In game 2 of the series against the Reno Aces, Fresno will send Tommy Shirley (2-0, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against fellow left-hander Justin Marks (2-1, 6.61). Shirley is unbeaten in his two starts this season. In his last time up, Shirley fanned four and gave up two hits and one run in 5.2 innings in the Grizzlies’ 8-4 win at Las Vegas on April 20. First pitch is 2:05 p.m.
The teams meet again Monday at 6:35 p.m. before the series culminates with a day game at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday. After that, the Grizzlies will take their first day off of the season on Wednesday. From there, Fresno heads to Tacoma for a four-game series.
Hordes of fans braved the wet weather early Saturday to line up for one of their final chances to remember the Grizzlies’ ties with former parent club San Francisco on World Series Replica Ring giveaway day. But it was the players provided by new affiliate Houston that provided the spark Saturday night. Right-hander Brady Rodgers got the start and delivered six innings of shutout ball, while relievers Richard Rodriguez and Tyson Perez (Hanford High/Fresno City) kept posting zeros on the board as the Grizzlies beat the Aces 7-0 to open the series. In all, Fresno held Reno to eight hits, five of those singles.
Jonathan Villar wasted little time in his first game in a Grizzlies uniform. The Dominican shortstop, who played seven games in the majors to start the season, went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. He also drew a walk and had a steal.
•Tucker on a tear:
Outfielder Preston Tucker opened the scoring with a RBI single to left field in the bottom of the first. He is on quite a run to start the 2015 season, leading the Pacific Coast League in RBIs (21) and home runs (6, tied with Reno’s Peter O’Brien) through 16 games.