Las Vegas Delivers TPadres a 10-1 SmackDown

TUCSON: 2b Craig Stansberry, the all-time leader in hits and games played for the former Padres' AAA affiliate Portland Beavers, led off the game with a home run to left off of TPadres' starter Will Inman to put the Las Vegas 51ers up 1-0.

And that was the closest Tucson would get for the whole game.

Stansberry finished the game at 2-4 with three RBIs. Las Vegas pounded Tucson for sixteen hits as every batter in the lineup had at least one hit.

"There is no animosity but it just feels fun competing against guys you know even if its just for bragging rights," said Stansberry who after four years in the Padres' organization, all at the AAA level, signed with the Blue Jays in the off-season.

Inman, who despite a 1-5 record, came into the game leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts didn't have it tonight. In three innings pitched he not only allowed the lead runner on in every inning, the lead batters either homered or doubled to begin the frame in scoring position.

Additionally the TPadres were hurt by sloppy play. In the second inning 1b Kyle Blanks misplayed a relay throw by RF Aaron Cunningham which allowed an additional run to score and the batter to advance to second.

Inman then allowed the runner at second to get a huge jump by not varying his looks to the base. By the time the catcher got the ball the baserunner was nearly on third.

"Will was looking once and going, looking once and going and all the guy did was wait for him to look back and took off," said Terry Kennedy a former major league catcher for fourteen years.

"This was Will's worse outing of the year. You just can't have tunnel vision, you need to keep the runners where they are supposed to be."

In the eighth Cunningham walked and was driven home on a deep double to left-center by 2b Jarrett Hoffpauir to prevent the TPadres from being shut out.

Cunningham was one of the few bright spots for the team tonight going one for two with a pair of walks and relief pitcher Scott Munter threw two scoreless innings.

Notes: Reliever Craig Italiano was called up to replace Evan Scribner who was promoted to San Diego. Italiano had his AAA debut tonight giving up one run in his only inning with a pair of strikeouts, two hits and a walk.

Its going to be interesting with Italiano and Aaron Poreda in the bullpen.


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