Grizzlies Report for 7/3: Fresno 3, Sacramento 0

July 3, 2014 

Fresno pitcher Mitch Lively throws against Reno in their game at Chukchansi Park Saturday, April 19, 2014.

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Lively deadens Cats' bats: The Fresno Grizzlies, losers of 13 of their previous 19 games, received a lift from Mitch Lively and beat the Sacramento River Cats 3-0 Thursday night in a Pacific Coast League game at Raley Field. Lively, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound right-hander from Susanville, gave up six hits and no runs against the leaders of the Pacific North Division. He struck out five and walked two.

Relievers preserve shutout: Dan Runzler and Erik Cordier finished the blanking for the Grizzlies. Runzler pitched 12/3 hitless innings, striking out two and walking two. Cordier delivered a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, for his first save.

Ishikawa goes yard: Sacramento right-hander Zach Neal gave up four hits in seven innings, striking out eight. But Travis Ishikawa stung him with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Gary Brown had led off the frame with his 14th double.

Susac, Hembree are 'Stars': Fresno designated hitter Andrew Susac and closer Heath Hembree were named to the Cree Triple-A All-Star Game. It will be televised live on MLB Network July 16 in Durham, N.C. Susac, in his first Triple-A season, is hitting .254 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBIs. Hembree, also a Triple-A All-Star in 2012, was leading the PCL in games finished (29) and second in saves (15) entering Thursday. They'll join Grizzlies manager Bob Mariano, who will manage the PCL All-Stars.

Up next: An expected large holiday crowd Friday at Chukchansi Park will catch one of the Giants' top pitching prospects and post-game fireworks as the Grizzlies will open a three-game series against Tacoma at 7:05 p.m. Fresno LH Edwin Escobar (3-7, 5.00) is the Giants' No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America. He'll oppose Tacoma RH Andrew Carraway (3-4, 4.88). Escobar, a 6-1, 185-pounder from Venezuela, is tied for fifth in the PCL in strikeouts with 88 in 951/3 innings, but he hasn't won in his past five starts.

Grizzlies 3, River Cats 0

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 4 1 2 0 0 1 .270

Adrianza, SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333

a-Noonan, PH-SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 .243

Ford, LF 2 0 0 0 2 0 .319

Ishikawa, 1B 3 1 1 2 1 1 .262

Susac, DH 4 0 0 0 0 3 .254

Dominguez, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .266

Abreu, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .280

Quiroz, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .248

Santos, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 .143

Totals 28 3 4 2 4 9 .274

Sacramento

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Buss, CF 3 0 1 0 1 0 .268

Elmore, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .244

Parrino, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 .275

Barton, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 .291

Peterson, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .309

Whitaker, RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 .167

Martinez, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .265

Aliotti, 1B 3 0 2 0 1 0 .256

Exposito, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 .211

Totals 31 0 6 0 4 9 .277

a-Grounded into a double play for Adrianza in the 6th.

Fresno 000 201 000 — 3 4 0

Sacramento 000 000 000 — 0 6 1

E: Exposito (3). LOB: Fresno 3; Sacramento 8. 2B: G. Brown (14). RBI: Ishikawa 2 (30). SB: D. Ford 2 (17); Whitaker. HR: Ishikawa (8).

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Lively (W, 5-4) 6.16 0 0 2 5 5.22

Runzler (H, 8) 1.20 0 0 2 2 2.65

Cordier (S, 1) 1.00 0 0 0 2 3.47

Sacramento

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Neal (L, 2-3) 7.04 3 2 2 8 4.68

House 2.00 0 0 2 1 0.00

T: 2:53. A: 15,234.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (A's) 50 37 .575 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 48 40 .545 3

Fresno (Giants) 43 45 .489 7½

Tacoma (Mariners) 40 46 .465 10

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 50 36 .581 —

El Paso (Padres) 42 46 .477 9

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 39 48 .448 11½

Salt Lake (Angels) 35 52 .402 15½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 47 39 .547 —

Omaha (Royals) 45 42 .517 2½

Okla. City (Astros) 45 43 .511 3

Colo. Springs (Rockies) 38 49 .437 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 46 42 .523 —

Round Rock (Rangers) 44 41 .518 ½

New Orleans (Marlins) 44 43 .506 1½

Memphis (Cardinals) 39 46 .459 5½

Thursday

Round Rock 9, New Orleans 7

Omaha 4, Iowa 3

Memphis 7, Nashville 5

El Paso 7, Albuquerque 6

Colorado Springs 6, Oklahoma City 2

Tacoma 5, Reno 1

Fresno 3, Sacramento 0

Las Vegas 9, Salt Lake 8

Friday

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

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

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

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

Colorado Springs at Omaha, 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.

Saturday

Las Vegas at Albuquerque, 11:05 a.m., 1st game

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

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas at Albuquerque , 6:05 p.m., 2nd game

Sacramento at Reno, 7:05 p.m.

Tacoma at Fresno, 7:05 p.m.

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