Sidewinders Notesby Ken Brazzle on Aug. 26, 2006, under Sports
Today: Tacoma (TBA) at Tucson (Kevin Jarvis, 2-6), 6 p.m., Tucson Electric Park
Sunday: Tacoma (TBA) at Tucson (Adam Bass, 7-4), 6 p.m., TEP
Friday night: Tucson 11, Tacoma 2 (first game); Tucson 4, Tacoma 3 (second game)
First-game highlights: Scott Hairston slammed two home runs, and Jon Weber and Miguel Montero also homered to lead Tucson in the opener of the doubleheader at TEP.
Dustin Nippert improved to 13-7 with the win. Nippert allowed a run in the first two innings but shut down Tacoma over the final five innings.
Hairston hit his 23rd and 24th homers in the first game, including a three-run shot in the sixth. Montero connected for his seventh homer and Weber his fifth.
Tucson entered the fourth trailing 2-0 before getting to Tacoma right-hander Francisco Cruceta. He yielded back-to-back home runs to Weber and Hairston and a single to Chris Carter. Montero followed Carter with a two-run homer. Matt Erickson added a run-scoring single and Juan Brito a two-run double.
Second-game highlights: Tucson broke up a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on its way to the win.
Hairston scored the go-ahead run on Robby Hammock’s high chopper back to the mound in the sixth. Hairston had led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a fly ball. With the infield in, Hammock bounced one in front of the plate that scored Hairston.
Weber doubled in two more runs after the inning was kept alive on an error and walk.
Randy Choate came on with two outs in the seventh to get his eighth save.
Notable: Brito extended his hitting streak to 11 games, getting base hits in both games. … The three Tucson home runs in the fourth marked the third time that has happened this season.
Roster moves: Alberto Callaspo was optioned back to Tucson, and first baseman Tony Clark was activated. Callaspo started at shortstop in the second game. Clark played in two games while on a rehab assignment with Tucson. … Left-hander Evan MacLane, acquired from the Mets in the Shawn Green trade, starts Monday at Sacramento.
Quotable: “It’s extremely tough to win doubleheaders like that. It’s a mental game almost more than a physical one,” said Sidewinders manager Chip Hale. “We had some clutch hitting. We’re doing the best we can of playing one game at a time and playing the best we can. I think that is coming back to us.”