Iowa Cubs catcher Tim Federowicz got the best of Fresno again Monday, launching a two-run homer in the seventh for the go-ahead runs to hand the Grizzlies a 6-4 loss before an announced crowd of 3,988 at Chukchansi Park. The Cubs took three of four from the Grizzlies as Federowicz, the former Los Angeles Dodgers reserve catcher, racked up three home runs and eight RBIs in the series. Danny Worth homered for the Grizzlies during the first inning for his ninth homer of the year. In his 10 games back with the Grizzlies since he was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros, Worth is hitting .390 (16 for 41) with a homer, six runs and three RBIs.
Up next – The Grizzlies begin the second half of their eight-game homestand Tuesday, playing the Omaha Storm Chasers for the first time this season. Grizzlies RH Keegan Yuhl (0-1, 6.00) will try to bounce back after a rough debut when he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Yuhl was solid previously in Double-A, where he went 8-3 with a 3.04 ERA and held batters to a .258 average. Yuhl is an Astros 35th-round pick out of Concordia in 2014. He will face Storm Chasers RH Christian Binford (2-10, 5.59). Binford has lost three straight.
Sunday recap – Mike Hauschild had his shortest outing of the season, lasting just one inning after allowing four runs, and the Fresno Grizzlies fell 9-5 to the Iowa Cubs in front of an announced crowd of 3,881 Sunday at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies trailed by as much as six runs before reducing the Cubs’ lead to 6-5 following Jon Kemmer’s three-run homer during the seventh. But Grizzlies relievers Reymin Guduan and Kevin Chapman combined to yield three more runs to ruin a late Fresno rally. The Grizzlies, who struck out a season-worst 18 times Saturday, followed with their second-worst amount Sunday with 16 strikeouts.
Prized signee joining Grizzlies – Yulieski Gurriel, a prized signee out of Cuba who signed with Houston last month, is expected to join the Grizzlies this week as the Astros slow down his fast track to the majors this season. Gurriel, 32, batted just .118 (2 for 17) in five games with Double-A Corpus Christi. In 15 seasons of foreign league play, Gurriel batted .335 and averaged 16.7 home runs and 61.7 games per season.
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Gustave returns to Fresno – In light of Houston reliever Ken Giles’ activation from the paternity list, Grizzlies reliever Jandel Gustave was optioned back to Triple-A by the Astros. Gustave, 23, is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and has not allowed a single home run in 51 innings in Triple-A this season.
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