by Jim Nintzel
The Tucson Padres suffered a tough loss in the bottom of the 10th last night, but they're back on the field to redeem themselves at 7 p.m. tonight. It's also Wiener Wednesday, which means you can get a hot dog for just one dollar.
And don't forget: Tomorrow is Thirsty Thursday, sponsored by your pals at the Tucson Weekly. On Friday, Skinny scribe Jim Nintzel will be at on hand as one of the celebrity judges who will determine who serves Tucson's best hot wings! And on Saturday, the Padres will be firing off fireworks after the game.Details on the games here.
Here's a summary of last night's game from the Padres' Tim Hagerty:
Cedric Hunter was caught trying to steal second base in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday, ending the Tucson Padres 4-3 loss to the Sacramento River Cats. After Michael Taylor’s RBI single off Greg Burke gave Sacramento the extra-inning lead in the top of the 10th, River Cats reliever Vinnie Chulk struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the tenth. Matt Clark kept the Padres hopes alive with a two-out single and was then replaced by the faster running Cedric Hunter. With Kyle Blanks batting, Sacramento catcher Josh Donaldson threw out Hunter trying to steal second to end game one of the series.
The Padres trailed 2-1 in the fourth inning when newcomer Rocky Gale hit a two-run single. Gale joined the Padres this weekend from Single-A as a backup when Luis Martinez was placed on the disabled list, but when Kyle Phillips was recalled by the San Diego Padres earlier in the day, Gale became the T-Pads starting catcher for the time being. Gale went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and caught a runner trying to steal in his Triple-A debut.
The Padres bullpen was excellent Tuesday. Aaron Poreda and James Ray pitched two innings each without allowing a run. Ray faced three batters in the eighth inning, and retired the side on only four pitches. The Padres are now 33-40, including 1-8 in extra innings. Tucson is in third place, fourteen games behind first place Sacramento.