Tuesday recap – Archie Bradley stymied the Grizzlies for the second time in 11 days as Reno edged Fresno 3-2 at Chukchansi Park. Bradley, the highly touted right-hander in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, struck out 11 over seven innings while giving up two earned runs on five hits. He allowed one earned run in six innings during the Aces’ 5-3 win April 23. Nolan Fontana’s two-run single in the fourth was the only blemish against Bradley and relievers Evan Marshall and Silvino Bracho, who each worked a scoreless inning. Tuffy Gosewisch’s RBI single in the seventh provided the winning run for Reno.
Up next – After another tough April for the second straight season, Fresno Grizzlies RH Brady Rodgers (0-2, 5.14 ERA) will aim to get on track and pick up his first win Wednesday against the Reno Aces. First pitch at Chukchansi Park is 6:35 p.m. The Aces starting pitcher had not been determined. Rodgers started the season strong but allowed nine runs on 18 hits in his past two starts combined. Rodgers, 25, held Reno to just one run over two starts and 11.2 innings last year. But the righty gave up five runs in 5.2 innings during a start late last month in Reno.
McCullers joining Grizzlies – Promising young star pitcher Lance McCullers will be joining the Grizzlies – but on the road. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Houston reporters that McCullers will throw five innings in a rehab start Saturday when the Grizzlies are in El Paso. McCullers is rehabbing from a shoulder injury that sidelined him through the first month of the season. He’s never played for the Grizzlies, moving from Double-A to the majors last season and going 6-7 with a 3.22 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 125.2 innings for the Astros.
Stassi returning – Hinch also told the media in Houston that catcher Max Stassi will catch for McCullers on Saturday. Stassi has been out with a hand injury since the middle of spring training. He spent most of last season with the Grizzlies before being called up by the Astros and playing 11 games with Houston.
Reggie Sanders sighting– Reggie Sanders, a 17-year major league veteran who finished with 305 career home runs, is in town for the Fresno-Reno series. Sanders helps the Arizona Diamondbacks by mentoring some of their prospects throughout all levels of the organization, including a couple who are with the Aces. Sanders won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001, hitting .263 with 33 homers. He played for the Giants in 2002 and retired in 2007.