ALBUQUERQUE - For the second consecutive night the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (25-18) fall to the Albuquerque Isotopes (23-22) by a score of 7-3 at Isotopes Park and now trail two games to none in the four-game series.
The game began as a pitchers' duel as both teams were held scoreless for the first two innings. The Isotopes ended the shut out in the bottom of the third inning when Tony Gwynn grounded out to score Alfredo Almezaga and Elian Herrara hit a RBI single to drive in Brian Barden.
Isotopes' starting pitcher Blake Johnson (W, 4-2) continued to dominate the Sky Sox, pitching six scoreless innings while striking out four.
Colorado Springs remained down two runs until the sixth inning. The league leader in strikeouts and wins, Drew Pomeranz (L, 6-1), walked Rusty Ryal and then allowed a double to Matt Angle to put runners on second and third with one out. The runs then scores on an Almezaga two-RBI single.
Albuquerque continued to add to their lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored three runs on five hits, including a double and a triple.
Down seven runs the Sox finally got on the board when Ryan Wheeler hit a three-run home run to pull the team within four. They put on two more runners on base in the inning, but Tyler Colvin got thrown out at home to end the threat.
In the ninth inning Peter Moylan struck out the side to send the Sky Sox to their second straight loss. The Sky Sox will look to win their first game of the series tomorrow at 6:35 PM when they send Jeff Manship (2-1, 6.82) to the mound against Aaron Laffey (1-1, 5.19).
Sky Sox Notes: Corey Dickerson continues to swing a hot bat and had three hits tonight to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.