Tucson 9, Memphis 2: Postgame news and notes

2012-05-22T22:35:00Z Tucson 9, Memphis 2: Postgame news and notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2012 10:35 pm  • 

Tucson improved to 4-2 on its current homestand and have a chance to earn its first series win of the season tomorrow with another game against the Redbirds.

Manager Terry Kennedy said one of the biggest reasons for the recent surge has been the confidence level of the top-of-the-order hitters has risen and they're all swinging the bat hot right now.

Leadoff hitter Logan Forsythe went 4 for 4 with a triple and scored three runs. He also walked and reached base all five times he batted. Kennedy said Forsythe is not eligible to join San Diego's roster until June 2 as part of his big league rehab.

"I'm riding him until then, that's for sure," Kennedy said smiling. Forsythe is batting .360 in his stint with Tucson.

Second place hitter Jedd Gyorko homered for the second straight day and finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Matt Clark also homered for the second straight day.

"What happens is, Clarkie gets going and gets hot and everyone has kind of followed his lead," Kenendy said. "They're all swinging with confidence right now and making things happen."

Other notes from the postgame session with Kennedy:

--Starting pitcher Bear Bay was only going four innings or throwing 60 pitches Tuesday night, whichever came first. He reached 51 pitches after four scoreless innings and was lifted for Will Scott. Bay has been working out of the bullpen and tonight was his first start with the club. Kennedy said he kept his fastball down in the zone and got some ground balls. He thought the curve ball was rough at times, but good enough to get outs.

--The manager thought Tuesday's lineup was the best he's sent onto the field all season and it's only getting stronger on Wednesday. Sawyer Carroll will be back in right field for Jonathan Roof after getting a second day off in a row on Tuesday. Carroll has been one of the most-worked players on the team and Kennedy was happy to give him a little breather the past few days.

--Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out the last three hitters he faced after issuing a walk to start the inning. Boxberger was in line for a save before Tucson scored four runs in the ninth inning. He lowered his ERA to 4.20, but hasn't recorded a save since May 11. Boxberger, Erik Hamren and Josh Spence combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and didn't give up a hit. Boxberger's walk was the only time a batter reached base.

--The win improved Tucson to 16-29 on the season. Kennedy's goal is to climb to .500 and thinks the team can play 13-over .500 ball the rest of the season now that things are starting to get settled. The manager thinks it's an attainable goal.

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