Afternoon delight – Jon Singleton hit a three-run homer, Matt Duffy continued to look as if he’s coming out of his season-long slump with his third straight two-hit game and James Hoyt closed things out with his Pacific Coast League-leading eighth save as Fresno defeated Tacoma 7-6 on Wednesday before an announced daytime crowd of 4,128 at Chukchansi Park. With the win, the Grizzlies halted a season-high four-game losing streak. Singleton’s home run was his seventh.
Reed goes on DL – Fresno first baseman A.J. Reed was placed on the seven-day disabled list. A night earlier, the Houston Astros’ top prospect pulled his hamstring while running out an infield single. Reed said the injury felt minor and believes he will return after seven days. Reed is hitting .229 with six homers and 21 RBIs.
Wild pitch frenzy – Rainiers leadoff hitter Boog Powell scored arguably one of the most unearned earned runs that can be registered in baseball during the seventh inning. Powell struck out against reliever Jordan Jankowski but reached first base after catcher Roberto Pena couldn’t corral what was scored a wild pitch. Two more errant pitches allowed Powell to reach second and then third before he came home on Jankowski’s fourth wild pitch of the inning.
Up next – LH Tommy Shirley (3-1, 2.79 ERA) , who owns the lowest ERA among Grizzlies starters, faces Tacoma RH Adrian Sampson (3-2, 3.47) Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday rewind – Tacoma’s Powell hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the Rainiers topped the Grizzlies 7-6 in a late-finishing second game of the four-game series.