Grizzlies Report for 7/5: Fresno 5, Tacoma 1

The Fresno BeeJuly 5, 2014 

Power stroke continues: Darren Ford and Andrew Susac each homered in the first inning to lead Fresno to a 5-1 victory against Tacoma in a Pacific Coast League game Saturday before an announced crowd of 6,743 at Chukchansi Park. The previous night, the Grizzlies and Rainiers each clubbed three home runs. Fresno starter Jose De Paula limited Tacoma to one run on three hits and a walk in five innings for the victory. The Grizzlies moved to 30-18 when they score first.

Staying hot: A night after a 4-for-4 day at the plate, Susac — the Grizzlies catcher — connected for a fifth straight hit when he cranked his solo shot in the first. He finished 1 for 2 with a pair of walks.

Berken back: Grizzlies pitcher Jason Berken was activated from the disabled list and came out of the bullpen for the second time this season while getting eased back into the rotation. Berken threw three shutout innings during which he struck out four and allowed just one hit. Berken had been on the DL since June 19 with a bone bruise to his left knee.

Impact at last: It took Grizzlies outfielder Brett Krill 18 games in Triple-A, but the former UCLA player finally recorded an extra-base hit and drove in a run. Krill tripled to center to bring in two runs in the fourth inning, pushing the Grizzlies to a 5-0 advantage. Krill has been limited to spot starts since joining the Grizzlies from Class-A San Jose on May 31.

Hits for all, almost: Every Grizzlies starter got a hit except cleanup hitter Travis Ishikawa, who finished 0 for 4. DH Mark Minicozzi was the lone man with multiple hits, going 2 for 4.

Up next: The series wraps up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday with Grizzlies LH Mike Kickham (6-5, 3.46 ERA) scheduled to face Rainiers RH Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.54). The 24-year-old Ramirez has spent the bulk of the past three seasons with the Seattle Mariners, throwing 1841/3 innings in the majors with a 4.35 ERA. Kickham has not dropped a decision since May 20 to the Las Vegas 51s. Sacramento, the PCL's Pacific Northern Division leader and Oakland A's affiliate, is in for four starting Monday.

Grizzlies 5, Rainiers 1

Tacoma

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Almonte, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250

Taylor, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 .325

Franklin, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .298

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

Montero, DH 4 0 2 0 0 1 .288

Romero, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .200

Choi, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .268

Bonilla, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 0 .321

Quintero, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 .282

Totals 32 1 4 0 2 6 .278

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .269

Adrianza, 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .286

Ford, LF 4 1 1 2 0 0 .315

Ishikawa, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 .261

Susac, C 2 1 1 1 2 0 .272

Minicozzi, DH 4 1 2 0 0 1 .282

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

Noonan, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 .243

Krill, RF 3 0 1 2 0 0 .275

Totals 31 5 9 5 4 7 .274

Tacoma 000 010 000 — 1 4 1

Fresno 300 200 00x — 5 9 2

E: Taylor, C (11); Noonan (8), Adrianza (2). LOB: Tacoma 7; Fresno 6. 2B: Quintero (11), Franklin (13); Noonan (9), Minicozzi (10). HR: Ford (3), Susac (8).

Tacoma

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Gillheeney (L, 3-7) 5.0 7 5 5 1 6 5.83

Snow 2.0 1 0 0 2 0 0.75

Luetge 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 1.38

Fresno

IP H R ER BB SO ERA

De Paula (W, 2-3) 5.0 3 1 1 1 1 4.46

Berken 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 4.63

Hembree 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3.93

T: 2:48. A: 6,743.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (Athletics) 51 38 .573 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 49 41 .544 2½

Fresno (Giants) 44 46 .489 7½

Tacoma (Mariners) 41 47 .466 9½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 51 38 .573 —

El Paso (Padres) 43 47 .478 8½

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 41 48 .461 10

Salt Lake (Angels) 36 54 .400 15½

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 47 41 .534 —

Oklahoma City (Astros) 47 43 .522 1

Omaha (Royals) 45 44 .506 2½

Colorado Springs (Rockies) 40 49 .449 7½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 47 43 .522 —

Round Rock (Rangers) 45 42 .517 ½

New Orleans (Marlins) 44 45 .494 2½

Memphis (Cardinals) 41 46 .471 4½

Saturday

Albuquerque 11, Las Vegas 3, 1st game

Memphis 6, New Orleans 3

Colorado Springs 5, Omaha 2

Round Rock 4, Nashville 3

Oklahoma City 3, Iowa 2

Salt Lake 5, El Paso 3

Fresno 5, Tacoma 1

Las Vegas 6,Albuquerque 3

Reno 12, Sacramento 4

Sunday

Colorado Springs at Omaha, 12:05 p.m.

El Paso at Salt Lake, 12:05 p.m.

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

Iowa at Oklahoma City, 4:05 p.m.

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

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

Sacramento at Reno, 6:05 p.m.

Tacoma at Fresno, 6:05 p.m.

Monday

Iowa at Omaha, 5:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Round Rock, 5:05 p.m.

Nashville at Memphis, 5:05 p.m.

New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 5:05 p.m.

Tacoma at Salt Lake, 6:05 p.m.

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

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

Sacramento at Fresno, 7:05 p.m.

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