Padres starter Casey Kelly was strong for six innings, giving up five hits, no runs, no walks and nine strikeouts on 92 pitches (62 for strikes). But, Sacramento got the last laugh, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth off Tucson closer Brad Boxberger and handed Tucson its fifth straight loss.
Some notes from the game:
--Manager Terry Kennedy said Kelly was "very, very impressive. He had good stuff the whole night." Kennedy said Kelly's curveball was very strong and he was throwing it for strikes, down in the zone on any count. Kennedy didn't have velocity readings, but thought Kelly's speed looked firm. The righty's pitch count was 90 and he went two over.
--Kennedy didn't have a problem with Boxberger's pitch to Adam Rosales that ended up costing Tucson the game. The manager said it was a fastball, down and away and Rosales just made a nice swing on it and was able to get a base hit out of it. "He just threw the bat out there. He did a good job of hitting," Kennedy said.
--The manager was understandably frustrated with the team's fifth straight loss: "I am frustrated. I don't know about them," Kennedy said of his players. "It's different. Players are looking at the smaller picture. I'm not saying they are selfish, but they are taking care of their own house as they should be. For me, I see the whole picture and I want to win games. If it's not the starting pitcher, it's the relievers. If it's not the defense, it's our hitting."
--Amadeo Zazueta was thrown out in the seventh inning at home, trying to score on a passed ball, but was tagged by catcher Derek Norris. "As a coach, you don't have time to tell the guy. He reacted, but he was too close to the base. He's just trying to be aggressive as we were all night and he just got caught," said Kennedy, who coaches third.
--Kennedy updated the status of injured infielder Everth Cabrera and said he's likely to still miss a couple more games with his stiff back. He said it's just a matter of Cabrera gaining strength back. He won't be put on the disabled list. Kennedy also said catcher Yasmani Grandal (hamstring) is progressing nicely and shouldn't be out more than 7-10 days.
--Sacramento starter Jarrod Parker went six innings, giving up nine hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out six. Kennedy said he had a good fastball and it look like he tired late in the game. Parker walked one and Tucson, as a team, has only drawn one walk in the past 23 innings.