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Tucson Padres Week #3 April 16-22 

Tucson PadresIn the third week of play the Tucson Padres finished of series games in Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs and came back home to finish off the week.

The T-Pads have won one game in each of its series matches putting their record at 5-13 as of on the season.

The Padres saw another players go to the disabled list this season. Starting pitcher Casey Kelly went to the 7-day DL on Monday April 16 with elbow soreness.

T-Pads manager Terry Kennedy is expecting Kelly to be out at least a month, as they don’t want to take any chances with the key piece that they received in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.

Making the start on Monday in place of Kelly was Greg Gonzalez. This was his first appearance at the Triple-a level. He went two and a third innings giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out only one.

Center fielder Blake Tekotte extended his hit streak to 10 on Monday by going 1-4 with a double and scoring a run.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal and shortstop Beamer Weems, both out with hamstring strains, still remain on the DL. Both are on the up and up as Grandal has been catching in the pen and Weems has been working out, both are running sprints.

Kennedy also says second baseman Logan Forsythe is about 10 days away from coming back, as he has been taking ground balls. Whether he will be in Tucson or San Diego is the question.

On Tuesday April 17 pitcher James Needy made his first appearance for the T-Pads coming from Class A Short Season Eugene Emeralds. Needy threw for one inning, giving up one run on two hits.

Tekotte increased his hitting streak to 11 games by going 1-4 again.

The Padres bullpen had a great night on Wednesday throwing three scoreless innings. Relief pitcher Dale Thayer has now thrown seven and a third innings not allowing a run.

Again Tekotte pushed his hit streak up to a team high 12 games after posting 1-4 for the third night in a row.

Pitcher Matt Palmer picked up his first win of the season on Thursday April 19. He went six innings giving up no runs on two hits, while striking out five and walking one.

The Padres recorded a blow-out win on Thursday against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 10-2.

The T-Pads also saw its first weather delay of the season on Thursday as the game was delayed for 34 minutes in the eighth inning due to lightening, this after the teams had been playing in rain and brief hail.

Tekotte once again extened his hitting streak, which is now at 13 games after going 2-5 with two doubles and scoring two runs.

Relief pitcher Brad Brach made his first appearance for the T-Pads in 2012 on Thursday, pitching a scoreless inning in the ninth.

Pitcher Colt Hynes made his second start of the Padres since Joe Wieland was promoted to the Major Leagues on April 14. Hynes originally came up through the Padres system as a relief pitcher.

Hynes pitched four innings giving up one earned run on eight hits, striking out two and walking three.

Tekotte continued his hitting streak extending it to a team leading 14 games, after he went 1-4.

Jeff Suppan made made his first start for the Tucson Padres on Saturday April 21. Suppan threw for only three innings as he is recovering from triceps soreness.

Suppan got a no decision on the night after he allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking two batters.

Right fielder Sawyer Carroll hit his second home run of the season on Saturday, he is now tied for the most home runs on the team with three other; James Darnell, Brad Davis and Tekotte.

Carroll was 3-5 on the night with a home run, a triple, a single and he accounted for most of the Padres runs as he had four RBIs and scored three times.

Tekotte did see his hit streak end on Saturday night as he came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth for shortstop Amadeo Zazueta.

Tekotte reached first safely, but it was due to the second baseman (Jorge Cantu) for the Sky Sox who made a throwing error trying to get the force at second.

This was the largest comeback for the T-Pads this year so far as they were down eight runs going into the bottom of the sixth where they put up a four spot.

They put four more runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth to tie up the game. In the bottom of the ninth Sawyer Carroll hit a single between second and first. He then stole second base and advaned to third immediately on catcher Hank Conger‘s throwing error.

The next up was designated-hitter Vince Belnome who hit a shot to deep left center, which allowed Carroll to trot home and win the game for the Padres.

The Padres lost by its biggest deficit on Sunday April 22, as it lost 16-1 to the Salt Lake Bees. Its only run came when Belnome scored when Davis doubled off of the center field wall. Davis is 5 for 47 on the season, however all five hits have been for extra bases, as he is yet to hit a single this season.

The T-Pads head into its fourth week where they will get their first day off, followed by a road trip to Sacramento to play the River Cats, who are second in the division.

They will meet in a four game series.

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