The Tucson Padres (44-37) swept a twin bill from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (43-36) by the final scores of 7-4 and 5-4 on Thursday evening at Security Service Field in front of 3,051 fans. Both contests were hard fought, see-saw battles with each game being decided in the late innings.
Game one saw the Sky Sox take early leads of 1-0 and 3-2 but the Padres battled back each time to eventually take the lead with a three-run fourth inning. They added two more runs in the seventh on a two-run homer by Jonathan Galvez to finish off the scoring. Brad Brach (2-1) picked up the win in relief and Colt Hynes notched his fourth save with a scoreless final frame.
Charlie Culberson tripled and scored in the game as he added to the team’s triples total with the 53rd three bagger of the season. That total leads all of professional baseball. Tim Wheeler and Jose Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI each in the losing effort.
The back-and-forth battles continued into game two as the Sky Sox came from behind a couple times to overcome deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 and eventually take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a clutch two-out RBI single by Ben Paulsen. The lead was short lived however as Tucson plated two runs in the 6th to regain a 5-4 advantage. Both runs came off reliever Mike McClendon (6-4) which snapped his scoreless innings streak at 11.1 innings. Gregorio Petit singled in the first run to tie up the contest after a close play at the plate scored Daniel Robertson. Petit came around to score later in the inning and give the Padres the lead on a strikeout wild pitch that would have ended the inning.
The Sky Sox threatened in the bottom of the seventh as Culberson singled to lead off the inning and extended his hitting-streak to 14 games. He moved to second on a groundout and then to third on a balk by Padres’ closer Miles Mikolas to put the tying run at third with just one out. Mikolas wiggled out of the jam however with a pair of groundouts by Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Wheeler to pick up his 17th save.
The comeback made a winner of Kevin Quackenbush (2-1) who gave up a run in two innings of relief work.
Game three of the series is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 PM with LH Jeff Francis (0-2, 11.57) taking on RH Matt Andriese (No Record).