He is now six for twelve in the series.
Former Oriole pitcher and now hitting Blue Jay hitting prospect Adam Loewen administered the coup de grace with an opposite field three-run home run in the seventh to send Tucson Padres’ starter Jon Leicester to the showers.
Loewen, 27, a 6’6” 235 lbs. behemoth ended his pitching career with Baltimore in 2008 because of an assortment of arm injuries and since 2009 has been steadily rising through Toronto’s system as a right fielder/first baseman.
“I always enjoyed pitching coming up but after my arm giving out on my twice it was really my only option for staying in the game,” said Loewen on his decision to try to make it as a position player at twenty-five in High-A.
“I thought I was a good enough athlete to make the transition but I also knew it would take a lot of hard work.”
This year he is hitting .321/.383/.581 coming into tonight’s contest.
“It’s been good so far but anytime you think you have this game figured out it bites you in the butt.”
Las Vegas put up two more runs in the inning off of reliever Colt Hynes before the scoring for the evening came to a merciful end with the 51ers (named after Area 51 for the sci-fi aficionados out there) settling for a 10-0 victory.
Offensively Tucson could muster nothing as Las Vegas held the TPadres to five singles for the evening and induced them into three double plays. Defensively, Tucson had another multi-error night with center fielder Cedric Hunter committing his fifth and third baseman Jesus Guzman his fourteenth errors of the year.
Leicester, who has been one of Tucson’s best pitchers this year, was torched for nine earned runs and fifteen hits in his six inning outing.
Since coming back off of the disabled list Leicester has given up twenty earned runs in nine innings ballooning an ERA that was 3.45 when he went on the DL to 5.95 because of his two starts.
In a small bright spot closer Luis Perdomo came on in the ninth to strike out the side.
Other than that, it was not a good night in old Tucson.
Notes: Kyle Blanks started in left field and made several fine running catches showing as much mobility as he has in his career. Although Blanks was hitless again he hit the ball hard in two of thee at-bats, the last was to the deepest part of center field that took a strong play by the Las Vegas defender to bring it in.