Falling in extras – Fresno’s Nolan Fontana hit a three-run homer and added an RBI single in the ninth to force extras. But Tacoma’s Boog Powell delivered the go-ahead run with an sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th as the Rainiers topped the Grizzlies 7-6 on Tuesday at Chukchansi Park. Fontana finished 2 for 4 and homered for the first time this season. Grizzlies starting pitcher Brady Rodgers, who was coming off a shutout performance, allowed three runs off nine hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out four. Cody Martin, the Dos Palos native who started for Tacoma, fired nine strikeouts over six innings. He gave up three runs off six hits and two walks.
Up next – Fresno will send RH Mike Hauschild (2-3, 4.55 ERA) to face Rainiers RP James Paxton (4-2, 2.93) at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday. Paxton, who has thrown 165 innings in the majors, was in the running to be the Seattle Mariners’ No. 5 starter before losing out during spring training. Injuries have limited the 27-year-old to just 26 starts in the majors over the past two seasons. In Triple-A to start this season, Paxton has not allowed more than one run in six of his seven outings.
Stassi recalled – The Houston Astros recalled catcher Max Stassi on Tuesday, with starter Jason Castro absent for the birth of his new child. Expected to be the Astros’ backup catcher, Stassi began the season on the DL after undergoing wrist surgery during spring training. Tyler Heineman and Roberto Pena will go back to splitting catching duties for Fresno.