Omaha Storm Chasers (25-13) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (25-14)
11:05 am game at Chukchansi Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”
Nick Noonan is looking to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, which would match Roger Kieschnick for the longest hitting streak by a Grizzlies hitter this season. Noonan recorded one hit last night to give him 10 consecutive games with a hit.
Justin Christian is also in the midst of a hitting streak, with his sitting at nine games. Christian has multiple hits in his last four games, including a 2-for-4 performance last night. Over the nine-game stretch, Christian is batting .400 (16-for-40). For the season, he is batting .378, which is second best in the PCL entering today.
The Grizzlies need a win in today’s game to salvage a tie for the Omaha series. If the Grizzlies were to lose, it would be their first back-to-back series losses since August 12-19, 2011 against Albuquerque and Round Rock. Fresno has not lost a series to Omaha since 2003.
Omaha Storm Chasers (23-13) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (24-11)
7:05 pm game at Chukchansi Park
The Grizzlies will take on the Omaha Storm Chasers for the first game of a four-game series. The series will be the only meeting between the two teams in the 2012 regular season. Fresno has not a lost a series to the Omaha franchise since 2003, but in each of the last three seasons, the two teams have split their four-game sets. Fresno beat Omaha three games to one in 2008 for the last series victory.
The Grizzlies and Storm Chasers have the best and third-best records in the PCL, respectively. Both teams enter the series losers of their last four games. Omaha lost three of four at Sacramento while Fresno dropped three of four against Iowa.
Fresno starting pitcher Brian Burres is looking for his first win in a Grizzlies uniform at Chukchansi Park. In three starts this season, the left-hander is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (12 er, 16.0 ip). He does have two wins in his career at Chukchansi Park, however, both of which occurred in 2009 when he was with the Las Vegas 51s. The last win was on July 4, 2009 when he held the Grizzlies to four runs on six hits in seven innings.