Tacoma, Wash. - Fresno Grizzlies starting pitcher Austin Fleet struck out six over six innings, but a solo home run allowed to the Tacoma Rainiers' Abraham Almonte in the fifth inning provided the difference in a 1-0 Fresno loss on Tuesday at Cheney Stadium.
Fleet was locked in a pitching duel with highly-touted Taijuan Walker of Tacoma. Walker, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, tossed six shutout innings in his Triple-A debut. The right-hander allowed three hits, all singles, while walking two and striking out four.
Johnny Monell was the only runner to advance into scoring position off Walker. Monell, who had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday after going 0-for-3, walked with two outs in the sixth inning. Brett Pill followed Monell with a single to left field, but Roger Kieschnick grounded into a force out to end the potential threat.
Fleet, meanwhile, scattered five hits and two walks during his fourth start of the season and first since June 10th. Four of the six leadoff batters Fleet faced reached base safely, but none crossed home. The home run to Almonte was with two outs in the fifth.
Brett Bochy and Heath Hembree each threw a perfect inning out of the Grizzlies bullpen. Both relievers struck out two.
Bobby LeFromboise tallied the save for the Rainiers with two perfect innings.
Monell and Gary Brown each walked to extend their on-base streaks to 14 and 16 games, respectively.
The loss ends the Grizzlies' eight-game road trip with a 2-6 record.
The shutout was the third time Fresno was held scoreless in a game this season.
The Grizzlies will start a four-game series at Chukchansi Park against the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday. First pitch of game one is at 7:05 pm.