Rally ruined – Grizzlies third baseman Colin Moran hit a three-run double that tied the score in the top of the eighth, but the clutch hit went to waste as the Reno Aces responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to hand the Grizzlies a 7-3 loss Tuesday. Grizzlies reliever Kevin Chapman was tagged for four runs off three hits and a walk while getting just one out in the eighth. Fresno has lost five of its past six games.
Sluggers slumping – Matt Duffy and Jon Singleton, arguably the Grizzlies’ top players for the majority of last season, are each mired in a slump that continued Tuesday with the two combining to go hitless in seven at-bats. For the season, the duo is hitting .180 (18 of 100) with three homers (all by Singleton) and nine RBIs with 33 strikeouts.
Up next – The Grizzlies receive their first off day of the season Wednesday before beginning another eight-game homestand starting Thursday with a four-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Despite opening the season with the worst slugging percentage in the Pacific Coast League at .349, the Grizzlies (8-10) are second in the PCL’s Pacific North Division behind the Tacoma Rainiers (11-8).
Monday recap – Eury Perez’s two-run triple highlighted a six-run second inning and the Grizzlies would not be caught in a 7-4 victory at Reno. Closer James Hoyt picked up his fifth save, throwing two scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
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