Sloppy finale – In their final game of an eight-game home stand Friday, the Fresno Grizzlies committed a season-worst four errors to fall 8-1 to the Salt Lake Bees before an announced crowd of 6,722 at Chukchansi Park. Fresno’s offense wasn’t very productive, either, registering just three hits. The Grizzlies started seven players who were hitting no better than .250 entering the game, including four who had an average below .175. Angel Rosa homered for the Bees.
Rain that went away – Though neither team was able to take pregame batting practice on the field because of heavy rains, Friday’s game started on time and played amid no inclement weather. Starting temperature was 60 degrees.
Up next – The Grizzlies, who completed an eight-game home stand Friday, will take to the road to play the Reno Aces for the next four days. Grizzlies RH Brady Rodgers (0-1, 2.45 ERA) will start Saturday. The Aces have not named their starter. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. The teams went 8-8 in the season series last year, but the Grizzlies went 2-6 in Reno.
Singleton’s slump over? – Jon Singleton went 4 for 4 Thursday to raise his average from .139 to .225. But perhaps just as important as the hits and home run was where his shots landed. Instead of pulling all of his hits to right field, the left-handed hitting Singleton went to center or right-center field. “I think early he got a little too pull conscious,” Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco. “He’s been working hard before the game, after the game, making adjustments. He’s just tried to stay through the baseball.”
Reed out second game – Grizzlies first baseman A.J. Reed sat out a second consecutive game. He said before Friday’s outing it was a day off. Reed played in the first 12 games.