Tucson Padres Week #18 July 30 – August 5
The Tucson Padres finished off its 18th week of play losing the last game of the series to the Tacoma Rainiers, splitting a four game series with the Round Rock Express and then winning the first game in the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Tucson was 3-4 on the week and are 45-70 for the season.
The T-Pads still currently sit in fourth place in the division and are 25.5 games out of first place. The road out of the cellar continues to be a rough climb as the T-Pads are 15 games back of the third place Fresno Grizzlies.
The T-Pads kicked off its 18th week of play finishing off a series of four games at home against the Rainiers.
Tucson dropped the third game of the series on Monday July 30 in a 11-8 contest against Tacoma. The T-Pads gave up an eight run lead in the sixth inning of the game.
Pitcher Matt Palmer started the game for the T-Pads, he threw five and a third innings giving up six runs, five of which were earned on seven hits.
He also struck out six hitters while walking two.
Designated hitter Matt Clark had a great night at the plate for the T-Pads on Monday as he went 2-4 hitting two home runs, scoring twice and collecting four RBIs.
The first home run came in the bottom of the first inning while his second one came in the bottom of the third.
Another reason it was a great night for Clark was that his second home run on the evening also marked his 100th home run of his professional baseball career.
Tucson again lost a lead to the Rainiers on Tuesday July 31 as it fell 3-2 against the opposition.
Starter Colt Hynes did not factor into the decision on Tuesday after throwing six and two-thirds innings giving up only one run on six hits while striking out only one hitter and walking none.
Third baseman Jedd Gyorko had a good night at the plate as he went 2-3 hitting two doubles and scoring a run.
Clark recorded another RBI on Tuesday as he went 1-4 hitting a single and collecting a RBI.
Relief pitcher Erik Hamren took loss after blowing his fourth save of the season, his season record is now 2-3 on the season.
Tuesday marked the end of nine games in a row that Tucson and Tacoma played each other with the T-Pads winning four of them.
On Wednesday August 1 the T-Pads headed to Round Rock to take on the Express in a four game series.
Tucson lost the first game of the series on Wednesday in a 7-6 contest. The T-Pads tried to mount a comeback in the final three innings as it scored five runs over those innings.
Starting pitcher Bear Bay had an off night as he gave up six runs in six innings of work, giving him his seventh loss of the season.
At the plate the T-Pads got production out of a few players on Wednesday as Gyorko went 2-4 hitting two singles, scoring two runs and collecting two RBIs.
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida hit his second home run for Tucson on Wednesday, also shortstop Andy Parrino went 3-4 hitting a single, two doubles and scored two runs.
Tucson managed to turn its luck around on Thursday August 2 as it got its first win on the week as it beat Round Rock 2-0.
It marked only the second game that pitcher Andrew Werner has appeared in for the T-Pads and he made a spectacular start.
Werner threw nine shutout innings only giving up five while striking out six hitters and walking none. This marks the first complete game shutout in Tucson Padres history.
Werner got help in the very first at bat of the game as outfielder Daniel Robertson hit a solo home run to the upper deck in left field.
It also marked the first lead off home run for the T-Pads this season, the last time this was accomplished for Tucson was on April 17, 2011 by shortstop Everth Cabrera.
The other run for Tucson came in the top of the seventh when third baseman Jesus Merchan hit solo shot making it his second of the season.
Werner’s shutout was almost taken away in the bottom of the seventh when Robertson collided with the and missed the ball.
Round Rock’s Ryan Spilborghs tried for an inside the park home run, but was gunned down by a fantastic relay from Hermida to Parrino to catcher Rocky Gale who tagged out Spilborghs at the plate.
It did not work out as well for the T-Pads on Friday August 3 as it lost the third game of the series by a score of 8-7 against the Express.
Tucson was down by six runs going into seventh and were able to mount a comeback as it took a 7-6 after the top of the ninth inning.
Contributors were Clark and second baseman Anthony Contreras who both had home runs and two RBIs each on the evening.
Gyorko was 1-4 on the evening hitting a double, scoring a run and collecting two RBIs as well.
Hamren came into the game and was unable to fend off the attack of the Express as he got his fifth blown save of the season and also got his fourth loss, putting his record to 2-4 on the season.
The T-Pads were able to split the four game series with the Rainiers as they pulled out a 10-6 victory on Saturday August 4.
Pitcher Matt Palmer threw seven innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out two hitters and walking two, however he did not factor into the decision on Saturday.
The Padres led the game all the way into the eighth inning when they were down 5-3, but managed to retake the lead in the top of the ninth.
With a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth pitcher Miles Mikolas came into the game and gave up the tying run to record his third blown save of the season.
Clark was a big contributor at the plate on Saturday as he went 2-4, while hitting the grand slam in the top of the 10th to re-give the T-Pads the lead. It was the first extra innings grand slam for the T-Pads this season.
Tucson also had other players that helped out at the plate on Saturday. Parrino went 4-5 hitting three singles, a double, scoring a run and collected two RBIs.
Shortstop Beamer Weems also had a good night with the bat as he went 3-4 hitting two singles, a home run, scored four time and got one RBI.
After the win, Tucson would then head to Albuquerque to take on the Isotopes in a four game series.
The T-Pads pulled out a 10-8 victory over the Isotopes on Sunday August 5.
It was in the fourth inning that Tucson secured its lead for good in the game as it sent 12 batters to the plate and also scored seven of its 10 runs in the game.
Hynes got his sixth win of the season after throwing six innings giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out four batters and walking one. His record on the season is now 6-8.
Weems was the star at the plate on Sunday as he went 2-5 hitting a single, a home run, scored once and collected four RBIs.
Outfielder Sawyer Carroll also had a fantastic night at the plate as he went 3-5 hitting two singles, a triple, scored once and collected an RBI.
Tucson will finish off three more games in Albuquerque before coming back home to Kino Stadium to play a four game series with the Omaha Storm Chasers. Both Albuquerque and Omaha are at the tops of their respected divisions.