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Tucson Padres Week #17 July 23-29 

Tucson PadresThe 17th week of play saw the Tucson Padres went 4-4 on the week in which they played eight games due to a double header, that was to be played on Sunday.

The T-Pads record on the season is now at 42-66 which puts them in fourth place in the division and are 22.5 games behind the division leading Sacramento River Cats.

They are also now 15 games behind the third place Fresno Grizzlies who seem to have been struggling as of late.

The T-Pads started off its 17th week of play on Monday July 23 against the River Cats in a 6-0 losing effort.

With the lose the T-Pads were unable to sweep the River Cats as Tucson was held to only three hits in the game.

The only two players to get hits for the T-Pads were shortstop Andy Parrino who went 2-4 hitting a double and a single.

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida got the other hit for the T-Pads as he went 1-2 with a double.

Starting pitcher Will Scott was called up from the Short Season Eugene Emeralds for a spot start as pitcher Eric Stults was called up to San Diego.

Scott threw four innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking three.

The T-Pads continued its road trip as they headed to Tacoma to play a four game series.

They started the series off on Tuesday July 24 with a 4-3 victory over the Rainiers.

Pitcher Jorge Reyes got the victory in his home state of Washington for the T-Pads on Tuesday after throwing six innings three runs on five hits while striking out five hitters and walking four.

Reyes’ record is now at 7-9 on the season.

The T-Pads had some support at the plate as well, with outfielder Anthony Contreras going 2-4 with a double, a single, scoring a run and collecting an RBI.

First baseman Matt Clark went 1-3 hitting a double and scoring two runs. Hermida also had a good night at the plate going 1-3 hitting a double, scoring a run and collecting an RBI.

The T-Pads were unable to duplicate its efforts on Wednesday July 25 as they lost the game 4-3 to the Rainiers.

Tucson almost tied it up in the top of the seventh as catcher Robert Kral tried to score from third base on a passed ball that hit the backstop, he was thrown out in a close play. Both Kral and manager Terry Kennedy argued against the call.

Third baseman Jesus Merchan was responsible for all three runs scored for the T-Pads as he was 1-3 on the evening with a home run, scoring once and collecting three RBIs.

On Thursday July 26 Tucson pulled out another close victory as they beat the Rainers 1-0. It is the fourth shut out of the T-Pads have recorded for the season.

Pitcher Colt Hynes got his fifth win off the season, putting him at 5-8, he threw seven innings giving up no runs and giving up only three hits while striking out four batters and walking only one.

Pitcher Eric Hamren got his eighth save on the year as well.

At the plate outfielder Sawyer Carroll provided the offense for the T-Pads as he went 2-4 hitting two doubles and collecting an RBI.

Tucson ended up splitting the four game series with Rainiers as they lost the final game of the series 2-1 on Friday July 27.

It was an unfortunate loss for the T-Pads as they had the Rainiers shut out all the way into the ninth inning when Tacoma put two runs on the board.

Starting pitcher Bear Bay threw six and a third scoreless innings while only giving up three hits, striking out two and walking two batters.

Shortstop Beamer Weems was responsible for the only run hitting a home run in the top of the eighth inning. Weems went 1-3 scoring a run and recording one RBI.

It marked Hamren’s third blown save of the season after throwing two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on one hit while striking out one batter and walking one.

The T-Pads returned back home to Kino Stadium on Saturday July 28 to start a four game series against none other than the Rainiers again.

The series did not start off well for the T-Pads on Saturday as they lost the game in a 8-7 contest. The T-Pads lost the game in the ninth inning as pitcher Miles Mikolas overthrew catcher Rocky Gale on an intentional walk that allowed the runner at third to score, giving Tacoma the lead.

Parrino had the best night at the plate for the T-Pads as he went 3-4 hitting three singles, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs.

Both Clark and Kennedy were ejected in the bottom of the sixth inning for arguing with the home plate umpire ringing Clark up on a check swing without asking for an appeal from one of the on base umpires.

On Sunday July 29 the T-Pads played a double-header against the Rainiers and won both of the games putting the them at 5-1 in the double-headers Tucson has played this year.

In the first game on Sunday Reyes collected his eighth win of the season when the T-Pads beat Tacoma 5-3.

Reyes threw six and one third innings giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out five batters and walking two.

Hamren closed out the game to get his ninth save of the season.

Outfielder Daniel Robertson went 3-4 at the plate hitting a double, two singles, scoring once and collecting an RBI.

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko went 2-4 hitting two singles, scoring a run and collected an RBI.

Clark also went 2-4 hitting hitting two singles and scored a run, while Merchan went 2-2 on the night hitting two singles and scoring a run.

The T-Pads won the second game on Sunday by a score of 2-0, this was the T-Pads fifth shut-out for the season.

Tucson had four pitchers throw in the second game and only gave up three hits.

Gyorko went 1-3 hitting a home run, scoring a run and collecting an RBI.

He was not the only player to contribute at the plate as Carroll went 2-2 hitting two singles and collecting an RBI.

Merchan went 1-2 hitting a double and scoring a run.

The T-Pads have continued to improve as they have been doing since the All-Star break.

Tucson will start its 18th week of play at home by finishing off the series against the Rainiers, then they will head Round Rock, Texas to take on the Express in a four game series. They will then head to Albuquerque to take on the Isotopes.