Grizzlies Report 6/16: Fresno heads to New Orleans

The Fresno BeeJune 16, 2014 

Taking a break: The Fresno Grizzlies had Monday off as they traveled to New Orleans, where they open an eight-game road trip Tuesday against the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division co-leading Zephyrs. After four games in New Orleans, the Grizzlies visit Round Rock (Texas).

Dead even: Just past the halfway point of the PCL season, Fresno sits 36-36 in the Pacific Northern Division. The Grizzlies, losers of four straight, trail first-place Sacramento by 5 1/2 games and second-place Reno by four games.

Statistically speaking, hitters: Grizzlies third baseman Adam Duvall leads the PCL with 21 home runs (three more than Round Rock's Brad Snyder) and 62 RBIs (one more than Sacramento's Nate Freiman). Fresno second baseman Joe Panik, meanwhile, leads in hits with 87, is second with 48 runs and 12th with a .314 batting average.

Statistically speaking, pitchers: Grizzlies right-hander Jason Berken shares the PCL lead with seven wins. Right-handed closer Heath Hembree is third with 12 saves and left-handed starter Edwin Escobar is fifth with 69 strikeouts.

Welcome back: Right-handed reliever George Kontos was optioned back to Fresno on Monday as the parent San Francisco Giants made room to activate right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla from the disabled list. Kontos went 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 2/3 innings with the Giants. He was 0-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Fresno, last appearing for the Grizzlies on May 20 when he worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Las Vegas.

A night at the Chuk: The lineup of promotions for the Grizzlies' return to Chukchansi Park next week to host Salt Lake: June 26, performance by the Drag Kings; June 27, Friday night fireworks; June 28, Tim Lincecum Farm Grown Bobblehead night; and June 29, kids run the bases postgame.

Up next: Fresno will send RH Chris Heston (5-2, 3.67 ERA) to the bump against a TBA New Orleans starter in the 5 p.m. opener of a four-game series at Zephyrs Field.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 41 30 .577 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 40 31 .563 1½

Fresno (Giants) 36 36 .500 5½

Tacoma (Mariners) 31 39 .443 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 40 31 .563 —

El Paso (Padres) 33 38 .465 7

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 32 39 .451 8

Salt Lake (Angels) 29 43 .403 11½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Omaha (Royals) 40 31 .563 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 39 33 .542 1½

Iowa (Cubs) 34 34 .500 4½

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 29 41 .414 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

New Orleans (Marlins) 38 33 .535 —

Nashville (Brewers) 38 34 .528 ½

Memphis (Cardinals) 34 37 .479 4

Round Rock (Rangers) 33 37 .471 4½

Monday

Albuquerque 11 New Orleans 1

Salt Lake 7 Colorado Springs 5

Sacramento 5 Iowa 1

Tacoma 9 Nashville 0

Oklahoma City 5 Las Vegas 1

Reno 3 Memphis 1

Tuesday

Fresno at New Orleans 5 p.m.

Sacramento at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

El Paso at Iowa 5:05 p.m.

Albuquerque at Omaha 5:05 p.m.

Memphis at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.

Nashville at Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Reno 7:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday

Albuquerque at Omaha 10:05 a.m.

Fresno at New Orleans 5 p.m.

El Paso at Iowa 5:05 p.m.

Sacramento at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

Memphis at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.

Nashville at Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Reno 7:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

UPCOMING GRIZZLIES SCHEDULE

Thursday: at New Orleans 5 p.m.

Friday: at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

Saturday: at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

June 23: at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

June 24: at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

26 vs. Salt Lake 7:05 p.m.

27 vs. Salt Lake 7:05 p.m.

28 vs. Salt Lake 7:05 p.m.

29 vs. Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.

30 at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

JULY

1 at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

2 at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

3 at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

4 vs. Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

5 vs. Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

6 vs. Tacoma 6:05 p.m.

7 vs. Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

8 vs. Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

9 vs. Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

10 vs. Sacramento 7:05 p.m.

11 at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

12 at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

13 at Tacoma 1:35 p.m.

17 vs. El Paso 7:05 p.m.

18 vs. El Paso 7:05 p.m.

19 vs. El Paso 7:05 p.m.

20 vs. El Paso 6:05 p.m.

21 at Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.

22 at Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.

23 at Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.

24 at Albuquerque 11:05 a.m.

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