Wednesday recap – Brady Rodgers (1-2) pitched a four-hitter and A.J. Reed homered for the sixth time to lead Fresno to a 2-0 win over Reno on Wednesday in front of 2,855 fans at Chukchansi Park. Rodgers, who lowered his ERA from 5.14 to 3.60, finished with nine strikeouts and zero walks in the first complete game of his career. He started hot, retiring his first eight batters in order before giving up a pair of two-out singles in the third to end a no-hit bid. Rodgers kept firing, retiring the next 15 Aces in a row before Sean Jamieson’s bunt single in the eighth. Rodgers is the first Grizzlies’ starter to go further than the seventh inning this season. Matt Duffy hit a leadoff double in the third and scored on Andrew Aplin’s ground out for a 1-0 lead. Reed hit a solo homer in the fourth. It was his sixth home run and 19th RBI of the season, the most in both categories for the Grizzlies.
Up next – Day baseball at The Chuk will feature a duel of right-handers as Fresno’s Mike Hauschild (2-2, 4.50 ERA) faces Reno’s Tyler Wagner (0-3, 3.45) at 12:05 p.m. Thursday. Hauschild’s season line is tainted by a nine-run, four-inning outing at Reno on April 24. Remove that from his ledger and the 2012 33rd-round draft pick has given up just three runs in 20 innings, including seven scoreless at home Saturday against El Paso. Wagner, a 2012 fourth-rounder, despite his record actually may have been a little lucky in 2016. He’s allowed 12 runs but only six earned on 20 hits and six walks while striking out just eight in 15.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .317.
Streak snapped – Duffy’s double, a low line drive down the left-field line, ended a six-game hitless streak (0 for 14) for the 2015 Pacific Coast League season MVP. He also dazzled defensively, making a pair of diving stops at third base – one left and another to his right – and popping up to complete the throw to first for the outs.
Roster moves – RH Michael Feliz will be optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, Houston Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday. Jake Marisnick will be recalled back to Houston and start Thursday’s game in left field against the Seattle Mariners.
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