Wednesday recap – Grizzlies starter Michael Feliz took a no-hitter into the fifth and Jon Kemmer launched a two-run homer as Fresno beat Salt Lake 3-2 in front of 3,009 fans at Chukchansi Park. Feliz retired his first eight batters in order before walking Quintin Berry in the third, and Juan Graterol broke the no-hit bid in the fifth with a two-out line-drive single. Kemmer homered in the fourth, pushing the Grizzlies’ lead to three. The Bees cut the deficit on Berry’s two-run double in the next frame but were silenced thereafter, getting just one hit against the Grizzlies’ bullpen. RH Juan Minaya pitched two shutout innings in relief, giving up only a one-out triple in the seventh. Minaya and Cesar Valdez got holds and James Hoyt picked up his fourth save.
Errant infield – The Bees made a pair of miscues in the infield, the first of which gave the Grizzlies the lead. With runners in scoring position in the bottom of the third, Eury Perez hit a soft grounder that first baseman Jefry Marte charged and missed on the bare-handed attempt. Roberto Peña scored on the error for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, A.J. Reed reached when Bees’ third baseman Kyle Kubitza missed an infield chopper that bounced on the dirt.
Slow offense – The Grizzlies produced only three hits – their lowest in a game so far. They had four against Las Vegas in a 3-0 loss April 17. It was a slow day for both sides, with the Bees and Grizzlies combining for just six hits, the lowest combined total for a Grizzlies game this season.
Streaks snapped – With one on and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Kemmer ended Salt Lake starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ perfect start to the season against left-handed batters with a two-run homer to left field. Skaggs, who entered Wednesday holding lefties 0 for 7 with five strikeouts, bounced back with a strikeout to lefty Andrew Aplin before he was relieved for RH Ramon Ramirez. On the Grizzlies’ side, Danny Worth hit 0 for 4 ending his team-high hit streak at 10 games. The current leaders are Kemmer and Pena, who are tied at two each.
Up next – The Grizzlies will go for the series clinch in the third of four games against the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. Thursday with Fresno RH Brad Peacock (0-0, 1.80 ERA) scheduled to face Salt Lake LH Chris Jones (0-0, 2.25). Jones went four innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out five in a no-decision against the Grizzlies on April 11 (Fresno won 5-2). Peacock, who has bounced between Triple-A and the pros the past three seasons, is coming off a five-inning shutout start against the Las Vegas 51s on April 15. He gave up just one hit, walked four and struck out six in a no-decision.