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STREAK SNAPPED BUT TOROS FINISH 2010 WITH WINNING RECORD

Saturday, Septebert 4, 2010 – The Tucson Toros 2010 season finished with the team winning 14 games out of their last 15 games despite having their streak snapped by the Yuma Scorpions 7-5 Saturday night.  Tucson finished the regular season with a 26-18 record in the second half and a 46-43 overall record.

The two teams were  locked in a back and forth battle as both teams combined to score in 5 of the first 8 frames of play.   The games was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 2nd when Tucson scored 3 times partially aided by a pair of Scorpion throwing errors on the same play to give Tucson the 4-1 advantage.

Yuma overcame the early miscues utilizing some small ball to successfully execute a pair of squeeze bunts to score 2 runs.  Yuma later added another run in the 7th to gain the 6-5 lead. Tucson threatened with a leadoff double in the 8th by 2B Jose Valdez, but the Toros failed to capitalize.  The Scorpions added one more insurance run in the 9th inning as the Toros fell short of their 15th straight win, losing 7-5.

Valdez, CF Josh Womack and 3B Wally Backman Jr. each finished with 2 hits.  Both of Womack’s knocks were triples, giving him a Golden Baseball League leading 11 on the season and extending his own personal career high in the category for a single season. The Toros players, coaches and staff would like to thank the Tucson community for all your support during another memorable season and are looking forward to another exciting year in 2011!  Go Toros! A box score for both games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22926

TOROS WIN THEIR GBL BEST 14TH STRAIGHT GAME

Friday, September 3, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros defeated the Yuma Scorpions 14-2 Friday night to extend their winning streak to 14 consecutive games, the longest winning streak in the Golden Baseball League this season. Toros starter James Garcia looked strong throughout the game, holding Yuma scoreless for the first 4 frames while Tucson jumped out to a 4-0 lead.  Garcia finished allowing 4 runs (2 earned) in 6 2/3 innings of work.  Yuma pushed across 3 runs in the 7th inning with a bases loaded walk and a Toros error.

Tucson answered back with a huge 7-run rally in the bottom of the 7th that featured 3 consecutive RBI hits by Infielders Cristobal Santana, Wally Backman Jr. and C Luis Apodaca later followed by a 3-run shot to right by CF Josh Womack that put the Toros up 11-4.  Womack’s home run was his 7th of the season. Garcia received a no decision but reliever Reid Price, who followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings earned his 3rd win of the season. The Tucson Toros will play their last game of the season on Saturday against Yuma when they will attempt to wrap up the year with their 15th straight victory.  Saturday will also mark the culmination of the Toros Plane Giveaway in which one lucky fan will win a Cessna airplane.  Gametime is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
A box score for both games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22920

TOROS COMBINE FOR 20 HITS IN 17-6 ROUT FOR 13TH WIN IN A ROW

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - The Tucson Toros swept the St. George Roadrunners with 17-6 victory Thursday night.  The win was the Toros 13th in a row which for Tucson, tying Edmonton for the longest winning streak in the GBL this season.  The win also wrapped up the Toros 4th consecutive series sweep which included the Tijuana Cimarrones, Yuma Scorpions, Edmonton Capitals and now St. George. Tucson led 2-0 after the 1st inning, but two errors by the Toros in the 2nd lead to 3 unearned runs for the Roadrunners.  Toros starter John Bannister remained poised despite the miscues, setting down the next 7 batters and silenced the Roadrunners bats en route for the 4 hit, 7 inning performance.  Bannister also improved to 7 wins this season which ties him with two other Toro starters for the team high along with James Garcia and Albie Lopez.

The Toros backed up their pitcher by batting around in the bottom of the 3rd inning for 6 runs to reclaim the lead 8-3.  The rally was highlighted by RBI singles by 1B Cristobal Santana and RF Ron Perodin, and RBI doubles by C Luis Apodaca and LF Darren Blakely. Blakely was one homer shy of the cycle, finishing with a single, double and triple in succession, all in his first 3 at bats, to go along with 3 RBI.  Perodin, and 3B Wally Backman Jr. both finished with 3 RBI as well, while Santana paced the club with 4 RBI in the 17-6 blowout victory.

Tucson will be right back in action at Hi Corbett Field tomorrow night for Fireworks Friday and the last chance to register to win a plane as the Toros kickoff a 2-game home series against the Yuma Scorpions to finish the season.

A box score for both games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22916    

TOROS BLOWOUT ROADRUNNERS 14-2 FOR THEIR 12TH STRAIGHT WIN

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - The Tucson Toros extended their winning streak to 12 straight games with a 14-2 blowout victory over the St. George Road Runners Wednesday night. Tucson wasted no time getting ahead as LF Lino Garcia blasted a 3-run bomb that struck the scoreboard to headline what was a 4-run 1st inning.  The homer was Garcia’s team leading 8th long ball of the year.

The Toros starter Albie Lopez sat down the first 6 batters he faced until the top of the 3rd when Roadrunners broke onto the scoreboard as RF Chris Brown smacked a leadoff solo homer over the leftfield scoreboard for his 2nd on the year.  Lopez kept the Roadrunners at bay thereafter however, only allowing 2 total runs on 5 hits in 6 innings of work while also tying his season high in strikeouts with 7 K’s on the night.

The offensive star for the Toros was 3B Wally Backman Jr. who went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI that included his 4th home run of the year in the 5th inning that cleared the batter’s eye in deep centerfield that gave the Toros a 7-2 lead at the time.  Tucson added 4 more runs to their lead including a 3-run 6th inning fueled by 4 consecutive hits to make it 11-2. 

The 14-2 final gave Lopez his 7th win of the season, tying him for the team high in wins along with fellow starter James Garcia.

Tomorrow night will be the last of the 3 game series against the Roadrunners and will be last call for Thirsty Thursday as it’s the last one of the season at Hi Corbett before wrapping up the season against Yuma on Friday and Saturday.  Gametime is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

A box score for both games can be found at:
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22912

SECOND STRAIGHT WALKOFF EXTENDS TOROS WINNING STREAK TO 11

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 –The Tucson Toros came away with the 11-10 walkoff victory in the 10th inning against the St. George Roadrunners Tuesday night in a game that saw three separate ties within regulation innings.  The walkoff was the Toros 8th of the season and 2nd in as many games and also extended the team’s winning streak to 11 straight games to tie them for the second longest streak in the GBL this season.

The Toros came out hot with a 4-run 1st inning that began with an RBI triple by RF Francisco Plasencia.  Also contributing to the inning was LF Lino Garcia who hit an RBI single up the middle, later followed by a 2-RBI single by C Luis Apodaca that put Tucson up 4-1. 
St. George went down 6-1 in the 5th, but rallied for 7 runs in the next two innings to leapfrog the Toros for the 8-6 lead.  The Roadrunners rally was fueled by a 3-run 5th, and a 4-run 6th inning.

Tucson immediately tied the game back up in the 7th inning.  1B Cristobal Santana drove in a run with a single and Garcia later scored on a throwing error by the second baseman to make it 8-8.  The Roadrunners got the lead right back in the top of the 8th inning with back-to-back RBI singles by infielders Chris Nastasi and Matt Huggins to push the Roadrunners ahead for a 10-8 lead. Not to be outdone, the Toros answered in the bottom half of the 8th with RBI doubles by pinch-hitter Darren Blakely and Plasencia that tied it up once again at 10 all.

The game remained tied heading into extra innings until the bottom of the 10th inning when CF Josh Womack leadoff with a double inches within the rightfield foul line.  A couple of walks followed to load the bases before Santana hit a high fly ball to centerfield that brought in Womack for the sacrifice-fly game-winning RBI in the 11-10 victory. 

Toros will play the second of the 3-game series against the Roadrunners tomorrow night on We Care Wednesday.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with the game following at 7:00 p.m. A box score for both games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22907

TOROS WIN 10TH GAME IN A ROW BY SWEEPING SUNDAY’S DOUBLEHEADER

Sunday, August 29, 2010 8/29/10 – The Tucson Toros won both games of their Sunday doubleheader against the Edmonton Capitals, taking the opener 8-1 and winning in walkoff fashion in the nightcap for a 5-4 victory.  The wins were the team’s franchise record 9th and 10th in a row, and wrapped up their third straight series sweep over the Tijuana Cimarrones, Yuma Scorpions and now Edmonton Capitals.

In the first game, the Toros offense jumped all over Capitals starter Daryl Arreola, scoring 7 times in the first two innings.  The early lead was fueled by a combined 5 RBI by LF Lino Garcia 1B Cristobal Santana.  All 13 of the Toros hits in the game went for singles and all but 1 run was driven in by a single en route for the 8-1 victory. Meanwhile, Toros starter James Garcia overpowered Edmonton’s lineup with 8 strikeouts in the 7 inning complete game outing, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run in the 6th that was unearned.  With his performance Garcia earned his team leading 7th win of the season.

Tucson grabbed the first lead in the second game as well after RBI singles by Garcia in the 1st inning and CF Josh Womack in the 2nd inning put the Toros up 3-0.  Edmonton answered back in the 3rd inning with a 2-run home run by RF Kevin House, his first of the year, to bring the Caps within one.  With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th, 3B Wally Backman Jr. delivered on a 2-2 count for the walk-off RBI linedrive single to rightfield that scored Garcia to give the Toros the 5-4 victory. 

The Toros will have Monday off before returning to action at Hi Corbett Field on Tuesday when they will host the St. George Roadrunners beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Toros Teen Tuesday during Tucson’s last homestand of the season lasting through Saturday.

A box score for both games can be found at:
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22899
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22903

TOROS POSTPONED SATURDAY DUE TO RAIN

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros game against the Edmonton Capitals on Saturday, August 28th has been postponed due to heavy rain at Hi Corbett Field.  The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader between the two teams to wrap up the series on a Sunday, August 29th. beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Fans with tickets for the Saturday’s postponed game can exchange them for tickets to a future Toros game this season.   Both of Sunday’s games will be 7 inning regulation contests that can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM.  Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. 

TOROS TO BEGIN THEIR FINAL HOMESTAND OF THE SEASON ON THURSDAY

The Tucson Toros will finish their regular season schedule with an exciting 9-game homestand beginning at Hi Corbett on Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. when they will host the Edmonton Capitals.  After an off day on Monday, August 30th, the team will play the St. George Roadrunners and the Yuma Scorpions for five straight days to wrap up the regular season on Saturday, September 4th.
 
The jam-packed homestand will feature fan favorite weekly promotions as well as some very special events.  The homestand will begin with a Thirsty Thursday.  Friday will bring fireworks and Toros Taste for A Cure, a event at the ballpark from 6-8:00 p.m. with food and wine pairings by Elle Restaurant and wine education by Jon Rogers of Wines Without the Mystery for just $30 with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 
The first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission on Saturday, August 28th will receive the Toros 2010 Trading Card Set, with an autograph session after gates open.  Saturday will also feature a Faith Night Concert, when fans can buy a wristband to see concerts by Christian musicians of all genres performing before an after the game.
 
Thursday, September 2nd will be the last chance for fans to enjoy beers, soft drinks, and lemonade this season during Thirsty Thursday.  Friday will be the final Fireworks Friday of the season and the last day for fans to register to win Cessna 150 in the Toros Pitch For A Plane Giveaway, which will be given away to the pre-qualifier with the most accurate pitch on Saturday, September 4th.  The Hi Corbett ticket office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 

TUCSON TOROS FINAL HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY! - Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.
 
Friday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FIREWORKS FRIDAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.
 
Saturday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY/FAITH NIGHT CONCERT - FREE 2010 Tucson Toros Team Trading Card Set to the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission.  There will be a pre-game team autograph signing of the trading cards. Following the game, there will be a Faith Night Concert on the field.
 
Sunday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
DOLLAR DOG SUNDAY - Enjoy Hebrew National Hot Dogs for just a dollar all night long!
 
Monday, August 30 – Off Day
 
Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
TOROS TEEN TUESDAY - Special events for teenagers all night in our Teen Pavilion.
 
Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
WE CARE WEDNESDAY - These nights are dedicated to help non-profit organizations in the local community. Stop by Guest Relations for more information. Tucson Conquistadores Night at the ballpark.
 
Thursday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY! - Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.  The last Thirsty Thursday of the season!
 
Friday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FIREWORKS FRIDAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.
 
Saturday, September 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY PITCH FOR A PLANE GIVEAWAY - Pitch for the Plane qualifiers have a chance to compete on the field to win the Cessa 150 airplane!

TOROS TO HOST FAITH NIGHT SATURDAY AT HI CORBETT FIELD

Tucson, AZ – Saturday night at the ballpark will be a musical filled evening as the Toros will host Faith Night in addition to taking on the Edmonton Capitals on August 28th.  The night will feature musical performances by local Christian artists Bring The Reign, Sean Stone, Caleb’s Spirit and the New Life Ministries Band.
 
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. when gates will open with Caleb’s Spirit and the New Life Ministries Band playing on the outer concourse during pre-game.  The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. with more music to follow post-game when fans with tickets to both the game and concert will be allowed on field to enjoy a special concert by Bring The Reign and Sean Stone. 
 
Ticket prices for both the game and the post-game concert are $14 for Box Seats, $12 for Upper Reserved and $10 for General Admission.  Fans who already have tickets to the game can upgrade for just $4 to see the concert too.  Regular game tickets with normal pricing will also be available.
 
Bring The Reign is a team of Christian musicians knit together from both Book of Life Community Church and Calvary Chapel Tucson and is led by Mike O'Toole.  Sean Stone is a solo artist from Tucson, AZ who plays acoustic guitar and a featured musician at Calvary Chapel Tucson.
 
Caleb’s Spirit is a newly formed Tucson band that performs regularly at the Tucson Gospel Rescue Mission, bringing a variety of cover songs and original material that combines the late 1960’s and early 1970’s classic heavy psychedelic- blues rock sound with a positive message.  The New Life Ministries Band plays at New Life Church of God in Tucson and is lead by Jesus Arnoldo Lopez.
 
In addition to Faith Night, the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission on Saturday will receive the Toros 2010 Trading Card Set, with an autograph session after gates open.  The Toros are currently in the middle of their final homestand of the season that will last through Saturday, September 4th.  The Hi Corbett ticket office can be reached at (520) 325-1010.

TOROS WIN IN 11TH TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT

Friday, August 27, 2010 The Tucson Toros walked off on the Edmonton Capitals 4-3 in the 11th inning, scoring the winning run on an E4.  The victory was the 8th straight for the Toros, who extended their franchise record longest streak since joining the GBL. Tucson scored first when C Luis Apodaca drove in a run with an RBI groundout that put the Toros up 1-0 after 2 innings.  Edmonton tied the game up the following inning after an RBI single by SS Enrique Cruz. The Toros went back on top as an error by 3B Alex Prieto allowed a run to score for Tucson, putting them up 2-1 in the 5th inning.  However, the Capitals would regain the advantage 3-2 with two unearned runs in the 6th.

The Capitals held on to their lead until the 9th inning when Toros SS Ryan Priddy delivered on a 0-2 count for an RBI single to left that tied the game up at 3 to send it to extras. Tucson led the 10th off with a pair of back-to-back singles by LF Francisco Plasencia and C Luis Apodaca.  With the runners at the corners, CF Josh Womack hit a hard ground ball to second base that 2B Matt Rogelstad mishandled, allowing Plasencia to score the winning run to give Tucson a 4-3 win.     The game as whole was more of a pitcher’s duel between Toros starter John Bannister and Capitals starter Chris Little as both batting orders struggled to put up any big innings against the opposing pitcher. 

Little struck out 5 Toros threw 5 innings of work while allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits.  Bannister worked around 7 walks (1 intentional) in 7 innings, allowing just 3 unearned runs while striking out 5.  Tucson Closer Emiliano Fruto earned his 4th win on the season while opposing closer Chad Blackwell got his 6th loss. Saturday night will be Free Souvenir Saturday and Faith Night when the Toros will play the third game of this 4-game series against the Capitals.  The first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive the 2010 Tucson Toros Team Trading Card Set.  There will also be a pre-game team autograph signing of the trading cards.  Local Christian musical groups will be performing both before and after the game for Faith Night Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with a scheduled 7:00 p.m. gametime.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22893

TOROS WIN IN 11TH TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT

Friday, August 27, 2010 The Tucson Toros walked off on the Edmonton Capitals 4-3 in the 11th inning, scoring the winning run on an E4.  The victory was the 8th straight for the Toros, who extended their franchise record longest streak since joining the GBL. Tucson scored first when C Luis Apodaca drove in a run with an RBI groundout that put the Toros up 1-0 after 2 innings.  Edmonton tied the game up the following inning after an RBI single by SS Enrique Cruz. The Toros went back on top as an error by 3B Alex Prieto allowed a run to score for Tucson, putting them up 2-1 in the 5th inning.  However, the Capitals would regain the advantage 3-2 with two unearned runs in the 6th.

The Capitals held on to their lead until the 9th inning when Toros SS Ryan Priddy delivered on a 0-2 count for an RBI single to left that tied the game up at 3 to send it to extras. Tucson led the 10th off with a pair of back-to-back singles by LF Francisco Plasencia and C Luis Apodaca.  With the runners at the corners, CF Josh Womack hit a hard ground ball to second base that 2B Matt Rogelstad mishandled, allowing Plasencia to score the winning run to give Tucson a 4-3 win.     The game as whole was more of a pitcher’s duel between Toros starter John Bannister and Capitals starter Chris Little as both batting orders struggled to put up any big innings against the opposing pitcher. 

Little struck out 5 Toros threw 5 innings of work while allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits.  Bannister worked around 7 walks (1 intentional) in 7 innings, allowing just 3 unearned runs while striking out 5.  Tucson Closer Emiliano Fruto earned his 4th win on the season while opposing closer Chad Blackwell got his 6th loss. Saturday night will be Free Souvenir Saturday and Faith Night when the Toros will play the third game of this 4-game series against the Capitals.  The first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive the 2010 Tucson Toros Team Trading Card Set.  There will also be a pre-game team autograph signing of the trading cards.  Local Christian musical groups will be performing both before and after the game for Faith Night Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with a scheduled 7:00 p.m. gametime.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22893

TUCSON HOLDS ON FOR 6-5 WIN OVER EDMONTON

Thursday, August 26, 20108 The Tucson Toros took the first of a four game series against the Edmonton Capitals 6-5 Thursday night as starting pitcher Albie Lopez tied the team high in wins after earning his 6th victory of the season. Lopez began the game by working out of his 1st inning bases loaded jam by striking out two straight to get out of the inning unscathed. Opposing starter Alexander Francisco was not as fortunate, allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  An RBI single to right by LF Lino Garcia that was later followed by a 2 RBI single up the middle by 3B Wally Backman Jr. helped give Tucson the early 4-0 lead.

Edmonton would score the next 4 runs of the game.  3B Alex Prieto and SS Enrique Cruz both hit their 5th home runs of the year as Prieto’s solo-home run came in the 2nd inning while Cruz’s 2-run homer came in the 5th inning.  LF Larry Bigbie smacked his 15th home run of the year in the 5th inning as well.  His deep solo shot struck off the batter’s eye in centerfield to tie the game up at 4 apiece.

The Toros regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning with an RBI single up the middle by 1B Cristobal Santana that put them up 5-4.  Tucson added one more insurance run in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly by CF Josh Womack.  The bonus came in handy after Edmonton cut the lead down to one run in the 8th inning.

Tucson held on for the 6-5 win as Closer Emiliano Fruto shut down the Capitals to earn his 17th save on the season, giving Lopez his 6th win on the season to tie for the team lead. The Toros will play the second of the 4-game series against the Edmonton Capitals on Fireworks Friday tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22888

TOROS WIN TWICE ON SUNDAY

Sunday, August 22, 2010 - Yuma, AZ – The Tucson Toros defeated the Yuma Scorpions in both games of a doubleheader on Sunday, wining 7-3 in the series opener and 3-1 in the second game. Six of Tucson’s eleven hit in the first contest went for extra bases, including five doubles and triples.  Most of Tucson’s damage was down by the second through first hitters in the lineup, with RF Ron Perodin, SS Ryan Priddy, LF Lino Garcia and 1B Cristobal Santana all enjoying multi-hit games with at least one extra base hit.  Garcia led the way with 3 hits and a pair of doubles.  Perodin had the lone triple of the contest.  James Garcia allowed 3 runs in 5 innings to win for the 6th time this season, moving him into a tie with fellow right John Bannister for the most on the team. 

Tucson got all of the offense they would need in the nightcap in the first inning, scoring 3 two out runs on a 3 hits and a pair of Scorpion errors.  The Toros would muster just 2 additional hits in the game, but starter Brian Daly made the early lead last with 5 innings on 1-run ball to earn his first win of the season.  Reliever Jason Hanna put 3 men on base in the 6th on a hit and 2 walks, but was able to get out of trouble unscathed.  Closer Emiliano Fruto followed in the dominant fashion, striking out all 3 batters in the 7th to lock down his 16th save of the season.  Fruto is now tied for 3rd in the league in saves, just 3 behind the league leader.

The Toros and Scorpions will wrap up the 3 game series in Yuma on Monday, with a first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Tucson time. A box score for today’s games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22875 and http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22881

TOROS SUSPENDED SATURDAY DUE TO RAIN

Saturday, August 21, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros game against the Tijuana Cimarrones on Saturday, August 21st has been suspended due to heavy rain at Hi Corbett Field.  The game was halted with the Toros leading 1-0 with no outs and in the top of the 3rd inning.  A future determination will be made as to whether the game will be resumed, made up or nullified.  The Toros will embark on roadtrip to Yuma where they will take on the Scorpions for a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 6:00 p.m. before wrapping up the series on Monday.  Tucson will finish 2010 season with a nine game homestand on Thirsty Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. against the Edmonton Capitals.

TOROS BAT AROUND THREE TIMES IN 26-0 ROUT OF TIJUANA

Friday, August 20, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros blew out the Tijuana Cimarrones 26-0 late Friday evening on Hispanic Heritage night at Hi Corbett Field.  The game set a new record for runs scored and largest margin of victory for the GBL Toros. Tucson batted around three times in the 2nd, 5th, and 8th innings scoring 6, 9, and 8 runs in those innings respectively.  A 6 run 2nd inning was fueled by a 2 RBI triple by CF Josh Womack and two separate 2 RBI singles by SS Ryan Priddy and C Luis Apodaca.

With their singles, both Apodaca and Priddy increased their hitting streaks to 8 straight games.  Apodaca also extended a streak in which he reached base in 10 straight at bats.  Womack’s triple was his 9th of the year giving him sole possession for the most in the Golden Baseball League. In the 5th inning Tucson exploded again for 9 more runs, batting around once again to go up 15-0 as 6 different Toros hit RBI singles within the monster inning including Priddy, Apodaca, RF Ron Perodin, 3B Wally Backman Jr., 2B Jose Valdez, and Toros starting pitcher John Bannister. Tucson batted around for the third and final time in the 8th inning as they added 8 more runs to the 26-0 blowout victory. All but one Toro in the lineup scored in the inning.

Bannister was fantastic in his own right, throwing the second complete game shutout in GBL Toros history and the first of the 9 inning variety.  Bannister went the distance, striking out 7 batters and allowing just one walk on 101 pitches. The Toros will play the last game of the homestand tomorrow night against Tijuana to wrap up the 3-game series.  Righty Albie Lopez takes the mound on Free Souvenir Saturday when to the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive free Fleece Blankets commemorating the Toros 2009 Southern Division Championship.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with the game starting at 7:00. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22866

TOROS SHUTOUT CIMARRONES 13-0

Thursday, August 19, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros scored in all but one inning to crush the Tijuana Cimarrones 13-0 Thursday night. The Toros high-powered offense took charge right away in the 1st inning.  With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, LF Lino Garcia cranked a liner to right for an RBI single to put Tucson up 1-0.  In the 2nd inning C Luis Apodoca crushed a line drive to leftfield for a stand up triple, later scoring on a sacrifice fly by 2B Jose Valdez to stay in front 2-0.  By going 3-for-3 with 2 walks, Apodoca has now reached base safely in 9 consecutive at bats.

The Toros continued to roll in the 3rd and began to open up the game with a 3-run inning.  RF Ron Perodin, SS Ryan Priddy and 3B Wally Backman Jr. kept the scoring going with back-to-back-to-back RBI double’s to go up 5-0. Priddy extended his hit streak to 7 games, adding a second RBI double to left centerfield.  Priddy finished the night going 5-for-6, with 6 RBI and 1 run scored.

An RBI single by 2B Jose Valdez in the 6th gave the Toros a 9-0 advantage.  Later in the inning, Perodin drew a walk with the bases loaded to add to the lead.  Ryan Priddy followed with his second 2 RBI single of the night to build on their lead 12-0.  Darren Blakely pinch hit bomb off the scoreboard on the first pitch of the 8th inning to cap off the 13-0 victory. Vince Davis grabbed his 4th win of the season, throwing with 7 scoreless innings of work while striking out 5.  Josh Womack also extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a linedrive double down the third base line in the 3rd inning.

The Toros will take on the Tijuana Cimarrones tomorrow night on Souvenir Saturday in game two of three, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the Internet at www.tucsontoros.com. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22862

TWO LATE RUNS PROPEL TOROS TO 5-4 VICTORY

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Edmonton, CAN – The Tucson Toros scored twice in the 8th inning to wrap up their roadtrip with a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Capitals Tuesday. Tucson starter James Garcia surrendered 4 runs in the 1st inning, but settled down thereafter to allow the Toros to claw their way back into the game.  Single tallies in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th inning brought the Toros within a run of the Capitals.  Meanwhile Garcia followed his rough opening frame with 6 scoreless innings.

Leftfielder Ron Perodin led the 8th off with a single and a stolen base.  Shortstop Ryan Priddy doubled to tie the game, and later came around to score the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Second Baseman Jose Valdez to make the score 5-4 Tucson. The Toros one-two punch in the bullpen of lefty Reid Price and closer Emiliano Fruto combined to strike out 3 Capitals in 2 scoreless innings to seal the victory.  Garcia’s persistence paid off with his 5th win of the season, while Fruto notched his 15th save.

Catcher Luis Apodaca was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, adding an RBI and a run scored.  Perodin, Priddy and First Baseman Cristibal Santana all finished with 2 hits. The Toros will travel home on Wednesday before beginning a three game homestand at Hi Corbett Field hosting the Tijuana Cimarrones starting on Thirsty Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22857

The Tucson Toros This Week

The Tucson Toros will host the Tijuana Cimarrones for a 3-game weekend homestand at Hi Corbett Field beginning on Thirsty Thursday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m.  The homestand will mark the return of the Toros following their two week roadtrip to Canada where they faced the Victoria Seals, Calgary Vipers and the Edmonton Capitals. 
 
The homestand will feature dollar beverages on Thirsty Thursday, fireworks show post-game on Fireworks Friday and on Saturday the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive a Toros Fleece Blanket commemorating the team’s 2009 GBL Southern Division Championship.  The Hi Corbett ticket office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Thursday, August 19, 7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)

THIRSTY THURSDAY!  - Thirsty Thursday Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos
 
Friday, August 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)

FIREWORKS FRIDAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game, presented by Desert Diamond Casinos.  Support the ALS Association with an in-game raffle and prizes opportunities throughout the evening.

Saturday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)

SOUVENIR SATURDAY! - FREE 2009 Southern Division Champion Toros Fleece Blankets to the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission, presented by Toros Clubhouse Fitness & the Maverick.

CAPITALS DEFEAT TOROS 9-6 ON MONDAY

Monday, August 16, 2010 Edmonton, CAN – The Tucson Toros were defeated by the Edmonton Capitals 9-6 on Monday in the penultimate game of their two week road trip in Canada. The contest’s start was delayed just over an hour by stormy conditions at Telus Field.  Righty Brian Daly got a spot start for the Toros after things got under way, throwing a solid 5 innings with 2 runs (1 earned) allowed.  Daly was in line for his first win of the season until the Capitals got to Cibney Bello for 5 runs to blow the game open in the 6th and 7th innings.

Second Baseman Jose Valdez hit his GBL leading 8th triple of the season to score Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. in the 6th inning.  Tucson’s 27 team triples lead all GBL teams, 6 ahead of second place Yuma.  The Toros also have 3 of the top 5 players in the category, with Valdez leading, Centerfielder Josh Womack in second place with 7 and Shortstop Ryan Priddy in tied for third with 6. Priddy inched his batting average back towards .300 with a 3-for-5 performance resulting in a .299 mark.  First Baseman Cristobal Santana hit a solo home run in the 9th to cap the scoring for Tucson.  The longball was Santana’s 6th of the season. 

The Toros will play the final game of the roadtrip against the Capitals on Tuesday with a scheduled 6:00 p.m. start time (Tucson time).  The Toros will travel home on Wednesday before beginning a three game homestand at Hi Corbett Field against the Tijuana Cimarrones starting on Thirsty Thursday at 7:00 p.m. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22853

TOROS BELT OUT 14 HITS BUT FALL TO CAPITALS 11-9

Sunday, Auguat 15, 2010 Edmonton, CAN – The Tucson Toros lost to the Edmonton Capitals 11-9 Sunday night. The Toros battled but fell short in a gritty performance at the plate that produced 14 hits on the night. The Capitals jumped on the board early with 3 runs in the first inning off of Toros righty Albie Lopez. An RBI single by 2B Matt Rogelstad was followed by an RBI double by catcher Mike Rose to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead.

The Toros struck back with 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning to cut the lead to 1 run. Edmonton answered with a run in the bottom of the 5th frame to double up Tucson and take a 4-2 lead. Tucson fought back to tie the game 4-4 by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 6th that included an RBI single by catcher Luis Apodoca. The Toros would tack on two more unanswered runs in the top of the 7th inning to move in front 6-4. The Capitals came right back in the bottom frame with 6 runs, including a homerun and grand slam. Homerun champion Cliff Brumbaugh drilled a solo homerun on an 0-1 count and leftfielder Steve Brown cleared the bases later in the inning with a grand slam to pull ahead 10-6.

Tucson would not go away easily in the top of the 8th inning, however, closing the gap with 3 runs after an RBI single by catcher Luis Apodoca and a two run homer by centerfielder Josh Womack to trim the lead to one once again.  Edmonton would pull away by adding a run in the bottom of the 8th inning to edge the Toros 11-9. Each starting Toros position player had at least 1 hit, with 4 players enjoying a multi-hit night.  Apodaca and 3B Wally Backman Jr. led the way with 3 hits apiece.

The Toros will play game three of the four game series against the Edmonton Capitals Monday night at 6:00 p.m. (Tucson time). A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22849

TOROS TOP EDMONTON IN 7-4 WIN

Saturday, August 14, 2010 8/14/10 Edmonton, CAN – The Tucson Toros outslugged the Edmonton Capitals in a 7-4 win Saturday night. The Toros got off to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI single by catcher Luis Apodoca and a three run blast by center fielder Josh Womack.   Womack finished the night going 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.  Tucson would add another run in the 6th to take a 5-0 lead.

The Capitals answered back in the bottom of the 6th inning with 3 runs to cut the lead to two.  Capitals first baseman Cliff Brumbaugh drilled a two RBI double to right centerfield and would later come around to score to get Edmonton on the board.  An additional run in the bottom of the 7th inning was all the Capitals could muster up as the Toros scored an insurance run in the 9th to seal the 7-4 victory.

The Toros offense was stellar for the second night in a row.  SS Ryan Priddy had 3 hits on the night to match Womack.  Catcher Luis Apodoca had an impressive offensive performance, batting 2-for-3 with 1 run and 2 RBI.  Second baseman Jose Valdez extended his hitting streak to 5 games with a single in the 2nd inning.   Starter John Bannister improved to 5-3 with a strong performance going 8 solid innings.   Emiliano Fruto finished the 9th to nab his 14th save of the year.

The Toros will play game two of the four game series against the Edmonton Capitals Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. (Tucson Time). A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22842

TOROS SNAP LOSING STREAK WITH FOUR RUN NINTH

Friday, August 13, 2010 Calgary, CAN – The Tucson Toros avoided a sweep by the Calgary Vipers with a thrilling 10-7 victory Friday night.  The Toros also snapped their 6 game losing streak with the winning effort. Tucson jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after the first three innings of play including run scoring singles by 1B Cristobal Santana in the 1st inning and by 3B Wally Backman Jr.  Also contributing to the Toros’ early lead were 2 Calgary errors in the 3rd inning in what would be a 4-run inning.

With the score 6-2 Tucson, the Vipers staged a 4-run inning rally of their own in the 7th that tied the game at 6 apiece after a 2-out bases loaded 2 RBI double by Vipers’ Catcher Luis Tavares. The Vipers overtook the lead in the 8th inning after 2B Kevin Price got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Calgary a 7-6 go advantage.

The Toros, trailing by a run and down to their final 3 outs, came charging back to score 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning as the first 6 Toro batters strung together 6 consecutive hits that included four consecutive RBI singles by Outfielders Ron Perodin, Lino Garcia and Francisco Plasencia as well as by SS Ryan Priddy to give the Toros the 10-7 victory.

The Toros filled the offensive stat sheets with a total of 17 team hits.  Seven of the nine players in the starting lineup drive in at least 1 run in the balanced attack and Priddy, Garcia and Santana each finished with 3 hits apiece.

The Toros will start their final road series in Canada Saturday night to kick off a 4-game series against the Edmonton Capitals starting at 6:00 p.m. (Tucson time). A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22835

SANTANA SETS RECORD AS TOROS EDGED BY A RUN TWICE WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - Calgary, CAN – The Tucson Toros lost both games of their Wednesday doubleheader in Calgary, falling to the Vipers 2-1 in the opener and 4-3 in the nightcap. Despite the loss, 1B Cristobal Santana supplied the shining moment in the first game by singling in his first at bat to takeover lone possession of the longest hitting streak in the Golden Baseball League this season.  Santana extended his hitting streak to 21 games dating back to July 10th and surpassing the 20 game mark that he shared with Chico’s Ismael Castro.  Santana finished the game 1-for-3 with the team’s lone RBI.  LF Lino Garcia had the only Toro multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.  Righty Albie Lopez took the loss but pitched well in going the distance, allowing just 2 runs while fanning a batter per inning in 6 innings of work.

Santana’s streak would be halted the second game however, with an 0-for-3 game in the 4-3 loss.  The Toros managed just 6 total hits as a team in the game, with Garcia’s double as the only for extra-bases.  RF Ron Perodin went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.  3B Wally Backman Jr. had a hit and an RBI.  The game was tied 3-3 until Calgary pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the 6th off of reliever Cibney Bello, who took his first loss in a Toros uniform this season.
With Santana’s incredible stretch the Toros now hold 4 of the 5 longest hitting streaks in the league this season, including Cristobal’s 22-gamer and another 18-gamer earlier this year, an 18-game streak by OF Francisco Plasencia and also a 17-gamer by 3B Wally Backman Jr.
The loss was 5th straight for Tucson with 4 of the 5 games being decided by 2 runs or less.

Santana will look to start his next hitting streak and the Toros will attempt to snap their losing streak when the take on the Vipers in Calgary again on Thursday for the fourth game of the five game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Tucson time.

A box score for today’s games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22824
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SANTANA TIES GBL LONG HITTING STREAK IN 10-4 LOSS

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Calgary, CAN – The Tucson Toros dropped the first of a five game series against the Calgary Vipers 10-4 Tuesday night as Toros 1B Cristobal Santana tied the longest hitting streak of the GBL this season. Calgary’s 4 run 2nd inning helped them to jump out to an early 5-0 lead over the Toros.  The Toros’ early deficit was fueled by 2 RBI singles by Calgary 1B Caonabo Cosme and 3B Brent Metheny.

It was not until the top of the 4th when the Toros broke onto the scoreboard when Santana hit an RBI single.  With that single, Santana increased his hitting streak to 20 straight games and is now tied with Chico’s Ismael Castro for the longest hitting streak of the GBL this season. Calgary tacked on 3 more runs in the next 3 innings to increase their lead 8-2.  However, Santana struck again in the top of the 8th inning with a 1-out 2-run single that cut the Viper’s lead in half.  Santana finished the night 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Calgary added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning that helped secure them the 10-4 victory.  Toros starting pitcher John Bannister got the loss, his 3rd of the year, after allowing 7 runs in 5 innings of work while opposing starting pitcher Mac Suzuki was awarded his 1st win of the season after allowing just 2 runs while striking out 5. Tucson will play a double-header against Calgary tomorrow starting at 4:05 PM Tucson time.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22821

TOROS DROP BOTH GAMES OF SUNDAY’S DOUBLEHEADER

Sunday, August 8, 2010 Victoria, CAN – The Tucson Toros wrapped up their series against the Victoria Seals with a pair of losses in Sunday’s doubleheader.  Tucson lost the first match 5-4 in a game that was resumed after being suspended on Saturday, before dropping the last game of the series 4-3. The Seals walked off on the Toros in the first contest, with Brian Rios singling in Wilver Perez in the bottom of the 9th off of Tucson closer Emiliano Fruto.  The loss squandered a huge game by LF Lino Garcia who went 3-for-4 with a walk, 3 RBI and a run scored on 2 singles, a double and a home run.  The homer moved Garcia into a tie with SS Ryan Priddy for the team lead.

Tucson starter Vince Davis allowed 5 runs in a complete game loss in the second game, going the distance in the 7 inning affair.  The Toros bats were held scoreless for the first 6 frames before mounting a 3-run rally in the top of the 7th inning.  2B Jose Valdez and pinch hitter Darren Blakely hit back-to-back solo jacks.  Priddy drove in CF Josh Womack to bring the Toros within 2 runs, but that was as close as they would come.  Womack finished the game 2-for-4 with his 8th double of the season. 1B Cristobal Santana had a single in both games to extended his hitting streak to a Toros season long 19 games, surpassing the previous mark of 18 formerly held by both Santana and OF Francisco Plasencia.  If Santana reaches base with a hit in his next game he will tie the longest streak in the GBL this season set by Chico’s Ismael Castro in June. 

The Toros will continue their Canadian tour with a five game series against the Calgary Vipers beginning on Tuesday.  The series includes a scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday.  First pitch for Tuesday is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tucson time.

A box score for today’s games can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22814
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WALDEN GOES 8 INNINGS IN 8-3 WIN

Friday, August 6, 2010 Victoria, CAN – Cody Walden pitched 8 innings for the Toros Friday night in Victoria, guiding the team to an 8-3 win over the Seals.  Tucson is now just 3 games behind the Orange County Flyers in the GBL Southern Division. Walden surpassed his previous season high of 7 innings, allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking our 2.  Walden got the win to improve to 4-1, with his .800 winning percentage now ranking as tops on the Toros’ pitching staff.

All nine players in the Toros starting lineup had at least one hit in the contest, including Walden.  2B Jose Valdez had a big game out the 8-spot, scoring a run and driving in 2 with a pair of hits. Tucson’s outfield of Ron Perodin, Francisco Plasencia and Lino Garcia each chipped in 2 hits of their own, with one of Garcia’s clearing the fence for his 5th homer of the season. 1B Cristobal Santana singled in the 4th inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, just 1 shy of the team record set earlier this year by both Santana and Plasencia.

The Toros will face the Seals in Victory once again on Saturday for game three of the four game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tucson time.
A box score for the game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=22802

LOPEZ SHUTS DOWN VICTORIA IN 3-1 VICTORY

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - Victoria, CAN - The Tucson Toros began their two week excursion into Canada with a 3-1 victory over the Victoria Seals Thursday night.  Tucson gained a half game on the idle Orange County Flyers with the win, and now sit just 3.5 games out of the division lead.

Starter Albie Lopez threw his best game of the season by out-dueling Victory ace Isaac Hess.  Lopez allowed just 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings of work to become the first Toro to reach 5 wins this year.  Lopez’ strong game continued his recent hot streak in which he has posted a 1.45 ERA since July 1st to lower his season ERA to 3.63.  Hess proved to be a worthy adversary by striking out 11 in 7 innings of his own, but Toros got to the righthander for a run both the 2nd and 6th innings to hand him his 2nd loss of the year.

After giving up a run in the first, Lopez helped even the score with a 2-out RBI single in the 2nd to bring in 1B Cristobal Santana.  SS Ryan Priddy put Tucson on top with a solo shot in the 6th, giving him a team leading 7 bombs this year.  C Luis Apodaca led off the 9th with a base hit and took advantage of a couple of Victoria errors before scoring an insurance run for Tucson on a wild pitch.

Priddy and Santana both finished with a pair of hits, with Santana’s extending his hitting streak to 16 games.  Cristobal also raised his batting average to .374, good for 4th in the GBL.

The Toros will take on the Seals in Victory once again on Saturday for game two of the three game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tucson time.
A box score for the game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12924

TOROS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST CIMARRONES

Saturday, July 31, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros swept both games of their doubleheader against the Tijuana Cimarrones Saturday, 11-2 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.   The first game served as a continuation of Friday night’s game which was suspended due to rain.  In that first game, Tucson took the lead back from Tijuana by racking up 3 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd inning to make the score 3-1.  The rain took over with the Toros leading 4-2 in the bottom of the 4th inning, suspending the game at 9:09 p.m. 

The game was resumed today at 5:37 p.m. as the Toros continued the 4th inning by tacking on 2 more runs, increasing their lead 6-2.  They wrapped up the first game with an 11-2 victory.  P Albie Lopez earned his 4th win of the season after throwing 5 scoreless innings and RF Darren Blakely turned in the most impressive offensive night with 3 singles in 4 at-bats with an RBI and a run scored.

In the second game, Tucson edged the Cimarrones 3-2.  Three Tijuana errors led to 2 runs for the Toros and Tucson starting pitcher John Bannister helped his own cause with an RBI in the 2nd inning to go along with a stellar pitching performance.  Bannister earned his 4th win of the season while striking out 5 batters and allowed just 1 earned run in 6 innings of work.  Closer Emiliano Fruto shut down Tijuana in the last inning for his 11th save of the season.   1B Cristobal Santana increased his hitting streak to 15 straight with an RBI double to left in the first game and 2 line drive singles to right in the second game. Luis Apodaca’s 6 game hitting streak came to an end in the first game after not recording a hit in 3 at-bats.

The Tucson Toros will head to Bisbee this Sunday where they will play an exhibition game against the Bisbee Copper Kings of the Pacific Southwest Baseball League at historic Warren Ballpark at 4:00 p.m. The Toros will help celebrate the 101stbirthday of Warren Ballpark, which is thought by many to be the oldest continuously used baseball venue in the United States.  Live music and other festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will take place until the first pitch. Gates will open at noon.

The Toros will then have three days off before they go on a 14-game road trip against the GBL’s three Canadian teams.  The team’s next homestand will start on Thursday, August 19th where they will kick off another 3-game home series against Tijuana.

A box score for both games can be found at:
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12901
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TOROS TO PLAY EXHIBITION GAME IN BISBEE

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will head to Bisbee this Sunday where they will play an exhibition game against the Bisbee Copper Kings of the Pacific Southwest Baseball League at historic Warren Ballpark at 4:00 p.m.  The Toros will help celebrate the 101st birthday of Warren Ballpark, which is thought by many to be the oldest continuously used baseball venue in the United States. 
 
Warren Ballpark was built in 1909 by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company as a recreation for the miners and their families, pre-dating the construction of Chicago’s Wrigley Field by nearly five years.  Live music and other festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will take place until the first pitch.  Gates will open at noon. 
 
The Toros are currently in the middle of a 3 game homestand against the Tijuana Cimarrones lasting through Saturday, July 31st.  For more information on the Toros call (520) 325-1010 or visit the Toros online at www.tucsontoros.com.

TUCSON TOROS THIS WEEK

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will host the Tijuana Cimarrones for a 3-game weekend homestand at Hi Corbett Field beginning on Thirsty Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m.  While all game times will remain the same, the Toros opponent during the series will reflect a slight change in the Golden Baseball League schedule.  Tucson was originally scheduled to host Maui during the series.
 
The home stand will feature dollar beverages on Thirsty Thursday, fireworks show post-game on Fireworks Friday and on Saturday the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive an Insulated Cooler Bag commemorating the Toros 2009 GBL Southern Division Championship.  The Hi Corbett ticket office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 
 
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010:
7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY! - Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.
 
Friday, July 30, 2010: 7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FIREWORKS FRIDAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.
 
Saturday, July 31, 2010: 7:00 p.m. vs. Tijuana (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY - FREE 2009 Southern Division Champion Toros Insulated Cooler Bags to the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission, presented by Domino’s Pizza.

CIMARRONES SHUTOUT TOROS 2-0

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros drop the first game of the home series against the Tijuana Cimarrones 2-0 Thursday night after a 2 run 8th inning by the visiting squad. Both starting pitchers were locked in a pitcher’s duel throughout most of the game.  Righty James Garcia of the Toros threw seven scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits while striking out 4.  Opposing lefty Jake Worthman of Tijuana matched Garcia’s performance with 7 scoreless innings of his own, striking out 4 and allowing just 6 hits.

However it was Worthman who received the decision, winning for the first time this season as Tijuana’s bats finally came alive in the eighth to break the scoreless tie with back-to-back RBI singles to left.  Tucson stranded 7 base runners throughout the course of the 2-0 loss. Earlier in the game, Toros 1B Cristobal Santana increased his hitting streak to 13 straight games as he smacked two singles up the middle in both the 4th and 6th innings.  Santana now has 5 multi-hit games during his hot streak.

Be there tomorrow night at 7 PM as Toros Ace Vince Davis takes the mound on Fireworks Friday!  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12897

TOROS TAKE ST. GEORGE SERIES WITH 6-5 WIN

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros wrapped up their road trip by defeating the St. George RoadRunners 6-5 on Wednesday.  With the victory, Tucson won the series by taking two of three games at Bruce Hurst Stadium. Tucson entered the 6th inning trailing by a run, but the Toros would capitalize on some wildness by the St. George bullpen to take the lead.  A Ryan Priddy single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for 3B Wally Backman Jr., who drew a walk of his own to bring in a run.  1B Christobal Santana followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to give Tucson a 6-5 lead.

In addition to the sac fly Santana also added 3 hits, all going for extra bases.  Santana’s 5th homer of the season and a pair of doubles extended his hitting streak to 12 games.  Santana’s hot streak has also raised his batting average to .369, good for 5th best in the Golden Baseball League.

Tucson starter Cody Walden scattered 10 hits, allowing 4 earned runs to get the win and improve to 3-1 on the season.  Reliever Reid Price took over in the 7th, striking out 2 in a 2 scoreless innings.  Closer Emiliano Fruto maintained the 1-run lead in the 9th to notch his 10th save.

The Toros will head home to Tucson tomorrow to host the Tijuana Cimarrones for a 3-game series beginning on Thirsty Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12893

TOROS FALL SHORT 6-5 DESPITE LATE RALLY

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 St. George, UT – The St. George Roadrunners scored 2 runs in the 8th inning to take the second game of the three game road series from the Tucson Toros 6-5 after.  Tucson rallied for a run in the 9th but fell a run short of scoring the tying run. A solo shot by Roadrunners’ Catcher Scott Clement gave St. George the early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning.  Tucson went on to score a run in both the 4th and 5th innings, which included an RBI single by 1B Cristobal Santana in the 4th.  In doing so, Santana also increased his current hitting streak to 11 straight games.  He would finish the night with 2 hits, both singles, in 4 at-bats with an RBI.

St. George strung together 4 consecutive hits with 2 out in the 6th inning leading to 3 runs, including a 2 RBI double to right-center by Roadrunners 1B Brett Flowers on a full count to make it 4-2 St. George. However, the Toros answered right back and led off the top of the 7th inning with 3 consecutive hits of their own, with CF Josh Womack’s 2-run double to left center off the bat of Toros to tie it back up at 4 apiece.

Back-to-back-to-back doubles by the Roadrunners in the bottom of the 8th gave them the late 6-4 lead and with an extra insurance run that proved necessary to withstand Tucson’s 9th inning rally.  Womack singled in another run in the 9th, but the Toros stranded the potential tying run at third base to thwart the comeback. Toros start Albie Lopez received a no decision, but when 5 strong innings allowed just 1 run.  Roadrunners relief pitcher Mitch Arnold was awarded the win, his first of the season, while fellow reliever Jose Obispo recorded his second save on the season.

Tucson will look to claim the road series with the final game of the 3-game set on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Tucson time.  The Toros will then head home to Tucson to host the Tijuana Cimarrones for a 3-game series beginning on Thursday.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12887

TOROS BATTLE FOR 10-8 WIN

Monday, July 26, 2010 St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros battled for a 10-8 win over the St. George RoadRunners Monday night. The Toros have now won three of their last four games against the RoadRunners.

The contest was a  back and forth affair, St. George opening the scoring with two 1st inning runs off Toros starter John Bannister.  Tucson answered in the top of the 2nd inning with a run to trail 2-1.  The RoadRunners extended the lead in the 3rd inning with two additional runs to go up 4-1.  

Tucson tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth with three runs, including a solo home run by Francisco Placensia, his second of the year.  St. George came back with a run in the bottom of the 4th inning and another in the 5th on a home run of their own by Yosvany Almario to move ahead 6-4.

The Toros broke the game open however, with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning and four more in the top of the 7th inning to take a 10-6 lead.  The RoadRunners continued to fight back late in the game by adding a run in the bottom of the 8th inning and another run in the bottom of the 9th inning, but it was not enough as the Toros held on to win 10-8.

Tucson 1B Cristobal Santana continued to rake in the hits.  His single in the top of the 2nd inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games, two of which have been multi-hit games. Santana last failed to hit his way onto base on July 8. Catcher Luis Apodoca had a strong offensive night going 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored.

Toros righthander John Bannister got his third win of the season, improving to 3-2.  Bannister gave up 7 hits in 6 innings of work, with 6 runs (4 earned), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Reid Price gave up 1 run in two innings of relief and Emiliano Fruto finished the ninth to get his 9th save of year. The Toros will play game two of their three game series tomorrow at Bruce Hurst Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tucson time.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12884

ST. GEORGE PREVENTS SWEEP WITH 5-1 WIN

Sunday, July 25, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros dropped game three of their series against the St. George RoadRunners, losing 5-1 Sunday night. Tucson failed to complete the sweep, but won the series 2-1. St. George scored early with three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead after an RBI double by 1B Nick Fitzgerald and RBI singles by both SS Nick Spears and 2B C. J. Lang.

Tucson answered back in the fourth inning when Josh Womack hit a sacrifice fly RBI scoring SS Ryan Priddy to cut the lead 3-1.  The Roadrunners tacked on a run in both the 5th and the 8th innings to cap the scoring at 5-1. Toros first basemen Cristobal Santana extended his active hitting streak to 9 straight games with a single in the 6th. 

Vince Davis got the start for the Toros and went 7 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 4.  Davis took the loss to fall to 3-6 this season. The teams will travel to St. George where the Toros will take on the RoadRunners at Bruce Hurst Stadium for a three game series beginning tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Tucson time. 

Tucson will return home on July 26th for Thirsty Thursday to face host the Edmonton Capitals for a three game set.. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12882

JAMES GARCIA DOMINANT IN TOROS 13-1 BLOWOUT

Saturday, July 24, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros defeated the St. George RoadRunners in a 13-1 blowout Saturday night.  Tucson will go for their third sweep of the season on Sunday. James Garcia was dynamic for the Toros, getting the job done both on the mound and at the plate.  The righthander earned his fourth win by giving up 1 run in 7 innings of work. He also had an RBI triple, and a stand up double to wrap up his finest outing of the season. The triple was the first for a Toros pitcher this year.

St. George scored a run in the 3, but the Toros batted around in the bottom of the 4th inning and put up five runs to pull away 7-1.   Tucson continued to score in each frame (five strait) through the 8th inning to add 6 more unanswered runs to take a 13-1 commanding lead.

The Toros had eight players with a multi hit nights.  CF Josh Womack was a double short of the cycle, going 4-for-6 with 2 runs scored, 4 RBI with a triple and a solo home run.  1B Cristobal Santana also had an excellent night going 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI in the win. The Toros and Roadrunners will play the final game of the series Sunday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12875

TOROS BATS IGNITE FOR 9-8 COMEBACK WIN

Friday, July 23, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros offense erupted for a 9-8 come from behind win over the St. George RoadRunners Friday night.

The RoadRunners struck right from the beginning with two 1st inning runs off Tucson native Cody Walden.  RF Yosvany Almario drilled an RBI double to gap in right and scored later in the frame after a Toros throwing error to take a 2-0 lead. St. George added another run to their lead in the 2nd inning after SS Nick Spears blasted a two out solo home run off the center field green monster.

The Toros began to build some momentum in the bottom of the second inning after SS Ryan Priddy crushed an RBI double off of the leftfield wall to drive in RF Francisco Plasencia.  Tucson also got a run closer in the 3rd inning with and RBI single by Wally Backman Jr. to cut into the lead 3-2.

Tucson continued to fight back in the bottom of the 4th inning after Josh Womack’s two RBI single on a line drive to left to pull ahead 4-3.  The momentum began to shift for St. George in the top of the 6th inning when the RoadRunners countered with 4 runs to go on top 7-4.  The RoadRunners added to their lead with an RBI single by LF Jermy Acey in the top of the 8th inning to go up 8-4.

With the Toros trailing 8-4 going into the bottom of the 8th, 2B Adam Courcha knocked a line drive down the third base line for an RBI double sparking what would turn into a decisive 5 run inning.  Pinch hitter Darren Blakely followed with a 2 run bomb over the right field wall to pull the Toros within one 8-7.  The Toros tied the game with an RBI single by Wally Backman Jr. and took back the lead after Lino Garcia scored on a E9 fielding error by St. George to seal the victory 9-8.

The Toros offense combined for 14 hits, 9 runs, and a home run.  Lefty Cody Walden scattered 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings, with 6 runs (5 earned), 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. took the mound in the bottom of 6th inning and allowed 1 earned run, 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 K’s to earn his 3rd win.  Emiliano Fruto picked up his 8th save of the season with a scoreless 9th.

The Toros will play game two of their three game series tomorrow for Souvenir Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12869

TOROS PITCHER ANDREW SNOWDON ACQUIRED BY THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

July 23, 2010 - The Tucson Toros announced Friday that the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired the contract of Pitcher Andrew Snowdon.

The righthander has excelled in his first taste of professional baseball, posting a 2.97 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings out of the Toros bullpen.  Snowdon’s brilliance lead to his selection to represent the Golden Baseball League in the International All-Star Game where he struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.  Snowdon is expected to be assigned to the Single-A Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League.
 
The Toros drafted the Renton, Washington native with their 1st Round Pick (8th overall) out of the Arizona Winter League, a premier winter instructional league for professional and aspiring professional baseball players.  Snowdon went 5-1 in the AWL, leading the league with 39 innings pitched and ranking second in strikeouts with 39.  Andrew previous played for the Wildcats of Central Washington University.
 
Snowdon is the fifth GBL Tucson Toro to be picked up by a Major League organization, joining Pitchers Andrew Romo who signed with the San Francisco Giants organization, Rene Garcia who is now in the Chicago White Sox farm system, Tom Wilhelmsen who is now in the Seattle Mariners system and First Baseman Dustin Yount who was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in February and has been playing for their Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
 
The Toros will begin a three game series tonight when they host the St. George Roadrunners at Hi Corbett Field for Fireworks Friday with a scheduled 7:00 p.m first pitch.

TOROS THIS WEEKEND: July 23-25, 2010

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will host the St. George Roadrunners for a 3-game weekend homestand at Hi Corbett Field beginning on Fireworks Friday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  The series will be the first for the Toros at home after the International All-Star festivities last week, as the team attempts the capture their second straight GBL Southern Division second half title.

The home stand will feature a spectacular fireworks show post-game on Friday, Dollar Dogs on Sunday and on Saturday the first 1,000 kids ages 5-12 through the gates with paid admission will receive a Back-To-School Back Pack commemorating the Toros 2009 GBL Southern Division Championship.  The Hi Corbett ticket office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 

TUCSON TOROS HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Friday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
    FIREWORKS FRIDAY - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.
  • Saturday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
    FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY - FREE 2009 Southern Division Champion Toros Back-to-School Backpacks to the first 1,000 kids, ages 5-12 through the gates with paid admission, courtesy of Pima Community College & Home Depot.
  • Sunday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. vs. St. George (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
    DOLLAR DOG SUNDAY - Enjoy Hebrew National Hot Dogs for just a dollar all night long!

TUCSON BLANKED 2-0 IN MAUI WEDNESDAY

Wedneday, July 21, 2010 Maui, HI – The Tucson Toros finished their six game road trip to Maui with a 2-0 shut out by the Na Koa Ikaika.  Tucson went 1-5 in the series and are off to a rough 2-6 start in the second have of the GBL season.

Wednesday’s series finale followed the theme of the rest of the series for the Toros – solid pitching but more offensive struggles.  Toros Starter John Bannister was fantastic, allowing just 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings while striking out 5.  The quality start was the fifth in six tries for Tucson starters in Maui, but ended with Bannister taking the tough luck loss to fall to 2-2.

Maui hurler Donald Brandt shut down Tucson with 7 scoreless innings to improve to improve to a flawless 8-0 this season.  The game marked the second time in the series that Tucson was shut out after also being blanked on Saturday.

The Toros managed just 2 hits in the contest, and are now hitting .136 (17-for-125) over their last four games.  1B Cristobal Santana had one of the team’s hits, a 2nd inning double that extended his active hitting streak to 7 games.  CF Josh Womack added Tucson’s other hit when he singled in the 3rd. 

The Toros will head home to host the St. George Roadrunners for a three game series at Hi Corbett Field beginning on Fireworks Friday at 7:00 p.m.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12864

The Tucson Toros return home to Hi Corbett Field to host the St. George Roadrunners on Fireworks Friday, July 23rd. 

TUCSON LOSES 4-2 IN MAUI TUESDAY

Tuesday, July 20, 2010- Maui, HI – Tucson’s offensive struggles continued in Maui on Tuesday, as the Toros lost to the Na Koa Ikaika 4-2 at Maehara Stadium. The Toros took the first lead of the game with 2 runs in the 4th inning.  2B Jose Valdez’ single was followed by a 2-run home run to left by LF Lino Garcia to give Tucson a 2-0 advantage.  The homer was Garcia’s fifth of the season.  Maui leveled the score with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, and pushed across 2 more in the 6th to go ahead 4-2.

Maui’s pitching staff limited the Toros to just 5 hits in the game.  3B Wally Backman Jr. had a double and SS Ryan Priddy and 1B Cristobal Santana both added singles.  Santana has now hit in all 6 games he has played in since return to the lineup following an arm injury.  Earlier this season, Santana hit safely in 18 straight to tie him with OF Francisco Plasencia for the longest by a Toro this season.

Starting pitcher Vince Davis posted his 2nd quality start of the road trip and the 4th for Tucson starters in their 5 games in Yuma.  The lefthander went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.

The Tucson Toros and Na Koa Ikaika will wrap up the six game series Wednesday night with the game scheduled to begin at 9:35 p.m. Tucson time.  The Toros will then head home to host the St. George Roadrunners for a three game series at Hi Corbett Field beginning on Fireworks Friday at 7:00 p.m.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12860

TUCSON EDGES MAUI 4-3 ON SUNDAY

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Maui, HI - The Tucson Toros got their first win in Maui Sunday night by defeating the Na Koa Ikaika 4-3.  The win was the second for the Toros in the second half of the GBL season. SS Ryan Priddy drove in 1B Cristobal Santana on a fielder’s choice in the top of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie.  Santana had led off the inning with his second double of the game, finishing 2-for-5 with two runs scored to raise his average to a team leading .359.  Cristobal has been swinging a hot bat since returning to the lineup after an injury, hitting .400 (6-for-15) with a 5-game hitting streak.  He his pair of 2-baggers gave him 10 on the season to move into a tie for the team lead along with OF Lino Garcia.

Tucson Righthanded starter James Garcia earned the win and improved to 3-4 with a quality start against Maui, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings while striking out 6. Lefty returnee Reid Price pitched a perfect bottom of the 8th to preserve the lead and closer Emiliano Fruto locked down his 7th save of the season by fanning 1 in the 9th.  Fruto’s scoreless frame lowered his ERA to 1.99.

The Tucson Toros and Na Koa Ikaika will take a day off on Monday before resuming their series Tuesday with game five of the six game series set to begin at 9:35 p.m. Tucson time. A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=1285

TUCSON SHUTOUT BY MAUI 6-0 SATURDAY

Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Maui, HI - The Tucson Toros were shutout by Maui Na Koa Ikaika 6-0 on Saturday.  The loss was the third time The Toros have been shutout by Maui this season. Maui struck early by taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning but were held scoreless afterwards by Tucson until the 8th frame.  Maui would add to their lead by scoring 4 runs, including a 2 run homer by catcher A. Asher, his first of the year.

The Toros struggled at the plate and combined for only 4 hits on the night.  Tucson's first hit didn't come until the 4th inning with a single by SS Jose Valdez.  The Toros left a total of 8 runners on base all night.  Toros 1B Cristobal Santana reached base for the third straight night with a single in the 6th inning.  

The International All-Star Game starter Wes Ethridge returned to true form in his first start since giving up 3 earned runs in the All-Star Game in Tucson.  Etheridge nabbed his 4th win of the season to improve to 4-0 after going 7 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and fanning 7 to lower his ERA to 0.78.  Tucson Starter Cody Walden received his first loss of the season despite a solid performance. The lefty allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits in 6 innings, while striking out 5.  Reliever Cibney Bello struck out 4 in 2 innings of work, but was roughed up for 5 hits and Maui’s final 4 earned runs.

The Tucson Toros will face the Na Koa Ikaika  in Maui on Sunday for game four of a six game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. Tucson time.

MAUI NARROWLY ESCAPES TOROS WITH 9-8 VICTORY FRIDAY

Friday, July 16, 2010 Maui, HI - The Tucson Toros lost 9-8 in a tug of war battle with Maui Na Koa Ikaika on Friday.  The loss was the Toros longest 9-inning game of the season, spanning 3:40.

The Toros struck early with a 3 run first inning after a 3 run shot by Cristobal Santana in a back and forth game that featured 4 lead changes. Maui countered in the bottom of the second frame with 4 runs to take their first lead.

The Toros reclaimed the advantage after in the top of the 3rd inning after SS Jose Valdez scored on a wild pitch and LF Lino Garcia was driven in by 1B Cristobal Santana’s sac fly.  SS Ryan Priddy would tack onto the lead with an RBI single to move ahead 6-4. Maui would add two runs later in the frame to tie the game at 6 a piece.

Maui LF Mark Okano and 3B Keoni Ruth were able to score after each were hit by a pitch in the 4th inning to move ahead 8-6.  Toros catcher Luis Apodoca tied the game with RBI singles in the 6th and 8th frames.  The Toros high-powered offense was not enough as Maui sealed the victory with solo home run by 1B Jowen Murray in the bottom of the 8th inning.

First basemen Cristobal Santana returned to dominant form for the Toros for the second straight night.  Santana homered and drove in 4 runs to lead the Toros.  The bomb was his 4th of the season.  Catcher Luis Apodoca also had a strong offensive night going 3-for-4, with 2 RBI. Starter John Bannister was pulled after just 3 1/3 innings of work after allowing 6 hits, 8 earned runs, 5 walks and 1 strikeout. Relievers Jason Hanna, Andrew Snowdon and Toros latest addition Reid Price combined for a three hitter with 5 strikeouts, and one earned run.  Price received the loss in his Toros debut.

The Tucson Toros will face the Na Koa Ikaika in Maui on Saturday for game three of a six game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. Tucson time.
A box score for the game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12841

MAUI OPENS SERIES WITH 5-0 SHUTOUT OVER TUCSON

7/15/10 Maui, HI - The Tucson Toros lost in a 5-0 shutout by Maui Na Koa Ikaika on Thursday in the first game the Toros have ever played at Maehara Stadium.  The loss put Toros a game back on the first half Southern Division winners in the race for the second half title.

The game began a pitcher’s duel, with each teams starter holding the opposition scoreless until the bottom of the 7th inning when Maui C Phil Avlas broke the silence with a solo home run off of Toros starter Vince Davis.  Two batters later, RF Tim Battle was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored off of  an RBI single by SS Rex Rundgren to take a 2-0 lead.  Maui capped off the night in the 8th inning with a 3 run bomb by LF Mark Okano, his 8th of the year.

The Toros 1B Cristobal Santana returned to the starting line up after being hit by a pitch in Yuma on July 3.  His single was one of five hits for the Toros on the night.  CF Ron Perodin went 2-for-3 with a walk, and a stolen base.  

Davis received his fourth loss of the season despite a solid performance, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings, while striking out 4. Reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. was banged up after just one inning of work and allowed 4 hits, 3 earned runs and 1 strikeout.

The Tucson Toros will face the Na Koa Ikaika  in Maui on  Friday for game two of a six game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. Tucson time.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12835

NORTHERN LEAGUE TOPS GBL 9-3 IN THE INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR GAME

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 -Tucson, AZ – The Northern League defeated the Golden Baseball League 9-3 in the International Minor League All-Star Game at Hi Corbett Field on Wednesday.  CF Jason James of the Rockford RiverHawks was named the game’s MVP after going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI for the NL.

The Northern League got off to a fast start, with the first 5 batters of the game all reaching on a hit.  The NL would score 3 earned runs off of GBL starter Wes Etheridge, matching the number the righthander has allowed in his first 43 innings in regular season play this season.  The NL would add a run in the 2nd inning and again in the 3rd to take a 5-0 lead on 3B Brad Corell’s solo shot to left.

The Golden Baseball League fought back in the 4th when RF Timothy Rodriguez singled, stole second and was driven in by C Mike Rose.  J.J. Sherrill drew a pinch hit walk in the 5th and would later come around to score on an RBI single to left by 2B Jimmy Rohan to make the score 5-2.

3B Ramos Amos hit a bases loaded triple down the rightfield line for the NL in the 7th to open up a 9-2 lead.  CF Lino Garcia and Sherrill hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the 9th to cap the scoring at 9-3.

The box score was full at the end of the night, with a total of 45 players seeing action.  Five Tucson Toros made appearances including Garcia who finished 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.  SS Ryan Priddy was 0-for-5 with a couple of hard line drive outs.  Righthanders John Bannister, Andrew Snowdon and Emiliano Fruto all threw scoreless frames, combining for 5 strikeouts. 

The Tucson Toros head to Maui, Hawaii where they will take on the Na Koa Ikaika for a six game road series beginning tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. Tucson time.  Tucson will return home to Hi Corbett Field to host the St. George Roadrunners on Fireworks Friday, July 23rd. 

EDMONTON’S CLIFF BRUMBAUGH TAKES HOME RUN DERBY FOR THE GBL

Monday, July 12, 2010 -Tucson, AZ – Edmonton Capital’s slugger Cliff Brumbaugh hit 11 home runs in the final round to win the 2010 International All-Star Home Run Derby for the Golden Baseball League.  Brumbaugh defeated Kansas City T-Bones infielder Jacob Blackwood who represented the Northern League in the finals.
 
Twelve players, six from each league, squared off in the derby that pitted the top sluggers from the GBL against the NL.  Brumbaugh wowed the crowd early with 11 bombs in the first round.  He advanced to the second round along with teammate Tom Collaro who hit 5 in the first round.  The Tucson Toros were well represented, with outfielder Lino Garcia putting one off the scoreboard and shortstop Ryan Priddy belting two over the wall in left field.
 
It was battle of teammates in the second round, with Blackwood surpassing Kansas City outfielder Brian Joynt to reach the finals for the NL.  Collaro hit another 4 in the second round, but his total of 9 was not enough to catch Brumbaugh.
 
In the final round Blackwood hit first and was locked in, driving out 10 home runs, most of which completely left the park.  Brumbaugh looked in trouble early in the final round, putting a few out but with a climbing out total.  The righthanded hitter gained steam late, tying Blackwood at 10 with 8 outs.  Down to his last out, Brumbaugh won it all with the final swing of his bat in front of a roaring crowd at Hi Corbett Field.
 
The All-Star festivities will continue Tuesday at The Maverick with an open to the public MLB All-Star game viewing party beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The 2010 International All-Star Game will take place at Hi Corbett Field on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

TOROS SPLIT TWIN BILLING IN ORANGE COUNTY

Saturday, July 10, 2010 - Orange County, CA – The Tucson Toros lost the first game of their Saturday doubleheader 2-1, but bounced back by defeating the Flyers 9-5 in the second contest to wrap up the first half of the season on a winning note.

In the opener the Toros were held to just 3 hits, 2 of which came off of the bat of CF Lino Garcia who would finish the day with a .357 batting average, good for 8th in the GBL.  The Flyers scored both of their runs off of reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. handing him his first loss and marring the spotless 0.00 ERA he carried into the outing.  Despite the rough outing Orosco Jr.’s ERA still stands at 2.16 in 8 1/3 innings.  Cibney Bello, a valuable member of the 2009 Division winning squad, made his second appearance since returning to Tucson after beginning the season in Yuma.  Bello finished the game with 2 scoreless innings and a pair of punchouts.

Tucson’s bats came alive in the nightcap, banging out 14 hits in the 7 inning contest.  All of the teams scoring occurred in just 2 frames, with 4 runs scored in the 4th and another 5 in the 6th.  Three Toros led the way with multi-hit games.  C Luis Apodaca had a big game, scoring twice and driving in 2 with a 3-for-4 performance that raised his batting average to above the .300 mark to .306.  3B Wally Backman Jr. was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  3B Jose Valdez 2 RBI, a runs scored and 2 hits, including his GBL leading 7th triple of the season.

The club will not return to Hi Corbett Field until July 23rd when they will kick off a 3 game homestand against the St. George Roadrunners.  In the mean time, Hi Corbett will host the International Minor League All-Star Festivities from July 12th to the 14th with a Fan Fest, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.

TUCSON LOSES TO ORANGE COUNTY 4-1

Friday, July 9, 2010 - Orange County, CA – The Tucson Toros managed just 5 hits in their 4-1 in Orange County against the Flyers on Friday. 
Toros Starter James Garcia pitched a strong game, but ended the hard luck loser to fall to 2-4 on the season.  Garcia pitched 7 innings allowing just 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 5.

Tucson scored their lone run in the 6th inning when SS Ryan Priddy led off with his 6th triple of the season, putting him in a tie with teammate Jose Valdez for the most in the league.  RF Francisco Plasencia drove followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to avoid the shutout. Although the hits weren’t coming, Tucson drew 5 walks and stole 3 bases in the defeat.  Priddy was the lone Toro with multiple hits, adding a single in the 4th.  2B Adam Courcha and LF Darren Blakely both notched their first double and stolen base in a Toros uniform. 

The Toros and Flyers will square off in a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. (Tucson time) on Saturday in both teams’ last action before the All-Star Festivities set to take place at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson from July 12-14, 2010.

LOCAL CHARITIES TO PITCH FOR A WIN DURING ALL-STAR CELEBRATION

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will be helping out local charities in addition to hosting great baseball during the 3-day International All-Star Celebration from July 12-14 with an on going First Pitch fundraising event.  Qualifying Tucson non-profits will be assigned two hour segments beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12th and continuing to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14.  During their time blocks, designated organizations will have the opportunity to allow their supporters to throw a first pitch at Hi Corbett Field for a minimum $3 charitable donation. The Toros goal is to raise $1,000 per hour for 43 continuous hours to raise $43,000 in total for Tucson area non-profit organizations.  For more information or to participate in this event please call 520-322-6989.

Watch the All-Stars live!

The Tucson Toros will be feeding a HD quality audio production of the July 14th International All-Star Game starting at 6:00pm PST with a pre-game show that will lead into the game at 7:00pm.  The URL for the feed is http://streaming2.simplybits.net:8000/   and can be accessed by clicking on M3U.

TOROS DROP LAST HOME GAME BEFORE ALL-STAR BREAK 7-4

Thursday, July 8, 2010 Tucson, AZ – Tucson’s final home game before the All-Star break ended in a 7-4 loss against the Chico Outlaws Thursday night, but Toros RF Francisco Plasencia increased his hitting streak to 18 straight games.

Chico scored twice in both the 2nd and 3rd innings and led 4-1 after 3.  Plasencia cracked the scoreboard for the Toros in the 2nd inning with a solo lead off bomb to straight away center for his first home run of the season.  In doing so Plasencia increased his hitting streak to 18 straight, tying himself with fellow teammate 1B Cristobal Santana for the Toros longest hitting streak of the season.  Plasencia is also only two games away from tying the GBL’s longest hitting streak of the season, a 20-gamer held by Chico’s 3B Ismael Castro.

The Toros brought themselves within a run in the 4th inning after Catcher Luis Apodaca, and Starting Pitcher Vince Davis both slapped RBI singles to left to make it 4-3 Chico.  However, the Outlaws would add 3 more runs to their lead with 2 runs in the top half of the 7th inning.
OF Darren Blakely made his Toros debut Thursday night, with a sacrifice fly in his first at bat in the bottom of the 8th to help cut into Chico’s lead to make it 7-4, but the scoring ended there.

The Toros will head on the road to Orange County where they will play 3 games in 2 days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.  The club will not return to Hi Corbett Field until July 23, 2010 when they’ll kick off a 3 game homestand against the St. George Roadrunners.  In the mean time, Hi Corbett will host the International Minor League All-Star Festivities from July 12th to the 14th with a Fan Fest, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.

RUSHFORD’S RBI SINGLE GIVES TOROS 4-3 WIN IN EXTRAS

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Toros 1B Jim Rushford hit a walkoff RBI single in bottom of the 10th inning to lift Tucson past the Chico Outlaws 4-3 Wednesday night.

The Toros and the Outlaws were locked in a back and forth battle throughout the night. Tucson gained a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning off of 3B Wally Backman Jr.’s sacrifice fly.  However, the Outlaws came right back and scored 2 runs in the top half of the 3rd to make the score 2-1 Outlaws.
 
Tucson tied the game in the 4th and took the lead back in the 6th when Rushford’s towering RBI double to left center gave the Toros the go ahead run.
 
Chico threatened to score in the 7th when they had runners on second and third with only 1 out, but Toros RHP John Bannister worked himself out of the jam as he snared a hard hit comebacker for a 1-3 groundout.  He then got the next batter he faced to fly out to centerfield to end the inning and maintain the lead.
 
Chico’s offensive threats came to fruition in the 9th when a bases loaded walk tied the game 3-3.
 
The game was still tied going into the bottom half of the 10th inning when two consecutive errors by Chico Pitcher Justin Segal allowed LF Lino Garcia to advanced third with no one out.  After an intentional walk to RF Francisco Plasencia, Rushford hit the game-winning single on a chopper over the second baseman’s glove for a 4-3 victory.
 
Earlier in the game, Plasencia increased his hitting streak to 17 when he singled in the 6th.  He’s now only 1 game back from tying the longest Toros hitting streak this season held by 1B Cristobal Santana.

TOROS FALL SHORT IN EXTRAS WITH 5-3 LOSS

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros fell short in 10 innings with a 5-3 loss to the Chico Outlaws on Tuesday.  The loss was the third straight for the Toros. 

For the third consecutive game it was the visiting team who was on the board first.  Chico put up three runs within the first three innings to take an early 3-0 lead.  The Toros bats got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th inning after an RBI single by 1B Jim Rushford brought in LF Lino Garcia for Tucson’s first run of the night.
CF Ron Perodin’s RBI hit in the 7th brought in SS Ryan Priddy to bring the Toros within one run.  Priddy lead off the inning with a Tucson GBL leading 20th triple of the season.

Starting Pitcher Albie Lopez had a solid outing for the Toros going 7 innings, giving up on 9 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) with 3 strikeouts. 
The Toros would tie the game at 3 apiece in the bottom of the 8th when RF Francisco Plasencia hit an RBI single to right.  The hit extended Plasencia’s hitting streak to 16 games, the long active streak in the league.  

In the 10th inning, an RBI single by Maikel Jova and a wild pitch by Toros reliever Andrew Snowdon put the Outlaws on top 5-3.  Toros 2B Jose Valdez and LF Lino Garcia each singled in the bottom of the frame to lead off the inning, but ended up stranded as Tucson fell 5-3. The Toros were led by LF Lino Garcia who finished the night going 1-for-2, with a single, 3 walks, 3 stolen bases and 2 runs scored.

The Toros will play game two of a three game series against the Chico Outlaws tomorrow for We Care Wednesdays, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT WITH 10-1 LOSS

Monday, July 5, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros lost to the Yuma Scorpions 10-1 Monday night.  The second straight loss put the Toros 3 games below 500, with the team remaining in 3rd place in the GBL Southern Division.

Yuma roughed up Tucson starter Matt Lincoln in the first three innings to pull ahead 5-0, including a solo home run by Scorpions 1B Anthony D’Alfonso.  Tucson countered with one run in the bottom of the 3rd inning on an RBI triple by 2B Jose Valdez to score CF Ron Perodin. The triple by Valdez was number 19 on the season for the Toros, who now lead the league for the most 3-baggers in the GBL. 

Yuma went on to pile on five more runs increasing the Scorpions lead 10-1.  The Toros added a run in the bottom of the 9th on a sacrifice fly by SS Ryan Priddy. RF Francisco Plasencia had a single in the bottom of the 9th to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active hitting streak in the GBL.  LF Lino Garcia went 0-for-3 to snap his 8-game hitting streak.

Lincoln was pulled after the 3rd inning after giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, with 1 strikeout.  Loncoln took the loss to fall to 1-5.  Lefty Cody Walden took the mound in the 4th and threw 4 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 earned run and struck out 3 to lower his ERA to 2.10.

Yuma had seven players with multi-hit nights, including CF Jonal Pacheco who went 4-6, with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.   

The Toros will start a three game series tomorrow against the Northern Division Leading Chico Outlaws, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the Internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS SET ATTENDANCE RECORD DESPITE 3-2 LOSS

Sunday, July 4, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros lost 3-2 to the Yuma Scorpions on Sunday in front of a crowd of 9,158 fans.  The Toros broke their own record from last year of 9,038 to set a new all-time Golden Baseball League single game attendance record. After the game, the record crowd was treated to a star spangled spectacular fireworks show exploding over the left field fence.

The Scorpions put the first run on the board in the 2nd inning after RF Johny Celis scored on a throwing error by Toros SS Ryan Priddy. Tucson erased an early deficit with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th thanks to RBI singles by both 1B Wally Backman Jr. and RF Francisco Plasencia.  The Scorpions took back the lead in the bottom of the frame after a sacrifice fly RBI by CF Timothy Rodriguez to put the Scorpions up 3-2.

Starter James Garcia kept the Toros in the game with a quality start.  The righty scattered 7 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings, while striking out 5. 

Plasencia had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, while LF Lino Garcia singled to stretch his to 8 straight

The Toros and Yuma Scorpions will play game two of the three game series tomorrow on Retro Monday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the Internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH THE TOROS

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will celebrate Independence Day with a special 4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday, July 4th.  The skies will light up over Hi Corbett Field shortly following the completion of the 7:00 p.m. game against the Southern Division Rival Yuma Scorpions.  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m.  All seats for the game will be reserved, with special Fourth of July Pricing - $10 for VIP seats, $8 for Upper Reserved and $6 for Reserved Bleachers.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling (520) 325-1010, online at www.tucsontoros.com or in person at the Hi Corbett Ticket Office.  The Ticket Office opens at 10:00 a.m. everyday and remains open through 5:00 p.m. while the team is on the road or approximately 8:00 p.m. while the team is at home.  The July 4th game will be the first during a five game homestand for the Toros lasting through Thirsty Thursday on July 8th.

TUCSON TOROS THIS WEEK

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will kick off a 5-game homestand against Yuma and Chico with a special Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.  In addition to fireworks on the 4th, the homestand will also feature Thirsty Thursday, Toros Teen Tuesday and Retro Monday.  The homestand will be the last one leading into the All-Star Break that will bring the top talent from the Golden Baseball League and Northern League to Tucson, with All-Star festivities taking place from July 12th-14th.  The Hi Corbett box office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 

TUCSON TOROS HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - Tucson’s largest, continuous grand finale fireworks show will dazzle the skies following the game. Following the fireworks, kids can run the bases!
 
Monday, July 5, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
RETRO MONDAY - The Toros turn back the clock to 1991, the Toros first PCL Championship.  Dress up in your favorite 90s outfit for a best-dressed contest!
 
Tuesday, July 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
TOROS TEEN TUESDAY - Special events for teenagers all night in our Teen Pavilion.
 
Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
WE CARE WEDNESDAY – A night dedicated to help non-profit organizations in the local community.  Stop by Guest Relations for more information.
 
Thursday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY – Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.

TOROS SCORE 7 UNANSWERED TO BEAT YUMA 8-6

Saturday, July 3, 2010 - Yuma, AZ - The Tucson Toros scored the final 7 runs in their ballgame in Yuma to defeat the Scorpions 8-6.  The win solidified a split of the 2-game series as the Toros will head home for a Star Spangled Independence Day at Hi Corbett Field. The Scorpions jumped out to a sizeable lead early, with the Toros trailing 6-1 after 5 innings.  Tucson did damage in the top of the 6th, tying up the game with a 5 run rally.  In the inning pitcher James Garcia hit a pinch hit 2-run home run.  SS Ryan Priddy also added a 2-run shot for his team leading 6th home run of the season.  Tucson pushed the go ahead run across in the 7th and tacked on an insurance run in the top of the 9th to give them an 8-6 lead.

Reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. earned his first win in a Toros uniform with 2 scoreless innings.  RHP Andrew Snowdon threw a 1-2-3 8th and Closer Emiliano Fruto saved his 6th game of the year by fanning the side in the 9th.  The trio combined for 7 punchouts and just 1 baserunner allowed in 4 innings of work. RF Francisco Plasencia and LF Lino Garcia each had a single to extend their hitting streaks to 13 and 7 games respectively. The Toros will return home for the 4th of July when they will kick off a 5-game homestand with a Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks extravaganza following their 7:00 p.m. game against Yuma on Sunday.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the Internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS DROP ROAD OPENER TO YUMA 6-2

Friday, July 2, 2010 Yuma, AZ - The Tucson Toros dropped the first game of their two game road series against the Yuma Scorpions 6-2 on Friday night.  Yuma scored 5 unanswered runs within the first three innings before Tucson got on the board with a run of their own in the 4th inning.  The Scorpions added an additional tally in the bottom of the frame, but the Toros bullpen would hold Yuma in place thereafter.  Tucson added their final run in the 7th after a sacrifice fly, RBI by Catcher Luis Apodoca to finalize the score 6-2.

Tucson starter John Bannister had a rough night giving up 6 runs (4 earned), on 13 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in 5 innings of work.  Bannister received his first loss of the season fall to 2-1.  Toros’ newcomer Jesse Orosco Jr. maintained his spotless 0.00 ERA with a scoreless inning of relief.  Lefty Cody Walden followed with two scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 2.08.  The Scorpions were held scoreless for the final five innings of the contest.

The 18 game hitting streak for Toros 1B Cristobal Santana came to an end.  Santana  finished the night going 0-for-2 with one walk, hit by pitch and scoring one run. RF Francisco Plasencia’s hitting streak was extended to 12 games, followed by LF Lino Garcia who has hit in 6 straight games going back to June 26th.

The final game of the brief 2-game road series will take place Saturday at Yuma’s Desert Sun Stadium with a scheduled start time of 7:05 pm. The Toros will return to Hi Corbett on Sunday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with a special Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show  when they will once again take on the Yuma Scorpions.

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will kick off a 5-game homestand against Yuma and Chico with a special Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.  In addition to fireworks on the 4th, the homestand will also feature Thirsty Thursday, Toros Teen Tuesday and Retro Monday.  The homestand will be the last one leading into the All-Star Break that will bring the top talent from the Golden Baseball League and Northern League to Tucson, with All-Star festivities taking place from July 12th-14th.  The Hi Corbett box office can be reached at (520) 325-1010. 

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:
 
Sunday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - Tucson’s largest, continuous grand finale fireworks show will dazzle the skies following the game. Following the fireworks, kids can run the bases!
 
Monday, July 5, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
RETRO MONDAY - The Toros turn back the clock to 1991, the Toros first PCL Championship.  Dress up in your favorite 90s outfit for a best-dressed contest!
 
Tuesday, July 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
TOROS TEEN TUESDAY - Special events for teenagers all night in our Teen Pavilion.
 
Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
WE CARE WEDNESDAY – A night dedicated to help non-profit organizations in the local community.  Stop by Guest Relations for more information.
 
Thursday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chico (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY – Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.

TOROS SWEEP SCORPIONS WITH 20-2 BLOWOUT

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros swept the Yuma Scorpions Thursday night as they batted around in the 3rd to score 10 runs to help fuel 20-2 victory.
 
For the second night in a row, the Toros jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the 1st.  RF Francisco Plasencia’s 2 RBI double and SS Ryan Priddy’s RBI triple were the big hits in the inning.
 
Tucson exploded offensively in the 3rd inning when they batted around en route to 10 runs.  RHP Albie Lopez and LF Lino Garcia had 2 RBI singles, while Plasencia knocked in 3 with a double to center.  Plasencia’s 2-hit game increased his hitting streak to 11 straight games. 
 
The Toros followed up that inning with a grand slam in the 4th off the bat of 3B Wally Backman Jr., his 3rd homer of the year, that sailed over the centerfield wall to give the Toros an 18-2 lead.  The bomb was Backman Jr.’s 2nd grand slam of the season and was the first grand slam for the Toros at home this season.
 
The Toros capped the scoring with 2 more runs in the 5th to make it 20-2.  The 20 runs were the most scored for the Toros in franchise history.  The previous mark was 16 which was set on June 10th of last year against the Chico Outlaws.
 
Backman Jr., and Plasencia combined for half the Toros offensive production as they both drove in 5 RBI’s each, both tying for the mark of the most RBI’s for a Toro in a single game this season. 
 
1B Cristobal Santana extended his hitting streak to 18 straight with singles in the 1st and  3rd innings.  Santana now holds the longest hitting streak for any Toro on the season and surpassed Backman Jr.’s previous mark of 17 straight.  He is now only 2 games back from the longest hitting streak in the GBL this season which stands at 20 straight games.
 
The Toros will go on the road to play Yuma for the next two days and be back at Hi Corbett on Sunday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with a special Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show.   The game will begin a 5-game homestand against Yuma and Chico.

The Tucson Toros will host two division rivals with a chance to gain ground on the Maui Na Koa Ikaika and the Yuma Scorpions during a 6-game homestand beginning with Fireworks Friday on June 25th.  The weeklong homestand, which includes an off day on Monday, will feature a Thirsty Thursday, Beach Towel Giveaway and Dollar Dog Sundays in addition to Friday’s Fireworks display.  Gates open one hour before game time unless otherwise noted.  The Hi Corbett box office can be reached at (520) 325-1010.

Baseball, Music and Fireworks on July 4th

The Tucson Toros minor league baseball team will celebrate the Fourth of July with a game against the Yuma Scorpions followed by evening fireworks at Hi Corbett Field on July 4. Single tickets are priced from $6 to $8.

TOROS SCHEDULE BONUS THIRSTY THURSDAY

The Tucson Toros will host an exhibition game and bonus Thirsty Thursday on Thursday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.  While the Toros will be playing in St. George that night, the exhibition will feature the Bisbee Copper Kings and the Tucson Nationals of the Pacific Southwest Baseball League.  Fan will be able to enjoy Thirsty Thursday dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch.  Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and normal ticket pricing will apply.  The Toros themselves will return to begin the next homestand on Friday, June 25th.

Friday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. vs. Maui (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) FIREWORKS FRIDAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.
 
Saturday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. vs. Maui (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY! - FREE 2009 Division Champion Toros Beach Towels to the first 1,000 fans through the gates with paid admission, courtesy of Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa & Toros Clubhouse Fitness.  45 four-packs of tickets to Legoland California Resort given away in-game.
 
Sunday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. Maui (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) DOLLAR DOG SUNDAY! - Enjoy Hebrew National Hot Dogs for just a dollar all night long!  Reid Park Zoo Member Appreciation Night!
 
Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) TOROS TEEN TUESDAY! - Special events for teenagers all night in our Teen Pavilion.
 
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) WE CARE WEDNESDAY! - Wednesday nights are dedicated to help non-profit organizations in the local community. Stop by Guest Relations for more information.
 
Thursday, July 1,
7:00 p.m. vs. Yuma (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) THIRSTY THURSDAY! - Enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the first pitch, presented by Sol Casinos.

TOROS JUMP OUT TO EARLY LEAD, WIN 6-5

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros jumped out to an early lead and held on to win it 6-5 to take the second game of their three game series against the Yuma Scorpions Wednesday night.
 
The Toros quickly took charge of the game by scoring 4 runs in the 1st inning thanks to an RBI double to right by LF Lino Garcia that was later followed up with a 3 run shot by 1B Cristobal Santana.  The home run was his third of the year and gave the Toros an early 4-0 lead. 
 
Santana finished with 2 hits that extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games, tying him with 3B Wally Backman Jr. for the longest by a Toro this season.
 
In the 3rd inning, Yuma cut the Toros lead in half when Scorpion 2B Peeter Ramos hit an RBI single to right and CF Jonal Pacheco got an RBI on a fielder’s choice later in the inning to make it 4-2.
 
The Toros went up 6-2 after RF Francisco Plasencia’s RBI single in the 3rd and 2B Jose Valdez’s long RBI double to center in the 4th.  Yuma once again pulled within 2 runs in the top half of the 5th when Scorpion’s 3B Santo DeLeon and RF Timothy Rodriguez both hit RBI singles to make it 6-4 Tucson.  Rodriguez’s RBI was his 48th on the season, first amongst all GBL batting leaders.
 
Yuma pulled within a run in the 9th but Toros Closer Emiliano Fruto shut it down and struck out Rodriguez for the final out and earned his 5th save on the season.  RHP Andrew Snowdon earned his 2nd win after 2 2/3 innings of work while striking out 6.
 
Be there tomorrow night as the Toros go for the sweep in their final game of the homestand against rival Yuma and be sure to enjoy dollar beers, soft drinks, and lemonade for two hours after the 7:00 p.m. first pitch because it’s Thirsty Thursday!

TOROS WALK OFF IN THE 9TH FOR 6-5 COMEBACK VICTORY

Monday, June 28, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros scored 5 runs in the final two frames of the game and won 6-5 off of Second Baseman’s Jose Valdez walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to take the first of three games against the Yuma Scorpions.
 
The Scorpions jumped out to an early lead in the top half of the 2nd as Rightfielder Timothy Rodriguez hit a bloop RBI single to center.  The RBI was Rodriguez’ league leading 47th this season. Toros Righthanded Pitcher James Garcia helped his own cause in the 3rd inning and battled back from a 0-2 count and smacked an RBI double down the 3rd base line to tie it up at 1 apiece.
 
Yuma would then bang in 4 more runs over the next few innings with a run in the 5th off of Leftfielder Francisco Murillo’s sacrifice fly and 3 more in the 7th when third baseman Santo DeLeon and First Baseman Johny Celis both knocked in a run to put the Scorpions up 5-1.
 
The Toros rallied back in the 8th inning with 3 runs of their own as Pinch Hitter Brian Bistagne lead the charge with an RBI triple that was later followed up with a 2 RBI single through the left side of the infield on a hit and run from Leftfielder Lino Garcia to bring the Toros within a run of Yuma’s lead. Tucson kept up the momentum in the 9th as Bistagne tied it up with an RBI sacrifice fly and was later followed up with Valdez’s walk-off RBI single to center to complete the come from behind victory as the Toros won it 6-5.
 
The Toros are right back in action tomorrow night on We Care Wednesday as they play the second of a three game homestand against rival Yuma beginning at 7:00 p.m.

MAUI TAKES SERIES WITH 6-5 WIN

Sunday, June 27, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros the final game of their series with Maui 6-5 after a come from behind win in the 9th by the Na Koa Ikaika.  
Maui scored 4 unearned runs in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead after five errors by the Toros.  In the bottom of the frame, Wally Backman Jr. got Tucson on the scoreboard with an RBI single to drive in CF Ron Perodin for the Toros first run of the night.   

The Toros continued to answer back in the third inning when RF Lino Garcia crushed a three run homer to left centerfield to tie the game 4-4.  Perodin had another great night atop the batting order, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored 7th inning RBI double that gave Tucson a 5-4 lead.

Maui fought back in the 9th after scoring two more unearned runs after a throwing error.  The error was the 6th recorded by the Toros on the night. Starter Vince Davis did not get the decision in his solid performance, pitching 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. Reliever Andrew Snowdon threw 2 scoreless innings of relief and gave up 1 hit, with 4 strikeouts before passing the ball to Emiliano Fruto.  Fruto threw 1 inning and allowed 2 hits, 2 unearned runs and was handed the loss. 

The hit streaks for Toros Right fielder Francisco Plasencia, Shortstop Ryan Priddy, First baseman Cristobal Santana and Third basemen Wally Backman Jr. all continued.  Plasencia extended his hit streak to 8 games, Priddy is now at 9 games, Santana has hit 12 straight games, and Backman Jr’s streak is now at 17, longest for a Toro this season.

The Toros have the day off tomorrow and will return home for a three game series against the Yuma Scorpions starting Tuesday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

BISTAGNE DELIVERS 4-3 WALKOFF WIN IN THE 11TH

Saturday, June 26, 2010 - Tucson, AZ –Second baseman Brian Bistange hit a RBI single in the 11th inning as the Toros walked off on the Maui Na Koa Ikaika 4-3 Saturday night. Maui scored the first 2 runs of the game, but the Toros pulled within one in the bottom of the 5th inning after and RBI single by newcomer Ron Perodin.  Tucson would even the score in the 6th after Third basemen Wally Backman Jr. scored due to a throwing error by Maui Centerfielder Tim Battle.  

In the 7th, Maui went back on top with a solo homerun over the left centerfield wall by Rightfielder Michael Higa.  Toros Right fielder Lino Garcia tied the game at 3 a piece with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame.

Starter John Bannister got the job done on the mound, posting a quality start with 8 innings of work, just 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.  Reliever Emiliano Fruto threw 3 scoreless innings to finish the game.

Centerfielder Ron Perodin was solid in his Toros debut belting out 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

The impressive hit streaks for Toros Right fielder Francisco Plasencia, Shortstop Ryan Priddy and First baseman Cristobal Santana all continued.  Plasencia extended his hit streak to 7 games, Priddy is now at 8 games, and Santana prolonged his streak to 11 straight games tying Victor Ferrante for the longest for a Toros this year.
The Toros will wrap up the series and play game 3 of the 6 game homestand tomorrow on Dollar Dog Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

TOROS SHUTOUT BY MAUI 5-0

Friday, June 25, 2010 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros were shutout by the Southern Division leading Maui Na Koa Ikaika in a 5-0 loss on Friday.  Maui starting pitcher Jason Mackintosh pitched a complete game shutout improving to 4-0. 

Tucson’s starter Albie Lopez got off to a rocky start giving up 3 early runs the first two innings.  The righty received his third loss of the season, throwing 6 innings while allowing 5 runs (4 earned) and striking out 7.

Reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. made his Toros debut, throwing one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  He is the son of former Major League pitcher Jesse Orosco, who pitched 24 seasons in the majors and holds the Major League all-time record with most games pitched with . Three different Tucson players had multi-hit nights, with three base hits from both First Baseman Cristobal Santana and Shortstop Ryan Priddy.  Third baseman Wally Backman Jr, chipped in 2 hits of his own.

The Toros hit streaks continue with the strong performances by Santana and Priddy.   Santana extended his streak to 10 straight games, while Priddy’s hit streak now sits at 7 games. Tucson will take on Maui in game two of the three game series on Free Souvenir Saturday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the Internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS LOSE SERIES FINALE 18-9

Thursday, June 24, 2010 St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros lost the final game of their series in St. George 18-9 on Thursday.  Tucson will return home after winning 1 in the 3 game set against the Roadrunners.

Tucson led 1-0 after the 1st inning, but St. George scored 17 times over the next 4 frames to put the game out of reach.  Tucson starter Matt Lincoln gave up 10 of those runs, with reliever Brian Daly responsible for 7 more.

Although they allowed 20 hits, Tucson did have 15 knocks of their own in the slugfest led by a 4-hit performance by Rightfielder Lino Garcia that raised his batting average over the .400 mark to .408, good for 4th in GBL.  Garcia hit his 3rd home run of the season to go along with a pair of doubles and a single.

Shortstop Ryan Priddy went deep for the second time in the series with his team leading 5th homer.  Leftfielder Brian Bistagne also put one over the fence for the first professional home run of his career.

The Toros will return home to begin a 6-game homestand against division rivals Maui and Yuma, kicking off tomorrow with Fireworks Friday at 7:00 p.m.

A box score for tonight’s game can be found at: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=12742

TUCSON DEFEATS ST. GEORGE 9-5

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros scored 5 late runs to the defeat the St. George Roadrunners 9-5 on Wednesday.  The victory evened up the series 1-1 with 1 game remaining. The Toros snapped a 4-4 tie with 3 runs in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to break the game open.  St. George threatened late, with Emiliano Fruto stranding 3 inherited runners by recording the final out in the 8th inning.  The Roadrunners loaded the bases again in the 9th, scoring 1-run and bringing the tying run to the plate before Fruto got the final out to preserve the lead.

Tucson utilized a barrage off small ball to produce 9 runs against the Roadrunners pitchers, out hitting St. George 14-7 with all 14 of their hits coming in the form of singles. Wally Backman Jr. reached base 5 times for Tucson, going 3-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Cristobal Santana also had 3 hits to go along with a run scored and 2 RBI.  Jose Valdez led the team with 3 runs, getting on base on 2 hits and 2 walks. Righthander James Garcia evened his record at 2-2 by limiting St. George to 4 runs over 6 inning.  Pitcher Vince Davis, who pitched and hit a home run the night before, pinch hit and drew a bases loaded walk to drive in a run. The Toros and Roadrunners play the final game of the 3 game series in St. George on Thursday.  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 25th at 7:00 p.m. against Maui.

TOROS LOSE SLUGFEST IN ST. GEORGE 15-6

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros lost the first game of the roadtrip to St. George 15-6 on Tuesday in what was a battle of the offenses.  Bruce Hurst Field in St. George lived up to it’s reputation of being hitter friendly with the two sides combining for 26 hits and 21 runs. Tucson starter Vince Davis had his 3-game winning streak snapped with a rough outing in which he allowed 9 runs in 4 innings of work to take the loss.  Davis did help himself at the plate however by becoming the first Toros Pitcher to hit a home run when he launched a solo shot to lead off the top of the 5th.  Davis is now 5 for his last 6 at the plate after going 4-for-4 in his previous start in Tijuana.

In addition to allowing 16 hits, walks were also an issue for the Tucson moundsmen as Davis, Jason Hanna and Brian Daly combined for 9 walks and a hit batsman.
Shortstop Ryan Priddy, hit in the leadoff spot for the first time the season, started the game off with his team leading 4th home run.  Priddy finished with 2 hits, 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Rightfielder Francisco Plasencia drove in a pair and had 2 hits in his third straight game.  Plasencia is now hitting .375 with with 5 RBI in 4 games since joining the Toros. The Toros and Roadrunners play the second game of the 3 game series in St. George on Wednesday.  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 25th at 7:00 p.m. against Maui.

TOROS LOSE FINAL GAME OF SERIES 5-4

Sunday, June 20, 2010 - Tucson AZ –   The Tucson Toros lost the series finale in heartbreaking fashion as the Chico Outlaws rallied in the 9th to win 5-4. Toros lefty Cody Walden was strong in his seven innings of work, keeping Chico off the scoreboard for the first 5 innings.  In total, the Tucson native and struck out 7 batters, allowing just 3 unearned runs.
 
Chico’s 3 unearned tallies put them in the lead, but the Toros rallied right back with 4 runs of their own beginning in the 6th inning as Leftfielder Lino Garcia scored off of an error by Chico Second Baseman Bobby Hill.  Shortstop Ryan Priddy drove in a drive with an RBI groundout in the 7th to make cut the Outlaw’s lead to 3-2. Tucson would go ahead in the 8th when they took a 4-3 lead, with RBI singles by Rightfielder Francisco Plasencia and Pinch Hitter Jim Rushford.
 
Chico countered with a rally of their own in the 9th to overtake the Toros with a 2-run bomb by Outlaws’ First Baseman Rich Janeway over the rightfield wall to make the score 5-4. nTucson had the tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th, but Lino Garcia was thrown out at home on a single by Wally Backman Jr. to thwart the comeback.
The Toros will head out on the road for a quick 3-game series in St. George against Roadrunners beginning Tuesday. Southpaw Vince Davis will take the mound looking for his 4th win on the season.  The Toros will return home to begin a 6-game homestand on Friday, June 25th.

TOROS BAT AROUND IN THE 4TH IN 13-6 BLOWOUT

Saturday, June 19, 2010 - Tucson AZ –   The Tucson Toros outslugged Chico Outlaws Thursday night as the offense fueled a 13-6 victory thanks in part to a 6-run 4th and a 5-run 5th inning. Chico jumped out to an early lead on the Toros as they scored 3 runs in the 1st , including Chico Catcher Mike Rose’s solo shot to straight away center for his 7th on the season.
 
After the Outlaws scored two more runs in the 4th to extend their lead 5-1, the Toros would come charging right back in the bottom half of the 4th.  The home club batted around and racked up 6 runs that helped turn the tide of the game with  the help of 2 RBI singles by both CF Josh Womack and 3B Wally Backman Jr. along with LF Lino Garcia’s 2-RBI double to make it 7-5 Tucson.
 
It would not stop there as the Toros went full steam ahead when in the 5th they added 5 more runs to extend their lead 12-5 with Catcher Luis Apodaca and Rightfielder Francisco Plasencia both driving in 2 runs.  Plasencia’s RBI are his first ever with the Toros.
 
The Toros would finish the game with a 13-6 victory that tied the series up at 1 game-a-piece.  Toros LHP Matt Lincoln was awarded the win, his first of the season, while Outlaws’ LHP Demetrius Banks got the loss.
 
The Toros offensive stars were led by Lino Garcia who went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI along with Luis Apodaca, who went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.  Wally Backman Jr., Francisco Plasencia, and Brian Bistagne each had 2 hits with 2 RBI.
 
Come on out to Hi Corbett tomorrow night at 7 PM as Toros LHP and watch as Tucson-native Cody Walden squares off against opposing righty Javier Ortiz in the final game of the homestand against the Chico Outlaws.  Be sure to enjoy some Hebrew National Hot Dogs for just a dollar all night long while you’re here at the game!

TOROS LOSE FIRST GAME OF SERIES 7-2

Friday, June 18, 2010 - Tucson AZ – The Tucson Toros lost the opening game of their series against Chico, falling 7-2 to the Outlaws Friday. Toros RHP Albie Lopez ran into trouble in the top half of the 2nd.  After retiring the first out with ease, he allowed a single to Outlaws’ 3B Ismael Castro and then walked 1B Rich Janeway which paved the way for a 2-RBI double by SS Alex Prieto.  The Outlaws would tack on one more run later in the inning when Prieto scored off a sacrifice fly by CF Bobby Hill to make it 3-0.
 
In the 3rd Castro would again single and steal second, which allowed him to score off of Janeway’s 2-out RBI single to center to make it an early 4-0 lead for the Outlaws. The Toros would make some offensive noise of their own in the bottom of the 3rd when 1B Cristobal Santana smacked a 2-out RBI single to right that brought in CF Josh Womack.  Santana would finish the night going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Womack followed with a 2-out RBI single of his own in the 4th when he scored 2B Brian Bistagne to help cut the lead in half to make it 4-2.
 
But that would be all the offense the Toros could muster up as the Outlaws went on to score a few more runs as Preito would hit another 2-out RBI single in the 7th to make it 5-2.  Then in the 8th, CF Blake Gailen would jack his 5th homer of the year to straight away center to make it 6-2.  Then finally, Prieto would finish his impressive 5-for-5, 4 RBI night with yet another RBI single in the 9th to make the score it’s final, 7-2.

TOROS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER IN TIJUANA

Thursday, June 17, 2010 Tijuana, Mexico – The Tucson Toros split a doubleheader against the Cimarrones in Tijuana Thursday, winning the opener 3-0 and losing the second game 7-6. In the first game Toros starter James Garcia threw Tucson’s first complete game shutout of the season, posting 7 scoreless innings with just 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.  Garcia needed just 78 pitches to complete the gem.  The Toros offense gave Garcia all the support he would need before he even stepped on the mound.  Centerfielder Josh Womack’s leadoff double in the 1st inning was follow by a 2-run home run by Second Baseman Jose Valdez for his second of the year.  Shortstop Ryan Priddy added an insurance run in the 7th with a solo shot, his third this season, to cap the scoring at 3-0. Tucson was within an out of the sweeping the twin bill and the series.  With a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Toros surrendered 5 runs including a 2-out 3-run walkoff home run by Cimaronne Carlos Lopes to drop the series finale.  Toros Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. hit his second home of the year, finished with 2 runs scored while driving in a pair. Tucson will return home and begin a 3-game homestand against the Chico Outlaws with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th at 7:00 p.m.

DAVIS LEADS TUCSON ON THE MOUND AND WITH THE BAT

Wednesday, June 16, 2010: Tijuana, Mexico – The Tucson Toros defeated the Tijuana Cimarrones 11-2 behind a memorable pitching and hitting performance by Vince Davis on Wednesday. The lefthander earned his third win after allowing just 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings despite not striking out a batter.  Davis also led the charge offensively with a perfect 4-for-4 night at the plate.  His 4 singles that raised his batting average to .455.  With the victory, Vince has now won each of his last 3 starts. All nine Toros in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the 19 hit outburst.  Seven of those starters, including Davis, enjoyed multi-hit performances.  Catcher Mike Valadez belted a grand slam in the 3rd inning for his first homer of the year and also added a triple.  Shortstop Ryan Priddy lanched his second homer, while Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. The Toros and Cimarrones will wrap up the series with a scheduled double header in Tijuana on Thursday.  Tucson will begin a 3-game homestand against the Chico Outlaws  with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th at 7:00 p.m.

TOROS POSTPONED TUESDAY IN TIJUANA

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - Tijuana, Mexico – The Tucson Toros and Tijuana Cimarrones were postponed Tuesday night due to field conditions in Tijuana.  The three game series will now begin on Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. (Tucson time).  Tonight’s scheduled game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, June 17th with a start time yet to be determined.

SANTANA LAUNCHES SECOND HOMER BUT TOROS FALL 4-3

Sunday, 6/13/10 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros ended their homestand with a 4-3 loss to the St. George RoadRunners Sunday night.  The RoadRunners won the series 2-1. The Toros got a good outing by Tucson native Cody Walden, who allowed 3 earned runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and striking out 1 in his first start at home.

The RoadRunners got on the board first with an RBI double by 1B Brett Flowers.  The Toros struck back when Cristobal Santana drilled a solo home run to straight away centerfield for his second of the season. 

The Tucson Toros added two more runs in the 3rd inning after back-to-back sacrifice flies by SS Ryan Priddy and 2B Jose Valdez to go up 3-1. St. George erased the 2-run deficit with three unanswered runs in the 4th, 5th, and 7th innings to pull ahead and seal the victory 4-3. 

Catcher Luis Apodoca had an impressive 5-2-2 double play, tagging out a runner in a rundown play at third and making a diving tag to catch RoadRunners Scott Clement heading back to second base. Josh Womack, Wally Backman Jr. and Cristobal Santana each recorded two hits.  Womack and Santana each finished with a double, while scoring a run.  

The Toros will have an off day Monday and will begin a 3 game series in Tijuana against the Cimarrones on Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  Tucson will return on Fireworks Friday for their 3 game homestand to face the league leading Chico Outlaws.

MILITARY NIGHT & BARK IN THE PARK
HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEKEND TOROS HOMESTAND

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros will host the St. George Roadrunners for a fun filled 3-game homestand beginning Friday, June 11th at Hi Corbett Field.  The homestand will feature Military Appreciation Night, Fireworks Friday, Bark In The Park, Souvenir Saturday and Dollar Dog Sunday.
 
The skies above Hi Corbett Field will be busy Friday night, with a flyover during the National Anthem and fireworks following the game in honor of Military Appreciate Day.  Military members will receive free General Admission seating for up to five people by showing a valid Military ID.  Upgrading to Reserved Seating will cost just $2 per ticket on Friday.  There will be special in game prizes and contests and, in keeping with the aerial theme of the evening, another qualifying fan for the end of season Plane Giveaway will be selected with registration available at guest relations.
 
On Saturday the first 1,000 kids (ages 3-12) through the gates with paid admission will receive a free 2009 Division Champion Toros Kids Jersey.  Also Saturday, dogs (of all ages) are invited to enjoy a ballgame together with the Toros annual Bark In The Park event.  Dog and dog owners must sit in the Doggie Pavilion in Sections A-D.  Sunday will wrap up the series with $1 hot dogs.
 
Good seats remain for all games.  The Hi Corbett box office can be reached at (520) 325-1010.  Gates open one hour before game time unless otherwise noted. 
 
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:
 
Friday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) FIREWORKS FRIDAY/MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY! - The skies will dazzle with Tucson’s most innovative fireworks show following the game.  Following the game, kids can run the bases!
 
Saturday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) FREE SOUVENIR SATURDAY/BARK IN THE PARK! - FREE 2009 Division Champion Toros Kids Jersey to the first 1,000 kids aged 3-12 through the gates with paid admission, courtesy of Chick-fil-A at El Con Mall. 2nd Annual ‘Bark In The Park’ Day. Bring your “best friend” with you to the ballpark and enjoy a Toros game. *Dog and dog owners must sit in the Doggie Pavilion: Sections A-D. Following the game, kids can run the bases!
 
Sunday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) DOLLAR DOG DAY! - Enjoy Hebrew National Hot Dogs for just a dollar all night long!  Following the game, kids can run the bases!

Bannister Pitches A Gem In 2-1 Victory

Saturday, June 12, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros won 2-1 Saturday night behind a dominant performance by starting pitcher John Bannister.  The Tucson Toros snapped a three game losing streak with the victory to pull within a game of .500 at 10-11 this year. Bannister took to the mound for his home debut after starting the season on the Inactive List because of a torn fingernail.  The Tucson native went 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 and improved his record to 2-0. The RoadRunners jumped to an early lead in the 1st inning for the second straight night, with Ruddy Yan scoring after a leadoff double.

The Toros countered with an unearned run in the 3rd off of a double by Luis Apodaca and an E4.  Apodaca drove in the go ahead run in the 5th inning to put Tucson ahead 2-1. The Tucson bullpen was stellar, posting 3 scoreless innings between Jason Hanna, Toby Nordman and Emiliano Fruto. Fruto earned his fourth save of the season, tied for the most in the GBL. The Toros will attempt to win the three game series tomorrow night for Dollar Dog Sunday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. 

TOROS SUFFER 10-8 LOSS IN EXTRA INNINGS AFTER LATE RALLY

Friday, June 11, 2010 - Tucson, AZ – After arriving almost 2 hours late because of travel delays, the Toros battled late into the night but suffered a 10-8 11th inning loss to the St. George RoadRunners Friday night. The RoadRunners jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning in after a two run RBI double by CF Yosvany Almario.  Tucson got on the board in the bottom of the 1st frame after centerfielder Josh Womack hit a lead off triple, one of two lead off triples by the Toros in the first two innings.  Womack now leads the GBL with 5 triples on the season.  

The RoadRunners added a run in the 3rd inning with an RBI single by 3B Henry Calderon. 2B Jermy Acey and 1B Brett Flowers each crushed a home run over the left field wall in the top of the 3rd to go up 5-2.  St. George would add a run in the 4th inning to go up 6-2.  
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Rightfielder Victor Ferrante smashed a towering homerun over the leftfield scoreboard to bring the Tucson within 3.

The RoadRunners continued to build on their lead by adding a run in the 7th inning.  Tucson would capitalize once again with run by pinch hitter Brian Bistange in the bottom of the 7th frame. Down by four going into the 9th, the Toros rallied to tie it at 8 with each of the first 5 Tucson batters providing a hit to take it into extra innings where the Roadrunners would eventually push across the winning runs in the top of the 11th. The Toros continue game two of the three game series with the RoadRunners on Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

TOROS ROADTRIP ENDS IN AN 11-2 LOSS

Thursday, 6/10/10 Chico, CA – The Tucson Toros roadtrip culminated in an 11-2 loss to the Chico Outlaws on Thursday.  The club finishes the roadtrip with a 3-3 record. Starter Matt Lincoln, who has been dominant at home this year, struggled on the road for the second straight time.  The lefty allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings of work to fall to 0-2.  In 2 starts on the road Lincoln has allowed 15 runs (11 earned) in 9 2/3 innings while allowed just 1 earned run in 14 innings of work at home. Tucson managed just 4 hits against former first round pick Kris Honel, who struck out 12 Toros batters for the Outlaws.  Leftfielder Lino Garcia reached base 3 times with 2 of Tucson’s hits and a hit by pitch.  The Toros did not have an extrabase hit for the second straight game and leave Chico with just 1 hit for extrabases in 3 games played. The Toros will return home to Tucson where they will host the St. George Roadrunners for a 3-game homestand beginning with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

OUTLAWS OUTHIT TOROS IN 6-1 DEFEAT

Wednesday, 6/9/10 Chico, CA – The Tucson Toros lost to the Chico Outlaws 6-1 on Wednesday to snap the team’s three game winning streak.  Despite the loss, Tucson is still 3-2 during the roadtrip heading into the trip’s final game on Thursday. The Outlaws doubled up on hits on the Toros Wednesday, belting out 14 hits to Tucson’s 7.  Albie Lopez got the start for Tucson, allowing 5 five runs on 10 of those hits to take his first loss of the season.  Lopez is now 2-1 this year.  Righthander Andrew Snowdon allowed Chico’s final run on 4 hits. Tucson fell behind early with the Outlaws scoring 5 times over the game’s first 3 innings against Lopez.  Tucson’s only run scored came in the 8th inning when Shortstop Ryan Priddy came home on Rightfielder Victor Ferrante’s double play ball.  Centerfielder Josh Womack had a pair of singles as the only Toro with multiple hits.  Tucson did not have an extrabase hit in the contest, and have had only one hit go for extrabases in their last two contests. The Toros will look to solidify a winning roadtrip against the Outlaws Thursday in Chico before heading home to take on the St. George Roadrunners for a 3-game homestand beginning with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

TOROS EDGE OUTLAWS 3-2 IN CHICO

Tuesday, 6/8/10 Chico, CA – The Tucson Toros moved into sole possession of second place in the GBL Southern Division with a 3-2 victory over the Chico Outlaws on Tuesday.  The win moved Tucson’s season record above .500 to 9-8. Tucson’s pitching staff did not allow an earned run during the game, with both runs Chico’s runs deemed unearned due to 4 Toros errors.  Starter Vince Davis threw 7 innings, scattering 8 hits to allow just 1 unearned run to improved to 2-1.  Emiliano Fruto closed out the 1-run game to earn his third save of the season. On the offensive side of things Shortstop Ryan Priddy remained hot with two more hits, an RBI and run scored.  Priddy has now hit safely in seven straight games, with multiple hits in five of those contests to raise his batting average to .381.  Second Baseman Jose Valdez also had a pair of hits, including the team’s only extra-base hit with his second double of the season. The win was the third in a row for Tucson, who moved just 3.5 games behind the Yuma Scorpions in the Southern Division.The Toros and Outlaws will play the second game of the three game series in Chico on Wednesday.  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

TUCSON SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER IN ST. GEORGE

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros won both games of a doubleheader in St. George Saturday, beating the Roadrunners 12-6 in the opener and 4-2 in the finale. In the first game Tucson exploded for 12 runs on 18 hits, made even more impressive when considering the game was just 7 innings due to the doubleheader.  Seven Toros had multi-hit games, including Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. who drove in four runs with a single and his first home run of the season.  Righthander Brian Bannister made his first start for Tucson and was electric, striking out 6 in 5 innings of 1-run ball to earn his first victory.  Bannister also helped himself at the plate with 2 hits in as many at bats leading to 2 runs scored.

The back half of the double dip had a much different complexion than the front, with pitching being the key to the contest.  Lefty Cody Walden, also making his first start, earned his first win by going 5 1/3 innings and allowing just 2 runs while striking out 4.  Walden lowered his ERA to 2.38 with the strong performance.  Shortstop Ryan Priddy had 3 hits out of the second spot in the batting order, including a pair of doubles, and scored half of Tucson’s 4 runs.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante belted his second homer of the year while driving in 3.  2009 GBL saves leader Emiliano Fruto preserved the 2-run lead with a scoreless 7th to lock down his 2nd save of the season.

The Toros will have Sunday and Monday to travel to Chico where they will take on the Outlaws for a 3-game series beginning Tuesday.  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

TUCSON STILL IN SEARCH OF FIRST ROAD WIN

Friday, 6/4/10 St. George, UT – The Tucson Toros were defeated by the Roadrunners in Utah 12-7 Friday night to extended the club’s early season road struggles.  Fresh off a 3-game sweep at home, Tucson’s loss was their fourth in as many games on the road this season. The Toros led 3-0 just three batters into the game after a pair of walks and a 3-run home run by Leftfielder Lino Garcia.  The squad was outslugged by the Roadrunners from there on however, with the St. George offense going for 12 hits and 6 walks.

Tucson starting pitcher James Garcia struggled in the outing, lasting only 4 innings with 8 runs allowed.  Garcia took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. In addition to his longball, Lino Garcia added three more hits to finish a perfect 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to .407.  Garcia has 8 hits in his last 3 games and has now hit in 8 straight games.  His teammate Rightfielder Victor Ferrante, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped Thursday, had a pair of hits to extend his on-base streak of reaching via a hit or walk to 13 games. 

Centerfielder Josh Womack joined his fellow outfielders with a productive night at the plate by launching his second home run of the season.  Garcia and Womack became the first Toro hitters to reach the 2-homer mark and are tied for the team lead. The Toros and Roadrunners will wrap up the series with a scheduled double header in St. George on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m. (Tucson time).  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

TOROS 4-3 WALKOFF WINNERS IN 11

Thursday, 6/3/10 Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Toros completed a sweep of the Victoria Seals with 4-3 walkoff victory in the 11th inning Thursday night.  Tucson was just an out away from a win in regulation, but two unearned runs with two outs in the top of the 9th forced extras. Tucson led 3-1 in the 9th but a costly error by Lino Garcia prolonged the contest.  With a the Seals’ Sean Smith at first base, Second Baseman Wilver Perez hit a single to left that got under Garcia’s glove allowing both runners to come around to score, tying the game at 3-3.

Garcia would atone for his mistake in extras, leading off the bottom of the 11th with a hard hit single to right.  Lino stole second, prompting Victoria to intentionally walk lefthanded hitter Wally Backman Jr. to get to the righty Cristobal Santana.  Santana would make them pay, serving a linedrive single to center scoring Garcia and winning the game. Lost in the bonus baseball was a stellar outing by Tucson starter Matt Lincoln, who dealt for 8 strong innings allowing a run on just 2 hits while striking out 6 to lower his ERA to 2.41.  Reliever Andrew Snowdon held the Seals scoreless during the 10th and 11th innings to earn his first professional victory and improve to 1-1 this season.

Santana finished with 4 hits, joined by Jose Valdez who finished just a home run short of the cycle.  Valdez had a single, double and triple all within the first 4 innings of the game, and added another single in the 10th.  Victor Ferrante’s 11 game hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-5 performance, but he drew a walk in the 1st inning to extended his on-base streak to 12 games.  The Toros loaded the bases 3 times in the game and escaped with the win despite stranding 16 total baserunners. The win was the 3rd in a row for the Tucson, raising the record to 6-7. The Toros will travel to St. George, Utah on Friday where they will play three games in two days against the Roadrunners.  Tucson’s next homestand will begin with a Fireworks Friday on June 11th.

LOPEZ MASTERFUL IN 5-1 WIN

Wednesday, 6/2/10– The Tucson Toros won their second straight game with a 5-1 victory over the Victoria Seals Wednesday. Starting Pitcher Albie Lopez improved to 2-0 with 6 1/3 masterful innings, allowing just one run that didn’t come until the 6th inning.  The Seals totaled just 5 hits and a walk off of Lopez while striking out twice. The Toros got off to and early lead in the 2nd inning after shortstop Ryan Priddy hit his league leading 4th triple of the season and scored after an RBI single by catcher Luis Apodaca. Rightfielder Victor Ferrante extended his remarkable hit streak to 11 games, which included a double in the 4th inning and a two runner homer in the 6th inning.  The longball was his first of the season.  The Tucson bullpen posted 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball between Jason Hanna, Toby Nordman and Andrew Snowdon. The win improved Tucson’s record to 5-7 and sealed the series victory against Victoria.  The Toros will go for the sweep on Thursday. The Toros and Seals will play the final game of the three game series on Thirsty Thursday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

TOROS SNAP STREAK WITH 12-4 BLOWOUT VICTORY

Tuesday, 6/1/10 – The Tucson Toros ended their losing streak with an emphatic 12-4 blowout of the Victoria Seals.  The win snapped a seven game losing streak, bringing Tucson’s record to 4-7 this season. Tucson’s starter Vince Davis was sharp in his best outing the year, taking a perfect game into the 5th inning.  He also helped his own cause with a walk, single, and two runs scored.  The righty earned his first win of the season finishing with 7 innings of 2-run ball while striking out 5.

Tucson got out to an early lead with an unearned run in the 2nd inning and then piled out eight more runs in a 4th inning that saw 5 hits, 4 walks and 12 Toros come to the plate. Five different Tucson players had multi-hit nights, with Catcher Luis Apodaca and Shortstop Ryan Priddy chipping in 3 apiece.  Tucson had a season high 16 hits against the Seals. Rightfielder Victor Ferrante extended his hitting streak to a team high 10 games dating back to May 20th. Tucson also extended their lead for the most triples in the GBL with two more Tuesday.  Priddy hit his second on the season while Centerfielder Josh Womack legged out his third 3-bagger. The Toros and Seals will play game two of the three game series on Wednesday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

THIS WEEK'S HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:

The Tucson Toros will host the Victoria Seals for a 3-game homestand beginning Tuesday, June 1st at Hi Corbett Field.  The homestand will feature Toros Teen Tuesday, We Care Wednesday and the second Thirsty Thursday of the season with $1 beer and soft drinks for two hours after the first pitch.  Good seats remain for all games.  The Hi Corbett box office can be reached at (520) 325-1010.  Gates open one hour before game time unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
TOROS TEEN TUESDAY! - Special events for teenagers all night in our Teen Pavilion.
 
Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
WE CARE WEDNESDAY! - These nights are dedicated to help non-profit organizations in the local community.  Stop by Guest Relations for more information.
 
Thursday, June 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Victoria (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
THIRSTY THURSDAY! - Enjoy one dollar beer and soft drinks for two hours after the first pitch.

TOROS GO WINLESS IN YUMA

5/29/10 Yuma, AZ – The Toros winless skid reached seven games after Tucson was swept by the Yuma Scorpions 5-3 Saturday night.  The sweep was the second consecutive against the Toros and the loss dropped Tucson’s record to 3-7 after beginning the season 3-0. The game continued the team’s early season trends of giving up runs early and not scoring until late in the game.  Tucson allowed a run in the 1st and four more in the 3rd to go down 5-0.  The team would close the gap with 3 runs in the top of the 8th to cap the scoring. Rightfielder Victor Ferrante drove in two runs with a pair of hits, including a double, to lengthen his active hitting streak to nine games. Tucson’s bullpen held the Scorpions scoreless in five innings of work, including the debut of righthander Brian Bannister who struck out four in three innings. The team will have two days off and will then return home for a three game homestand starting Tuesday, June 1st against the Victoria Seals.  The games can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

LOSING STREAK REACHES SIX GAMES WITH 6-4 LOSS

5/28/10 Yuma, AZ – The Tucson Toros winless streak reached six straight games after losing to the Yuma Scorpions 6-4 Friday night.
Tucson jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first, but were downed by a big inning by the Scorpions for the second consecutive night.  Yuma scored five times in the 3rd inning, just one night after putting up six in the 5th on Thursday. Leftfielder Lino Garcia hit his first homer of the season and scored a pair of runs.  The longball was the Toros only extra-base hit in the contest.  First Baseman Cristobal Santana and Shortstop Ryan Priddy both finished with a pair of hits.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante had a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Toros starting pitcher James Garcia took his first loss of the season by allowing five runs in six inning.  Lefty Cody Walden threw a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts to lower his ERA to 1.80. The Toros will attempt to avoid the sweep in the final game of the three game series in Yuma on Saturday before a pair off days..  The team will return home for a three game homestand starting Tuesday, June 1st.

TOROS LOSE 5TH STRAIGHT IN 9-2 DEFEAT

5/27/10 – The Toros left 15 runners on base and allowed 4 unearned runs in a 9-2 loss to the Yuma Scorpions on Thursday night.  The loss was the fifth straight for Tucson following the club's 3-0 start to the season. Although hits were tough to come by for Tucson, the club had runners on base throughout the ballgame thanks to six walks and five hit batters by Scorpions pitchers.  The Toros were unable to capitalize however, scoring just single runs in the 4th and 9th innings. Second Baseman Jose Valdez was the only Toros with multiple hits with his 3-for-4 performance.  Pitcher Matt Lincoln doubled for the team’s only extra-base hit of the game.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. Lefty Matt Lincoln continued the trend of Toros starters running into difficulty in their 1st inning of work by allowing 2 runs to the Scorpions during their first frame.  Tucson pitchers now have an ERA of 12.38 in the first inning and a combined 3.00 in all other innings. The Toros and Scorpions will face off for the second game of the three game series in Yuma on Friday.  The team will return home for a three game homestand starting Tuesday, June 1st.

TOROS SWEPT IN EXTRAS, LOSE 6-5

Tues., 5/25/10– The Tucson Toros lost 6-5 in 11 innings to cap a 3 game sweep be the Calgary Vipers on Tuesday.  The loss was the fourth straight for the Toros, who finished the opening homestand with a 3-4 record. The Toros trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th but Second Baseman Jose Valdez tripled to deep right-center and Lino Garcia doubled him in to send the game into extras.  In the 11th Calgary First Baseman homered on the first pitch from Toros reliever Andrew Snowdon to put the Vipers on top 6-5. 

In the bottom of the frame Leftfielder Trevor Davidson reached on a hit by pitch.  Centerfielder Lino Garcia singled sending Davidson to second.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante hit a ball to short that went as a fielder’s choice after he hustled to avoid the double play, but Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. grounded out to second to strand the potential tying run 90 feet from home plate. Valdez had a huge game for Tucson, finishing just a double short of the cycle with a 4-for-6 performance that included his second triple and first homer of the season.  He drove in 2 and scored twice.

Edgecombe matched Valdez’ strong night at the plate with 4 hits as well, driving in 4 of the Vipers runs and scoring 1 himself. Tucson starter Albie Lopez was taken off the hook for the loss with Tucson’s late comeback.  The righty allowing 5 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks in 6 2/3 innings in his second start for the Toros. Tucson Toros baseball will enjoy an off day on Wednesday before hitting the road for three games in Yuma beginning on Thursday.  The team will return home for a three game homestand starting Tuesday, June 1st.

TOROS RALLY LATE BUT FALL TO CALGARY 8-4

Mon., 5/24/10 – The Tucson Toros scored four times in the final three innings but lost 8-4 for their third loss in a row and second straight at the hands of the Calgary Vipers.

Calgary jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first 5 runs of the game off of Toros starting pitcher Vince Davis, including 4 runs in the first inning.  Davis got into a groove late though, keeping Tucson in the ballgame by facing the minimum after the third inning and retiring 9 of the last 10 batters he faced.

Vipers starter Joe Sergent held Tucson scoreless until the 7th inning when the Toros stacked up 5 consecutive hits to plate, scoring a pair of runs and cutting the deficit to 3.  That was as close as the home club would get with the Vipers answering back with 3 runs in the top of the 8th.

Shortstop Ryan Priddy went 3-for-4, including hitting his first home run of the season when he drilled a solo shot over the left field fence in the 9th.  Priddy raised his batting average from .188 to .300 with the strong performance.

Rightfielder Victor Ferrante and Third Baseman Wally Backman Jr. each had multi-hit nights as well, with Ferrante extending his hitting streak to 5 games and Backman Jr. legging out his team leading 2nd triple of the year.

The Toros and Vipers will play the final game of the homestand on Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS BATS GO COLD ALONG WITH THE WEATHER IN 6-0 SHUTOUT

Sun., May 23, 2010 – The Tucson Toros were shutout by the Calgary Vipers 6-0 Sunday, managing just four baserunners on a night when the temperatures dropped precipitously down into the upper 50’s as the game progressed.

Vipers starter Erik Dessau was both effective and efficient against the Toros offense, allowing 3 hits and a hit batsman without walking a batter.  He needed just 81 pitches in his eight shutout innings to earn his first win of the season.  Calgary reliever Daniel Buller finished the game with a scoreless ninth.  The duo faced just two batters over the minimum after inducing three double play balls.

Toros First Baseman Cristobal Santana accounted for half of the team’s hits, with a pair of identical hard hit groundball singles up the middle in the 5th and 8th.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante singled in the 2nd and Centerfielder  Josh Womack singled in the 9th, but that was all of the offense for the night for Tucson.

Righthander Jason Hanna allowed 4 runs in 5 innings of work to take his first loss of the season.  Local product Cody Walden made his Toros debut after signing earlier in the day.  The southpaw allowed just 1 earned run (2 total) in 3 innings pitched. The Toros and Vipers will play the middle game of the three game series on Monday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. 

4 INNING THRILLER LEAVES TOROS A RUN SHORT IN 5-4 LOSS TO CAPITALS

Sat., May 22, 2010 – The Edmonton Capitals avoided the sweep by pulling off 5-4 win over the Toros in 14 innings Saturday night. 
The Edmonton Capitals once again got off to an early lead in the 1st inning, a common theme in the series, after a walk to RF Larry Bigbie and a home run by CF Jorge Cortes put the Capitals up 2-0.  The Capitals would add another run in the 4th to go up 3-0 after hitting three straight singles by 1B Tom Collaro, 2B Eric McNamee and C Pete Farina. 

In the 5th inning the Toros struck back with a pair of runs.  1B Cristobal Santana walked in the 5th and scored on a triple by SS Ryan Priddy to deep left center field.  The 3-bagger was the fourth for the Toros in 4 games this season. P James Garcia added another run with an RBI single to bring the Toros within one.  The hit was the first for a Toros pitcher this season.  Garcia got the job done on the mound as well, posting a quality start with just 3 runs allowed in 6 innings of work in his Toros debut.

For the second time in the series, Tucson came from behind to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th and the clubs held each other in check with the score 3-3 all the way until the 14th.  It was all hands on deck as each club used six pitchers.  The bullpen was stellar once again, with a combined 12 strikeouts.  Emiliano Fruto struck of the side for the second time in as many days, Andrew Snowdon fanned 3 in 3 more scoreless innings and Toby Nordman pitched in his fourth straight game.

The Capitals finally pushed in 2 runs in the top of the 14th on 4 consecutive 2-out singles off of Nordman.  OF Josh Womack responded in the bottom of the frame by crushing a solo home run over the left field wall in the 14th to bring the Toros within one but that’s where the score remained.
Tucson finished the series 3-1 against the Capitals, earning their first series victory of the season and jumping out into first place in the GBL Southern Division.

The Toros begin a three game series at home against the Calgary Vipers starting Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. 

LINCOLN AND PEN SHUTOUT EDMONTON 2-0

Fri., May 21, 2010 – Tucson starting pitcher Matt Lincoln threw six scoreless innings as the Tucson Toros shutout the Edmonton Capitals 2-0 Friday night to win their third consecutive game to begin the season.

Lincoln was masterful, striking out 8 hitters allowing just 2 walks and two hits while striking out the side in both the second and sixth innings.  Matt was locked in a pitcher’s duel with Capitals starter Lou Pote, with both pitchers turning in scoreless outings and handing a 0-0 game over to the bullpens.

The Toros pen continued their stellar work with Lonnie Patterson, Toby Nordman and Emiliano Fruto combining for 8 more strikeouts in 3 innings of work to boost Tucson’s punchout total to 16.

While the pitchers were shutting down the opposition’s offense, Tucson’s hitters scratched together a pair of runs in the 8th inning that ended up as the only tallies in the contest, thanks in part to a pair of Edmonton errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch.  With two outs, Second Baseman Jose Valdez reached first base on a dropped third strike passed ball to extend the inning.  He advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a line drive base hit by Lino Garcia to put the home club on top, with Lino taking second on an error.  Garcia would score on yet another Capital miscue giving Tucson an additional insurance run.

Nordman earned the victory in relief to improve to 1-0 on the young season.  Fruto locked down his first save of the year after leading the GBL with 21 for Yuma in 2009.

The Toros will go for their first sweep of the season when they take on the Capitals for the final game of the four game series on Saturday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

TOROS DELIVER 5-4 WALKOFF VICTORY ON OPENING NIGHT

5/19/10 - The Tucson Toros defeated the Edmonton Capitals in dramatic fashion on opening night with a 5-4 walkoff walk in the bottom of the 9th inning by Second Baseman Jose Valdez.  Tucson scored four times in the final two frames to complete the comeback victory.

The game got off to a rocky start with Edmonton leadoff hitter sending the fifth pitch over the leftfield fence to put the Capitals up 1-0.  Edmonton would add another in the first and a run in the second as well to quickly go up 3-0, before Toros starter Vince Davis settled in.  The teams exchanged a run in the middle innings but that’s where the score would rest until the eighth.

With the Toros down 4-1, a costly error by Capitals Shortstop Matt Rogelstad eventually led to a bases loaded 2-out situation with Toros slugger Wally Backman Jr. at the plate.  Backman Jr. delivered by crushing a 2-1 pitch in the rightfield gap to score three runs and knot the score up at 4-4, bring chants of “Wally, Wally, Wally” from an excited Hi Corbett crowd.

Another miscue in the bottom of the ninth put Tucson Shortstop on bases as the potential winning run.  Brian Bistagne, who entered the game an inning prior, followed by lacing a linedrive single to center that was kicked by Jorge Cortes, allowing the runners to advance to second and third.  Josh Womack was intentionally walked, leading to Valdez’ decisive at bat that eventually resulted in a full count walk to seal the victory.

Lino Garcia had a monster offensive Opening Night for Tucson for the second year in a row, going 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  He had three doubles on Opening Night in 2009.  Backman Jr. went 3-for-4, with a pair of singles in addition to his impactful triple.

The Toros pen was stellar on Wednesday, not allowing a hit or walk in their four innings of work.  Righthander Andrew Snowden threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four in his professional debut.  Toby Nordman did his job, shutting down a lefty with a runner in scoring position while Emiliano Fruto pitched a perfect ninth frame to earn the victory.

The Toros and Capitals will play game two of the four game series on Thirsty Thursday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.  The game can be heard live on COOL 1450 AM or video streaming over the internet at www.tucsontoros.com.

TOROS WIN 11-6 IN ALBIE LOPEZ’ DEBUT

5/20/10 – The Tucson Toros scored 11 runs behind starting pitcher Albie Lopez en route to a 11-6 victory over the Edmonton Capitals Thursday night.  The win improved Tucson’s record to 2-0 on the season, good for first place in the GBL Southern Division.

Lopez went five innings to earn the win in what was his first start since June 25, 2002, a span of 2887 days.  The righty allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4 in his Toros debut.

Tucson erased an early 2-run deficit with 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, with CF Josh Womack and 2B Jose Valdez hitting back-to-back triples in the inning. The Capitals briefly tied it up with 3 runs in the 3rd, but Tucson took back the lead in the bottom of the frame and never looked back.

Four different Toros hitters recorded 3 hits in the offense outburst including Valdez, RF Victor Ferrante, C Luis Apodaca and 1B Cristobal Santana.  One of Santana’s hits was a 2-run 7th inning laser home run to left, the first longball for Tucson this season.  Cristobal finished with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. The Toros and Capitals will play game three of the four game series on Fireworks Friday, with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.

TOROS DELIVER 5-4 WALKOFF VICTORY ON OPENING NIGHT

5/19/10 - The Tucson Toros defeated the Edmonton Capitals in dramatic fashion on opening night with a 5-4 walkoff walk in the bottom of the 9th inning by Second Baseman Jose Valdez.  Tucson scored four times in the final two frames to complete the comeback victory. Continue reading about this game's highlights.

The GBL plays a split-season with 45 home and away games for each team, which is the longest season in league history. All Toros home games take place at 7:00 p.m.  The regular season opens on May 19th and concludes on September 6th, followed by a five-game Division playoff pitting the first and second half champs of each Division with the winners advancing to a five-game GBL Championship Series. Continue reading about the 2010 Tucson Toros season and get the 2010 Tucson Toros baseball game schedule.

ALBIE LOPEZ THROWS FOUR SCORELESS IN 5-4 EXHIBITION VICTORY

5/15/10 – The Tucson Toros defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks Extended Spring Training squad 5-4 on Saturday, thanks in part to four scoreless innings from Righthander Albie Lopez. 

Lopez made his final pre-season appearance in preparation to start the Toros’ second game of the regular season in front of a Thirsty Thursday crowd on May 20th. Albie struck out the side in the 3rd inning en route to a five punchout performance, allowing just five hits without walking a batter.

Second Baseman Jose Valdez, donning his new uniform number 99, went 2-for-2 with a double, walk and a two runs scored before being substituted for a defensive replacement.  Rightfielder Victor Ferrante did some major damage out of the cleanup spot, driving in three of the Toros five runs with three hits, including a double.
Anthony Moreno earned the pre-season win with a 1-2-3 8th inning in which Diamonbacks failed to get the ball out of the infield.  Youngster Andrew Snowdon locked down the save with a scoreless 9th inning to preserve the 1-run lead.

The Toros will open the 2010 regular season in defense of their Southern Division title at home on Wednesday, May 19th when they take on the Edmonton Capitals at Hi Corbett Field at 7:00 p.m.

Tim Johnson returns to the helm of the Tucson Toros after leading the squad all the way to the Golden Baseball League Championship Series in 2009.  In the team’s inaugural Johnson guided the newly assembled club to a winning record of 38-35.  His team caught fire in the second half under his tutelage, with a 21-14 to take the GBL Southern Division Title, an incredible feat in the team’s first season. 
 
Success is no stranger to “T.J.” who previously managed the Toronto Blue Jays to 88 wins in 1998, a mark that franchise has yet to match since his departure.  He has also added championships in the Pioneer League (1988), California League (1989), Arizona Fall League (1992) and the Mexican League (1999) during his 16 year managerial career.  In addition, Johnson also coached at the Major League level with the Montreal Expos (1993-94) and the Boston Red Sox (1995-96).
 
The 2010 season will be Johnson’s 43rd in professional baseball dating back to his Single-A debut in 1968 in the Dodgers organization as an 18 year old.  Tim made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973 at the age of 23.  The next season he backed up Hall of Famer Robin Yount and played alongside Outfielder Hank Aaron, another Hall inductee.  In total, he played seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Brewers (1973-78) and the Blue Jays (1978-79).

Jason Jacome pitched 68 2/3 innings for the Toros last season and will make the transition to become the Toros first Player-Coach as both a Pitcher and the team’s Pitching Coach for 2010.  Although it will be Jacome’s first professional coaching experience, the role seems natural after his veteran leadership served as a pivotal influence for a young pitching staff in 2009.  The lefthander himself posted a 5-3 record in 13 games (11 starts) with a 4.72 ERA and a 39/18 strikeout to walk ratio.
 
Jacome was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1991 amateur draft out of Pima Community College.  The Rincon High School graduate steadily rose through the Mets ranks to make his Major League debut in 1994, posting a 2.67 ERA and striking out 30 in 54 innings in his first big league season.  Jacome went on to rack more than 100 games in the Majors for the Mets, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians.  He gathered international experience while playing for the Yakult Swallows of Japan in 1999 and 2000, as well as representing the United States in international play during the 2005 Baseball World Cup.  Jacome was a Diamondbacks farmhand in 2001, throwing 120 innings for the Tucson Sidewinders.

Stan Cliburn brings an impressive baseball resume to the role of the Toros hitting coach, with 22 years of managerial experience.  He began his managing career in 1988 with the Single-A Watertown Pirates of the New York-Penn League.  The following season he moved up to the South Atlantic League where he led to Augusta to a league championship title, the first of five titles he’s guided his squads to.  His next two titles came in Independent baseball with the Alexandria Aces in the Texas-Louisiana League in 1997 and 1998. 
 
After falling in the finals and just missing a 3-peat, Cliburn went back into the affiliated ranks in the Minnesota Twins organization where he quickly moved from Single-A in 2000 to a five year tenure at Double-A New Britain from 2001-2005, adding another title in his first year with the Rock Cats.  Next came a four year stint with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in which his team’s finished a combined 25 games over .500.  His success was acknowledged by being chosen to manage in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, a finishing school for some of the games top prospects, where he led the Phoenix Desert Dogs to their 4th straight AFL title in 2008.  During his time in the Minnesota organization, Stan helped develop several current Major League stars including American League MVP’s Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.
 
A catcher by trade as a player, Stan was selected by the California Angels in the 5th round of the 1974 Amateur Draft.  He appeared in the Majors with the Angels in 1980 as a 23-year old.  Stan has a twin brother Stew who also appeared in the Major Leagues with the Angels from 1984-88.  When Stew made his big league debut in 1984 the pair because just the 7th pair of twin brother to both appear in the Majors, since joined by the Canseco and Minor brothers.
 
The Toros will open the 2010 season in defense of their Southern Division title on Wednesday, May 19th when they take on the Edmonton Capitals at Hi Corbett Field at 7:00 p.m.

Tucson Toros Draft Six Players From The Arizona Winter League

The Tucson Toros have drafted six players from the Arizona Winter League and have invited them to their spring training camp set to begin Wednesday, May 5th.  The Toros selected five pitchers and an outfielder in the draft that took place in Yuma, AZ at the culmination of the Arizona Winter League (AWL) season.
 
The AWL is a premier winter instructional league for professional and aspiring professional baseball players.  The 2010 season fielded eight teams comprised of 176 players from seven countries and played a 35 day schedule, with games taking place in Yuma, Arizona and San Luis, Arizona.  The league debuted in 2007, and has seen two of its alumni reach the Major Leagues including Sergio Romo (brother of 2009 Toro Andrew Romo) pitching for the Giants and Scott Richmond for the Blue Jays.  For many players, the AWL is their first crack at being signed to a professional contract and beginning their baseball career. 

Independent teams who have members of their coaching staffs participate in the AWL are allowed to subsequently draft players out the league, with Tucson skipper Tim Johnson representing the Toros. 

Teams from the Frontier League, United League and American Association also participated.  One player was also signed into the New York Mets organization prior to the draft.
 
With their 1st Round Pick (8th overall) the Toros selected RHP Andrew Snowden out of Central Washington University, who was 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA and lead the league with 39 innings pitched and ranking second with an equal number of strikeouts.  The Toros then selected RHP Matthew Maguire who paced the league with 6 saves and RHP Eric Faint who ranked second with 5 of his own. 
 
In the 4th and 5th Rounds Tucson selected a pair of players from Japan – RHP Yoshitaka Nishi who had a 2.28 ERA and OF Sho Konishi who hit .432 with a .591 slugging percentage.  The Toros wrapped up their selections with LHP Kevin Ricketts who pitched at York College of Nebraska. The draftees will report to camp in May in their attempt to make the club and become the next Tucson Toro and AWL alumni to eventually graduate to the Major Leagues.
 
The Toros will kickoff the 2010 season in defense of their South Division title on Wednesday, May 19th when they take on the Edmonton Capitals at Hi Corbett Field at 7:00 p.m.

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