The Grizzlies rough homestand came to an end on Sunday afternoon, with Fresno dropping the final game of their series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by a final of 4-1. The Sky Sox scored in the opening frame for the second straight game and never looked back. The loss snapped a seven game winning streak on Sundays for the Grizzlies, who finished the seven game homestand with a 2-5 mark.
Colorado Springs southpaw Franklin Morales pitched 6.0 solid innings, giving up just one run, four hits, and striking out four batters to capture his first win of the season. Grizzlies starter Billy Sadler made his first start since June 6th after missing two outings with arm trouble. The righty got the loss after pitching 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with three punchouts.
After striking out the first batter of the game, Sadler allowed five-straight Sky Sox batters to reach base, including a two-run double from Matt Murton and an RBI single from Christian Colonel. The three run first inning would prove to be enough for Morales and Colorado Springs.
The Grizzlies lone run of the ballgame came in the second inning on an RBI single from Sadler. Second baseman Emmanuel Burris had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. Colorado Springs would add another run in the sixth on a solo homer from Murton. The right-handed slugger terrorized the Grizzlies in the four game set, collecting 11 RBI and hitting four home runs, all of which came with two-outs.
Sky Sox right-hander Matt Wilhite pitched 1.1 innings of relief to preserve the three run lead and earn his second save of the season.
The Grizzlies will have tomorrow off and will be back in action against the Salt Lake Bees Tuesday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Fresno lefty Steve Hammond (3-6, 6.35) will get take the mound for the Grizzlies against Salt Lake starter Brad Knox (4-3, 5.14). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm PDT.