Apr 17, 2012 11:51 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox won their fourth straight game in the series opener against the Tucson Padres 8-1 Tuesday, propelled by a five-run first inning and a ten strikeout performance by Sky Sox starter Guillermo Moscoso.
Moscoso (1-2, 6.43 ERA) collected his first win of the season going 6.2 innings giving up only one run on seven hits while striking out ten Padres, the most strikeouts by a Colorado Springs pitcher since Jeff Francis struck out 12 against the New Orleans Zephyrs on July 17th, 2004. The ten strikeouts at Security Service Field were the most by a Sky Sox starter at home since Jason Young struck out 11 against the Iowa Cubs on August 29th, 2002.
Colorado Springs jumped all over Tucson starter Josh Geer (1-2, 5.40 ERA) with five of the first six Sky Sox batters in the game reaching home, culminating with Sky Sox shortstop Tommy Field's 3-run shot over the left field wall. The homer was the first multi-run home run by a Sky Sox player at home this year, and the three RBI were Field's first since Opening Day. The Sky Sox went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position for the game.
Every batter in the Colorado Springs lineup, outside of the starting pitcher Moscoso, got a hit and seven of the eight position players scored a run. After winning the last three games by a combined three runs, the seven-run win was the Sky Sox largest margin of victory this season.
The Sky Sox held their opponent to less than three runs for the fourth consecutive game, and during their four-game winning streak Colorado Springs has allowed just six total runs.
Colorado Springs will look to win their fifth straight game as they send out right-hander Carlos Torres (0-0, 4.00 ERA), with the Sky Sox posting a 2-0 record in Torres' first two starts of 2012. He will face off against Tucson righty Jorge Reyes (0-2, 6.52 ERA) in the second game of the series at 11:05 a.m. MT.