Newly acquired reliever Cory Wade gave up a pair of runs in the top of the 9th inning, giving Tucson a 5-4 win at Cashman Field on the final day of the PCL regular season. The 51s finished the regular year with the second best record in the league (81-63), one game worse than Oklahoma City.
Aaron Harang, who signed as a Minor League free agent Sunday, got his first appearance in relief for the 51s and was okay: 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K, 1HR. The 35-year-old will likely pitch for the 51s through the playoffs before joining the big club for a few spot starts down the stretch.
Catcher Juan Centeno had the best day at the plate for the 51s, going 3-4 with two triples and an RBI. Yep, not one but two triples. Those were his first two this season in 213 AAA at-bats. He had one early this season playing for Binghamton. Its been a very nice season for Centeno in a part time role, batting .305/.346/.371. Although Francisco Pena likely has more big league potential, Centeno has flown under the radar putting up decent numbers all year.
Notes: the 51s open their 1st round playoff series Wednesday in Salt Lake...Rylan Sandoval had two more hits and is batting .327 in AAA.