Grizzlies Report for 7/2: Sacramento 3, Fresno 2 in 15 innings

The Fresno BeeJuly 2, 2014 

Finally, in 15: Daric Barton's double in the 15th inning capped a two-run Sacramento rally as the River Cats outlasted Fresno 3-2 in a Pacific Coast League game Wednesday night. It was the second straight walk-off win for Sacramento in the series. Each team scored in the fourth, but then not again till the 15th, when the Grizzlies went ahead 2-1 on Gary Brown's two-out single only to see it slip away in the bottom half.

Victimized: Fresno closer Heath Hembree -- who had saved five games in each of the first three months of the season to rank among the PCL leaders and blown just one opportunity -- was entrusted with protecting the late lead. But after an opening strikeout, Hembree gave up a double to Luis Exposito. Nick Buss walked and Andy Parrino struck out ahead of Shane Peterson's two-out RBI single that tied it 2-2. Barton got ahead 2-0 before doubling to left to drive in Buss from second.

Strong starts: Grizzlies RH Chris Heston pitched eight innings, allowing a run on five hits while walking none and striking out three. River Cats RH Matt Buschmann allowed five hits in seven innings.

Punchy: Sacramento pitchers totaled 18 strikeouts, including three by RH Philip Humber in the 14th. It was a wild up-and-down three-inning game-closing stint for Humber (3-4), who had two on and two out in the 13th before getting Brett Krill to fly out. After striking out the side in the 14th, he issued a leadoff walk in the 15th and following a sacrifice and a passed ball yielded Brown's go-ahead single. Brown stole second ahead of a walk to Nick Noonan, and both runners moved up on a double steal. Humber again got Krill, this time on a grounder to short, to keep it close and set up the River Cats' final heroics. Humber, who has pitched 24 times in relief and made one start for Sacramento, finished with 55 pitches.

Tit for tat: Fresno had gone ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning on Andrew Susac's sacrifice fly, scoring Ehire Adrianza. Sacramento answered in the bottom half on Parrino's solo homer, his sixth of the season.

Additions: Adrianza, a reserve middle infielder for major league parent club San Francisco, was sent to Fresno on a rehab assignment for a hamstring strain. The Grizzlies also added RH reliever Andrew Carignan from Double-A Richmond. Carignan was 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games.

Bye, Belt: San Francisco 1B Brandon Belt went 2 for 4 before exiting, likely ending his rehab assignment with Fresno. Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Wednesday that Belt would be activated ahead of the major league team's series this weekend in San Diego. Friday would mark eight weeks since Belt fractured his left thumb when hit by a ball thrown by Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm. He had hit nine homers in 129 major league at-bats to that point, posting a .264/.317/.504 triple-slash line. Belt was 3 for 6 with a homer in two games with Class-A San Jose and was 10 for 19 with two homers in five games with the Grizzlies.

Up next: Grizzlies RH Mitch Lively (4-4, 5.67 ERA) will get the start as the series with Sacramento concludes at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. A starter for the River Cats remained to be determined. Fresno returns home for the holiday weekend to launch a seven-game stay, hosting Tacoma for three and Sacramento for four. Postgame fireworks are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

River Cats 3, Fresno 2, 15 innings

Fresno AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG

Gary Brown CF 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267

Ehire Adrianza 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500

a-Nick Noonan PH-2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .245

Brandon Belt 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .526

Brett Krill RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .185

Andrew Susac C 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .261

Travis Ishikawa RF-1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .260

Chris Dominguez SS 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .269

Mark Minicozzi DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .283

1- Adalberto Santos PR-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .091

Tony Abreu 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .285

Darren Ford LF 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .323

Totals 51 2 12 0 0 0 2 4 18 .275

a-Struck out for Adrianza in the 6th.

1-Ran for Minicozzi in the 10th.

Sacramento AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG

Nick Buss CF 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .268

Andy Parrino SS 7 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .277

Shane Peterson LF 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .313

Daric Barton 1B 7 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .290

Jake Elmore 2B 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .256

Alden Carrithers 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .308

Josh Whitaker RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .100

a- Anthony Aliotti PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241

Colin Walsh DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .302

Ryan Ortiz C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239

Luis Exposito C 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .250

Totals 52 3 10 3 0 1 3 5 11 .278

a-Flied out for Whitaker in the 14th.

Fresno 000 100 000 000 001 -- 2 12 0

Sacramento 000 100 000 000 002 -- 3 10 0

Two outs when winning run scored.

DP: Fresno 2, Sacramento 1. LOB: Fresno 10, Sacramento 11. 2B: Carrithers (8), Exposito (1), Barton (11). HR: Parrino (6). SB: Ford 2 (15), Brown 2 (16), Noonan (3), Carrithers (11), Elmore (5).

Fresno IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Chris Heston 8.0 5 1 1 0 3 1 3.49

Jake Dunning 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 5.40

Adam Reifer 2.0 0 0 0 2 4 0 4.25

George Kontos 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.91

Heath Hembree (BS, 2)(L, 1-2) 0.2 3 2 2 1 2 0 4.05

Totals 14.2 10 3 3 5 11 1 4.32

Sacramento IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Matt Buschmann 7.0 5 1 1 1 7 0 4.48

Fernando Rodriguez 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.28

Evan Scribner 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.48

Jeremy McBryde 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2.97

Philip Humber (W, 3-4) 3.0 2 1 1 3 3 0 3.74

Totals 15.0 12 2 2 4 18 0 4.63

WP: Heston, Dunning. IBB: Walsh (by Dunning), Walsh (by Reifer).

T: 4:50. Att: 6,681.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (A's) 50 36 .581 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 48 39 .552 2½

Fresno (Giants) 42 45 .483 8½

Tacoma (Mariners) 39 46 .459 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 50 36 .581 —

El Paso (Padres) 41 46 .471 10

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 39 47 .453 11½

Salt Lake (Angels) 35 52 .402 15½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 47 38 .553 —

Okla. City (Astros) 45 42 .517 3

Omaha (Royals) 44 42 .512 3½

Colo. Springs (Rockies) 37 49 .430 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 46 41 .529 —

New Orleans (Marlins) 44 42 .512 1½

Round Rock (Rangers) 43 41 .512 1½

Memphis (Cardinals) 38 46 .452 6½

Wednesday

Albuquerque 5, El Paso 4 (Game 1)

Round Rock 4, New Orleans 2

Nashville 5, Memphis 0

Iowa 4, Omaha 3

Colorado Springs 7, Oklahoma City 5

El Paso 9, Albuquerque 5 (Game 2)

Salt Lake 10, Las Vegas 9

Reno 7, Tacoma 0

Sacramento 3, Fresno 2, 15 innings

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.

Okla. City at Colo. Springs, 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.

Friday

New Orleans at Memphis, 4:05 p.m.

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

Las Vegas at Albuquerque, 5:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Omaha, 5:05 p.m.

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

El Paso at Salt Lake, 5:35 p.m.

Sacramento at Reno, 6:35 p.m.

Tacoma at Fresno, 7:05 p.m.

UPCOMING GRIZZLIES SCHEDULE

July

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 1:35 p.m.

18 vs. El Paso 1:35 p.m.

19 vs. El Paso 1:35 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.

25 at El Paso 6:05 p.m.

26 at El Paso 6:05 p.m.

27 at El Paso 5:05 p.m.

28 at El Paso 6:05 p.m.

29 vs. Reno 7:05 p.m.

30 vs. Reno 7:05 p.m.

31 vs. Reno 7:05 p.m.

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