Eat up, Fresno Grizzlies fans.
The Grizzlies came up big Thursday night, pitching a shutout in an 8-0 win over Albuquerque at Chukchansi Park.
By holding the Isotopes scoreless, the Grizzlies activated a promotion that allows fans to get a free Jumbo Jack at participating Jack in the Box locations in Fresno with the purchase of a large drink.
You don’t even need a coupon or voucher.
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Grizzlies starter Joe Musgrove, who had just been demoted by major league parent club Houston and was making his first start with the Triple-A Grizzlies this season, allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings.
Ashur Tolliver, who has an 8.14 ERA, closed it out with scoreless eighth and ninth innings on “Tribute to Springfield Night” (think “The Simpsons”).
The Grizzlies have a season-high seven-game winning streak.
Still, it seemed unlikely that the Grizzlies could trigger the promotion.
Of the 16 teams in the Pacific Coast League, and among the 30 in Triple-A, the Grizzlies owned the very worst ERA at 5.83 entering Thursday.
2 Shutouts thrown by the Fresno Grizzlies so far this season. They had 12 last season but with a better pitching staff then.
They had pitched two shutouts in their first 79 games.
But the Grizzlies have had the Isotopes’ number this season. Fresno’s last shutout had come May 28 – a 7-0 win at home against the Isotopes.
So head over to Jack in the Box and get your free burger.
The Grizzlies and their struggling pitching staff came up more than big.
They came up Jumbo.
And don’t forget, the Grizzlies take on Madison Bumgarner on Friday in Sacramento as the San Francisco Giants ace begins a Triple-A rehab stint with the River Cats.
Going on the road
FRESNO GRIZZLIES AT SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS
- First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday; 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Raley Field
- Affiliations: River Cats (San Francisco Giants), Grizzlies (Houston Astros)
- Facing the ace: The Grizzlies are expected to face Madison Bumgarner on Friday as the San Francisco Giants starter begins an injury-rehab stint.