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Tucson Padres Week #8 May 21-27 

Tucson PadresThe Tucson Padres finished off strong for week eight by winning more games than they lost. They went 4-3 on the week.

This puts their current record at 18-32.

Tucson started out the week at home against the Memphis Redbirds and then took to the road, heading to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. To play the Rainiers.

The week marked the first series win for the T-Pads this season beating the Redbirds 3-1 in a four game stand.

The T-Pads started off with a win on Monday May 21 beating the Redbirds 9-3.
Starting pitcher for the Padres was Colt Hynes who threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five and only walking one.

It marked the first win of the season for Hynes and his first win as a starter, putting his record to 1-4 for the season.

Two Tucson players hit back to back home runs against the Redbirds on Monday, third baseman Jedd Gyorko and first baseman Matt Clark were the players who went long against the Redbirds pitcher.

It is the second time this year and also the second time this month that Padres players hit back-to-back home runs, infielder James Darnell and outfielder Carlos Quentin did it on May 1 against the Rainiers.

Gyorko went 2-5 on the evening, hitting a double as well, while scoring twice and collected two RBIs. Clark went 1-4, scoring twice and collecting one RBI.

The T-Pads continued to muscle the Redbirds on Tuesday May 22 as they put another beat down on the Birds beating them 9-2.

Starting pitcher Bear Bay threw four scoreless innings only giving up two hits and walking one.

Gyorko and Clark each hit another home run following their back-to-back night. It put Clark at a team leading eight home runs for the season to date.

Having an amazing game at the plate was infielder Logan Forsythe who went 4-4 hitting three singles and a triple, while also scoring three runs.

That performance bumped up his average to .360 on the season so far. Forsythe has played in seven injury rehab games for the T-Pads.

It was the third time the Padres won two games in a row this season.

On Wednesday May 23 the T-Pads put another nine runs on the board and beat the Redbirds 9-3 again, to give the Padres its first series win of the year and also its first three game winning streak as well.

T-Pads starting pitcher Kip Wells went six innings giving up three runs (two earned), on four hits, while striking out three and walking one in his second appearance for the T-Pads. Wells’ record is now 1-0 on the season.

Outfielder Cody Decker was hit by a pitch in the third inning, he stayed in the game to finish running the bases, but was taken out in the top of the fourth and was replaced by infielder Anthony Contreras.

Contreras went for 2-3 hitting a double and a triple, while scoring once and collecting three RBIs.

Forsythe went 1-4 on the day hitting a triple and scoring once while he also got three RBIs.

The Padres took the loss on Thursday May 24 after giving up the go ahead run in the top of the 11 inning. The Redbirds won the game 7-6.

Tucson came out on top winning three of the four games and out scored the Redbirds 33-15 in the four game series.

Center fielder Daniel Robertson showcased the best eye at the plate for Tucson as he went 3-5 hitting three singles and scoring two runs. He has increased his batting average to .322 on the season.

Friday May 25 the Padres played against the Rainiers in Tacoma. The Rainiers won the game 13-6.

The pitchers for the T-Pads struggled as no pitcher for Tucson was able to get past two innings.

Forsythe had another good night at the plate as he went 3-5 hitting two singles and a double and scoring one run. He increased his batting average to .261 for the ten games he’s played in for the T-Pads.

Decker made a nice comeback on the evening after being hit by a pitch two days earlier. He went 3-4 with two singles and a double.

The Padres tried to break the two game losing streak on Saturday May 26. However, their loss streak moved to three as the Rainiers won the game 6-4.

Hynes started again for the Padres, although he only went four innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits, while striking out three and walking none. His record dropped to 1-5 for the season.

Contreras went 1-5 on the evening hitting a home run, scoring once and collecting an RBI.

The T-Pads finished off the week strong by winning the final game against the Rainiers on Sunday May 27.

Bay started once again for the Padres and threw another four innings, however this time it did not go in his favor. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits, while striking out three and walking three. His performance did not factor into the decision.

Gyorko had the best night that evening at the plate for the Padres as he went 4-6 hitting three singles and a home run, while scoring two runs and collecting one RBI.

Tucson will hope to build off of this game as they move onto its next series at home against the Las Vegas 51s, which is a four game series. This is the first time these two teams have met this year.

After that the Padres will head to Colorado Springs for another four game series against the Sky Sox. The Padres lost three out of four games the last time they played the Sky Sox.