Grizzlies Can't Hold On, Lose 9-6 to Salt Lake in 10 Innings
Fresno, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning and eventually fell 9-6 to the Salt Lake Bees in 10 innings on Monday at Chukchansi Park.
The Bees' come-from-behind victory returned the favor to the Grizzlies after Fresno came back from a six-run deficit in the second game of the four-game series on Saturday. Heath Hembree allowed an RBI single to Luke Carlin and a game-tying grand slam by Matt Long in the top of the ninth inning to erase Fresno's advantage.
Salt Lake took the lead for the first time all night with three runs in the 10th, including the first run plated by Efren Navarro with no outs off George Kontos.
Kontos took the loss for Fresno, allowing three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Despite trailing 1-0 after the top of the third inning, the Grizzlies tied it up in the bottom half of the same frame on Gary Brown's solo home run to left field. It was Brown's fifth home run of the homestand and extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games.
In the fourth, the Grizzlies scored four runs to make it 5-1. Johnny Monell scored the go-ahead run on Roger Kieschnick's fielder's choice while Cole Gillespie hit a two-run double to increase the lead even further. Carter Jurica's RBI single to follow Gillespie's run-scoring extra-base hit capped the inning's scoring.
Gillespie added his third RBI of the game with a single to plate Monell in the seventh that made it 6-1 Grizzlies.
Brett Pill had four hits, all singles, in the game to extend his Triple-A hitting streak to 11 games.
Monell had two doubles and scored two runs.
Lost in Salt Lake's comeback was Mitch Lively's solid start. The right-hander allowed one run over five innings. He also struck out three and walked three.
Austin Fleet and Dan Runzler each contributed perfect innings of relief for the Grizzlies. At one point, the Grizzlies pitchers retired 12 in a row.
Dan Carpenter earned the win for Salt Lake by tossing two shutout innings out of the bullpen.
The loss drops the Grizzlies' record in extra-inning games to 6-4.
The Grizzlies head to Reno to start a four-game series as the first part of their eight-game road trip. Reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week Chris Heston will start for Fresno in the series opener. Reno has yet to name their starting pitcher.
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