Jun 19, 2011 8:25 PM by Lee Douglas/Sky Sox
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox gave up four-runs in the ninth inning, falling 4-2 to the Tucson Padres Sunday at Security Service Field.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, scoring a run in the first on a Mike Jacobs RBI single and another run in the sixth on an Eliezer Alfonzo sacrifice fly.
Sox starter Billy Buckner pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four. Bruce Billings, Josh Roenicke and Edgmer Escalona followed with three consecutive scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits and striking out three in the process.
Jim Miller came in to pitch the ninth, looking to rebound from a loss on Saturday. However, the Padres were able to get the best of Miller again as he allowed four straight hits and three runs before giving way to lefty Eric Stults. Stults allowed a sacrifice fly, giving Tucson a 4-2 advantage.
Miller (4-3, 6.10) took the loss and his second blown save as the Sox dropped to 32-39. Reliever Colt Hynes (1-1, 5.40) picked up the win for Tucson and Luis Perdomo picked up his second save in as many days as the Padres improved to 32-39.
The Sox will look to salvage a split of the four-game series Monday as John Maine (1-2, 6.48) takes the hill against Will Inman (1-7, 6.12). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.