Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterFresno Grizzlies (SF) 4, @ Las Vegas 51s 1
The Las Vegas 51s had their seven game winning streak come to an end Sunday night when they were beaten by Fresno 4-1 at Cashman Field. With Sacramento winning in Colorado Springs, the 51s division lead was trimmed to two games with 10 remaining.
Rafael Montero (pictured) started for the 51s and was decent: 5.1IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K. He threw 92 pitches (64 strikes) and saw his AAA era go up slightly, from 3.27 to 3.28. This performance almost duplicated his outing from five days ago, when he gave up two runs in five innings at Salt Lake City. All of the damage done against the right-hander was in the top of the 4th when the Grizzlies smacked three consecutive two-out doubles to plate both their runs. He departed with one out and a runner at second base in the 6th but Tim Byrdak, who has been nearly perfect for Vegas, got the final two outs in the inning without allowing a run to cross.
The lone Vegas run was driven in by Matt den Dekker, who doubled home Brian Bixler in the 8th inning. It was his 8th double and 37th RBI in AAA this season. Den Dekker has hit safely in eight of the last 10 games to raise his average to .297 with an .860 OPS.
The 51s managed just four hits in the game, three of which were doubles. It’s their lowest hit total since they had the same amount August 1 at Nashville.
Notes: Ruben Tejada was 1-4, double….Mike Baxter singled as a pinch hitter….Anthony Recker was the starting catcher and was 0-2, walk at the plate….Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the night off….The 51s open a six-game, four-day road trip in Colorado Springs Monday. They will play doubleheaders Monday and Wednesday.