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Grizzlies fail to get key breaks in 10-4 loss to Memphis in PCL championship series start

Fresno Grizzlies’ Nick Tanielu slides ahead of the tag at home plate for the home team’s first run of the eviening in the fifth inning against the Memphis Redbirds. Fresno lost, 10-4.
Fresno Grizzlies’ Nick Tanielu slides ahead of the tag at home plate for the home team’s first run of the eviening in the fifth inning against the Memphis Redbirds. Fresno lost, 10-4. jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

On an evening when Jeremy ‘Elvis’ Pearce was in the house, the Fresno Grizzlies couldn’t muster the hits when it mattered the most – and, instead, watched the visiting Memphis Redbirds deliver in the clutch – to open the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship series Tuesday evening with a 10-4 loss.

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Elvis Presley (Jeremy ‘Elvis’ Pearce) was in the house for the PCL championship series Tuesday evening at Chukchansi Park. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

A crowd of 5,976 witnessed the visiting club of the St. Louis Cardinals run up a 5-0 lead through the top of the fifth inning on:

▪ An opening home run to right field by lead-off batter Tommy Edman in the first inning.

▪ A two-out single by Wilfredo Tovar that resulted in two runs in the second inning when an errant throw allowed Tovar to reach third base. That was followed by a run-scoring single by Edman.

▪ A two-out, RBI single by Ángel Ravelo in the fifth.

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Fans showed up to support the Fresno Grizzlies in their PCL championship series at Chukchansi Park. Fresno lost 10-4 to the Memphis Redbirds in the first of the best-of-5 series. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

Just when it appeared the Grizzlies were getting back into the game on RBI hits by Garrett Stubbs and Myles Straw to whittle the lead to 5-2 in the fifth, Memphis responded with two scores in the sixth inning.

Tanielu knocked in a sixth-inning run, and scored on a single by Stubbs to close the gap to 7-4.

However, a bases-loaded triple by the Redbirds’ Alex Mejía on a 3-2 count cleared the bases in the eighth inning to all but ice the game.

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A girl yells ‘Play ball!” to start the PCL championship series at Chukchansi Park Tuesday evening. Ray Ortiz holds the mic. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

Fresno starting pitcher Brady Rogers survived a scare in the second inning when a line drive by Rodney Arozarena richocheted off his right shin. Rogers stayed in the game and managed to give up four runs on six hits.

Fresno designated hitter Yordan Álvarez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an eighth-inning single.

Game two is Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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