Jun 3, 2012 8:05 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (28-29) notched their fifth win against the Tucson Padres (19-38) this season by a score of 6-2 Sunday, with the Sky Sox holding the Padres to two runs or less for the fourth time in six meetings this season.
Sky Sox starter Drew Pomeranz allowed a run to the Padres in the first inning on two hits and a walk, but held Tucson scoreless for the rest of his 4.2 innings of work. Pomeranz notched his second straight game with at least seven strikeouts, the most he has totaled in any Minor League start for Rockies' affiliates, and has only allowed three earned runs over 13.1 innings in three starts at Security Service Field in his career.
Colorado Springs collected all the runs they would need in their three-run second inning with second baseman Jimmy Cesario tying the game with a RBI single, catcher Wilkin Castillo giving the Sox the lead for good with a sacrifice bunt down the first base line scoring third baseman Brandon Wood from third and Pomeranz helping out his own cause with a two-out RBI single to centerfield. The Sky Sox added another run in the fourth inning on Cesario's second RBI single of the game, then put the game out of reach with two runs in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by first baseman Chad Tracy and a wild pitch by Tucson reliever Nick Vincent.
Sky Sox relievers allowed only three hits after the Padres tightened the score to 4-2 in the sixth inning, improving the Sky Sox record to 23-1 when leading after six innings. Right-hander Kennil Gomez notched his first Triple-A win of his career, left-hander Tyler Johnson allowed only two hits over 1.2 innings in his Security Service Field debut and right-hander Dustin Molleken shut the door on Tucson to collect his first Triple-A save.
With the win Colorado Springs keeps pace with the first place Reno Aces, who won 12-5 in Las Vegas today. The Sky Sox will look to get their fourth home series win of the season as they send out right-hander Carlos Torres (2-1, 2.45 ERA), who has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start for the Sky Sox this season including a win against the Padres this season where he tossed five shutout innings. Torres will match up against Jorge Reyes (3-6, 5.01 ERA), who was the losing pitcher in Torres' start against Tucson on April 18, at 7:05 p.m. MT.