by Jim Nintzel
The Tucson Padres ended up splitting their first-ever series, winning two and losing to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The Padres are off to Salt Lake City this week before they make their Tucson debut on Friday, April 15. Details on Friday's game, which is the start of an eight-game homestand, here.
Tim Hagerty of the Padres rounds up Sunday's game, which included a brutal first inning that saw the Sky Sox send nine men to the plate and score five runs:
The Tucson Padres finished their first series with a split, losing today to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 12-2. Both the Padres and Sky Sox are now 2-2 on the season. The Sky Sox got to Padres starting pitcher Simon Castro early, sending nine hitters to the plate in a five-run first inning. Castro struggled in his Tucson Padres debut, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in four innings of work. Colorado Springs reliever Bruce Billings picked up the win after two scoreless innings in relief of starter Billy Buckner, who did not pitch the necessary five innings to qualify for the victory.
Willy Taveras went 2-for-5 with a triple and a home run for the Sky Sox, and outfielder Cole Garner went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Anthony Rizzo was a bright spot for Tucson, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Rizzo now has nine RBIs through the first four games of the season, one behind Round Rock’s Chris Davis, who leads the PCL with 10. Scott Munter pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the loss.
The Padres travel to Salt Lake after the game to start a four game series Monday. Salt Lake had back-to-back cancellations to begin its season because of snow and rain, but better weather is expected over the next few days.