Fresno held on for a 1-0 victory over host Albuquerque in a game that was called in the top of the sixth inning due to rain. The loss ended the Isotopes' four-game winning streak.
"We were still in that ballgame and (had) plenty of ballgame to go," manager Damon Berryhill said. "But that's just part of baseball — Mother Nature gets you sometimes."
The rain began to come down in the top of the fifth, but the umpires kept everyone on the field. The teams went back out in the bottom of the fifth as well.
With one on and two outs, Isotopes center fielder Joc Pederson was called out on an inside pitch for strike three. Pederson slammed his helmet in frustration and yelled a profanity, at which point home plate umpire Ryan Goodman ejected him.
"Honestly I don't know in or out very well, I really don't know in to a lefty (batter) from where I'm standing," said Berryhill, who was in the third base coach's box. "I'd have to look on film. I talked to Joc and (he said) it was in and well in. I've got to take his word for it. He usually has a good idea if it's a ball or a strike."
Pederson has had similar reactions in past games but was not ejected. If anything, the young prospect always seems much angrier with himself than the umpire or opposing pitcher.
"He's a competitor and he takes every at-bat personal," Berryhill said. "He tries to do as much as possible as a winner. He's going to compete every chance he gets."
The teams returned to the field, surprisingly, to start the sixth inning. After Darren Ford grounded out to second base, the umpires finally called for the tarp.
The game was officially called a victory for Fresno (51-53) after a 43-minute delay even though the rain had abated. There were still storms in the area, however, and the one blessing is that the Isotopes (48-56) would avoid yet another doubleheader.
"It's also a situation where you look and we've played what, eight doubleheaders this year and those have been really tough on us," Berryhill said. "The last thing you want is another one of those."
The Grizzlies won the game back in the fourth inning as Brandon Hicks reached safely when shortstop Carlos Triunfel booted a routine grounder for an error. After a wild pitch moved Hicks to second base, Chris Dominguez doubled into the left-center field gap to make it 1-0.
Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-5) lasted five innings, allowing just the one unearned run, six hits and two walks while striking out five batters. It was far from his best outing, but his manager was relatively happy with his performance.
"He really didn't have his spot-on command," Berryhill said. "He ended going deep (in the count) to a lot of hitters. He ended up using a lot of pitches (99)."
Jason Berken (8-6) earned his third victory of the season against Albuquerque. He has allowed just one run in 19 total innings.
"I think he's done a decent job of going back and forth with changeups and fastballs," Berryhill said. "He's one of those guys that pitches up in the zone (and) doesn't have great velocity but he's kind of sneaky so he gets us chasing up."
The Isotopes and Grizzlies will resume their series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Drew Carpenter (2-0, 6.64 ERA) is the probable starter for Albuquerque, while Fresno will go with lefty Jose De Paula (4-3, 3.91).
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The Dodgers optioned lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez to Albuquerque as Josh Beckett came off the disabled list. Rodriguez will have 72 hours to report. ... Roger Bernadina was supposed to start in right field but was replaced by Mike Baxter before the game. Bernadina has a sore left wrist due to an on-field collision with Fresno's Travis Ishikawa on Monday.