Grizzlies Report for 5/24: Salt Lake 10, Fresno 6

The Fresno BeeMay 24, 2014 

Back even: Jason Berken suffered through his worst start of the season as the Fresno Grizzlies found themselves back at .500 following a 10-6 pounding by the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday at Smith's Ballpark. Berken (7-2) surrendered a season-high six earned runs and eight hits over 4⅔ innings, the right-hander's shortest outing since his April 6 debut of four innings. The Bees broke open the game with four combined runs in the sixth and seventh charged to reliever Jake Dunning.

Shutdown shot down: The Grizzlies staked Berken to a 3-0 first-inning lead on an RBI single by Andrew Susac and a two-run single by Mark Minicozzi. But Salt Lake got two runs back in the bottom half on Efren Navarro's two-run homer. In the third, Navarro's single tied the score 3-3 before the Bees jumped ahead with three more in the fifth.

Hit parade: Fresno actually outhit Salt Lake 13-12 but left 10 runners on base. Joe Panik, Travis Ishikawa, Chris Dominguez and Minicozzi had two hits apiece. Nick Noonan hit a home run for the Grizzlies, his first of the season.

He's back: Minicozzi returned to the Fresno roster for the first time since separating his shoulder April 5 at Las Vegas. He started 4 for 9 with a homer and a double in three games before the injury, and he kept it up while rehabbing at Class-A San Jose — 11 for 28, two doubles, two HRs. Minicozzi is a career .290 hitter but has slugged .428 in nine minor-league seasons.

Little Ish: Minicozzi is expected to split time at first base and DH with Ishikawa, who is hitting .441 (15 for 34) with three doubles and nine RBIs since returning from the disabled list May 15. Ishikawa is also riding a nine-game hit streak.

Up next: LH Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.93 ERA) vs. LH Justin Thomas (2-5, 6.16) at 5:35 p.m. Sunday. Kickham's still working the weight off his ERA caused by eating a nine-run outing two back against Albuquerque. But the Bees might not be the best remedy, after roughing up Kickham for seven hits and four runs (three earned) in 5⅔ innings in a 6-5 Salt Lake win April 8.

Bees 10, Grizzlies 6

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 .263

Panik, 2B 5 1 2 1 0 1 .311

Perez, RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 .373

Ishikawa, 1B 4 1 2 0 1 1 .367

Susac, C 2 0 1 1 0 0 .281

Quiroz, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .241

Minicozzi, DH 4 0 2 2 1 2 .462

Noonan, SS 5 1 1 1 0 4 .272

Dominguez, 3B 4 2 2 0 0 2 .282

Ford, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 .291

Totals 39 6 13 6 3 12 .276

Salt Lake

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Long, CF 2 2 1 0 2 0 .251

Shuck, RF 4 2 3 2 1 0 .400

Jimenez, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 2 .238

Navarro, 1B 3 3 3 3 2 0 .331

Lopez, LF 4 0 0 1 0 0 .266

Lindsey, 2B 3 1 1 0 2 0 .242

Field, DH 4 1 2 1 1 2 .246

De La Rosa, C 4 0 1 3 0 0 .261

O'Malley, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 .358

Totals 33 10 12 10 8 4 .287

Fresno 300 100 020 — 6 13 0

Salt Lake 201 031 30x — 10 12 0

LOB: Fresno 10, San Jose 9. 2B: Panik (7); Long (7), Navarro (9), O'Malley (7), De La Rosa (2). 3B: Dominguez (2). HR: Noonan; Navarro. RBI: Susac (20), Minicozzi 2 (4), Panik (29), Noonan (8), Brown (23); Navarro 3 (17), Shuck 2 (16), Lopez (22), Field (9), De La Rosa 3 (4).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Berken 4.2 8 6 6 3 2 3.99

Dunning 2.0 4 4 4 3 0 4.03

Cordier 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 4.95

Totals 8.0 12 10 10 8 4 4.10

Salt Lake

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Lerew 4.0 8 4 4 1 4 9.00

Richardson 3.0 1 0 0 0 5 10.13

Rasmus 1.0 3 2 2 1 2 4.50

Berg 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 9.11

Totals 9.0 13 6 6 3 12 6.16

HBP: Brown (by Lerew). T: 3:35. A: 11,524.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (A's) 29 20 .592 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 28 22 .560 1½

Fresno (Giants) 25 25 .500 4½

Tacoma (Mariners) 21 26 .447 7

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 32 17 .653 —

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 23 26 .469 9

El Paso (Padres) 22 28 .440 10½

Salt Lake (Angels) 17 33 .340 15½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Oklahoma City (Astros) 28 22 .560 —

Iowa (Cubs) 25 21 .543 1

Colo. Springs (Rockies) 23 25 .479 4

Omaha (Royals) 23 25 .479 4

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 26 24 .520 —

Round Rock (Rangers) 23 25 .479 2

Memphis (Cardinals) 23 26 .469 2½

New Orleans (Marlins) 23 26 .469 2½

Saturday

New Orleans 3, Nashville 2

Oklahoma City 10, Memphis 4

Tacoma 4, El Paso 3, 1st game

Iowa 8, Colorado Springs 3

Omaha 9, Round Rock 3

Salt Lake 10, Fresno 6

Albuquerque 3, Reno 2

Sacramento 5, Las Vegas 2

El Paso 8, Tacoma 2, 2nd game

Sunday

Nashville at New Orleans, 11 a.m.

Colorado Springs at Iowa, 11:05 a.m.

Sacramento at Las Vegas, 12:05 p.m.

El Paso at Tacoma, 1:35 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 4:05 p.m.

Round Rock at Omaha, 5:05 p.m.

Reno at Albuquerque, 5:05 p.m.

Fresno at Salt Lake, 5:35 p.m.

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