A lengthy scoreless innings streak came to a halt and with it, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox’s chance at a doubleheader split Thursday night.
Tucson rallied with two runs in the sixth inning against reliever Mike McClendon to upend the Sky Sox 5-4 in Game 2 and sweep the PCL twin bill.
The tight game turned when Tucson tied the game at 4-4 on an RBI single by Gregorio Petit in the sixth that ended the scoreless streak at 11 1/3 innings. A wild pitch on a strikeout against pinch hitter Rene Rivera allowed him to reach base and scored Petit for the winning run against Colorado Springs (43-36).
“I was just trying to bury the breaking ball,” McClendon said. “It was a good pitch because he swung at a ball on the outside; it just got away.”
The Pacific Southern Division-leading Padres (44-37) won the Thursday opener 7-4, powered by a two-run homer by Jonathan Galvez in the top of the seventh for a three-run advantage. The lead held after Tucson reliever Colt Hynes struck out two Sky Sox to earn his fourth save.
The two seven-inning games, which drew 3,051 fans to Security Service Field, were played to make up a snowed-out game in April.
Game 1: RHP Parker Frazier (0-0, 11.91 ERA) vs. Tucson RHP Brandon Kloess (2-2, 4.02)
Game 2: RHP Cory Riordan (4-2, 6.23) vs. Jorge Reyes (4-3, 4.72)
Notes: Tonight is the second time the two teams have played a doubleheader with Colorado Springs recording two walk-off wins on April 11. … Charlie Blackmon is batting .391 (9=for-23) with two triples, one homer, four walks and seven RBIs. … OF Kent Matthes has hit four home run in as many games with the Sk Sox since moving up from Class AA Tulsa. Charlie Culberson enters the twin bill on a season-high 12-game hitting streak (.352, 19-for-54) with three homers, three triples, a double an 11 RBIs.