Tucson Padres: Newly arrived Moore making an impact

2013-07-21T00:00:00Z Tucson Padres: Newly arrived Moore making an impactKyle Johnson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When news broke Thursday that the Oakland Athletics had released Scott Moore, the third baseman wasn't already on a plane to Tucson - he was already in Kino Stadium.

In reality, the move took about a week as the A's and Moore parted ways just before the start of the All-Star break. It didn't take long for Moore, 29, to find work, though.

And he's already shown why in his short time with Tucson.

After getting two at-bats Thursday, Moore starred the next night in his start for the Padres, going 4 for 5 and added a home run to right-center field for good measure. (He went 0 for 4 in Tucson's 6-2 loss Saturday.)

"I was looking for an opportunity to come over and play every day, and it seems like I have one over here," Moore said.

Moore said he didn't want to delve deeper into the details of the transaction, but that it was just a simple release. With the A's starting third baseman Josh Donaldson having a career year, though, the path back to the MLB was crowded.

No matter the details, division rival Sacramento River Cats lost one of their top hitters, and Tucson didn't wait long to snatch him up.

"Any time you can get a good player from any team to come out over here and help out the offense in any way possible, it's always a positive," said relief pitcher Brad Brach, who allowed a home run to Moore when he faced him May 25.

"It's good having him over here, and it'll definitely help the middle of the lineup out," Brach said.

Moore was hitting .283 with an .855 OPS before Saturday's game, and his 12 home runs puts him first on the Padres. He's already batting in the third spot in the lineup, but manager Pat Murphy said Moore's personality is an even bigger asset to Tucson than his bat.

"I like the person he is even better than the hitter he is," Murphy said. "That makes a difference when you come new to a team toward the end of the season; it makes a big difference the person you get.

"To me that's the most important part."

With more than 400 plate appearances at the major-league level, Murphy said the team's newest "senior citizen" will help give advice to some of the younger players in the locker room.

What Moore said he's focused on, though, is being consistent. He added that he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder for how things transpired with Oakland.

Still, having a strong game in his first start, a walk-off victory for Tucson, didn't hurt.

"To go out and have a good game the first night out, it felt good," Moore said.

Today

• What: Colorado Springs at Padres

• When: 7:05 p.m.

• Radio: 1290-AM

¡Tus Padres!

Colorado Springs 6, Tucson 2

• Highlight: For the third straight night the Sky Sox (53-46) jumped out to an early lead, but unlike Friday the Padres (54-47) were never able to mount a comeback.

• Big number: 1: Colorado Springs scored one run, and just one run, in six of the nine innings Saturday night. Fittingly, Tucson scored just a single run in the fourth and fifth innings as well. Colorado Springs also had 11 hits on the night.

• Tonight's starters: RHP Burch Smith (3-1, 3.13 ERA), Tucson, vs. RHP Armando Galarraga (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Colorado Springs

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