Tucson 9, Memphis 3: Postgame news and notes

2012-05-23T23:01:00Z Tucson 9, Memphis 3: Postgame news and notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 23, 2012 11:01 pm  • 

The Padres earned their first series win of the season Wednesday night with their six-run win and won their third straight game.

It's also the third straight game the team has put up nine runs.

"We're competent and competitive right now and that hasn't always been the case this year," Kennedy said. "It's nice to get this shot in the arm."

The recent surge has been fueled by good pitching and Wednesday was no exception. Starting pitcher Kip Wells went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out three. He got nine groundball outs and one flyout.

Kennedy said his sinker was "beautiful" and that's exactly what they want out of him.

Anthony Reyes came on in relief and was as good, if not better. He tossed three scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out six and sat at 90-91 miles per hour. Kennedy said his strongest pitch was his curveball.

"They can help us," Kennedy said. "They can help the big league club eventually as well, I think."

Reyes could be moved into the starting rotation in the next week or so as he continues to stretch out his pitch count.

Other notes from the win:

--Cody Decker was removed from the game after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. Kennedy said it hit him right above the elbow and he was in a lot of pain. Decker will go for an X-ray on Thursday, but Kennedy is hopeful he will be OK and just miss a few games. Decker doesn't have a hit in his six plate appearances, but has reached base three times.

--Kennedy counted three plus defensive plays on the evening, each by an infielder. His favorite was a play shortstop Logan Forsythe made in the hole. Forsythe snagged the ball, spun and threw a strike to first baseman Matt Clark for an out. Jedd Gyorko and Beamer Weems also had plus-plays.

--Anthony Contreras entered for Decker and went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. He had a double and a triple. Kennedy is very impressed with how hard Contreras has worked to be a valuable bat off the bench and said he's always ready for an at-bat, no matter what time of game it is. Contreras began his game in left and moved to third base later.

--The team has stayed away from on-field batting practice this week with the heat and then high winds on Wednesday. They'll stay off the field pregame again on Thursday and Kennedy will give them a light workload.

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