Thursday recap – A.J. Reed, Jon Singleton and Eury Perez each homered and Asher Wojciechowski struck out nine as Fresno defeated El Paso 4-2 on Thursday before an announced crowd of 4,229 at Chukchansi Park. It was the Grizzlies’ first three-homer game of the season and the first time Fresno’s two big sluggers, Reed and Singleton, went yard in the same game. Reed’s homer, his fifth of the year, sailed 407 feet with an exit velocity of 106 mph. Wojciechowski had his best game of the season, limiting El Paso to two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. Jordan Jankowski followed with a scoreless eighth and Jandel Gustave a perfect ninth to pick up his first save.
Up next – Fresno RH Brady Rodgers (0-2, 4.32 ERA) seeks his first win while making his fourth start of the Pacific Coast League season. He will face El Paso RH Carlos Pimentel (2-1, 4.96) on Friday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Rodgers was roughed up for five runs and nine hits at Reno in his last outing after opening with two solid starts. Pimentel threw a seven-inning complete game in his most recent start, a 7-0 win at Salt Lake. The Grizzlies have lost 5 of 6 heading into the series.
Marisnick’s season debut – Outfielder Jake Marisnick, who has spent much of the past two seasons in the majors, played his first game with the Grizzlies on Thursday, going 1 for 4 while batting second after he was sent down by major-league parent club Houston. Marisnick was 1 for 10 in 12 games with the Astros this season. It will be his second stint with the Grizzlies, after playing three games for Fresno a year ago and going 2 for 12 with three RBIs. With the Astros in 2015, he batted .236 (80 of 339) with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 133 games. Marisnick was taken in the third round by Toronto in the 2009 amateur draft.
Moran’s strong start – Grizzlies third baseman Colin Moran has a hit in 14 of 17 games but saw a four-game hitting streak snapped Thursday. He’s hitting .294 with a homer and 13 RBIs on the young season.