Grizzlies Dwindling; Rawhide Slip To 2nd

Metairie, La. - The New Orleans Zephyrs (66-56) used a three-run bottom of the second which helped them beat the Fresno Grizzlies (64-57) 4-2 on Sunday night at Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs have won two of the first three games of this series.

In what was a bizarre half-inning, the Zepyrs had four hits in the second inning, none of which were run-producing. Former Grizzly and New Orleans first baseman Michael Cervenak led off with a single to center against Fresno right-handed starter Boof Bonser (0-2). Two batters later left fielder Chris Augila singled to center and third baseman Shawn Bowman followed with a single to left, which loaded the bases.

Then Fresno catcher Eli Whiteside was charged with a passed ball to allow Cervenak to score and make it 1-0 Zephyrs. That placed runners at second and third, and second baseman Jeff Dominguez followed with an infield hit toward first to reload the bases. Up next was New Orleans pitcher Jacob Turner (2-0). He drew a walk (his first professional RBI) to score Augila and put the Zephyrs up 2-0.

With two outs, shortstop Gil Velazquez walked against Bonser, and that forced home Bowman to make it 3-0 New Orleans. It was that walk which pulled Bonser from the game.

Bonser lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, three runs (all earned), and three walks.

Fresno was able to get a run back in the top of the third courtesy of a two-out double to left by right fielder Francisco Peguero. He was responsible for driving home both Fresno runs as he grounded into a double play in the seventh to score a run.

The Grizzlies had plenty of chances but grounded into a pair of double plays and stranded nine runners.

Turner, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade in late July, allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. He issued six hits and three walks, struck out five, and had one wild pitch.

Jon Link (5) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the second straight night. He has worked 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief in this series. He has yet to allow a run with New Orleans through seven outings (7 2/3 innings).

The final game of the scheduled four-game series will be Monday night at Zephyr Field at 5:00 PST. Right-hander Eric Hacker (12-5) will pitch for Fresno against New Orleans right-hander Omar Poveda (3-1).

Courtesy: Fresno Grizzlies

The Rawhide score four runs{}in the bottom of the ninth, but come up a couple short, and lose to Inland Empire, 13-11. Modesto won, so Visalia now trails the Nuts by{}one game.