Pacific Coast League: Hitting solid, but other areas need work as Pads wrap up 1st homestand

2011-04-23T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T11:41:49Z Pacific Coast League: Hitting solid, but other areas need work as Pads wrap up 1st homestandSarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2011 12:00 am  • 

The Tucson Padres focused on defensive work during their first homestand, and manager Terry Kennedy said he felt his club made progress in that area.

But after Friday's 9-8 loss Friday to Fresno, Kennedy said he's looking for more consistency from his club. Tucson (6-10) finished the homestand 3-5.

"I thought we were getting there," Kennedy said. "It always seems like, with our errors, we'll have errors that create a big score, but we'll also have one error that creates a one-run loss, which has happened twice on this homestand.

"So, these are things that have to be ironed out, and that's why they're here."

The Padres committed their 24th error Friday on shortstop Everth Cabrera's throw.

Meanwhile, the Padres have flourished offensively, batting .317, third in the Pacific Coast League entering Friday. And one player continues to drive in runs.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a home run for the third consecutive game, a two-run shot Friday. Batting .452, he has 24 RBIs and six home runs in the first 15 Triple-A games of his career. He went 1 for 3 Friday with two walks and two strikeouts.

Clamor continues to build among fans for the major-league Padres to promote Rizzo, 21, but he said he takes a day-to-day approach.

"I feel like I can go up there and compete," Rizzo said. "I feel like I can compete with anyone. It's baseball. But it's day by day. Whenever I get my opportunity, I hope to make the best of it, if I get the opportunity."

Kennedy said the decision to promote Rizzo is out of his hands, saying Rizzo could spend half a season in Tucson or the whole season, depending what happens with the major-league club.

The left-handed batter was 1 for 6 against lefties before Friday, and he is learning Padres organizational focal points - signals for hit-and-run, for example - after previously playing in the Boston Red Sox system.

"If it was up to me, I would face them every time just to see the repetition and see them over and over," Rizzo said about facing lefties.

In the meantime, he is enjoying the atmosphere.

"We have a good team. It's a fun clubhouse," he said.

Part of the team's success will depend on the development of starting pitchers Simon Castro and Jeremy Hefner, Kennedy said.

Castro has been working on his mechanics and allowed three runs in five innings Wednesday. Hefner allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings Thursday.

On Friday, Tucson scored three runs in the ninth to cut the deficit to one. Luis Durango hit a two-run, two-out single. Eddy Rodriguez struck out to end the game.

Tucson tied the game at 5 with two runs in the sixth. Cedric Hunter drew a walk with the bases loaded and one out to tie it.

In the eighth, Scott Munter (1-2) allowed four runs and five hits as Fresno took a 9-5 lead.

Starting left-hander Rob Musgrave arrived from Double-A San Antonio before the game and gave up five runs in five innings.

He started in place of Wade LeBlanc, who is a candidate to start for the major-league Padres on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Today

• What: Padres at Sacramento

• When: 7:05 p.m.

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