Grizzlies Report for 6/9: Iowa 17, Fresno 2

FresnoJune 9, 2014 

Another rough return: Javier Baez, considered one of the top prospects throughout baseball, homered and teammate Christian Villanueva crushed a grand slam as the Iowa Cubs thumped the Fresno Grizzlies 17-2 on Monday before an announced crowd of 3,025 at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies (33-32), who will play eight straight games at home, have struggled throughout this season with their initial return from the road. The Grizzlies lost the first game during five of six home stands this season and have been outscored a combined 58-24 in those games. Grizzlies starting pitcher Jason Berken got the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks.

That's hot: On a day in which Fresno reached a record-high 110 degrees, Monday's game started with a first-pitch temperature of 108. The heat certainly made for a sparse and quiet crowd. Fans who chose to heckle could be heard throughout practically the entire downtown ballpark.

Duvall continues streak: Grizzlies slugger Adam Duvall is showing he's more than just a home run hitter. Duvall extended his team-high hitting streak to 17 games when he singled on his first at-bat. Duvall leads all Triple-A hitters with 19 home runs — despite missing 12 games. He is batting .300 for the season.

Nice play: Though few things seemed to go the Grizzlies' way, Fresno first baseman Mark Minicozzi came up with a nice defensive play when he snagged a liner from Arismendy Alcantara despite the infield playing in and made a throw to second to complete an inning-ending double play in the fourth.

A brief break: Outfielder Gary Brown had played in all but two of the Grizzlies' 64 games entering Monday and was scheduled for a day off with Darren Ford starting at center. But Brown ended up still playing when he entered in the sixth as a defensive substitution. Brown leads the PCL with 255 at-bats and ranks third with 63 games played.

Up next: The series continues Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. with Grizzlies LH Mike Kickham (4-5, 4.10 ERA) scheduled to face Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (6-4, 3.90).

Iowa

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Alcantara, 2B 6 2 3 0 0 1 .271

Watkins, 1B 5 2 2 1 1 1 .304

Baez, SS 5 3 3 2 0 1 .235

Lopez, C 5 2 2 6 1 1 .267

Kalish, CF 4 3 2 1 2 0 .200

Villanueva, 3B 4 1 2 5 2 0 .228

Szczur, LF 5 0 1 1 1 0 .229

Jackson, RF  4 2 2 0 2 0 .205

Wada, P 2 1 0 0 1 0 .105

Wells, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 .190

Vitters, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .205

Totals 41 17 17 16 11 5 .286

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Ford, CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 .280

Panik, 2B 5 0 3 0 0 1 .325

Minicozzi, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .403

Duvall, 3B 5 0 1 1 0 0 .300

Dominguez, RF 1 0 1 0 0 1 .290

Ishikawa, 1B 2 1 1 0 1 0 .265

Ciriaco, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .285

Noonan, SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 .243

Brown, C 3 0 2 1 0 0 .277

Berken, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167

Brown, CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 .265

Totals 35 2 10 2 3 4 .282

Iowa 111 026 204 — 17 17 0

Fresno 100 000 010 — 2 10 0

2B: Szczur (7), Kalish (2), Ford (4). 3B: Baez (2). HR: Baez (9), Villanueva (6) LOB: Fresno 8; Iowa 10.

Iowa

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wada (W, 6-3)6.0 8 1 1 1 2 5.31

Cabrera 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3.48

Pimentel 2.0 2 1 1 2 1 3.77

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Berken (L, 7-5) 5.0 6 4 4 3 5 4.99

Dunning 1.0 0 1 0 3 1 2.73

Reifer 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Bucardo 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 4.85

T: 3:27. A: 3,025.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Reno (Diamondbacks)37 26 .587 —

Sacramento (Athletics)37 26 .587 —

Fresno (Giants)33 31 .516 4½

Tacoma (Mariners)25 37 .403 11½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 36 28 .563 —

El Paso (Padres) 31 34 .477 5½

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 30 34 .469 6

Salt Lake (Angels) 24 41 .369 12½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 32 28 .533 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 34 30 .531 —

Omaha (Royals) 33 30 .524 ½

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 27 35 .435 6

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers)35 30 .538 —

New Orleans (Marlins) 34 30 .531 ½

Memphis (Cardinals) 31 33 .484 3½

Round Rock (Rangers) 28 36 .438 6½

Monday

Tacoma 3 Memphis 2

Nashville 2 Reno 1

Oklahoma City 6 Salt Lake 2

New Orleans 5 El Paso 3

Round Rock 2 Albuquerque 0

Colorado Springs 11 Las Vegas 5

Omaha 2 Sacramento 0

Iowa 17 Fresno 2

Tuesday

Tacoma at Memphis 5:02 p.m.

Reno at Nashville 5:05 p.m.

Salt Lake at Oklahoma City 5:05 p.m.

New Orleans at El Paso 5:35 p.m.

Las Vegas at Colorado Springs 6:05 p.m.

Round Rock at Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.

Iowa at Fresno 7:05 p.m.

Omaha at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday

Salt Lake at Oklahoma City 11:05 a.m.

Las Vegas at Colorado Springs 11:35 a.m.

Tacoma at Memphis 5:05 p.m.

Reno at Nashville 5:05 p.m.

New Orleans at El Paso 5:35 p.m.

Round Rock at Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.

Omaha at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

Iowa at Fresno 7:05 p.m.

 

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