“In the league of constant shellacking it was our turn tonight,” said TPadres’ manager Terry Kennedy.
“The opponents scored seventy runs against us in this home stand and we split. Matt did all right. They got some hits but he was able to spread them out.”
Tucson put runs on the board in the first two innings before breaking the game open in the third with three runs in the fifth, which is more runs than they have scored combined in the past two outings.
Offensively the star of the game was Padres’ third baseman Steve Tolleson, who came over in a trade with the Oakland A’s in late May, going four for four with an RBI until shortstop Andy Parrino hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach in the seventh.
According to Kennedy he has been doing this all year.
“Really there nobody that works harder than him and in fact I think he works a little too much sometimes.”
“He can play the whole infield and the corners. I’m really happy for him because people are noticing at the right time in his career.”
Parrino also made a spectacular double play in the bottom of the third with two runners on and no outs to prevent a Las Vegas rally but the grand slam and his .353 batting average is what has been getting the attention.
“I’ve been working early with Skube and just trying to hit the ball hard,” a beaming Parrino said in the locker room.
“Things are going great now but there are going to be ups and downs. So its tough but we’ve been taught you have to work on trying to keep your emotions consistent.”
Kyle Blanks again started in left field and notched his first hits in AAA this season going three for four with a long double to right-center and an RBI.
“A swing is always kind of under construction,” Blanks said before the game. “The last few days I feel that I am making strides in that direction.”
Defensively Blanks didn’t look like someone only playing in his fourth outfield game. At 255 lbs. he is playing at the lightest that he has been since he joined the organization and easily made all the plays that came to him.
“We’ve working a little bit with Kyle on not trying to do too much, wait on a certain pitch and try to drive it to the middle of the field,” Bob Skube, the TPadres’ hitting coach said on his work with Blanks.
Notes: CF Cameron Maybin had his final rehab game before returning to San Diego was 1-4 with a double. SS Everth Cabrera is close to coming back and has been taking batting practice before every game of the series. Kennedy believes he should be going out to the AZL shortly.
RHP Aaron Poreda was designated for assignment after the game to make room for the inclusion of the Missions’ Anthony Bass on the forty man roster.