There was no relief Sunday for Colorado Springs in a 14-1 rout at the hands of the Tucson Padres.
Tucson batted around in the ninth against reliever Mike Solbach, scoring five runs on six hits and a throwing error for the final 13-run margin before 5,291 fans at Security Service Field. The Padres finished with 21 hits, including six doubles.
"This is indicative of pitching in this league but not indicative of our team," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "We have been on the other end of these kinds of games too."
Juan Nicasio started for the Sky Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz.
A 74-minute rain delay ended his Triple-A debut at three innings with three hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts.
After the stoppage, the Sky Sox tied the score at 1-1 after a leadoff double by Charlie Blackmon was cashed in by a Ben Paulsen single for his 48th RBI.
But after that, it was all Tucson (45-39). The Padres scored seven runs over the next two innings against relievers Mike McClendon and Hisanori Takahashi to take an 8-1 lead. Six runs against Solbach over the final two innings accounted for the final margin.
To make room for Pomeranz, righthander Rob Scahill was optioned to Colorado Springs. Scahill, 26, appeared in 13 games with a 4.26 ERA with five of his past six appearances scoreless (seven innings), seven hits, one run). Scahill began the season with Colorado Springs and made 14 relief appearances (3-0, 4.60 ERA, 311/3 innings) and one save. He has 19 career appearances in the majors without earning a decision and a 3.25 ERA (272/3 innings) with 27 hits, six walks and 12 strikeouts. ... Veteran outfielder Xavier Nady, who was released by the Royals organization and signed a minor-league deal with Colorado, was hitting.310 for Omaha with 11 homers. He started in left field Sunday and batted 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. ... Sky Sox infielder Reid Brignac was placed on the disabled list with a left wrist sprain. ... Blackmon's triple in the first inning raised the team total to 55. The franchise record is 74 in 1992.