Fresno LH Luis Cruz (0-1, 9.00 ERA) seeks his first start of more than five innings as the Grizzlies close an eight-game road trip with a 5:35 p.m. game at Salt Lake. Cruz has gone five and four innings in two starts against Las Vegas. Batters are hitting .455 with runners in scoring position. Bees RH Drew Rucinski (0-0, 9.00) won a roster spot with the Los Angeles Angels this spring, but was sent down after one rocky start and then gave up three runs in three innings against Sacramento on April 19.
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A four-game series against Reno marks a brief homestand but opens with a big giveway — replica 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series rings to the first 5,000 fans for Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game. Gates open to the general public at 5:35 p.m.
The Grizzlies dropped a one-run game to Salt Lake on an error for the third straight game, losing 1-0. Roger Kieschnick singled in the fifth, moved up on Jon Singleton’s throwing error, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single to left by Alex Yarbrough.