Tucson Padres Week #15 July 9-15
The Tucson Padres finished off its short week after the All-Star break winning a couple of games and had a rain out.
Tucson has been steadily improving its record in the past few weeks, as they are now at 34-59 on the season.
The T-Pads are still residing in fourth place in its division, however, they are 22 games behind the first place Sacramento River Cats.
The Padres are 17 games behind the third place Las Vegas 51s.
For the Pacific Coast League All-Star game the T-Pads had outfielder Daniel Robertson representing them at the Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.
Robertson replaced the Reno Aces center fielder Adam Eaton in the sixth inning of the game. At the plate he went 1-1 hitting a single in the top of the seventh.
Robertson is the second player in the T-Pads history to play in the PCL All-Star game, the other was outfielder Aaron Cunningham who played in last years All-Star game.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal was selected to play in the Futures Game, but was unable to play as he was called up to San Diego.
The T-Pads played its fifteenth week of baseball in a four game series at home against the Fresno Grizzlies.
The first game of the series was played on Thursday July 12 and Tucson claimed victory, winning the game in the bottom of the ninth with a final score of 6-5.
Pitcher Eric Stults started the game for the T-Pads on Thursday, it was his first rehab start as he has been out with a strained left latissimus dorsi muscle.
He only pitched two and two-thirds innings giving up four runs, three earned on three hits while striking out three and walking two.
Pitcher Bear Bay took over for Stults and threw four and a third innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out none and walking none.
Infielder Jedd Gyorko got the winning RBI for the T-Pads hitting the ball off of the pitchers foot ricocheting to the first baseman who made throw home behind Robertson’s slide at the plate.
Gyorko went 2-5 on the evening hitting a home run, a single, scoring one run and collected three RBIs.
Infielder Vince Belnome also had a home run on the night, he was 1-3 at the plate.
The T-Pads played the second game against the Grizzlies on Friday July 13 and were not able to extend its win streak. The Grizzlies won the game 8-5.
Starting pitcher Matt Palmer threw four innings, giving up six runs on six hits while striking out four and walking four. His record is now 5-6 on the season.
Both Belnome and outfielder Jeremy Hermida were 2-4 in Friday nights game.
Belnome had two singles and Hermida also had two singles, but crossed the plate twice to score two of Tucson’s five runs.
Tucson took over again on Saturday July 14 as they beat the Grizzles 9-5 in the third of a four game series.
Pitcher Jorge Reyes started the game and threw for five and a third innings giving up five runs on 11 hits while striking out eight and walking two, he was two strikeouts shy of the team’s single game strike out record set by Will Inman.
However, pitcher Nick Vincent got the win for the T-Pads on Saturday after throwing two thirds of an inning. It marked his first win of the season and puts his record at 1-1.
Relief pitcher Cody Burns recorded his second save of the season after pitching the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out two and walking one.
The T-Pads had a tremendous night at the plate as they had numerous players on the team with multi hit games.
Belnome continued his dominance with the bat as he went 4-4 on the night, hitting two doubles, two singles and collected an RBI. He is now 7-11 at the plate since the All-Star break.
Robertson was 4-5 hitting three doubles, a single, scoring one run and collected two RBIs.
Gyorko was 3-4 hitting a home run, two singles, scoring two runs and accumulating three RBIs. He now has 54 RBIs in 52 games played with the T-Pads.
Hermida went 2-5 with two singles and scoring once.
The final game in the series on Sunday July 15 was postponed due to heavy rains in the Tucson area. The game will be made up when the T-Pads head to Fresno August, since this was the last appearance for the Grizzlies at Kino Stadium.
The T-Pads will continue its home stand as they will take on the Reno Aces in a four game series before heading to Sacramento to take on the River Cats in a four game series as well.