May 4, 2010 1:01 AM
The Fresno bats were the story of the night at Security Service Field on Monday, as an offensive onslaught downed the Sky Sox by a score of 14-4.
Leading the charge was Fresno right fielder Joe Borchard, finishing 5-for-6 with a home run and six RBI, completing the cycle in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run shot to left off Sox' reliever Edgmer Escalona. Borchard's five hits helped set the mark for hits against the Sky Sox this year at 18.
The Grizzlies got out to a quick lead in the top of the first, plating five runs while batting around in the opening frame. Fresno second baseman Brock Bond led off the game with a single, while a Mike McBryde base-hit and Buster Posey walk loaded the bases for Borchard. Ripping a line drive to deep right-center, Borchard's triple cleared the bases, giving the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead with just one out. A subsequent double and a single later in the inning pushed the lead to 5-0.
The offenses were quiet through the third as the pitching staffs got a rare moment of respite. The Sky Sox' Kurt Birkins settled down after his rough first inning, facing just six batters in the second and third before being pulled for Damian Moss in the fourth.
The lull wouldn't last long, however. Extending their lead to 6-0 in the fourth, the Sky Sox finally broke through the shutout in the bottom half of the inning on a Jay Payton ground out RBI. Fresno would tack on another run in the sixth to make the score 7-1.
Though the Sky Sox clawed back to within 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth, the Grizzlies ended any hope of a late-inning rally, putting up five in the top of the eighth on five hits and a walk - extending the deficit to 14-4.
Sky Sox starter Kurt Birkins (0-1, 14.54) took the loss while Fresno's Eric Hacker (5-0, 1.63) notched his fifth win of the season. With the defeat, Colorado Springs falls to 13-11 while the Grizzlies improve to 16-8.
The Sky Sox will send right-hander Chaz Roe (1-3, 4.94) to the mound Tuesday to take on Fresno's Joe Martinez (1-0, 3.60). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
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