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Grizzlies' Kickham confounds Isotopes

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The Albuquerque Isotopes struggled against left-handed pitching for most of 2013. They are not faring much better this season.

Southpaw Mike Kickham tossed eight scoreless innings as the host Fresno Grizzlies rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Isotopes on Thursday night. Albuquerque (11-9) mustered just five hits, all singles.

Kickham (1-3) scattered those five hits while walking just one batter. He struck out five.

Among the active players on the roster, the Isotopes are hitting just .267 (39-for-146) with two home runs and 16 RBI against lefties this season. Joc Pederson is batting .500 (26-for-52) with all five of his homers against right-handers; he is 4-for-20 with zero RBI against lefties.

Clint Robinson is hitting .462 (24-for-52) with all three of his home runs against right-handers, while against lefties he is just 5-for-21 with two RBI. Even some of Albuquerque's right-handed batters have struggled against lefty pitchers, such as Jamie Romak (4-for-21, one homer, two RBI).

It did not help the Isotopes that their starter, right-hander Red Patterson (1-1), was ineffective Thursday. Patterson allowed all five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.

Gary Brown led off the first inning with a single for Fresno (7-14). He would later come around to score the only run the Grizzlies needed on Tyler Colvin's two-out single through the left side.

Fresno added two more runs in the third on Joe Panik's leadoff home run and then on a run-scoring groundout. The final runs came in the seventh on Chris Dominguez's RBI single and Guillermo Quiroz's RBI double.

The Isotopes will look to rebound Friday at 8:05 p.m. The Grizzlies have not announced a starting pitcher for the game, while right-hander Matt Magill will start for Albuquerque.

Note

Utility player Chone Figgins officially joined the Isotopes on Thursday after having been sent down by the Dodgers earlier in the week. To make room, infielder Walter Ibarra was moved to the rookie-level Ogden roster. Ibarra is essentially inactive as Ogden's season does not start until June.

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