Padres’ win-streak ends with loss in Reno

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Padres’ win-streak ends with loss in Reno
The Reno Aces ended the Tucson Padres four-game win streak on Friday, Aug. 31, with a 7-2 victory at Aces Ballpark. Sawyer Carroll put the Padres ahead in the top of second with a solo home to center field, but the Aces answered back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs off three hits to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Reno's Tyler Kuhn finished the night with three hits and three runs scored, while teammate Brent Clevlen smacked his second home run in Triple-A in the seventh inning. Vince Belnome scored the only other run for the Padres in the eighth off a RBI single to left field. Andrew Cashner took the loss for Tucson. He went four innings in his rehab start surrendering four hits and three runs. The Aces' Charles Brewer won his 11th game of the year going seven innings allowing four hits and three strikeouts. The Padres will continue their series in Reno on Saturday, Sept. 1. Tucson's Josh Spence will face off on the mound with the Aces' Zach Kroenke. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Box Score

Cleveland Indians send former Wildcat and Dorado, Shelley Duncan to Triple-A

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Cleveland Indians send former Wildcat and Dorado, Shelley Duncan to Triple-A
Former Arizona Wildcat, Shelley Duncan, cleared waivers with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, August 31, and will report to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The Indians originally designated Duncan for assignment on Wednesday, Aug. 29, leaving him off the 40-man roster and giving the team ten days to decide the player’s future. The Canyon del Oro High School graduate hit .203 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs this year with the Indians. Duncan started 2012 as the team’s starting left fielder, but began to struggle offensively and lose playing time as the season went on. One of Duncan's highlights from this season came in early July, when he hit three home runs the same week his wife gave birth to twin boys. The former Wildcat has spent the past three seasons in Cleveland, coming over as free agent in 2010 from the New York Yankees. Duncan’s new team, the Clippers, have four games remaining on their regular season schedule. The left fielder played in 33 games with the Triple-A team in 2011, hitting five home runs and 19 RBIs for Columbus.

Matt Clark establishes himself as Tucson Padres all-time home run leader

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Matt Clark establishes himself as Tucson Padres all-time home run leader
In the short history of the Tucson Padres, no hitter has hit as many home runs as Matt Clark. The 6-foot-5-inch first baseman’s explosive left-handed swing has sent 45 balls over the fence in his two years with San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate. The 25-year-old has become the veteran member of the Padres, because he is the only player to play in Tucson for two full seasons. “I’ve been getting to know the area and I really like the city, it’s a good place to be and play, and the fans support you,” said Clark, a 12th round pick in the 2008 draft out of Louisiana State University. Heading into the Padres’ final series of the year against the Reno Aces, Clark is hitting .290 with 129 hits, 22 home runs, and 77 RBIs in 121 games played. During the 2012 season, Clark achieved a special feat in his career by hitting his 100th career home run against the Tacoma Rainiers on Monday, July 30, at Kino Stadium. “That was one of my better moments I’ve had while being here,” said Clark. “It was pretty cool getting it all done at home in front of the fans. I think they had a poster night that night for me, so that was cool how it all came together like that.” Clark’s success in baseball comes as no surprise because his father, Terry Clark, played in the major leagues for six years. The right-handed pitcher spent time with seven different organizations with his best year coming in 1988 when he started 15 games with a 6-6 record for the California Angels. Matt...

MLB/Minors Update for Thursday, August 30

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MLB/Minors Update for Thursday, August 30
Donnie Veal (Pima Aztec/Arizona Wildcat) struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning for the Chicago White Sox. Scott Hairston (Canyon del Oro High School) hit his 15th home run for the New York Mets on Thursday. Tom Wilhelmsen closed out the ninth inning in victory for Seattle Mariners for his 21st save of the year. In the minors, Brad Glenn (Arizona Wildcat) had two hits and two RBIs in win for Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Thursday, August 30.  Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.   MLB Cory Burns… San Diego Padres - DNP Jason Donald… Cleveland Indians vs OAK - DNP Shelley Duncan... Cleveland Indians - designated for assignment Scott Hairston… New York Mets @ PHI - [CF] 2/4, HR (15), rbi, run J.J. Hardy… Baltimore Orioles vs CHW - [SS] 1/4, 2b, rbi, run, k Nick Hundley… San Diego Padres - 60-Day DL Ian Kinsler… Texas Rangers - DNP Mark Melancon… Boston Red Sox @ LAA - DNP Donnie Veal… Chicago White Sox @ BAL - [RP] 1.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 bb Tom Wilhelmsen… Seattle Mariners @ MIN - [RP] 1.0 IP, 2 bb, k, save (21)   MINORS   ARIZONA WILDCATS Bryce Bandilla… Augusta - 7-Day DL Jett Bandy… Inland Empire - DNP Eric Berger… Columbus - DNP Bobby Brown… AZL Royals - DNP Jordan Brown… Nashville - DNP Andy Burns… Lansing - 7-Day DL Matt...

Padres earn first sweep of year with win over Bees

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Padres earn first sweep of year with win over Bees
The Tucson Padres swept their first series of the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, by defeating the Salt Lake Bees 3-1 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The Padres’ sweep was the first since August of 2011 when the team won four games at home against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Daniel Robertson broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth scoring Blake Tekotte on a RBI single to right field. Salt Lake evened the score at 1-1 in the sixth off an RBI ground out by Andrew Romine. The Padres regained the lead for good in the seventh when Andy Parrino scored Jonathan Roof with a double to right field. The Bees had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the seventh, but Robertson made a leaping catch against the center-field wall to prevent Cory Aldridge from a RBI extra-base hit. Tucson increased their lead to 3-1 in the top of the ninth off another RBI hit by Parrino. Jason Ray allowed two hits in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out Aldridge to end game. The save was his third with the Padres. Bear Bay won his fourth game for Tucson pitching seven innings with four strikeouts. Greg Smith earned the loss for the Bees surrendering six hits, two walks, and two runs in 6.2 innings of work. The Padres will travel to Reno, Nev., to play the Aces for the final series of the year. Tucson's Andrew Cashner will pitch the first game of the series on Friday, Aug. 31. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Box Score

MLB/Minors Update for Wednesday, August 29

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MLB/Minors Update for Wednesday, August 29
Shelley Duncan (Arizona Wildcat/Canyon del Oro High School) was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, leaving him off the 40-man roster.  His future with the team will be decided in the next ten days. Jason Donald (Arizona Wildcat) hit his second home run of the year for the Cleveland Indians against the Athletics. In the minors, Ramon Delgado (Pima Aztec/Sahuarita High School) pitched in his first game for Class-A short season Batavia Muckdogs throwing two scoreless innings of relief with two strike outs. Seth Mejias-Brean (Arizona Wildcat/Cienega High School) returned to the Billings Mustangs lineup after being out 12 days with sore wrist. He had two walks and stole a base in his return. Robert Refsnyder (Arizona Wildcat) hit his fourth home run of season for the Charleston RiverDogs. The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Wednesday, August 29.  Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.   MLB Cory Burns… San Diego Padres vs ATL - DNP Jason Donald… Cleveland Indians vs OAK - [2B] 2/4, HR (2), rbi, run Shelley Duncan... Cleveland Indians - designated for assignment Scott Hairston… New York Mets @ PHI - [CF] 1/3, 2b, run, bb, k J.J. Hardy… Baltimore Orioles vs CHW - [SS] 0/3, bb Nick Hundley… San Diego Padres - 60-Day DL Ian Kinsler… Texas Rangers vs TB - [2B] 0/5, 3 k Mark Melancon… Boston Red Sox @ LAA - DNP Donnie...

Padres spoil Bee’s playoff hopes with win on Wednesday

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Padres spoil Bee’s playoff hopes with win on Wednesday
The Tucson Padres eliminated the Salt Lake Bees from playoff contention on Wednesday, Aug. 29, by defeating the Bees 6-4 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The Padres are on a six-game road win streak dating back to Aug. 19. Tucson jumped ahead in the opening inning with three runs. Andy Parrino brought home the first run with a RBI single to right field and Anthony Contreras scored on a double play for the second. Sawyer Carroll lined a single to center field to bring home Parrino for a 3-0 Padres lead. The Bees responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first off a RBI single by Efren Navarro. Blake Tekotte led off the second inning with his eighth home run of the season over the right field wall. Salt Lake answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-3 Tucson. Jesus Merchan increased the Padres lead to 5-3 in the third by scoring Vince Belnome on a sacrifice fly to left field. Tucson received another run in the fifth off Carroll’s RBI double to center field. Carroll finished the night with three hits and two RBIs. Salt Lake’s Matt Long singled to center field in the bottom of the sixth to score Doug Deeds and bring the Bees within two of Tucson. Jason Ray picked up his second save for the Padres by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Thad Weber won his first game with Tucson going 5.1 innings yielding eight hits and four runs. Matt Shoemaker took the loss for Salt Lake surrendering 11 hits and four earned runs in seven innings...

Six players with Tucson ties selected to prestigious Arizona Fall League

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Six players with Tucson ties selected to prestigious Arizona Fall League
Three players with ties to Tucson were selected to the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, August 29. Former Arizona Wildcat, Ryan Perry will pitch for the Salt River Rafters, while fellow Wildcat player Kyle Simon and former Pima Aztec and Stefen Romero will both play for the Peoria Javelinas. Tim Crabbe, a Sabino High School alum, and Triple-A Tucson Padres pitcher Josh Spence was also added to the Javelinas roster and Sunnyside High School graduate, Carlos Ramirez was placed on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster in October. Perry has spent 2012 transitioning from a reliever to a starter for the Washington Nationals’ Double-A affiliate the Harrisburg Senators. The Marana High School grad has a 3-5 record with an ERA of 3.08 in 12 starts. He pitched the first complete game of his career on Aug. 17 against the Erie Sea Wolves. Simon was traded this season from the Baltimore Orioles organization to the Philadelphia Phillies for baseball legend Jim Thome. The right-handed pitcher has pitched in 11 games for the Double-A Reading Phillies with a 1.77 ERA and two saves. Romero has hit a combined 21 home runs this season between the Seattle Mariners’ Class-A affiliate the High Desert Mavericks and the Double-A Jackson Generals. The Sunnyside High School grad was drafted in the 12th round out of Oregon State University in the 2010 Major League Draft. Crabbe, a right-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, started 28 games this year with the Double-A Pensacola...

MLB/Minors Update for Tuesday, August 28

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MLB/Minors Update for Tuesday, August 28
Ian Kinsler (Canyon del Oro High School) scored the only run for the Texas Rangers with his 16th home run of the year in a 1-0 win. Tom Wilhelmsen (Tucson High School) saved his 20th game for the Seattle Mariners. In the minors, Bryce Ortega (Arizona Wildcat) was a single short of the cycle on Tuesday for Class-A Hagerstown Suns. He had three hits, four RBIs, and smacked his first home run of the year. Bobby Brown had a four-hit night with four RBIs in win for the Arizona League Royals. Preston Guilmet saved his Eastern League leading 24th game for the Double-A Akron Aeros. Steve Selsky (Arizona Wildcat) extended his hit streak to seven games with three hits including his 14th home run for the Bakersfield Blaze. The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Tuesday, August 28.  Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.   MLB Cory Burns… San Diego Padres vs ATL - [RP] 1.0 IP, hit, bb, k Jason Donald… Cleveland Indians vs OAK - [3B] 0/4, 2 k Shelley Duncan… Cleveland Indians vs OAK - [LF] 1/4, k Scott Hairston… New York Mets @ PHI - [CF] 0/2, bb, cs J.J. Hardy… Baltimore Orioles vs CHW - [SS] 1/4 Nick Hundley… San Diego Padres - 60-Day DL Ian Kinsler… Texas Rangers vs TB - [2B] 1/4, HR (16), k Mark Melancon… Boston Red Sox @ LAA - DNP Donnie Veal… Chicago White Sox @ BAL - DNP Tom Wilhelmsen… Seattle Mariners @ MIN - [RP] 0.1 IP, bb, save (20)   MINORS   ARIZONA...

Padres’ nine-run fifth inning leads way to victory

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Padres’ nine-run fifth inning leads way to victory
The Tucson Padres tied a season-high nine runs in the fifth inning in their 9-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Salt Lake jumped ahead in the first inning with back-to-back triples by Peter Bourjos and Andrew Romine. Ed Lucas brought home Hank Conger on a sacrifice fly to right field to increase the Bees’ lead to 2-0 in the second. The Padres sent 13 batters to the plate in top of the fifth to take a 9-2 lead. Daniel Robertson’s RBI single and Andy Parrino’s hit by pitch with the bases loaded tied the score at 2-2. Jedd Gyorko put Tucson ahead of Salt Lake with a sacrifice fly to center field. Matt Clark followed with a two-run single to right field and Vince Belnome later singled him home for a 6-2 score. The next batter, Sawyer Carroll blasted a three-run home run to left field for the final runs of the inning. The Bees got one run back in the bottom half of the fifth from Romine’s sacrifice fly to left field. Salt Lake had an opportunity for another run in the seventh off a single by Romine, but Padres’ left fielder Jonathan Roof threw out Trevor Crowe trying to score from second base. Cory Aldridge’s three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth cut Tucson’s lead in half to 9-6. Ross Ohlendorf earned his first win with Tucson pitching six innings in relief of starter Anthony Bass. Salt Lake starting pitcher Brad Mills allowed eight hits and six runs in his ninth loss of the season. The Padres will...