FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Grizzlies (68-76) closed out the season finale with a 9-5 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (74-70) Monday afternoon in front of 8,161 fans at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies 3-2 series win against Tacoma marks their first series win against a divisional opponent this season.
Fresno began by trailing the game by three runs until a homer by Gary Brown (10) in the fourth put them on the board.
Fresno hit for the cycle in a six-run fifth with singles by Darren Ford, Jarrett Parker and Trevor Brown, a double by Brandon Hicks, a triple by Gary Brown, and a home run by Adam Duvall (27). The single by Ford scored Brown to give the Grizzlies 4-3 lead. Duvall’s three-run homer brought around Ford and Mark Minicozzi to give the Grizzlies a 7-3 lead.
Chris Heston (W, 3 ER/ 7.0 IP) tossed his team leading 17th quality start. Heston held Tacoma hitters scoreless for six out of the 7.0 IP. After he allowed three runs in the third, he retired 14 of his final 15 batters faced, six by strikeout. His nine strikeouts tied a season high, while his 12 wins are a team high.
Gary Brown failed to collect a single in his final two at bats, finishing 3-5 with double, triple, a homer (10), two RBI and two runs scored.
The three-homer by Adam Duvall marked the 100th homer of his career and his 90 RBI over 91 games mark the most by a Grizzly since Brett Pill (107 RBI) in 2011. Duvall led the club this season in both home runs (27) and RBI.
A two-run homer in seventh by Jarrett Parker (3) gave the Grizzlies a four-run cushion.
Adam Reifer (1.0 IP) pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Fresno Grizzlies match their win total from 2013 (68 wins) and will return to Chukchansi Park for Opening Day on April 9th, 2015 against the Las Vegas 51s.
--Fresno Grizzlies Media Relations