Monday recap – Eury Perez’s two-run triple highlighted a six-run second inning and the Fresno Grizzlies would not be caught Monday night in a 7-4 Pacific Coast League win at Reno. The 6-0 lead seemingly would have been a lock for Tommy Shirley to secure, given the 2-0 record and 12 2/3 scoreless innings the Fresno starter carried into Greater Nevada Field. But the 27-year-old right-hander was knocked out after 5 1/3 innings, having given up eight hits and four runs. Cesar Valdez and James Hoyt blanked the Aces the rest of the way. Hoyt struck out five in two innings for his fifth save.
Scalding second – Matt Buschmann, who has pitched 4 1/3 effective innings this year for Reno’s parent club, the Arizona Diamondbacks, was shelled for five hits and six runs. Colin Moran opened the inning with a single, Jon Singleton walked and Perez tripled to left field for a 2-0 lead. Additional runs in the inning were driven in by Jon Kemmer (double), Tony Kemp (groundout), Danny Worth (sacrifice fly) and A.J. Reed (single).
Up next – The Grizzlies conclude a four-game series at Reno at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. RH Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.21) will be on the mound for Fresno against Aces RH Braden Shipley (2-1, 5.71). Peacock was roughed up for four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks over four innings in his last start, a 9-6 Grizzlies loss to Salt Lake on April 21. Shipley was a first-round selection in the 2013 first-year player draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Nevada, where he was the Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012.
Coming home – Fresno is idle Wednesday, then returns to Chukchansi Park to open an eight-game homestand. El Paso visits first, with the opener of a four-game series set for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. The series continues with games at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Reno is in town May 2-5.