Lost in the ninth – For just the second time this season, Fresno closer James Hoyt surrendered a run and it was the difference as El Paso escaped with a 6-5 win Friday before an announced crowd of 9,643 at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies stranded a season-high 15, including a pair of runners in the ninth. Fresno pushed across three in the eighth to tie it as Colin Moran hit a two-run single and Jon Singleton followed by going to the opposite field in left for his RBI hit. Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP Matt Duffy grounded out to end that threat and then in the ninth, No. 2 hitter Jake Marisnick struck out looking to end the game.
Out of time – El Paso’s Frank Garces was called for a pitch-clock violation in the sixth, leading to ball four as Grizzlies leadoff hitter Tony Kemp drew the walk. It was the first pitch-clock violation at Chukchansi Park this season. Pitchers have 20 seconds to make a pitch or a ball is added to the count. The pitch clock was implemented last season to speed up the game.
All walks and strikeouts – Garces had a unique outing. In two innings and against 13 batters, Garces did not allow a hit. Instead, he struck out six and walked five.
Another Singleton slam – Singleton homered for the second straight night, going yard to right off El Paso starter Carlos Pimentel while facing an extreme shift in the third. It was Singleton’s fifth home run of the season.
Up next – Fresno RH Mike Hauschild (1-2, 6.35 ERA) looks to bounce back, after allowing a career-high nine earned runs in his previous start, when the Grizzlies take on El Paso at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Hauschild, 26, will face RH Jeremy Guthrie (0-4, 11.00), 37, who has thrown nearly 1,800 major-league innings. The Grizzlies will give replica Triple-A championship rings to the first 10,000 fans at Chukchansi Park. General admission gates open at 5:35 p.m.
An old Grizzly – El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick played for the Grizzlies in 1999. He made 28 starts, logging 14 wins with 142 strikeouts. He ranks second on Fresno’s single-season victories list.
No striking out – The Chihuahuas entered Friday with the fewest offensive strikeouts in the Pacific Coast League with 99. Fresno had 164, sixth most in the 16-team league.