The Sky Sox lost their fourth straight game to the Sacramento River Cats and eighth straight on the road in a 9-0 defeat Monday afternoon.
Sky Sox starter Alan Johnson (1-2, 4.15) had a rough outing allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings. A five-run third inning proved to be the pivotal moment in the afternoon. With the game scoreless, a walk and five consecutive hits including two doubles and three singles plated five runs and gave the River Cats a lead they would not relinquish.
The Sky Sox were only able to generate three single on the afternoon on hits by Mike Paulk (2) and Willy Taveras (1). Sacramento starter Travis Banwart (1-3, 3.24) tossed seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The loss dropped the Sox to 13-19 on the year and marked their eighth defeat in a row on the road. The last time that occurred was May 20th-May 27th of last season in consecutive four-game sets against the Iowa Cubs and Omaha Royals.
Since losing Alfredo Amezaga and Ian Stewart to the Rockies at the end of April, the Sox offense has struggled mightily while the team has gone 2-7 in the month of May.
The Sox will look to get back on the winning track as they return to the friendly confines of Security Service Field for a four-game series with the Iowa Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT Tuesday evening.
- The Sox were shutout twice in four games with Sacramento, having also been blanked 4-0 on Saturday May 7th. It also marked the third shutout for the Sox in the last eight games, including a 6-0 defeat against Fresno on Monday May 2nd.
- Charlie Blackmon recorded his eighth outfield assist of the season in the fifth inning, throwing out Cardenas at second attempting to stretch a single into a double.