Apr 10, 2011 1:31 AM
The Tucson Padres captured game three of their four game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by a score of 9-7 Saturday afternoon in front of 3,884 fans at Security Service Field.
A five-run first inning off Sox starter Clayton Mortensen set the tone for the day, highlighted by two doubles and two singles to drive in runs. The Padres would tack on two more in the second on a two-run bomb by Anthony Rizzo and another pair in the fourth on a two-run single by Padres starting pitcher Josh Geer to take a 9-0 lead.
The Sky Sox bullpen held Tucson scoreless for the final five innings but the Sox were unable to complete the comeback and finally succumbed 9-7.
Geer (1-0, 3.60) went 5.0 innings for the win, scattering eight hits while allowing two runs and four strikeouts. Mortensen (0-1, 24.00) took the loss lasting only 3 innings and surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and three walks.
The Sky Sox got on the board with two runs in the fifth on a Jeff Salazar RBI single and fielder's choice groundout by Mike Jacobs which scored Eric Young Jr. They would creep closer in the seventh with three more runs highlighted by an RBI double by Josh Fields. The Sky Sox would end the scoring with two more runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Cole Garner and an RBI single by Charlie Blackmon.
Rizzo finished 3-for-4 with the home run, three RBI and two runs scored for Tucson. Salazar finished 3-of-4 for the Sox with an RBI and two runs scored.
The finale of the series will pit lefty Josh Muecke for the Sox against righty Simon Castro for the Padres. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. Sunday.