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Tucson Padres Week #4 April 23-29 

The Tucson Padres saw some improvements in their fourth week of play as they pulled out two wins against the Sacramento River Cats.

The T-Pads split their first series of the season, as they won two of the four games against the River Cats.

The Padres are now 7-17 on the season.

With Micah Owings going on the 15-day disabled-list on Thursday April 26 the San Diego Padres called up relief pitcher Dale Thayer.

Outfielder Blake Tekotte also headed up to San Diego on Saturday as outfielder Jeremy Hermida went on the 15-day DL.

The week didn’t start as well for them as they dropped their first three games, two to the Salt Lake Bees and the opener against the River Cats.

The first two games to kick off the week the T-Pads dropped them to the Bees scoring a total of eight runs to the Bees 20.

The Tuscon crowd got into the game Monday night as the Padres stopped third baseman Alexi Amarista from getting an in-the-park home run.

Right-fielder Sawyer Carroll made a lunging try at a fly ball, but came up short. Center-fielder Daniel Robertson ran over and backed Carroll up and got the throw to second baseman Amadeo Zazueta, who then gunned the the relay to catcher Brad Davis. Davis then had enough time to apply the tag to Amarista.

On Wednesday April 25 the Padres received their first day off on the year, but they had to be in Sacramento on Thursday to play against the River Cats.

Thursday saw the Padres get back shortstop Beamer Weems as he made his first appearance since going on the Disabled-List on April 11 with a strained hamstring. Weems went 0-3 on the night.

Catcher Yamani Grandal was also taken off of the DL on Thursday, from his strained hamstring as well, however he was not in the starting line-up.

Grandal was in the starting line-up on Friday April 27. He had good night at the plate as he went 1-3, hitting a home run, scoring twice, one RBI and took one walk.

Weems had another off night at the plate as he went 0-4 with one strikeout.

Carroll also hit his third home run of the season, which is the most for the team.

Everth Cabrera also set a new record for the Tucson Padres as he stole four bases on Friday night. He now has nine stolen bases on the season, which also leads the team. He has yet to be caught stealing.

This 5-1 victory snapped the T-Pads four game losing streak.

Tucson then collected a second win against the River Cats on Saturday April 28 giving the Padres its first winning streak of the season.

Starting pitcher Jorge Reyes collected his first Triple-A win on Saturday going five innings, giving up four runs, while striking out three and walking one.

Tucson put up five runs sixth inning and then second baseman Anthony Contreras hit a solo home run in the in the top of the ninth.

Third baseman Everth Cabrera also went 2-3 on the while stealing a bag, giving him five steals in two games and giving him eight on the season.

On Sunday April 29 pitcher Matt Palmer missed his start due to a blister on his pitching hand. Tucson called up pitcher Mark Pope from the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm.

Pope went five innings allowing eight runs, four of which were earned, while striking out four and walking one.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal went 1-3 on the night hitting a home run, scoring one run and recording one RBI on the night.

Grandal now has at least one hit in each of his seven plate appearances this season, giving him a seven game hit streak.

The T-Pads will be heading back home after a day off on Monday to play three games against the Tacoma Rainiers and then three more games against the River Cats.