Fresno, Calif. (Friday, July 5) - The Fresno Grizzlies (45-43) fell to the Tacoma Rainiers (42-46) by an 8-1 final Friday evening, evening the holiday weekend series at a game apiece. The clubs will play a scheduled, single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, bringing their respective calendars to the PCL all-star break.
Ryan Court drilled a three-run homer in the second inning to set the Tacoma tone. John Andreoli legged out a RBI triple in the third to make the score 4-0. Fresno native and Fresno State Baseball alum Chris Mariscal rounded out the vistiors' scoring for the evening with a RBI double in the seventh; Mariscal also walked and scored on an Ian Miller RBI single in the sixth, during the second game of his homecoming.
Rainiers' starter Sean Nolin retired the first 17 batters he faced and struck out eight over 7.1 IP. Jake Noll broke up the shutout with a towering homer to left field in the home eighth, the lone hit and run off Nolin, who walked only one. It was Noll's eighth home run.
A significant earthquake originating south of Fresno shook portions of Chukchansi Park in the top of the fifth inning. There were no stoppages of play relating to the earthquake; the foul poles did sway noticeably for a moment during a Grizzlies mound visit.
Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)
• 1B Jake Noll (Solo HR)
• RHP George Kontos (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB)
• RHP Scott Copeland (1.0 IP, 0 R, 2 K)
Top Performers: Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners)
• LHP Sean Nolin (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
• 1B Ryan Court (3-R HR, sac fly, 4 RBI)
• LF John Andreoli (2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB)
• DH Jaycob Brugman (2-4, 2 R, BB)
ON THAT FRES-NOTE: Grizzlies' infielder/outfielder Matt Reynolds lost a 17-game on-base streak Friday. Reynolds batted .421 during the streak (24-for-57), with six home runs, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored. He collected 11 extra-base hits and walked 15 times during the 17 games, raising his average from .267 to .298 in that span.
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