Grizzlies Report for 6/24: Round Rock 4, Fresno 1

The Fresno BeeJune 24, 2014 

Power stroke prevails: J.P. Arencibia homered twice off Edwin Escobar and the Round Rock Express finished with three home runs to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies 4-1 on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. Arencibia, Round Rock's cleanup hitter, batted 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs. No. 5 batter Jared Hoying provided the Express' third and final homer after taking Grizzlies closer Heath Hembree deep with a two-run shot in the eighth. The Grizzlies (39-41) dropped three of four at Round Rock. Since sporting a 36-32 record and coming within 21/2 games of first place June 12, the Grizzlies have lost nine of their last 12.

Long drought: After getting blanked for the final eight innings during a 5-4 loss Monday, the Grizzlies extended their scoreless streak to 16 innings until they scored in the ninth Tuesday. Mark Minicozzi doubled to drive in Andrew Susac for the lone Grizzlies run. With Adam Duvall at third and Minicozzi at second, the Grizzlies had the tying run at the plate with one out in the ninth. But Nick Noonan struck out looking and Chris Dominguez flied to center to end the game.

Not bad: Though Escobar gave up two home runs, the Grizzlies left-hander pitched pretty well. He tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and scattered seven hits and one walk in seven innings. Escobar ranks fifth in Triple-A with 83 strikeouts.

Donald update: Playing the Grizzlies for the final time this season, former Buchanan High star Jason Donald went 1 for 4 for the Express. Donald is hitting .228 for the season.

Remember him?: Kensuke Tanaka, who a year ago was the Grizzlies' primary starting second baseman, started at designated hitter for the Express and went 1 for 3.

Up next: The Grizzlies have today off before beginning a four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against the Salt Lake Bees at Chukchansi Park. Grizzlies LH Mike Kickham (5-5, 4.07 ERA) is scheduled to face Bees LH Wade LeBlanc (5-2, 4.06). LeBlanc has spent time in the majors during each of the past seven seasons, including one game with the Los Angeles Angels and one with the New York Yankees.

— The Fresno Bee

Express 4, Grizzlies 1

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .266

Abreu, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .289

Susac, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 .270

Duvall, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .297

Ishikawa, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .252

Minicozzi, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .309

Noonan, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 .259

Dominguez, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 .266

Ford, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .316

Totals 34 1 7 1 1 14 .276

Round Rock

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Strausborger, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 .253

Rosales, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 .277

Petersen, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .247

Arencibia, C 4 3 3 2 0 0 .250

Hoying, CF 3 1 2 2 1 1 .259

Donald, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .228

Nicholas, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .256

Wilson, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .234

Tanaka, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 .259

Totals 32 4 9 4 1 10 .253

Fresno 000 000 001 — 1 7 1

Round Rock 000 101 02x — 4 9 0

E: Escobar (1) LOB: Fresno 7; Round Rock 5. 2B: Duvall (10), Minicozzi (7), Strausborger (11). HR: Arencibia (2), Hoying (14).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Escobar (L, 3-7) 7.0 7 2 2 1 8 5.09

Hembree 1.0 2 2 2 0 2 3.94

Round Rock

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Irwin (W, 4-1) 7.0 4 0 0 0 11 2.22

Richmond 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 7.45

Bonilla 0.1 2 1 1 1 1 5.28

Marks 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4.95 Mendez (S, 3)0.1 0 0 0 0 0 3.58

T: 2:41. A: 8,794.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 45 34 .570 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 43 36 .544 2

Fresno (Giants) 39 41 .488 6½

Tacoma (Mariners) 37 41 .474 7½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 46 32 .590 —

El Paso (Padres) 37 43 .463 10

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 35 43 .449 11

Salt Lake (Angels) 32 48 .400 15

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Omaha (Royals) 42 36 .538 —

Iowa (Cubs) 40 36 .526 1

Oklahoma City (Astros) 42 38 .525 1

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 33 45 .423 9

South Division

W L Pct GB

New Orleans (Marlins) 42 37 .532 —

Nashville (Brewers) 40 40 .500 2½

Round Rock (Rangers) 39 40 .494 3

Memphis (Cardinals) 38 40 .487 3½

Tuesday

New Orleans 6, Sacramento 1

Iowa 6, Albuquerque 2

El Paso 8, Omaha 5

Salt Lake 5, Nashville 1

Reno 18, Colorado Springs 4

Round Rock 4, Fresno 1

Tacoma 2, Oklahoma City 0

Las Vegas 10, Memphis 8

Wednesday

No games scheduled

Thursday

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

Iowa at Colorado Springs, 5:05 p.m., 1st game

New Orleans at Nashville, 5:05 p.m.

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

Reno at Albuquerque, 6:05 p.m.

Tacoma at El Paso, 6:05 p.m.

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

Salt Lake at Fresno, 7:05 p.m.

Iowa at Colorado Springs, 7:35 p.m., 2nd game

UPCOMING GRIZZLIES SCHEDULE

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.

 

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