Grizzlies Report for 6/14: Omaha 3-5, Fresno 2-0

The Fresno BeeJune 14, 2014 

Losing not one but two: Fresno was swept in a Saturday doubleheader, falling 3-2 in the opener to Omaha as Paulo Orlando belted a two-run homer and the Grizzlies left the tying run on second in the seventh and final inning. Game 2 saw the Storm Chasers win 5-0 behind 6 2/3 stellar innings by ex-San Francisco Giants prospect Ryan Verdugo.

Costly errors, almost: Despite a quiet night for their offense, the Grizzlies almost had a chance to win it thanks to a couple of Omaha errors. Catcher Francisco Pena helped bring home the Grizzlies' first run during the fifth inning when he threw a ball into center field trying to catch Juan Ciriaco as he stole second. Second baseman Whit Merrifield committed a fielding error that allowed Nick Noonan to reach to start the bottom of the seventh. Noonan, however, was left stranded at second after Brett Krill struck out to end the game.

Don't test him: Grizzlies center fielder Darren Ford caught a fly ball, then threw out Brian Bocock at the plate to end the top of the seventh in Game 1. It was Ford's third outfield assist of the season.

Brown pulled: Fresno leadoff hitter and usual starting center fielder Gary Brown was removed after the fifth inning, with manager Bob Mariano shifting Ford from left to center and inserting Krill. In the bottom of the fifth, Brown drove in a run with an infield single. But then he was caught stealing second base and was slow to get up afterward.

A little better: Grizzlies starting pitcher Jason Berken went the distance in the seven-inning game, but suffered his fifth straight loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. Still, it was one of Berken's better starts in recent weeks. He entered Saturday with a 9.20 ERA (20 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings) in his previous four starts.

Why the doubleheader: The teams played a pair to allow the Grizzlies to end the series today and have an off day for travel Monday before an eight-game road trip that starts at New Orleans.

Up next: The Grizzlies will play the Storm Chasers for the final time this season today with the first pitch at 5:05 p.m. Grizzlies LH Mike Kickham (5-5, 3.88 ERA) is scheduled to face Storm Chasers RH Aaron Brooks (5-2, 2.79).

GAME 1

Storm Chasers 3, Grizzlies 2

Omaha

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Orlando, RF 3 1 1 2 0 0 .324

Colon, 3B 2 0 1 0 1 0 .287

Giavotella, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 .294

Maxwell, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .316

Paredes, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .321

Eibner, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .229

Pena, C 3 1 1 0 0 0 .254

Bocock, 1B 3 0 2 0 0 0 .336

Merrifield, 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 .304

Totals 26 3 7 3 1 2 .282

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 3 0 1 1 0 0 .265

Krill, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 .286

Panik, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .322

Minicozzi, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 .360

Ishikawa, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .266

Susac, C 3 0 2 0 0 0 .287

Noonan, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250

Dominguez, RF 3 1 1 0 0 2 .280

Ford, LF-CF 3 0 1 0 0 2 .298

Ciriaco, 3B 2 1 1 0 1 0 .293

Totals 27 2 6 1 1 6 .281

Omaha 002 010 0 — 3 7 2

Fresno 000 020 0 — 2 6 1

E: Dominguez (6); Pena (3), Merrifield. LOB: Omaha 3; Fresno 5. 2B: Ebiner (11), Pena (5), Bocock (6); Susac (6). HR: Orlando (3). RBI: Orlando 2 (28), Merrifield (4); Brown (30). SB: Ciriaco 2 (13).

Omaha

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Mortensen (W, 2-0)6.0 6 2 1 0 3 0.41

Coleman (S, 2)1.0 0 0 0 1 3 2.16

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Berken (L, 7-6)7.0 7 3 3 1 2 4.80

T: 2:10. A: NA.

GAME 2

Storm Chasers 5, Grizzlies 0

Omaha

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Merrifield, LF 4 0 2 0 1 0 .333

Colon, 3B 5 0 1 2 0 0 .286

Giavotella, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .299

Maxwell, CF 4 1 1 1 0 2 .313

Paredes, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .319

Eibner, RF 3 2 1 0 1 1 .230

Bocock, DH 3 2 1 0 1 1 .336

Flores, C 4 0 2 0 0 0 .267

Fields, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 3 .260

Totals 35 5 12 4 3 7 .283

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Ford, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .290

Panik, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .319

Minicozzi, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .348

Susac, DH 3 0 1 0 0 2 .288

Noonan, SS 3 0 1 0 0 1 .251

Dominguez, RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .277

Ciriaco, 3B 2 0 2 0 0 0 .302

Krill, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 .222

Quiroz, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 .260

Totals 24 0 4 0 0 9 .280

Omaha 023 000 0 — 5 12 0

Fresno 000 000 0 — 0 4 2

E: Noonan (5). LOB: Omaha 12, Fresno 3. 2B: Merrifield (2); Ciriaco (8). HR: Maxwell (5). RBI: Colon 2 (29), Maxwewll (16), Fields (35). SB: Merrifield, Ebner (3).

Omaha

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Verdugo (W, 4-1) 6.2 4 0 0 0 9 2.52

Rodriguez 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Totals 7.0 4 0 0 0 9 3.72

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Bochy (L, 2-3) 2.0 4 2 2 2 2 3.03

De Paula 1.0 4 3 3 0 0 5.33

Tobin 2.0 3 0 0 0 1 3.07

Cordier 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 4.34

Totals 7.0 12 5 5 3 7 4.46

T: 2:29. A: 5,991.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 40 29 .580 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 39 30 .565 1

Fresno (Giants) 36 35 .507 5

Tacoma (Mariners) 29 39 .426 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 40 29 .580 —

El Paso (Padres) 32 38 .457 8½

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 31 38 .449 9

Salt Lake (Angels) 28 42 .400 12½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Omaha (Royals) 39 31 .557 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 37 33 .529 2

Iowa (Cubs) 33 33 .500 4

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 28 40 .412 10

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 38 32 .543 —

New Orleans (Marlins) 37 32 .536 ½

Memphis (Cardinals) 33 36 .478 4½

Round Rock (Rangers) 33 36 .478 4½

Saturday

Reno 4 Memphis 3

Tacoma 2 Nashville 1

Salt Lake 12 Colorado Springs 4

Las Vegas 7 Oklahoma City 1

Omaha 3 Fresno 2 (Game 1)

Round Rock 5 El Paso 2

New Orleans 8 Albuquerque 1

Sacramento 9 Iowa 4

Omaha 5 Fresno 0

Today

Reno at Memphis 11:35 a.m.

Tacoma at Nashville 12:05 p.m.

Salt Lake at Colorado Springs 12:35 p.m.

Iowa at Sacramento 1:05 p.m.

Las Vegas at Oklahoma City 4:05 p.m.

New Orleans at Albuquerque 5:05 p.m.

Omaha at Fresno 5:05 p.m.

Round Rock at El Paso 5:05 p.m.

Monday

New Orleans at Albuquerque 11:05 a.m.

Salt Lake at Colorado Springs 11:35 a.m.

Iowa at Sacramento 11:50 a.m.

Reno at Memphis 5:05 p.m.

Tacoma at Nashville 5:05 p.m.

Las Vegas at Oklahoma City 5:05 p.m.

Round Rock at El Paso 6:05 p.m.

 

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