Fresno, CA (Friday, July 26) - The Fresno Grizzlies (53-52) dropped the series-opener to the Reno Aces (46-59) on Friday evening by an 11-7 final, the first of three this weekend at Chukchansi Park.Reno's 14-hit attack included a two-run homer by the rehabbing Blake Swihart in the fourth inning, and
Fresno, CA (Friday, July 26) - The Fresno Grizzlies (53-52) dropped the series-opener to the Reno Aces (46-59) on Friday evening by an 11-7 final, the first of three this weekend at Chukchansi Park.
Reno's 14-hit attack included a two-run homer by the rehabbing Blake Swihart in the fourth inning, and a three-run shot by Travis Snider in the sixth.
It was far more than required for Aces right-hander Joel Payamps, who scattered six hits and two walks over five innings.
The Grizzlies' first run came in the third inning, when Jake Noll extended his season-best hit streak to 11 games with a leadoff single, eventually scoring on a two-out RBI knock by Raudy Read. Noll is 20-for-45, (.444) during the streak, following a three-hit night on Friday. In the sixth, Collin Cowgill chipped in a two-run homer, his 10th of the season. Yadiel Hernandez drilled an opposite field home run to left in the eighth, his 20th. Read rounded out the scoring for the night by homering into the pool in left-center to leadoff the home ninth, his 14th of the season.
Coupled with Sacramento's home win over Tacoma, Fresno slipped four games back of the Pacific Northern Division's Playoff berth, with 35 to play.
Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)
• 1B Jake Noll (3-5, RBI, R)
• C Raudy Read (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R)
• LF Yadiel Hernandez (2-3, solo HR, 2 R, 2 BB)
• RHP Justin Miller (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Top Performers: Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)
• LF Blake Swihart (2-4, HR, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB)
• 1B Travis Snider (2-5, HR, 4 RBI)
• 3B Ildemaro Vargas (2-5, 2 RBI, 2 R)
• RF Juneil Querecuto (3-5, R)
ON THAT FRES-NOTE: The Aces are 11-2 this season when traveling on the day of a game; their bus left Reno at 8:30 a.m. PT Friday morning…the Grizzlies were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position…RHP Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings (7th & 8th), allowing only one hit (zero walks) with two strikeouts; it was his second appearance for Fresno after the Nationals transferred the rehab assignment of the Fresno State Baseball alum to the Grizzlies from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.