Grizzlies Report for 7/12: Tacoma 7, Fresno 2

The Fresno BeeJuly 12, 2014 

Sputtering to the break: Fresno starter Chris Heston allowed a season-worst seven runs in 4⅓ innings, including a three-run homer to Jesus Montero in the first, as the Grizzlies fell 7-2 Saturday at Tacoma. The Grizzlies (46-50) have lost five of their past seven games, with one more to go before the Triple-A All-Star break. Heston had control issues from the start and wound up allowing five hits and five walks. Heston has surrendered 12 runs in his past two starts combined, with his ERA rising in his final start before the break from 3.49 to 4.05.

Prospect watch: Tacoma starter Taijuan Walker, rated the top prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization, gave up a run and three hits in the first inning. But he settled down from there and limited the Grizzlies to one hit and one walk over the next four innings before exiting after the fifth. Walker (3-1, 3.79 ERA), however, registered just one strikeout — a season low during his time in the minors.

Not going to work: Five Grizzlies went hitless, with Nick Noonan, Andrew Susac, Travis Ishikawa and Chris Dominguez each going 0 for 4, and No. 9 hitter Darren Ford finishing 0 for 3.

Scoring activity: Cleanup hitter Adam Duvall drove in the Grizzlies' first run with a soft single to center off Walker in the first. Fresno No. 3 hitter Mark Minicozzi, who went 2 for 3, belted a solo homer off Tacoma reliever Stephen Pryor in the eighth.

Successful non-save situation: Despite trailing by five runs going into the bottom of the eighth, Grizzlies closer Heath Hembree took the mound. He struck out two while tossing a perfect inning. For the season, Hembree is 1-2 with 15 saves and 42 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Up next: The Grizzlies will wrap up the unofficial first half at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Grizzlies RH Mitch Lively (6-4, 5.12) is scheduled to face Rainiers RH Matt Palmer (1-7, 5.12), who was pushed back a day from the originally announced rotation for the series. Lively has won his past two starts and hasn't lost a game since June 18. Palmer has dropped six straight.

Rainiers 7, Grizzlies 2

Fresno

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Brown, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 .272

Noonan, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .237

Minicozzi, DH 3 1 2 1 1 0 .286

Duvall, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 .314

Susac, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 .268

Ishikawa, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .255

Dominguez, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .256

Abreu, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 .275

Ford, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .301

Totals 32 2 5 2 3 3 .274

Tacoma

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Almonte, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .257

Avery, LF 4 2 2 0 0 2 .272

Taylor, SS 1 2 0 0 3 0 .321

Montero, DH 2 2 1 3 2 0 .295

Kelly, 2B 3 1 1 1 1 0 .277

Hicks, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 .333

Noriega, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 2 .313

Bonilla, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .228

Simpson, RF 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000

Totals 28 7 6 6 6 10 .281

Fresno 100 000 010 — 2 5 2

Tacoma 300 040 00x — 7 6 0

E: Heston (3), Dominguez (8). LOB: Fresno 6; Tacoma 4. 2B: Minicozzi (11), Abreu (14); Avery 12. HR: Minicozzi (5); Montero (11). RBI: Duvall (78), Minicozzi (35); Montero 3 (56), Kelly (59), Hicks (2), Noriega (28). SB: Bonilla (4), Avery (25).

Fresno IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Heston (L, 7-5) 4.1 5 7 6 5 6 4.05

Dunning 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 4.99

Runzler 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3.40

Rosario 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Hembree 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3.75

Tacoma IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Walker (W, 3-1) 5.0 4 1 1 1 1 3.79

Snow 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0.98

Pryor 2.0 1 1 1 1 1 4.88

T: 2:45. A: 5,394.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Pacific

North Division

W L Pct GB

Sacramento (A's) 56 40 .583 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 51 46 .526 5½

Tacoma (Mariners) 46 49 .484 9½

Fresno (Giants) 46 51 .474 10½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Las Vegas (Mets) 56 42 .571 —

El Paso (Padres) 46 51 .474 10

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 45 53 .459 11

Salt Lake (Angels) 40 57 .412 16

American

North Division

W L Pct GB

Iowa (Cubs) 51 45 .531 —

Omaha (Royals) 50 45 .526 ½

Okla. City (Astros) 49 49 .500 3

Colo. Springs (Rockies) 42 53 .442 8½

South Division

W L Pct GB

Nashville (Brewers) 51 46 .526 —

New Orleans (Marlins) 48 48 .500 2½

Round Rock (Rangers) 47 47 .500 2½

Memphis (Cardinals) 46 48 .489 3½

Saturday

Iowa 6, Oklahoma City 5, 1st game

Memphis 5, New Orleans 2

Nashville 5, Round Rock 3

Oklahoma City 2, Iowa 1, 2nd game

Tacoma 7, Fresno 2

Omaha 4, Colorado Springs 0, 4 inn., susp., rain

Salt Lake 6, El Paso 5, 10 inn.

Sacramento 4, Reno 3

Albuquerque 6, Las Vegas 5

Sunday

Memphis at New Orleans, 11 a.m.

Oklahoma City at Iowa, 11:05 a.m.

Albuquerque at Las Vegas12:05 p.m.

Omaha at Colorado Springs12:35 p.m.

Reno at Sacramento, 1:05 p.m.

Fresno at Tacoma, 1:35 p.m.

Round Rock at Nashville, 4:35 p.m.

Salt Lake at El Paso, 5:05 p.m.

Monday

All-Star break begins

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