Saturday recap – T.J. Rivera doubled twice, homered and drove in five as Las Vegas beat Fresno 10-8 in the finale of the five-game series. Rivera’s three-run homer came in the fourth when the 51s scored four times to erase a 6-4 deficit. The Grizzlies tied it with single runs in the fifth and sixth but Rivera doubled in two in the eighth. Josh Smoker struck out three straight in the ninth for his third save.
Up next – Fresno begins the third leg of its 13-game road trip, starting at 5:05 p.m. Sunday against El Paso. Grizzlies RH Mike Hauschild (8-9, 3.12 ERA) will try to even his record, facing Chihuahuas RH Bryan Rodriguez (4-5, 5.23). Hauschild was an All-Star for the first time in his five-year career, representing the Pacific Coast League in last month’s Triple-A Game. But he’s struggled since the break, going 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA. El Paso led all of Triple-A with a .308 average, 133 home runs and 677 runs entering Saturday. But some of the Chihuahuas’ firepower is gone with major league parent club San Diego having promoted Ryan Schimpf and Alex Dickerson last month. El Paso outfielder Hunter Renfroe leads the PCL with 27 homers and 85 runs to go with a .321 average. The Grizzlies are 4-8 in the season series heading into the four-game set.