Tucson Padres Week #20 August 13-19
Week #20 for the Tucson Padres did not fair so well, as the T-Pads won only two of the eight games that it played on the week.
For the week the T-Pads finished off its series against the Omaha Storm Chasers, then played a four game series against the Iowa Cubs before heading out to Fresno to take on the Grizzlies in a five game series.
Currently the T-Pads are 48-81 on the season after going 2-6 on the week. Tucson trails the division leader the Sacramento River Cats by 29 games.
The T-Pads trail the third place Grizzlies by 19 games, with about two weeks left to play in the season.
Tucson kicked off the 20th week of play on Monday August 13 taking a 5-2 loss in the final game of the series against the Storm Chasers.
This marked the fourth sweep of the season against the T-Pads and put its losing streak up to six games.
It marked starting Pitcher Bear Bay’s eighth loss of the season after he threw six innings giving up four runs on 11 hits while striking out four batters and walking none.
The best hitter for Tucson on the night was third baseman Jesus Merchan who went 2-4 hitting a single, a double and scoring of the two runs on the evening.
He accounted for two of the four hits that Tucson managed to scratch together.
Things did not improve for the T-Pads on Tuesday August 14 as it’s losing streak was increased to seven games after the 12-7 loss to Iowa.
Tucson was leading the game 2-1 after the first inning, but then had a 59 minute rain delay. However after the game was resumed the T-Pads jumped up 4-1 in the second inning.
The T-Pads had the up until the fifth inning in which the Cubs took over from there and saw its way to the 12-7 victory.
It was the second loss for starting pitcher Andrew Werner since coming to Tucson. He threw four and a third innings giving up eight runs, five earned on eight hits while striking out five batters and walking one.
Merchan was one of the shining stars at the plate again as he went 2-5 hitting a double, a triple, scoring two runs and collecting two RBIs.
Another T-Pad who put together some good swings at the plate was catcher Eddy Rodriguez who went 2-4 hitting a single, a home run, scored once and collected three RBIs.
Tucson dropped yet another game on Wednesday August 15 as they once again were held to four hits in its 4-0 loss to the Cubs.
Starting pitcher Matt Palmer left the field in the third inning after suffering an injury trying to get to a bunted ball. He still received the loss after throwing two and third innings giving up one unearned run on two while striking out and walking none. His season record is 6-9 on the year.
Outfielder Daniel Robertson had the best night at the plate as he was 2-4 with two singles.
Merchan increased his hitting streak to six games after going 1-4 hitting a single.
All four of Tucson’s hits on Wednesday were singles. Tucson’s losing streak increased to eight games.
The T-Pads finally saw its luck change as it ended its losing streak by beating the Cubs 7-6 on Thursday August 16.
It marked second baseman Jedd Gyorko’s first game back from the disabled list after having suffered an ankle injury.
He went 3-4 hitting a single, a double, a home run, scored once and collected three RBIs. His home run came on his first pitch of the game, his injury didn’t seem to hinder his first game back at all.
Outfielder Blake Tekotte also put together some great at bats on the evening as he went 2-4 hitting a double, a home run, scoring once and collecting two RBIs.
Pitcher Nick Vincent got his second save of the season on Thursday after he throwing the ninth inning and giving up no runs on one hit.
Merchan increased his hit streak to seven games after having a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
After scoring six runs in the first inning, it marked the first time on this home stand that the T-Pads actually scored first.
Tucson’s win streak was immediately shut down as it lost 8-1 on Friday August 17 against the Cubs.
The T-Pads had several opportunities to win the game as they left the bases loaded on a couple of occasions.
The team also had a great outing from starting pitcher Colt Hynes as he threw seven innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out one batter and walking one.
It was pitcher Chris Franklin’s first loss a T-Pad after he threw one and a third innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three batters.
Second baseman Anthony Contreras came into pitch for the final two outs in the top of the ninth and he managed to give up no hits while recording the two outs.
First baseman Sawyer Carroll contributed at the plate as he was 2-4 hitting two singles and recording the only RBI for Tucson.
Outfielder Andy Parrino also had a couple of good appearances at the plate as he was 2-4 hitting a single, a double and was the only T-Pad to cross the plate on Friday.
Merchan saw his hitting streak end on Friday as he went 0-2.
The T-Pads were unsuccessful in its attempt to overcome the four run deficit in the top of the ninth, as Tucson ended up losing 5-3 on Saturday August 18.
It marked the first game in the series against the Grizzlies.
It was starting pitcher Bear Bay’s ninth loss of the season as he threw seven innings giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.
Bay reached a tremendous feat on Saturday as collected his 1,000 strikeout of his career in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Merchan had another good night at the plate as he went 3-4 hitting three singles, scoring once and collecting one RBI.
Gyorko also had a couple of good appearances at the plate as he went 2-3 hitting two singles. Gyorko and Merchan were the only players for the T-Pads to have multiple hits in the game.
On Sunday August 19 the T-Pads played a doubleheader against the Grizzlies, as they had to make-up a game from July 15.
In the first game on Sunday the T-Pads lost to Fresno in 5-0 contest.
This is the seventh time the T-Pads have been shutout this season as Tucson was held to only four hits in the game.
Pitcher Eddie Kunz started his first game since being transferred from Double-A. Kunz threw six innings giving up five runs on 11 hits while striking out one batter and walking four.
Contreras had the best game at the plate as he went 2-3 hitting two singles, he had two of the four hits for Tucson.
Tucson rallied back to win the second game of the doubleheader by the score of 5-0 on Sunday.
Pitcher Jorge Reyes earned his 10th win of the season to put his record at .500 for the year so far. He threw just one inning in relief.
Several hitters showed up for the T-Pads in the second game as four players had multiple hits in the game.
Carroll went 3-3 hitting two singles, a double and scoring two runs.
Contreras went 2-3 hitting two singles and scored a run.
Gyorko went 2-4 hitting a single, a home run, scoring once and collecting two RBIs.
Merchan went 2-4 hitting two singles and scoring a run.
The T-Pads will be looking to improve in the weeks to come as the season is coming to a close. Next week will see the T-Pads finish off its series in Fresno then come back home to play a five game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
It will be the final games played at Kino Stadium for the 2012 season.