Tucson Padres Week #5 April 30- May6
Week five saw the Tucson Padres play its first double-header of the season, as well as a couple of new players to the team. The team also saw one player’s hit streak end, while another one continued on.
The T-Pads won both matches of the double-header, but ended up only winning three of the seven games that they played during the week.
Tucson now has a 10-21 record on the season.
Monday April 30 was another day off for the Padres.
On Tuesday May 1 the Padres saw its four run lead disappear in the top of the ninth as the Tacoma Rainiers would score five runs and then hold the Padres at bay in the bottom of ninth.
Carlos Quentin played for the Padres on Tuesday as the designated-hitter, he went 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Quentin was playing for the T-Pads on a rehab assignment after having had knee surgery on March.
Left fielder James Darnell hit his third home run of the season. He hit it immediately following Quentin’s home run.
This was the first time this season that Tucson hit back to back home runs.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal saw his seven game hit streak end, as he went 0-3 on the night.
Wednesday May 2 the T-Pads made a come from behind win in the ninth inning against the Rainiers with second baseman Anthony Contreras hitting a double that scored Grandal to win the game.
Weems and Belnome also hit their first home runs in Triple-A on Wednesday. Darnell also hit his fourth home run of the season, he is the home run leader for the T-Pads.
Quentin played the field for the first time since his knee surgery, he played three innings in the field and went 1-2, with a single.
The Padres dropped the final game of the series against the Rainiers on Thursday May 3, the Padres were unable to capitalize on a few scoring opportunities they had during the evening.
The bullpen threw a scoreless three and two-thirds innings. Both Cody Burns and Alex Hinshaw threw in those innings.
The Padres lost their second game in row on May 4 against the Sacramento River Cats.
Starting pitcher Tim Stauffer threw for the first time for the T-Pads this season going five innings giving up one run on six hits, while striking out one and walking none.
Stauffer threw a total of 70 pitches with 50 of them being strikes.
Relief pitcher Bear Bay threw for the Padres for the first time as well. However, the day didn’t go as well for him as it did for Stauffer.
Bay went one and a third inning, giving up six runs on five hits, with two of the hits being home runs.
Darnell hit his fifth home run of the season, while going 2-5 scoring three RBIs as well.
On Saturday May 5 the T-Pads played its first double-header of the season and celebrated Cinco de Mayo by winning both games.
The first game saw first baseman Matt Clark hit two home runs, while going 3-3 scoring three runs and three RBIs.
Quentin went 0-3, but did manage to play the entire game in left field.
The Padres won 10-4 in the first game, with starting pitcher Matt Palmer getting his second win of the season bringing his win/loss record to 2-2.
The second game saw a new Padre take the mound, Tom Layne. Layne came over in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Layne pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking three.
The T-Pads came away with a 6-4 win in the second game.
The Padres are the first team to sweep a double-header against the River Cats since Colorado Springs Sky Sox did it in 2005.
Sunday May 6 Tucson failed to win its first series of the season as they dropped the final game 7-1 against the River Cats.
The T-Pads used up five pitchers on Sunday, but went through a total of 11 pitchers in two days, given that they played a double-header the previous day.
Tucson also tied a minor league record as they struck out River Cat hitter Luke Hughes all five times that he came to the plate against them.
Contreras went 0-4 on the evening which ended his 11 game hitting streak. Second baseman Alexi Amarista went 2-5 on the evening with two singles, this extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
After another day off the Padres will take to the road again as they will be heading to New Orleans to play against the Zephyrs in a four game series.
They will follow that up by heading to Oklahoma City to play the Red Hawks for four games as well.