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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Starting pitcher Donovan Graves provided the Surf Dawgs with all the fireworks they needed for the Fourth of July, retiring the first 15 batters he faced in the opening game of a three-game series in Surprise, Ariz. against the Fightin’ Falcons. The Dawgs won the opener 3-0 behind Graves’ dominating performance, carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning. Seth Pietsch’s home run and RBI hits by Nick Guerra and Scott Goodman rounded out the explosive game.

(An affiliated team plays under the direction of a Major League team. For example the Padres have affiliated teams in Lake Elsinore (single-A), Portland (double-A), and Mobile (triple-A). When a player improves and progresses they work their way through the divisions and once they reach the triple-A level, they should be ready to progress to the Padres. In contrast, an independent league such as the Golden Baseball League doesn’t have any one team for whom they’re preparing players.

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Tami Rapozo, is a San Diego native who has written for several local publications. In 2001, she wrote Keepers of the Faith, a book on the San Diego Padres and their booster club, the Madres.

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