The Fresno Grizzlies (49-59) hit two home runs en route to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-52), in front of 5,293 fans on X-Men Night at Security Service Field.
Starting pitching was the story for both teams through the first three innings tonight. Sky Sox’ starting pitcher Cory Riordan (L, 4-4)came out firing, striking out the first two batters he faced. The righty allowed a double in the second inning and a single in the third, but would keep the Grizzlies off the board.
Opposing pitcher Mitch Lively (W, 4-4) also had a strong start, only allowing two hits while striking out three in his first three innings of work. One of the two hits the righty allowed was a triple to infielder Josh Rutledge. The three-bagger was his first of the year and increased the team’s professional baseball leading total to 67. That total is the second most in the team’s history and only seven behind the team record of 74.
In the fourth, Fresno broke the scoreless tie when Brett Pill, Ehire Adrianza and Carter Jurica strung together three singles. In the bottom of the inning the Sky Sox would answer the Grizzlies with two runs of their own. To start off the frame, Charlie Culberson reached first on a error by shortstop Adrianza and moved to second on a single by Ryan Wheeler. Both runners would then score on a two-run double by Kent Matthes.
The Sox’ lead proved to be short lived when Francisco Peguero smacked a double and then scored on an error by the shortstop. After Riordan was relieved by left-hander Nick Schmidt, Pill hit the team’s first home run of the day to give them a 4-2 lead.
Colorado Springs cut the deficit down to one in the seventh inning on a pinch-hit RBI single by Xavier Nady that brought home Matthes, who reached earlier on a single.
In the ninth inning Fresno put the game out of reach for the Sox when Coty Woods allowed a solo shot to Johnny Monell and a RBI triple to Adrianza. Catcher Lars Davis did manage to record an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough to snap the team’s losing streak.
With that loss the Sky Sox have now lost six games in a row and will look to snap that streak tomorrow when they send Jeff Manship (5-8, 5.46) to the mound against right-hander Austin Fleet (0-3, 4.21) at 5:05 PM MT.
Sky Sox Notes: Tim Wheeler came on to pinch-hit in the ninth inning and struck out to end his 12-game hitting streak. Infielder Josh Rutledge now has the longest active hitting streak on the team at seven…Lars Davis threw out Gary Brown at second base and has now thrown out 13 runners this season.