Travis Ishikawa hit a solo home run, and Adam Duvall a two-out, two-run shot in a four-run third inning for Fresno on Tuesday night at Zephyr Field in the series opener.
Fresno (37-36) led 4-1 since the third. New Orleans (38-34), which came into the game leading its division by a half-game, cut the margin to one run in the eighth when Mark Canha singled and Derek Dietrich followed with his sixth home run.
The Zephyrs scored in the third when Matt Angle’s no-out hit off the left-field wall brought in Brian Bogusevic from second base. However, a base-running blunder by Z’s starter Bryan Evans (4-4) limited Angle to a single. Fresno starter Chris Heston (7-3) then got Zack Cox to fly out, and Canha grounded into a double play.
In the sixth, New Orleans had two out with one out. Fresno second baseman Joe Panik made a sliding catch of a blooper by Kyle Jensen, and right fielder Chris Dominguez threw out Canha at the plate after Rob Brantly singled.
WHAT: Fresno Grizzlies at New Orleans Zephyrs
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs right-hander Elih Villanueva (7-3, 2.95 ERA) vs. Grizzlies right-hander Mitch Lively (4-3, 5.75)
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1
When Zephyrs outfielder Mark Canha breaks out of a slump, he busts out of it.
Before the Zephyrs went on their just-completed eight-game road trip, Canha had gone 2-for-16 (.125) in his previous four games.
Then the four-game series at El Paso began on June 9. Canha went 3-for-4 in the opener, then followed that with another 3-for-4 in the second game. He finished the series 9-for-15 (.600) with two doubles, seven runs and two RBIs. His performance helped New Orleans win its fifth consecutive series.
In the next series at Albuquerque, Canha was 4-of-11 (.364) with a home run, a triple, three runs and two RBIs before Monday’s 0-for-4.
He finished the road swing 13-for-30 (.433).
Canha is seeing a switch in the field, playing first base now that Justin Bour has been called up to the Miami Marlins.
The Zephyrs lead the Pacific Coast League home runs in June with 25. Since May 1, New Orleans and Fresno each have hit 52 homers, tied for the league lead in that span. … This series marks the teams’ first meeting this season. The Grizzlies are third in the Pacific Northern Division and had lost four consecutive games, all at home to Omaha, heading into Tuesday. … Fresno third baseman Adam Duvall came into the game leading the PCL with 21 homers and 62 RBIs. His two-run shot in the third inning Tuesday continued his string of having homered against every league team this season. … Zephyrs reliever Sam Dyson was called up to the Miami Marlins on Saturday. He allowed just one run in four innings since returning from the disabled list after his jaw was broken when he was punched by pitcher Chris Hatcher on April 29 during a road trip to Nashville. Hatcher has been with the Marlins since being called up on May 22. … The Z’s added reliever Joey O’Gara from Double-A Jacksonville to take his place. O’Gara is 1-0 with a 3.12 earned-run average but did not allow a run in his past six appearances. … New Orleans took over first place in the American Southern Division on Sunday after it won at Albuquerque and Nashville lost to Tacoma. … When the Zephyrs lost their first game at Albuquerque on Friday, it ended a streak of seven series in which they’d won the opener. New Orleans is 14-4 in series openers this season.
-- Darrell Williams