Recap – With two outs, runners on second and third and the score locked 1-1 in the top of the ninth, Fresno’s Jack Mayfield launched a three-run bomb to left field to lift the Grizzlies over Sacramento, 4-1, in Monday’s series opener at Raley Field. The River Cats struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double from Angel Pagan, who played his third Triple-A game on a rehab assignment from parent-club San Francisco. Fresno tied it in the fifth on Mayfield’s sac fly to center. Grizzlies closer James Hoyt sealed the win, getting the final three outs on strikeouts. Hoyt now leads the PCL in saves with 13.
Up next – Fresno LH Tommy Shirley (3-4, 5.46) will lead the Grizzlies on the mound against Sacramento RH Joan Gregorio (1-2, 4.85) in Game 2 of the four-game series at Raley Field at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Shirley hopes to rebound after suffering his worst start of the season last week, when he gave up 10 hits for nine runs (all earned) in just 2 1/3 innings against Salt Lake. The 2010 ninth-round draft pick out of Xavier is 0-4 over his past eight starts after starting the season with three straight wins.
Roster moves – The Grizzlies reinstated RH Juan Minaya (undisclosed injury) from the disabled list Monday and placed OF Eury Perez on the temporary inactive list.
Back at it – Fresno first baseman A.J. Reed has played a team-high 19 games in a row since coming off the DL last month. Reed was out 11 days in mid-May with a hamstring injury and appeared to recover soundly, hitting .300 over the first eight games. However, he’s fallen off since then, with just six hits in his past 35 at-bats for a .240 average.
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Rodgers in rhythm – After matching Tim Lincecum of the Salt Lake Bees in Sunday’s pitching duel at Chukchansi Park with eighth scoreless innings, Grizzlies RH Brady Rodgers (5-3, 2.90 ERA) picked up his fourth win in a row. He’s pitched a combined 33 1/3 innings during the winning streak and given up just 15 hits, five earned runs and two walks to go with 31 strikeouts. Rodgers’ season stats are some of the best among PCL pitchers. He’s first in WHIP (1.04), second in ERA (2.90) and third in strikeouts (66).
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