossed home plate twice.
Both home runs came in the top of the eighth inning.
J. Decker’s came first as his solo shot went over the right field wall, it was his eighth home run of the year.
Robertson’s came three batters later as he sent his solo shot sailing over the left field wall, it was his second home run of the year.
Tucson will look to continue winning as it heads into the third game of the series.
The T-Pads were once again limited to single digit hits in its 5-3 losing effort against Tacoma on Wednesday July 24.
Tucson was limited to five hits in the game, all five hits were from a different player.
Robertson was 1-3 on the evening hitting a single and crossed home plate twice.
First baseman Cody Decker was 1-3 hitting a triple and collected an RBI.
Allen was 1-4 hitting a single, collected an RBI and crossed home plate once.
The other two came from Anna and shortstop Gregorio Petit, both were 1-4 with a single.
On the other end it was pitcher Anthony Bass(2-4) getting the start for Tucson. He threw 78 pitches in his five innings of work and recorded his fourth loss of the season.
Over those five innings Bass gave up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out no batters and walking two.
The T-Pads will try and even it at two games a piece when it plays in the final game of this series.
Tucson was unable to pull the extra inning victory against the Rainiers, losing 6-5 on Thursday July 25.
Only one Tucson player had a multi-hit game on Thursday, outfielder Ben Francisco went 2-3 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once.
Wilson made a contribution in the teams losing effort as he was 1-3 hitting a home run, collected and RBI and crossed home plate twice.
Wilson solo shot came in the third inning of the game as he sent it over the left centerfield wall. It is Wilson’s fifth home run of the year.
Getting the loss was pitcher Brad Bach(3-2) after coming into a tied game in the ninth and he also threw part of the 10th.
In Bach’s inning and a third of work he gave up one earned run on one hit while striking out two batters and walking none.
The loss was Bach’s second of the season.
The T-Pads will try to rebound as the team comes back home to Kino Stadium and welcomes in the Salt Lake City Bees for a five game series.
The game on Friday July 26 was rained out and will be played as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Tucson lost a close one at home on Saturday July 27, losing 4-2 to Salt Lake City.
The T-Pads had 11 hits as a team, but were unable to get them in key situations, as it was 2-16 with runners in scoring position and left 16 base runners stranded.
Leading the way was Rodriguez going 3-5 hitting three doubles and collected an RBI.
Anna was 2-2 hitting two singles and crossed home plate once. He was also walked three times in the game.
Andriese picked up his fourth loss of the season after throwing six innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits while striking out two batters and walking one.
T-Pads manager Pat Murphy was ejected in the ninth inning by home plate umpire Brian Hertzog.
Tucson will look to bounce back in its doubleheader tomorrow.
The T-Pads were victorious in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday July 28 as it defeated the Bees 9-6.
Leading the way offensively was Anna as he went 4-4 hitting two singles, two doubles, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate once.
Petit was 2-2 hitting a single, a double and crossed home plate once. He also was walked twice.
The other players that had two hits in the game were Robertson(single, triple) and Robinson(two singles).
Kloess recorded the win for the T-Pads, his third of the year, after throwing six innings giving up three runs, two earned on six hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
Bach converted his first save this year after throwing two-thirds of an inning giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one batter and walking none.
Tucson will try and win its sixth doubleheader game of the season in the following game.
The T-Pads have now won six out of eight doubleheader games this season after winning the second game against the Bees on Sunday, beating them 6-4.
Tucson had a come from behind victory after being in the first few innings.
Helping with the charge was C. Decker who went 3-3 hitting a single, a triple, a home run, collected two RBIs and crossed home plate twice.
He was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. His home run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as he sent the solo shot over the left field wall, it was his 12th homer of the year.
The only other player to have a multi-hit game for the T-Pads in the second game on Sunday was Petit.
Petit was 2-3 hitting two singles and collected one RBI.
Recording the win for Tucson was pitcher Kevin Quackenbush(5-1), his fifth victory as a T-Pad.
Quackenbush threw the sixth inning of the game and gave up no runs on one hit while striking out and walking none.
Mikolas came in and recorded his 21 save of the season after throwing the final inning of the game and giving up no runs on two hits while striking out no batters and walking one.
Tucson hasn’t lost a doubleheader game since April 11, when it lost both games. The team has won all six doubleheader games since then.
The T-Pads have fallen to third in the division, but were only 3.5 games back of the leader with a season record of 57-52.
The team will look to redeem itself in the coming weeks.