Big Weekend for the Tucson Padres

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The Padres brought out their bats for a 9-7 win over the Sacramento River Cats yesterday and have a big weekend coming up at Kino Stadium.

Tonight, local chefs will be competing to be crowned the Tucson King of Hot Wings. (We didn't want to say Tucson's Best Wings because of legal issues with our very own—and upcoming—Best of Tucson™.)

The Padres will also be giving away a photo of slugger Anthony Rizzo, who went up to The Show earlier in the season.

Tomorrow night, the Padres will be shooting off fireworks after the game (as they will again on the Fourth of July, so get your tickets to that game now).

First pitch is 7 p.m. and the homestand continues every night through Tuesday, June 28. Find the details here.

Here's a summary of last night's game from the Padres' Tim Hagerty:


The Tucson Padres scored three runs each in three consecutive innings Thursday on their way to beating the Sacramento River Cats 9-7 at Kino Stadium. After falling behind 1-0, the Padres second inning started with a Kyle Blanks home run into the left field bullpen. Blanks was involved in the third inning rally also, hitting an RBI triple into the left field corner, and then scored on Aaron Cunningham’s home run one pitch later. Matt Clark’s 12th home run highlighted the Padres fourth inning; a deep home run that rolled to the fence separating the stadium from the street.

Pedro Hernandez came to Tucson from Single-A Lake Elsinore to make a spot start and grabbed his first Triple-A victory, pitching six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Greg Burke pitched two innings without allowing a run for his first save.

Every Padres starter had at least one hit, including Cedric Hunter and Everth Cabrera, who both had two hits and an RBI. Blanks made a sensational catch, leaping against the left field wall to end the top of the sixth inning, but had to leave the game one inning later as a result. The Padres have now won four of their last six games.

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