Apr 8, 2011 2:08 AM
The Tucson Padres won their inaugural game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Thursday night by a score of 18-14 in front 3,527 fans at Security Service Field.
Tucson would jump out to an early 7-2 on solo home runs by Aaron Cunningham and Logan Forsythe and three RBI by Anthony Rizzo.
With Tucson starter Wade LeBlanc seemingly in control, the Sox would battle back in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Jordan Pacheco collected his first Triple-A hit and home run with a solo shot off LeBlanc in the fourth. In the fifth the Sox would score six runs to take a 9-7 lead and chase LeBlanc from the game. The six run inning was highlighted by Charlie Blackmon's first Triple-A home run, a two-run shot off the scoreboard in the left center and a three-run blast by Josh Fields.
With momentum seemingly in the Sky Sox favor, the Padres would respond with a rally of their own to put the game away for good. Five straight Padres would reach base and score as Tucson took a 12-9 lead. They would extend it in the sixth on a three-run home run by pinch hitter Andy Parrino to make it 15-10.
In a game marking the highest scoring opener, home or away, in Sky Sox history, the two teams combined to tally 38 hits, 32 runs, seven home runs and 16 walks over 3:56, six minutes short of the longest nine inning home game in Sky Sox history.
Scott Munter (1-0, 0.00) pitched 0.2 innings in relief to pick up the win for Tucson. Bruce Billings (0-1, 20.25) took the loss for the Sox allowing three runs in 1.1 innings.
Game two of the series is set for 5:05 Friday night with Sox right hander Alan Johnson facing off against righty Will Inman in their 2011 debuts.
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