Tucson closed out their season with a 7-2 loss to Salt Lake on Monday night in front of a crowd of 6,033 people
Salt Lake scored five runs in the first inning to open up a comfortable lead early in the game. A couple of Sidewinders mistakes brought in two of the Bees’ runs in the inning. The second run of the inning was scored on a wild pitch and the last run came on a throwing error, which allowed Adam Pavkovich to score. Dee Brown and Bobby Wilson brought in two more runs in the inning with RBI singles and a Gary Patchett sacrifice fly made it an early 5-0 lead for Salt Lake.
Tucson cut the Bees’ lead by four in the bottom of the first with a Josh Whitesell RBI double that scored Trent Oeltjen from second.
Both Salt Lake and Tucson scored a run in the sixth inning. Salt Lakes’ run came off a Terry Evans grounded out to second, which allowed Pavkovich to score again. Tucson’s Donnie Kelly hit a solo homerun to right with two outs to give the Sidewinders’ their one run.
Whitesell’s RBI gave him 110 on the season, which passes Lyle Overbay's 109 mark from 2002 to make him Tucson's all-time franchise single season RBI record holder.
The Bees added one more run to extend their lead in the ninth from a Dee Brown RBI single. Salt Lake left Tucson on a positive note while heading to the playoffs against Sacramento. For Tucson it was the final contest before the team moves to Reno, Nevada for the 2009 season.
Tucson Sidewinders last homestand Labor Day weekend
The Tucson Sidewinders will host the Salt Lake Bees for a 4-game series in the team’s last homestand of the season beginning Friday, August 29th at Tucson Electric Park.
The team will take on the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the culminating series of the season. The 2008 season will be the last for the Sidewinders, who will move to Reno, Nevada in 2009.
The Labor Day weekend homestand will kick off with the first of two Fireworks Spectaculars, followed by the Toros Hat Giveaway on Saturday, August 20th when the first 1,500 fans with paid admission will receive a free Tucson Sidewinders school lunchbox. The team will launch fireworks once again in celebration of Labor Day postgame on Monday, September 1st.
The Sidewinders went 3-7 on their most recent road trip to Salt Lake and Colorado Springs. Outfielder Tim Raines, Jr. has been swinging a hot bat of late. He has 9 multi-hit games in his last thirteen contests, hitting .577 (26-for-45) during the span.
Good seats remain for all games. The Tucson Electric Park box office can be reached at (520) 434-1021. Gates open one hour before game time unless otherwise noted.
TWO SIDEWINDERS SELECTED TO ALL-STAR GAME
The Tucson Sidewinders infielders Jamie D’Antona and Emilio Bonifacio have been selected to participate in the 21st Annual Triple-A All-Star Game which will take place July 16th at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY. Bonifacio will also represent the Diamondbacks organization at the prestigious All-Star Futures game on July 13th at Yankee Stadium in New York City, NY. Continue reading...
2008 Triple A Baseball Season
RANDY JOHNSON MAKES SECOND START FOR TUCSON SIDEWINDERS
Tucson, AZ Diamondbacks lefthander Randy Johnson is scheduled to make his second Major League rehabilitation start for the Sidewinders on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at Tucson Electric Park.
Johnson is returning from back surgery last August to repair a herniated disc. Tuesday would mark Randy’s second consecutive start for Tucson following four innings of 5-run ball during the team’s home opener on Thursday, April 3rd in front of a crowd of 11,765.
The 10-time All-Star enters the 2008 season just 16 victories shy of the 300 win plateau. His five Cy Young Awards are the second most of any Major Leaguer while his 4,616 career strikeouts trail only Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Roger Clemens (4,672).
Randy Johnson made a Major League rehabilitation start for the Tucson Sidewinders 2008 home opener on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Tucson Electric Park.
Sidewinders have new owners for '08, move to Reno for '09
The Tucson Sidewinders franchise will turn over its assets to SK Baseball this fall, according to Jay S. Zucker, President/CEO for Tucson Baseball, LLC.
Zucker will be retained as a consultant for the 2008 season and plans to continue the growth and progress Tucson Baseball has created over the last eight seasons.
Tucson Baseball LLC has retained the rights to the Tucson Toros and Zucker considers redeveloping the team as an independent professional Tucson baseball franchise. Continue reading...