Fresno, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies bullpen was stretched to the limits on Sunday afternoon.
Tucson's Anthony Contreras hit a bases-loaded ground-rule double in the top of the ninth inning off of the fifth Grizzlies reliever of the game, Steve Edlefsen, to help the Padres take a 7-5 decision over the Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park.
Fresno starting pitcher Andrew Kown, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day and last made a start on May 20th, only survived two-plus innings. The right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with only one strikeout. Kown was removed in the third inning after allowing three doubles among the four batters he faced in the frame.
Wilmin Rodriguez spelled Kown, and he managed to escape the third inning without allowing a run despite loading the bases.
Rodriguez would pitch two innings as so did Brad Penny. Penny allowed the one unearned run in the sixth inning.
After Dan Runzler and Craig Whitaker threw back-to-back perfect innings, Edlefsen entered in the ninth. Edlefsen, though, loaded the bases before Contreras hit a deep fly ball over the head of Francisco Peguero in center field to plate the game-winning runs.
The Contreras double was even more deflating as the Grizzlies slowly chipped away at the Tucson advantage starting with one run in the third inning. Peguero drove in the first of his two RBI in the third on a force out to score Brock Bond and make it 4-1 Tucson.
In the fourth, Charlie Culberson hit a one-out triple and was subsequently driven in by Skyler Stromsmoe on a groundout to second base.
After the Padres added the unearned run in the sixth to give them a 5-2 lead, the Grizzlies scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the game at five. Peguero plated the run in the seventh with an RBI single while pinch-hitter Nick Noonan scored Fresno's fourth run with fly ball single near the foul line in left. Fresno tied it when Peguero reached first on an error by Tucson shortstop Amadeo Zazueta to allow Noonan to score from third.
Peguero finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI. Conor Gillaspie, meanwhile, reached base safely five times with two singles and three walks.
Edlefsen was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs in one inning of work.
Despite being charged with a blown save, Miles Mikolas picked up the win for Tucson while Erik Hamren tallied the save after the scoreless ninth.
Game three of the four-game series will be on Monday with a 7:05 pm start. Right-hander Eric Hacker will make the start for Fresno, and he will face left-hander Colt Hynes of Tucson.
Courtesy: Fresno Grizzlies