May 2, 2011 11:50 PM by Lee Douglas
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were shutout for the first time in 2011 as the Fresno Grizzlies prevailed 6-0 Monday night at Security Service Field.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning. Sox starter Clayton Mortensen (0-2, 13.50) retired two of the first three batters in the inning, but ran into trouble against Fresno second baseman Brock Bond. Bond worked a 12 pitch at-bat culminating in a base hit to put runners at the corners and chase Mortensen from the game. Andrew Johnston relieved and 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 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.
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.
The loss was the Sky Sox fifth in a row and drops their record 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 Tuesday 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 p.m.