The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were shutout for the first time in 2011 as the Fresno Grizzlies prevailed 6-0 Monday night. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sky Sox.
A scoreless pitchers duel was interrupted in the fifth inning when Fresno second baseman Brock Bond worked a 12 pitch at-bat against Clayton Mortensen, culminating in a base hit to put runners at the corners. The lengthy at-bat chased Mortensen from the game as he gave way to reliever Andrew Johnston who allowed four straight hits, three singles and a double, to plate four runs and give the Grizzlies a 4-0 lead.
It would be all the runs they would need as Fresno starter Andrew Kown (3-2, 3.86) tossed seven dominant innings, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out four in picking up his third win of the year.
Mortensen (0-2, 13.50) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work.
The Grizzlies tacked on runs in the sixth and eighth inning to make the final 6-0.
The shutout was the first for the Sky Sox since June 23rd, 2010 at Reno. The last time the Sox were shutout at home was June 16th, 2010 against Tacoma.
Mike Jacobs led the Sox with two hits including the only extra-base hit and finished 2-for-4. Eric Young Jr. reached base three times in the losing effort on a single and two walks and finished 1-for-2 for the game.
With the loss, the Sky Sox record falls to 11-14 on the season. Fresno improves to 13-12 with the victory.
The Sox will look to get back to their winning ways tonight in game two of their four game set with the Grizzlies. John Maine (0-1,7.89) makes his sixth start for the Sox. He’ll be opposed by righty Josh Banks (1-1, 5.68) for Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT.