Ramirez Wins Opening Bout; Grizzlies Sweep DH

Avenal's Jose Ramirez wins his first round fight at the 2012 Olympics, although it was a lot closer than most probably expected. Ramirez won the first two rounds by a point each, but lost the third by a point, winning the bout by decision, 21-20, over French fighter, Rachid Azzedine, in what many feel is the fight of the Olympics thus far. Ramirez fights in the round of 16 on Thursday. He is four wins a way from a gold medal.


Colorado Springs, Co.---The Fresno Grizzlies (57-51) used three home runs in game two of a twinbill to lead them to a 9-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (56-53) at Security Service Field.

The Grizzlies trailed 1-0 going to the top of the second inning and got a leadoff walk by first baseman Brett Pill. Two batters later, left fielder Juan Ciriaco (2) belted a two-run homer to left-center, which made it 2-1 Grizzlies. It was his second homer of the day as he hit a solo clout in the first contest. Fresno added another run in the third inning on a two-out single by shortstop Nick Noonan.

However, the Grizzlies would break the game open in the fourth by scoring five times. The run-producing hits were by pinch hitter Todd Linden on a single to right that made it 4-1 Fresno. Later in the frame, right fielder Francisco Peguero ripped a two-run triple to right-center field which made it 6-1. That knocked out Colorado Springs right-handed starting pitcher Ricky Brooks (0-2). Right-hander Zach Putnam followed Brooks, and promptly gave up a two-run homer to Fresno third baseman Conor Gillaspie (11). It was Gillaspie's second homer of the day.

For the day, the Grizzlies had seven homers, including four solo clouts in game one.

Brooks lasted 3 1/3 innings. He gave up seven hits, seven runs (six earned), walked three, and struck out one. He allowed one homer.

Fresno starter Wilmin Rodriguez, in his first start of the season, lasted three innings. He issued four hits, one run (earned), walked two, struck out one, and gave up a homer.

Right-hander Shane Loux (4-1) on his rehab assignment (strained neck) pitched two perfect innings and earned the win.

Rigthy Steve Edlefsen pitched two shutout innings to end the game. He had three strikeouts.

The other Fresno homer in the nightcap was by Noonan (9), a solo round-tripper in the seventh.

Game four of this scheduled five-game series will be on Monday night at Security Service Field. Right-hander Eric Hacker (11-5) will start for Fresno against Colorado Springs righty Rob Scahill (8-10). The first pitch will be at 6:05 PST.

GRIZZLIES PAWS:Fresno has swept their last three doubleheaders. in addition to Sunday, last year Fresno took two: at Salt Lake and at home against Las Vegas.

The two homers on the afternoon for Ciriaco were his first two with Fresno.

All nine of Linden's homers (he homered in game one) have been on the road.

Six of Noonan's nine home runs have come on Sundays.

Loux's ERA with Fresno is at 0.36. He has given up one earned run in 25 innings.

Courtesy: Fresno Grizzlies