Former San Diego Padre Luis Rodriguez led the Tacoma Rainiers to victory over Tucson Friday night with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Rodriguez spent parts of 2008 and '09 with San Diego seeing action at all four infield positions, mostly shortstop.
The game was the epitome of a pitcher's duel. Former Friars farmhand Steve Garrison- not to be confused with Marcy D'Arcy's first husband- pitched seven scoreless innings for Tacoma before surrendering a solo home run to Beamer Weems with two outs in the top of the eighth. Tucson starter Bear Bay went six and a third scoreless, allowing three singles and two walks before being followed by Nick Vincent and Cory Burns who preserved the shutout. Erik Hamren was summoned for the ninth and got Justin Smoak to pop out and Luis Antonio Jimenez to strike out before issuing a walk to Alex Liddi and then... yeah, you know the rest.
In addition to Weems's home run, four other TuPads registered hits, all of them singles. Andy Parrino and Jedd Gyorko were 1-4 and Jesus Merchan and Jeremy Hermida each went 1-3.