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Tucson Padres Week #16 July 16-22 

The Tucson Padres ended its week 16 in a strong fashion, as they won the last three games that they played against the Sacramento River Cats.

The T-Pads continued to improve since coming back from the All-Star break and ended up winning four of the seven games they played in week 16.

Tucson is still in fourth place in its division with a season record of 38-62 on the year. They trail the first place River Cats by 21 games.

They trail the third place Fresno Grizzlies by 15 games.

Tucson also broke one of its season records this week and also managed to hand a pitcher for the River Cats his first loss off the season.

The T-Pads were set to kick off their week at home on Monday July 16 against the Aces in the first of a four game series.

However, Tucson had some heavy rains on and off, so the game was suspended for the evening after three innings of play with the T-Pads trailing 1-0.

The game was set to played the next day at 5:30 p.m. with the Tuesday game to follow.

On Tuesday July 17 the T-Pads finished off the first game losing to the Aces 4-1.

Pitcher Colt Hynes started the game on Monday and threw the three innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out one and walking none.

Tuesday, pitcher Neil Wagner took over the continuation of the game and threw two innings giving up no runs on one hit while not striking out or walking any hitters.

Pitcher Mark Hamburger took over the next three innings and ended up taking the loss after giving up three runs, two earned on four hits while striking out two and walking two.

The only run scored for Tucson was the combined effort of infielders Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark. Gyorko went 2-4 with two singles and scoring the only run.

Clark went 1-4 hitting a double that gave him the only T-Pad RBI after Gyorko crossed the plate.

The second game of the evening or the regular scheduled game for Tuesday only went seven innings due to another rain out.

When the game was called the Aces were on top of the T-Pads with a score of 3-1. The T-Pads were the first on the board with outfielder Sawyer Carroll’s RBI single in the bottom of the second inning.

Pitcher Bear Bay started the game and threw five innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking one, his record is now 2-6 on the season.

Carroll was 2-3 on the night hitting two singles and had the only RBI for the night.

Tucson was able bounce back on Wednesday July 18 as they defeated the Aces 5-1 in third game of a four game series.

The pitching staff on Wednesday struck out a season high 14 batters, with starting pitcher Eric Stults collecting seven of the strikeouts.

Eleven strikeouts was the previous season high, which the T-Pads had reached a couple of times on the season.

The other pitchers to contribute were Brad Boxberger who also recorded the win putting his season total at 2-2, Miles Mikolas, Josh Spence and Cody Burns.

Clark went 1-3 hitting a home run, scoring a run and collecting an RBI on the night. Shortstop Beamer Weems went 1-4 hitting a three run double in the in the bottom of the first.

The T-Pads met the Aces for the final time this season on Thursday July 19 in a losing effort as the gane ended with a score of 4-3.

The T-Pads had a chance to make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but failed leaving two on base.

Starting pitcher Jorge Reyes took the loss on Thursday after pitching six innings and giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking only one. His record is now 6-9 on the season.

Clark was 2-4 on the night hitting a home run, a single, scoring a run and collected one RBI. Catcher Rocky Gale had a good night at the plate as well going 2-4 with two doubles and scoring a run.

After the Thursday game the T-Pads packed up and headed Sacramento to play a four game series against the River Cats.

Friday July 20 the T-Pads played its first of a four game series against the River Cats and kicked the series off with a strong performance beating the River Cats 6-0.

It was the third shutout of the year for the T-Pads, with starting pitcher Matt Palmer getting the win to move his season record to 6-6. Palmer threw six scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five batters and only walking one.

Boxberger, Burns and Erik Hamren threw three scoreless innings for the bullpen on Friday. The T-Pads bullpen now has had nine consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

Gyorko had the best evening at the plate for Tucson as he went 3-5 hitting a home run, a double, a single, scored a run and collected an RBI. He was just a triple shy of the cycle.

The T-Pads continued its winning ways to extend its win streak to two games by beating the River Cats 8-4 on Saturday July 21.

This was the first loss handed to the River Cats starting pitcher Graham Godfrey in his 2012 season.

Hynes got his fourth win of the season after throwing five and two-thirds innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out five batters and walking two.

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida had the best night at the plate for the T-Pads as he went 2-5 hitting two singles, scoring a run and collected four RBIs.

Tucson extended its winning streak to three games on Sunday July 22 as they beat the River Cats again in a 5-3 contest.

It was not an easy win as the T-Pads were unable to take the lead until the eighth inning.

Bay did not factor into the win column after throwing six innings giving up three runs on five hit while striking out five and walking three.

Instead Wagner got his third win of the season.

Hermida had another great night at the plate, going 2-4 hitting a home run, a single, scoring a run and collecting two RBIs.

Third baseman Jesus Merchan and catcher Robert Kral both had good nights at the plate as they both went 2-3.

Merchan hit two singles, scored a run and collected an RBI. Kral had a double, a single and collected one RBI.

The T-Pads will kick off the next week by playing final game in the series against the River Ctas that Tucson has already claimed victory of the series and is seeking it first sweep of the year.

They will then head to Tacoma to take on the Rainiers in a four game series before heading back to Tucson to take the Rainiers again in another four game series a Kino Stadium.