Kown, 28, shares the Pacific Coast League lead with eight victories with Brad Mills of Las Vegas, the other starting pitcher named to the roster. The right-hander was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for May 2nd-8th, thanks to a pair of strong performances. On May 2nd, he allowed just three hits over seven scoreless frames in a 6-0, shutout victory on the road over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Kown followed that up by striking out a career-high nine Tucson batters, holding the Padres to just two runs in six innings of work in a 7-3 home win on May 7th. The award marked the first such honor for a Grizzlies player this season, and the first time a Grizzlies pitcher has won the league award since Matt Palmer did so for the week of May 5th-11th, 2008.
A Marietta, GA native, Kown has enjoyed a successful start to his Grizzlies career after being signed by the San Francisco Giants as a minor league free agent in the offseason. Kown held the Sacramento River Cats hitless over six innings of work in a 3-0 victory at Raley Field on June 18. He also led the PCL with his 2.00 ERA (8 ER/36.0 IP), going 4-1 in six May starts.
The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, return to Downtown Fresno on Monday, July 4th to kick off a seven-game homestand with their Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Tickets are available now at the Chukchansi Park Box Office, over the phone at 559-320-TIXS or online at www.fresnogrizzlies.com.