Colorado Springs, Col. - Colorado Springs (56-51) right-handed starter Alex White (3-4) pitched a season-high eight innings, and struck out a season-best eight batters in a 10-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies (55-51) on Saturday night at Security Service Field.
White allowed just one run and walked one. He also contributed with his first two hits of the year, which included an RBI double.
The Sky Sox scored early and often against Fresno right-handed starter Andrew Kown (4-6). Colorado Springs left fielder Matt McBride (10) homered against Kown to open the bottom of the second inning. Then the Sky Sox in the third added three more runs, including an RBI single by McBride, RBI double by shortstop Brendan Harris, and the double by White. McBride finished 3-for-5 and missed the cycle by a triple.
Kown gave up 10 hits over five innings. He issued six runs (all earned), walked two and struck out five. He gave up one homer.
For good measure, Colorado Springs added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. The big hit of that inning was a two-run single by centerfielder Charlie Blackmon.
The lone Fresno run came in the fifth inning on an RBI single by left fielder Todd Linden. Colorado Springs managed 16 hits to Fresno's four.
The teams will meet for a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 PST. Game one will feature Fresno right-hander Yusmeiro Petit (4-3) against Colorado Springs left-hander Edwar Cabrera (3-0). In game two, it will be for the Grizzlies left-hander Wilmin Rodriguez (3-3), who will make his first start of the year. He'll counter Colorado Springs righty Ricky Brooks (0-1).
Linden made his first appearance in left field this year.
Francisco Peguero returned to Fresno's active squad after a three-week absence being on the disabled list with a left side injury.
Courtesy: Fresno Grizzlies
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