Jeff Manship entered Thursday night's return to PCL play with an ERA near six. The ex-Minnesota Twin though tossed 6.1 scoreless innings to pace the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Tucson Padres at Kino Stadium.
Manship earned his fifth win of the season, scattering two hits and three walks, while striking out six.
The Padres have now been shutout ten times this season as their first place lead drops to 1.5 games in the Southern Division.
The Sky Sox struck first in the opening inning with a run on Corey Dickerson's RBI groundout to second.
Lars Davis' infield single in the fourth brought home Tim Wheeler for the only other run of the game.
Padres second baseman Jonathan Galvez prevented Reid Brignac from obtaining a hit in the fifth with a spectacular defensive play, diving to his left and making a throw from a sitting position to record the out at first base.
Tucson starter Tyson Ross took the loss after going four innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The Padres bullpen of Brandon Kloess, Brad Boxberger and Tommy Layne pitched five scoreless innings and compiled five strikeouts.
WP: Manship (5-7) LP: Ross (1-1) S: Kensing (12)
Time: 2:41 Attn: 4,029
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 p.m. vs. Colorado Springs (Rockies affiliate) – Colorado Springs RHP Chris Volstad (5-2, 4.80) vs. Tucson RHP Anthony Bass (2-3, 7.75). Game coverage begins at 6:55 pm on 1290 AM The Source and tucsonpadres.com. Live Spanish play-by-play can be heard live on ESPN Deportes 990.
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David Kelly contributed to this story.
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