The Sox are in the win column after defeating the Tucson Padres 5-3 behind a solid outing from starter Alan Johnson and fourinnings of scoreless relief from the bullpen.
A clutch two-out, two-run single by Matt Macri broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth and Andrew Johnston pitched the ninth to pick up his first save of the year.
Rex Brothers (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win in his first Triple-A appearance pitching 1.1 innings with 2 strikeouts while consistently displaying a fastball in the high 90′s.
The game was a significant departure from the slugfest in game one of the series. The Sox utilized a small ball approach, accruing three sacrifice bunts, two sacrifice flies, and three stolen bases as they scratched their way to five runs.
After combining for 16 extra-base hits in the opener, the two teams would collect only 12 total hits, all singles, in game two.
All three of Tucson’s runs were unearned as the Sox committed three errors, including two on throws by first baseman Mike Jacobs.
The Sox will look to start their first wining streak of the year as they face Tucson in game three of the series at 1:05 pm today. Clayton Mortensen (NR) will make his first start for the Sky Sox against Josh Geer (NR)
- Former New York Yankee, San Diego Padre, and Wasson High School Alumni Goose Gossage was in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night.
- In two games this series, the teams have combined to make four errors a piece
- Sox outfielder Cole Garner is 4-of-7 with four RBI and two runs scored after two games this season. Dating back to August 14th of last year, he has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 games while hitting .433 (42-97) over that stretch with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 24 runs scored and 21 RBI