Thursday recap – The Fresno Grizzlies couldn’t overcome a slow start, and their ninth-inning rally fizzled in a 3-2 loss to the Reno Aces in the Cinco de Mayo series finale in front of an announced crowd of 2,830 at Chukchansi Park. Aces starter Tyler Wagner (1-3) kept the Grizzlies silent with six shutout innings before giving up a run in the seventh. Fresno’s Mike Hauschild (2-3) was tagged for three earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Aces scored first in the fourth inning and added two runs in the fifth on Socrates Brito’s two-run triple. Fresno pulled within 3-1 in the seventh, and in the ninth Jon Singleton got the Grizzlies’ first pinch-hit RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly.
One-run woes – The Grizzlies came out on the wrong end of four one-run games during their eight-game homestand. For the season, the Grizzlies are 3-6 in one-run decisions (3-4 at Chukchansi Park).
Stranded – A favorable run-scoring opportunity for the Grizzlies in the third inning – one out, speedsters Andrew Aplin on second base and Tony Kemp on first with slugger Danny Worth at the plate – instead went awry. From the mound, Wagner threw a pick-off to second base and caught Aplin off the bag. Aplin was tagged out by third baseman Sean Jamieson, who fired back to second where Kemp was tagged out attempting to advance.
Up next – The Grizzlies hit the road for a four-game series at El Paso starting Friday at 6:05 p.m. LH Tommy Shirley (3-1, 3.13 ERA) will take the mound for the Grizzlies against Chihuahuas’ RH Jeremy Guthrie (0-5, 9.36). Shirley is coming off a loss after giving up four runs on nine hits in a 4-3 loss to El Paso on May 1. Guthrie, a 12-year big-league veteran with a career record of 91-108, has struggled so far in his first Triple-A action since 2006. In five starts, he’s allowed 26 earned runs on 34 hits in 25 innings.