Grizzlies Report for 6/20: Fresno 7, New Orleans 3

The Fresno BeeJune 20, 2014 

Late rally: Fresno churned out six hits in the eighth inning while pushing across four runs and pulled out a 7-3 win at New Orleans in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night. Grizzlies No. 2 hitter Joe Panik got the rally going with a single and steal off New Orleans reliever Jesus Sanchez (0-4), charged with all of the runs in the inning. Grizzlies left-hander Mike Kickham added to his strong numbers on the road this season, holding the Zephyrs to two runs on two hits in six innings with eight strikeouts. Kickham had retired the first 11 batters he faced until allowing a single to Mark Canha in the fourth. With the offense stalled until the late innings, Kickham didn't factor into the decision but kept his road ERA at 2.98. The Grizzlies finished 2-2 in their lone series vs. the Zephyrs this season.

Lots of strikeouts: The Grizzlies struck out a season-worst 16 times. And it began from the get-go, when New Orleans starter Alex Sanabia fanned seven in the first two innings. Sanabia struck out three in the first, then four more in the second, with the inning extended by a wild pitch. Kickham struck out swinging for what should have been the final out of the second but reached on the errant pitch. Leadoff hitter Gary Brown, however, also went down swinging to end the inning. Sanabia fanned 11 in six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and didn't issue a walk.

Who would've thought: Fresno finished with three streals — Brown, Panik and outfielder Chris Dominguez all swiping one. The Grizzlies have a lot of speed at the top of the order with Brown, Panik and sometimes Darren Ford up high in the lineup, but it actually is the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Dominguez who leads the club with 14 steals.

Up next: The Grizzlies stay on the road to begin a four-game series with Round Rock, starting at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Texas. Grizzlies RH Brett Bochy (2-3, 3.03 ERA) was scheduled to face Express LH Ryan Feierabend (7-5, 4.25). Bochy is coming off his first career start last week, when he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while lasting just two innings.

Grizzlies 7, Zephyrs 3

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 5 1 2 0 0 2 .269

Panik, 2B 5 1 3 0 0 0 .321

Minicozzi, 1B 5 1 1 0 0 3 .324

Hembree, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Duvall, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 .296

Susac, C 5 0 0 0 0 4 .262

Noonan, SS 5 1 2 2 0 2 .256

Dominguez, RF 5 1 1 1 0 2 .267

IIshikawa, LF-1B 4 1 2 2 0 1 .264

Kickham, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167

Ford, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .322

Kontos, P 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500

Krill, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182

Totals 42 7 14 5 1 16 .278

New Orleans

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Angle, CF 3 0 1 0 0 2 .216

Solano, SS4  0 0 1 0 0 .000

Canha, LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 .293

Dietrich, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 .340

Jensen, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .288

Rodriguez, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 .281

Benson, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Skipworth, C 2 2 1 1 1 0 .210

Sanabia, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .143

Valdespin, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 .271

Dayton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Cox, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .294

Sanchez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Olmos, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Brantly, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .273

Totals 31 3 5 3 3 10 .268

Fresno100 100 041 — 7 14 1

New Orleans 000 002 001 — 3 5 1

E: Noonan (6), Rodriguez (8). LOB: Fresno 9, New Orleans 6. 2B: Panik (14), Noonan (6), Kontos (1). HR: Ishikawa (5), Skipworth (7). SB: Brown (9), Panik (3), Dominguez (14). CS: Ford (5), Benson (1).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Kickham 6.0 2 2 2 1 8 4.07

Kontos (W, 1-2) 2.0 2 0 0 2 1 3.38

Hembree 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 3.58

New Orleans

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Sanabia 6.0 5 2 1 0 11 5.23

Dayton 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 3.57

Sanchez (L, 0-4) 0.2 4 4 4 0 2 7.39

Olmos 1.1 4 1 1 1 2 4.38

WP: Sanabia, Sanchez. HBP: by Kickham (Skipworth).

T: 3:21. A: 10,363.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 43 32 .573 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 41 34 .547 2

Fresno (Giants) 38 38 .500 5½

Tacoma (Mariners) 33 41 .446 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 44 31 .587 —

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 34 40 .459 9½

El Paso (Padres) 34 42 .447 10½

Salt Lake (Angels) 30 46 .395 14½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Omaha (Royals) 41 33 .554 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 42 34 .547 —

Iowa (Cubs) 37 35 .514 3

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 31 43 .419 10

South Division

W L Pct GB

New Orleans (Marlins) 40 35 .533 —

Nashville (Brewers) 38 38 .500 2½

Memphis (Cardinals) 37 38 .493 3

Round Rock (Rangers) 36 39 .480 4

Friday

Fresno 7, New Orleans 3

Sacramento, 7 Round Rock 5

Iowa 8, El Paso 3

Albuquerque at Omaha canceled, rain

Memphis 13, Salt Lake 4

Las Vegas 5, Nashville 4

Oklahoma City 12, Reno 8

Colorado Springs 11, Tacoma 4

Saturday

Sacramento at New Orleans, 4 p.m.

Albuquerque at Iowa, 5:05 p.m.

El Paso at Omaha, 5:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Tacoma, 5:05 p.m.

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

Nashville at Salt Lake, 6:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Reno, 7:05 p.m.

Memphis at Las Vegas, 7:05 p.m.

 

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