Tucson 9, Memphis 3: Postgame news and notes

2012-05-21T22:30:00Z Tucson 9, Memphis 3: Postgame news and notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 21, 2012 10:30 pm  • 

Starting pitcher Colt Hynes earned his first win of the season and was pretty good in doing so. Hynes, who started the season as a reliever, went 7 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, three runs, one walk and striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 4.79 and threw a season-high 94 pitches.

"He did a good job tonight and kept the ball down in the zone for the most part," Tucson manager Terry Kennedy said. "He's been building up to that. It was the best we've seen him and we knew that was coming."

Hynes almost got through the eighth inning, but was replaced by Erik Hamren after giving up a two-out hit.

"That was his last hitter, no matter what," Kennedy said.

Other notes from postgame:

--Jonathan Roof went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and is now 5 for 7 since joining Tucson earlier in the week. Roof had never played higher than A-ball and was brought on to help fill out a roster that wasn't at the maximum of 25 players.

Kennedy said he's got his chance and is running with it and then had some fun talking about his production. "He's the greatest baseball player I've ever seen," Kennedy said laughing. "He's the most interesting man in the world. He can score from first on a slow curve ball."

--San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch was at the stadium to watch Monday's game and will be here all series. He said he likes to see every affiliate at least once throughout the season and usually does it when the big league club is on the road. He sat behind home plate and liked what he saw. He joked with Kennedy postgame that it looked pretty easy Monday night and it should always be like that. Kennedy responded by saying players always play better when big league front office guys are there.

--Tucson roughed up Memphis starter Shelby Miller, who is rated as the Cardinals' top prospect. Miller went just 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, seven runs (four earned) and walking two. Kennedy said when he does his postgame report for the organization, he would likely mention that they were able to hit Miller around a little bit. He said the Tucson players were commenting that Miller's fastball was very good, but that he lacked command tonight.

--Catcher Yasmani Grandal was 3 for 4 in the win with two RBIs and stayed hot during this homestand. In the five games since Tucson returned home, Grandal is 10 for 17 with six RBIs. The switch-hitter has been solid from both sides of the plate, but Kennedy has been especially pleased with how he's swinging it from the left side.

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