Fresno Grizzlies

Grizzlies return home for first Taco Tuesday of season

The Fresno Grizzlies will be rebranded the Fresno Tacos on Tuesday night, April 18, the first Taco Tuesday of the season at Chukchansi Park.
The Fresno Grizzlies will be rebranded the Fresno Tacos on Tuesday night, April 18, the first Taco Tuesday of the season at Chukchansi Park. Fresno Bee file

The Fresno Grizzlies start an eight-game homestand with the first Taco Tuesday of the season. It’ll be the Fresno Tacos against the Las Vegas 51s.

The Grizzlies will be rebranded the Fresno Tacos for each Tuesday home game this season.

Whether they’re the Grizzlies or Tacos, the home team will be glad to see Chukchansi Park. Fresno lost its fourth straight Monday night, all on the road, in a 6-2 defeat to the Salt Lake Bees. Fresno’s Preston Tucker extended his hitting streak to eight games but Tyler White’s club-leading 10-game hitting streak ended.

Tuesday night, right-hander Keegan Yuhl (1-1, 8.22 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tacos against Las Vegas right-hander Donovan Hand (0-2, 10.45).

Promotions: 2-for-1 Field Box and 940 ESPN Club tickets, $2 tacos, $2 churros and $2 taco tots through the end of the fifth inning.

Fresno’s recent results

Monday, Salt Lake 6, Grizzlies 2 – The Bees completed a three-game sweep. and capped the Grizzlies’ 2-5 run on their first road trip of the season, with a former teammate doing much of the damage. Ex-Fresno infielder Nolan Fontana went 3 for 4, drove in a run and scored one. Eric Young Jr. doubled and singled four times while driving in two. Fontana, a 2012 second-round pick who hit .195 in 359 at-bats for Fresno a year ago, was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason.

Sunday, Salt Lake 5, Grizzlies 4 – A second straight tough loss extended Fresno’s losing streak to three. Ryan, who singled home the first run of the inning, came home on a two-out balk by Reymin Guduan as the Grizzlies blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth.

Saturday, Salt Lake 6, Grizzlies 5 – Jordan Jankowski issued his third walk of the inning, and the 12th overall for Fresno, as the Bees walked off with a win in the 10th. Colin Moran’s solo homer leading off the ninth had tied it 5-5. Grizzlies teammate Tony Kemp saw his eight-game hitting streak (in which he went 14 for 35) snapped.

Friday, Las Vegas 4, Grizzlies 2 – Fresno had at least 10 hits for the fourth consecutive game but also stranded 10 runners in settling for a split in their first road series of the season.

Thursday, Grizzlies 12, Las Vegas 4 – Fresno ace Brady Rodgers (2-0) continued his solid follow-up campaign to last year’s Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year season, scattering seven hits while allowing one run in six innings. A five-run second gave the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead. Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run single in the inning, part of a 2-for-4, 3-RBI night, and Reid Brignac homered for the second straight day while also driving in three.

Wednesday, Grizzlies 7, Las Vegas 4 – Cleanup man A.J. Reed and No. 9 hitter Juan Centeno each went 3 for 4, while Keegan Yuhl (1-1) scattered five hits and two earned runs in six innings. Preston Tucker hit his first homer of the year and his 20th in three seasons in Fresno. Brignac hit his first in a Grizzlies uniform after 103 in 12 previous minor league seasons, including 21 with 83 RBIs at age 20 for Class-A Visalia in 2006.

Tuesday, Las Vegas 21, Grizzlies 6 –Three position players (Andrew Aplin, Tyler White and Brignac) were called on to preserve Fresno’s bullpen as the 51s set all-time series highs for runs and margin of victory while dealing the Grizzlies – in their 2017 road debut – the most lopsided loss in their franchise history. Mets’ top-rated first-base and No. 2 overall prospect Dominic Smith homered, doubled and singled twice, scoring four runs and driving in three.

Monday, April 10, Reno 5, Grizzlies 2 – Jack Reinheimer’s two-run double capped a five-run seventh off Fresno relievers Reymin Guduan and Jordan Jankowski after Astros top prospect Francis Martes pitched five scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut. It finished off a 3-2 season-opening series and homestand.