April 19, 2012
Nothing much went right for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Three costly errors, eight walks and a three-run double from an unlikely source doomed the Sky Sox in a 10-2 loss to Tucson. The defeat – which included a 34-minute weather delay – snapped a five-game winning streak for Colorado Springs (9-6) and gives the Padres (4-11) a chance to split the four-game series with a win Friday
“We just didn’t swing the bat well with runners in scoring position,” Sky Sox manager Stu Cole said. “When you walk a lot of guys, that can lead to mistakes on the field. We just didn’t throw enough strikes, and they took advantage of it.
“We’ve just got to come back out tomorrow and regroup.”
Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill struck out 10 of the first 15 batters he faced, but a costly two-run error by shortstop Tommy Field with two outs gave the Padres a 2-0 lead. Scahill (1-2) left after striking out 11 in 5 1/3 innings with two runners on and the Sky Sox in a 3-1 deficit.
A Jordan Pacheco error in the sixth gave Tucson a 4-1 lead, then Tucson pitcher Matt Palmer (1-1) helped himself with a two-out, three-run double to break open the game.
The Sky Sox, one of the Pacific Coast League’s worst-hitting teams, managed just two hits off Palmer in the first six innings and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position for the game.
“It was a long day,” said Pacheco, who was 2-for-4. “(The pitchers) did a great job today, but we just didn’t make plays behind them. We’ll get better.”
Tucson loaded the bases in the first on a leadoff double by Blake Tekotte and two walks by Scahill before Field’s error. The Sky Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Andrew Brown struck out and Jimmy Cesario hit into a double play to end the threat.
After not having a pitcher record a 10-strikeout game since 2004, the Sky Sox have had two pitchers accomplish the feat in three days. Guillermo Moscoso struck out 10 Tucson Padres in Colorado Springs’ 8-1 win Tuesday, and Rob Scahill also hit double digits Thursday when he struck out 11. Scahill struck out 10 of the first 15 Padres batters and was one strikeout short of the team’s home record of 12.