Grizzlies Report 6/22: Round Rock 2, Fresno 1

The Fresno BeeJune 22, 2014 

Win streak ended: Dan Runzler gave up a walk-off single to Brett Nicholas in the ninth as the Fresno Grizzlies lost 2-1 to the Round Rock Express on Sunday at Dell Diamond and snapped a nine-game win streak against the Texas Rangers' Triple-A club. Runzler has recorded all three of his losses during his past four outings after starting the season 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA. The Grizzlies (39-39) moved to 8-14 in one-run games.

All for naught: Grizzlies starting pitcher Chris Heston had another strong outing, lasting seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts and giving up just one run for the fourth straight start. Heston's lone costly mistake came in the second after serving up a 1-0 pitch home run to former major league slugger Carlos Pena. It was the first homer Heston had allowed during his four most recent starts. Heston, who did not factor into the decision, is 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA, 10th in the Pacific Coast League.

Only run: Pinch-hitter Gary Brown provided the Grizzlies' lone run when he came to bat to start the eighth and homered off Round Rock reliever Daniel McCutchen to tie the game at 1-1. It was Brown's fifth homer. The leadoff hitter is batting .272 with a .322 on-base percentage this season.

Keeping it going: Grizzlies shortstop Nick Noonan extended his hitting streak to eight games, batting 2 for 4 with two doubles. Noonan, however, failed to deliver in the ninth when the go-ahead run stood at third. Instead, Noonan struck out looking at a Michael Kirkman pitch to end the inning. The lefty Kirkman entered the game with a 7.99 ERA. Fresno batters combined to go 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Up next: The series continues at 5:05 p.m. Monday with Grizzlies RH Mitch Lively (4-4, 6.02 ERA) scheduled to face Express RH Justin Germano (2-7, 3.87). Germano has played in the majors for brief stretches in each of the past eight seasons, including two games with the Texas Rangers this year.

Express 2, Grizzlies 1

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Ford, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .322

Abreu, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .298

Susac, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 .275

Duvall, 1B-3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 .296

Ishikawa, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .260

Dominguez, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .270

Noonan, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 .255

Quiroz, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .310

Krill, RF 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143

Brown, PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 .270

Totals 32 1 6 1 2 7 .278

Round Rock

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Tanaka, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .258

Rosales, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .281

Petersen, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .256

Pena, DH 3 1 2 1 1 0 .353

Arencibia, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 .250

Hoying, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 .246

Donald, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .230

Nicholas, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .261

Strausborger, LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 .250

Totals 31 2 7 2 3 10 .253

Fresno 000 000 010 — 1 6 0

Round Rock 010 000 001 — 2 7 0

LOB: Fresno 6; Round Rock 8. 2B: Susac (8), Noonan (8). HR: Brown (5); Pena (1).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Heston 7.0 5 1 1 2 9 3.49

Runzler (L, 1-3) 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 1.89

Round Rock

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Ross 4.0 1 0 0 2 2 0.00

McCutchen 4.2 5 1 1 0 4 3.62

Kirkman (W, 1-4) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 7.88

T: 2:54. A: 8,085.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 44 33 .571 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 42 34 .553 1½

Fresno (Giants) 39 39 .500 5½

Tacoma (Mariners) 35 41 .461 8½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 45 32 .584 —

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 35 41 .461 9½

El Paso (Padres) 35 42 .455 10

Salt Lake (Angels) 31 47 .397 14½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Omaha (Royals) 41 34 .547 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 42 35 .545 —

Iowa (Cubs) 38 36 .514 2½

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 31 44 .413 10

South Division

W L Pct GB

New Orleans (Marlins) 41 36 .532 —

Nashville (Brewers) 39 39 .500 2½

Memphis (Cardinals) 38 39 .494 3

Round Rock (Rangers) 36 40 .474 4½

Sunday

Sacramento 4 New Orleans 3

Iowa 7 Albuquerque 6

Salt Lake 4 Nashville 1

Memphis 7 Las Vegas 5

Tacoma 4 Oklahoma City 3

Round Rock 2 Fresno 1

Omaha 7 El Paso 6

Colorado Springs 9 Reno 5

Monday

Albuquerque at Iowa 10:05 a.m.

Sacramento at New Orleans 5 p.m.

Fresno at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

El Paso at Omaha 5:05 p.m.

Nashville at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.

Memphis at Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Reno 7:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday

El Paso at Omaha 10:05 a.m.

Albuquerque at Iowa 10:05 a.m.

Sacramento at New Orleans 11 a.m.

Nashville at Salt Lake 11:05 a.m.

Colorado Springs at Reno 1:05 p.m.

Fresno at Round Rock 5:05 p.m.

Memphis at Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.

 

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