Grizzlies Report for 7/1: Sacramento 5, Fresno 4

The Fresno BeeJuly 1, 2014 

Late night: Fresno built an early lead but helped give it away when Sacramento scored four in the sixth aided by two Grizzlies errors, then the River Cats finished it with three straight one-out singles in the bottom of the ninth of a 5-4 Pacific Coast League walk-off victory Tuesday at Raley Field.

Lucky 7's: The Grizzlies powered their way to a 4-0 lead, with Andrew Susac's homer leading off the second getting it started. In the fourth, Susac singled ahead of Travis Ishikawa's two-run shot. The homers were No. 7 on the season for each player. Susac is looking for a bounceback month, after hitting .203 without a homer in June — a stretch that saw him miss time with a hamstring injury. He hit .291 in April and .302 in May.

Unlucky Kickham: Fresno starter Mike Kickham also was rolling early, taking a three-hitter into the sixth. He got only one out that inning, however, giving up five singles as the Grizzlies' fielding woes extended the frame.

Instant outs: Eric Cordier came on for Kickham with the bases loaded and one out. Three pitches later, the defense flipped the switch and came up with a gem as center fielder Gary Brown made a catch and doubled Sacramento's Anthony Aliotti off third base. Cordier, Dan Runzler and Mason Tobin had combined for three innings of one-hit relief before the River Cats solved Tobin in the ninth.

Up next: Fresno RH Chris Heston (7-3, 3.70 ERA) faces RH Matt Buschmann (5-4, 4.85) as the series continues at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Heston is coming off a rough Friday outing vs. Salt Lake in which he allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings. He had reeled off four straight starts in which he went at least six innings and allowed only one earned run, powering him — despite last week's clunker — to a 3-0 record in June with a 2.32 ERA. Heston was torched for six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in just one inning of work against Sacramento on May 31 — a 12-3 River Cats victory. Buschmann that day struck out nine in seven innings while limiting the Grizzlies to seven hits and three runs (two earned) but has lost 4 of 5 decisions since then.

River Cats 5, Grizzlies 4

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, LF 5 0 0 0 0 2 .268

Ford, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 .319

Belt, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 .533

Susac, C 3 2 2 1 1 0 .275

Ishikawa, RF 3 1 1 2 1 2 .258

Dominguez, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .271

Minicozzi, DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 .284

Noonan, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .245

Santos, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .111

Totals 34 4 7 4 3 9 .277

Sacramento

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Buss, CF 5 1 1 0 0 2 .274

Parrino, SS 5 0 0 0 0 3 .285

Peterson, LF 4 2 3 0 1 0 .266

Barton, 1B 4 1 2 1 1 0 .283

Elmore, 2B 5 1 3 1 0 0 .225

Aliotti, DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 .243

Martinez, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .309

Carrithers, 3B 3 0 1 1 1 1 .259

Exposito, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 .233

Totals 37 5 12 3 4 7 .279

Fresno 010 210 000 — 4 7 2

Sacramento 000 004 001 — 5 12 1

E: Belt (1), Santos (3). LOB: Sacramento 11; Fresno 6. 2B: Santos (1), Belt (3). HR: Susac (7), Ishikawa (7). SB: Elmore (4), Aliotti (1).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Kickham 5.1 8 4 0 1 4 3.46

Cordier 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 3.57

Runzler 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 2.78

Tobin (L. 1-2) 0.1 3 1 1 0 1 4.24

Sacramento

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Lindblom 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 5.86

Healy 2.2 2 1 1 0 4 3.38

Frankoff 1.1 2 3 3 1 1 20.25

O'Flaherty 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 4.32

Smyth 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 2.88

Savery (W, 5-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 2.52

T: 3:11. A: 8,089.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 49 36 .576 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 47 39 .547 2½

Fresno (Giants) 42 44 .488 7½

Tacoma (Mariners) 39 45 .464 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 50 35 .588 —

El Paso (Padres) 40 45 .471 10

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 38 46 .452 11½

Salt Lake (Angels) 34 52 .395 16½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 46 38 .548 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 45 41 .523 2

Omaha (Royals) 44 41 .518 2½

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 36 49 .424 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 45 41 .523 —

New Orleans (Marlins) 44 41 .518 ½

Round Rock (Rangers) 42 41 .506 1½

Memphis (Cardinals) 38 45 .458 5½

Tuesday

Iowa 5, Omaha 3, 1st game

New Orleans 8, Round Rock 7

Iowa 7, Omaha 4, 2nd game

Nashville 8, Memphis 5

Colorado Springs 9, Oklahoma City 7

Reno 3, Tacoma 2

Sacramento 5, Fresno 4

Las Vegas 9, Salt Lake 8

Albuquerque at El Paso, ppd.

Wednesday

Round Rock at New Orleans, 5 p.m.

Omaha at Iowa, 5:05 p.m.

Memphis at Nashville, 5:05 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs, 6:05 p.m.

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

Salt Lake at Las Vegas, 7:05 p.m.

Fresno at Sacramento, 7:05 p.m.

Reno at Tacoma, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday

Round Rock at New Orleans, 5 p.m.

Omaha at Iowa, 5:05 p.m.

Memphis at Nashville, 5:05 p.m.

Albuquerque at El Paso, 5:35 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs, 6:05 p.m.

Reno at Tacoma, 7:05 p.m.

Fresno at Sacramento, 7:05 p.m.

Salt Lake at Las Vegas, 7:05 p.m.

 

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