by Jim Nintzel
The Tucson Padres are on a hot streak! They've won eight in a row and return to Tucson tonight for a game that will be followed by one of the few (legal) fireworks shows in town this year. The team's Facebook page reports that there are still tickets available, so what are you waiting for? Baseball and fireworks are two great ways to celebrate Independence Day.
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Here's a summary from last night's game from the Padres' Tim Hagerty:
The Tucson Padres beat Sacramento 7-2 Sunday and have now won eight consecutive games. With the victory, the Padres evened their record at 42-42 and have as many wins as losses for the first time since May 1, when their record was 12-12. The Padres have made up substantial ground in the standings in the past week, six games in six days, and now sit 8.5 games back in the South Division.
The Padres fell behind 2-0 in the second inning Sunday but marched right back on a three-run home run by Kyle Blanks in the top of third. Blanks walloped River Cats pitching in the series, going 9-for-18 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. His 20-game hitting streak is the third longest in the Pacific Coast League this season. The Padres would never relinquish the lead after Blanks’ home run, adding insurance runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings.
Tucson starter Matt Buschmann pitched seven innings Sunday and allowed just two runs. Luke Gregerson pitched much better in his second injury rehab outing than he did in his first on Friday. After surrendering three runs in his last appearance, Gregerson retired Sacramento in order in the eighth inning, striking out two hitters.