Failing in extras, again – Fresno went into extra innings Saturday night for the second time in three games against visiting Salt Lake. And again, the Grizzlies came up empty. Sherman Johnson and Kaleb Cowart each drove in a run in the 10th as Fresno fell 4-2 before an announced crowd of 9,073 at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies, who lost 12-10 in 10 innings to the Bees on Thursday, fell to 1-4-1 in extra-inning games. Colin Moran drove in the Grizzlies’ runs, one with a solo homer in the second.
Up next – Tim Lincecum is back in Fresno, but this time he’ll pitch against the Grizzlies. Now in the Los Angeles Angels organization, the right-hander will start against Grizzlies RH Brady Rodgers (4-3, 3.28) at 5:05 p.m. Sunday in what likely will be the former San Francisco Giants ace’s final tuneup before moving back to the majors. Lincecum lasted only five innings in his first two Triple-A games this season, going 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Rodgers struck out eight over six scoreless innings in his last outing at Albuquerque on June 2.
Aplin improving – Though he’s batting .249, Grizzlies OF Andrew Aplin has made great strides. In his past 11 games, Aplin is 16 for 37 (.432). Aplin was 6 for 49 (.122) in April.
Exposed – Salt Lake stole five bases Friday, including a double steal that resulted in a run, as the Grizzlies continued to struggle holding runners on. The Bees have 64 steals in 90 tries after swiping 52 last year.
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