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Posted Jul 23, 2012, 9:03 am
The Tucson Padres scored four late runs in their 5-3 win in Sacramento on Sunday. The Padres trailed by two in the seventh when Jeremy Hermida hit his first Tucson home run, a solo shot, and Robert Kral hit a two-out RBI single to tie the game. Jesus Merchan's bases-loaded walk in the eighth broke the tie and put the T-Pads ahead to stay.
Kral went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his first Triple-A game. Hermida continued his hot hitting, collecting two RBIs Sunday after a four-RBI game on Saturday. The Padres have won three in a row against first place Sacramento and have taken five of the seven games at Raley Field in 2012.
Tucson starter Bear Bay did not factor in the decision but pitched solidly, allowing three runs in six innings of work. Erik Hamren struck out three in the ninth inning for his sixth save of the season. It was the second time in the last three games the Padres didn't have a baserunner until the fifth inning and still won the game.
Tim Hagerty is the play-by-play announcer for the Tucson Padres.