Sox Scribbles: Trouble in Tucson

The Sky Sox have dropped the first two games of their four-game set with the Tucson Padres with both losses coming during the late inning.

On Thursday, the Sox rallied after being down two runs entering the ninth to tie the game at four apiece and sent the game to extra innings. In the tenth, the Sox scored three runs to take the lead 7-4 and looked to be in good shape for their seventh straight victory.

Andrew Johnston came on to pitch the tenth, looking for his fourth save of the year. After retiring the leadoff batter, five straight Padres reached base on three singles, a double and a walk. Aaron Cunningham won the game for the Padres with a two-run, walk-off single. The 8-7 loss was the first for the Sox in seven  games.

On Friday night, the Sox carried a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Rex Brothers, nearly unhittable  through the first month of the season, came on in relief for the Sox. He would surrender a Logan Forsythe single and a Jesus Guzman double to make it 4-3. Aaron Cunningham then gave the Padres their first lead of the game with a three-run home run to make it 6-4.

Unable to mount another ninth inning rally, the Sox succumbed 6-4 to fall to 11-11 on the season.

They will try to recapture their winning ways tonight as they face Tucson in game three of their four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 PM MT. Greg Reynolds (2-0, 2.25) will look to continue his recent success on the mound for the Sox against the Padres’ Simon Castro (2-1, 8.55).

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