May 5, 2010 1:18 AM
On the heels of an arduous 14-4 loss Monday night, the Sky Sox were unable to rebound, dropping their second straight, 9-6 to Fresno at Security Service Field Tuesday.
With quick surge in the first, the Sky Sox wasted no time putting the pressure on Grizzlies starter Joe Martinez. With three consecutive singles to start the game, Colorado Springs jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Cole Garner scored on a Brad Eldred double-play groundout to put the Sox up by two, the inning ending one batter later on a Chris Iannetta ground out.
After a sharp 1-2-3 first, Sox starter Chaz Roe ran into trouble in the second. A leadoff walk by Buster Posey followed by a one-out Brett Pill single got the inning started for Fresno. The next batter, Jesus Guzman, tapped a slow roller down the third base line that ground to a halt just before the bag, loading the bases. A Brad Boyer force out at home got the Sox close to escaping the inning unscathed. However, starter Joe Martinez helped his own cause with a broken-bat flare over the head of third baseman Travis Metcalf. The hit finding fair territory, two runners scored to tie the game at 2-2.
Breaking the deadlock in the top of the fourth was Jesus Guzman, lifting a wind-aided home run over the wall in left-center to put Fresno up 4-2. The Grizzlies would add one more in an inning where Chaz Roe took some unfortunate bounces. With two out, Ryan Rohlinger hit a weak groundball up the middle that seemed certain to end the inning. However, the ball collided with the second base bag, sending it over second baseman Warren Schaeffer's head into centerfield, allowing the Grizzlies to plate Martinez from third.
The Sox and Grizzlies traded runs in the fourth and fifth, respectively, before things quieted down until the eighth.
There, the Grizzlies roared back from their hibernation with a three-run surge, extending their lead to 9-3, making the final all but official. The first three batters reaching via two walks and a hit by pitch, Ryan Rohlinger drove in two with a no-out single, putting the Grizzlies up 8-3. A Brett Pill groundout scored Ben Copeland from third, extending the lead to six.
The Sky Sox weren't about to go quietly into the night, however. With walks to three of their first four batters to start the eighth, Travis Metcalf drilled a bases-loaded double to right-center, pushing two across the plate with one out. A Paul Lo Duca groundout to short scored the Sky Sox third run of the inning.
Though providing some late-inning suspense in the ninth, including a Matt Miller double and bloop single by Brad Eldred, the Sky Sox fell just short for a second night in a row - the game ending on a groundball double-play by Chris Iannetta, the team's third of the game.
With the loss, the Sky Sox fall to 13-12, while the Grizzlies improve to 17-8. Fresno's Joe Martinez (2-0, 3.81) recorded the win while Chaz Roe (1-4, 5.76) takes his fourth defeat of the season.
Wednesday, the Sky Sox look to reign in the Grizzlies, sending Alan Johnson (1-0, 3.00) to the mound to take on Horacio Ramirez (1-0, 3.78). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm.