The Fresno Grizzlies never had a huge inning Sunday, but their offense kept pecking away at the Tacoma Rainiers to earn a 7-3 Pacific Coast League victory at Cheney Stadium.
The Grizzlies did not score more than two runs in an inning, but scored in five innings to subdue Ryan Feierabend (0-2) and the Rainiers.
Second baseman Brock Bond and first baseman Brett Pill were each 3-for-5 for Fresno, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Pill hit a two-run homer in the seventh and drove in three runs.
The Grizzlies opened the scoring with two outs in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by left fielder John Bowker.
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Fans got to see a rare sight in the top of the third inning when Fresno’s Tyler Graham stole home to give the Grizzlies a 4-0 lead.
Tacoma responded in the bottom of the third inning when Guillermo Quiroz hit a two out, two-run single.
The Rainiers’ other run came when Ezequiel Carrera scored on Brad Nelson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Shortstop Chris Woodward was 3-for-5 with a run scored, and third baseman Jack Hannahan was 2-for-2 with a walk for the Rainiers.
Right-hander Eric Hacker improved to 8-3 after allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four and walking three in six innings for Fresno.
Left-hander Feierabend, who is recovering from elbow surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2009 season, allowed 12 hits and five runs in 5† innings for the Rainiers.
Feierabend struck out three and walked one.