Grizzlies report for 7/4: Tacoma 11, Fresno 7

The Fresno BeeJuly 4, 2014 

In-game, postgame pyrotechnic: While many of Chukchansi Park's announced crowd of 11,988 showed up Friday night for the postgame Fourth of July fireworks show, Fresno and Tacoma provided some explosives of their own by combining for six home runs. Stefen Romero blasted two and Jesus Montero also homered to lift Tacoma to an 11-7 Pacific Coast League win. The Grizzlies didn't lose for lack of power as Gary Brown, Ehire Adrianza and Chris Dominguez all went yard. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, starter Edwin Escobar had his worst outing, roughed up for nine runs (six earned).

Still out: Grizzlies 2B Ehire Adrianza failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the fourth. But he still managed to knock down the Nick Franklin liner, then corral the ball in time to throw out Franklin at second to end the inning.

Rebuilt infield: Chukchansi Park on Thursday hosted a Mexican soccer exhibition between Club America and Monarcas Morelia as well as a regular-season Fresno Fuego match — with the infield fully covered in grass. That left it to the downtown stadium's field crew to work late into the night to return the baseball field to normal. David Jacinto, the head groundskeeper, spent five hours Thursday rebuilding the pitcher's and visitors' bullpen mounds. Then he worked on the mounds for a couple of more hours Friday afternoon. In addition, the sod that covered the infield for the soccer matches was removed. The stadium usually has the soccer field run along the outfield for Fuego games. But since it was two high-level Mexican clubs facing off rather than Fresno's semi-pro team, stadium officials chose to have the soccer field run along the infield to provide a larger pitch.

(Ex-)prospects watch: Justin Smoak and Montero, highly touted up-and-comers as recently as 2012, batted No. 3 and 4 for the Rainiers. Montero finished 5 for 5 with six RBIs. Smoak went 1 for 4.

Duvall nears return: PCL home run leader Adam Duvall is expected to return to the Grizzlies lineup by Sunday. Duvall was hitting .297 with 23 homers when he was called up by parent club San Francisco on June 25. He homered in his first major league game but went just 3 for 18 overall.

Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday with Grizzlies LH Jose De Paula (1-3, 4.86 ERA) scheduled to face Rainiers LH James Gillheeney (3-6, 5.58).

Rainiers 11, Grizzlies 7

Tacoma

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Taylor, SS 6 3 2 1 0 0 .325

Franklin, 2B 2 1 0 0 2 0 .298

Smoak, 1B 4 2 1 0 1 0 .208

Montero, DH 5 2 5 6 0 0 .288

Romero, RF 5 2 2 4 0 1 .200

Kelly, LF 5 0 3 0 0 0 .268

Noriega, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 3 .321

Quintero, C 5 1 2 0 0 0 .282

Almonte, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 .250

Totals 42 11 17 11 3 5 .278

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF5  1 1 1 0 1 .269

Adrianza, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 .286

Santos, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 .133

Ford, LF 5 1 1 0 0 2 .315

Ishikawa, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .261

Susac, C 4 2 4 1 0 0 .272

Minicozzi, DH 4 1 1 1 0 0 .282

Dominguez, RF 4 1 1 2 0 0 .266

Noonan, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 .243

Abreu, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .275

Totals 39 7 11 7 0 5 .274

Tacoma 330 031 010 — 11 17 1

Fresno 200 202 100 — 7 11 2

E: Noriega (11); Abreu (6), Adrianza. LOB: Tacoma 8; Fresno 5. 2B: Quintero (10), Montero (17); Ford (7), Susac (9), Minicozzi (9). HR: Romero 2 (2), Montero (9); G. Brown (7), C. Dominguez (11), Adrianza. RBI: Romero 4 (4), Taylor (32), Montero 6 (46); Brown (38), Dominguez 2 (49), Minicozzi (32), Noonan (17), Adrianza.

Tacoma

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Carraway (W, 4-4) 6.0 8 6 6 0 2 5.18

Kensing 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 1.83

Coffey 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1.38

Pryor 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 5.11

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Escobar (L, 3-8) 4.2 10 9 6 1 2 5.31

Carignan 2.1 4 1 1 1 1 3.86

Bucardo 1.0 3 1 1 1 2 7.20

Rosario1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

T: 2:59. A: 11,988.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (A's) 51 37 .580 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 48 41 .539 3½

Fresno (Giants) 43 46 .483 8½

Tacoma (Mariners) 41 46 .471 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 51 37 .580 —

El Paso (Padres) 43 46 .483 8½

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 40 48 .455 11

Salt Lake (Angels)3 5 54 .393 16½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 47 40 .540 —

Okla. City (Astros) 46 43 .517 2

Omaha (Royals) 45 43 .511 2½

Colo. Springs (Rockies) 39 49 .443 8½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 47 42 .528 —

Round Rock (Rangers) 44 42 .512 1½

New Orleans (Marlins) 44 44 .500 2½

Memphis (Cardinals) 40 46 .465 5½

Friday

Memphis 3, New Orleans 2

Albuquerque 7, Las Vegas 6

Colorado Springs 6, Omaha 1

Nashville 4, Round Rock 0

Oklahoma City 4, Iowa 3

El Paso 5, Salt Lake 1

Sacramento 6, Reno 4

Tacoma 11, Fresno 7

Saturday

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

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

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

Nashville at Round Rock, 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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