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The road has been plenty bumpy for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The Isotopes dropped their sixth straight contest in seven outings on their California road trip Monday. The Isotopes were shut out by the Fresno Grizzlies 2-0 in Fresno.
This disastrous trip for Albuquerque will come to an end tonight when it finishes off the series against Fresno.
Albuquerque returns home to the friendly confines of Isotopes Park Thursday for the start of an eight-game homestand.
The six-game skid dropped Albuquerque (63-54) four games off the pace for the PCL American Southern division lead. Oklahoma City (67-50) is on top of the standings and Round Rock (62-55) is just a game behind the Isotopes.
On this trip, the Isotopes have not scored more than two runs in any game, including Monday night’s shutout and a 2-1 loss Sunday night to the Grizzlies. Red Patterson was the hard-luck loser Monday, giving up just one earned run and three hits in 5-2/3 innings.
Patterson (6-4) didn’t get much offensive support, save lead-off batter Matt Angle.
Angle went 3-for-3 with a double, but the next four spots in the Albuquerque batting order went a combined 1-for-14 in the game.
Fresno scored both of its runs in the sixth inning with two outs. Juan Perez doubled with one out then scored on a bloop single by Francisco Peguero, who would score later in the inning on a throwing error.
It was just the second time this season Albuquerque has been shut out and the first time since July 12. Mike Kickham (5-7) gave up four hits in six innings to secure the win. Three Fresno relievers combined to allow just one more hit.
Gordon moves back up to Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled shortstop Dee Gordon to the big squad prior to Monday’s game.
Gordon was up with the Dodgers for most of the month of May, but had a lackluster showing in the bigs, hitting just .175 in 19 games. He had been swinging a hot bat for the Isotopes, however, hitting .366 during a team-high 17-game hitting streak prior to Monday’s call-up.
Gordon leads the PCL in stolen bases with 44.