Up next – One of the Houston Astros’ top pitching prospects is headed to Fresno, with RH Joe Musgrove set for his Triple-A debut Friday against Tacoma at Chukchansi Park. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. Musgrove dominated with Double-A Corpus Christi, going 2-1 with a 0.34 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run in six games (four starts), and held batters to a .192 average. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Musgrove was taken in the first round of the 2011 draft by Toronto. He joined the Astros in 2012 as part of a 10-player trade that included pitchers Brandon Lyon and J.A. Happ going to the Blue Jays. Musgrove will face Rainiers RH Donn Roach (2-2, 8.28).
Hit around – The Fresno Grizzlies allowed a season-worst 16 hits, including a grand slam by Daniel Robertson, as the Tacoma Rainiers pulled away for a 9-5 victory Thursday at Chukchansi Park. Robertson batted 2 for 6 and finished with five RBIs – the most recorded against the Grizzlies this season. The Grizzlies trailed 4-2 going into the ninth. Fresno reliever Jandel Gustave then gave up a run and left with the bases loaded before Kevin Chapman served up the grand slam that gave Tacoma a 9-3 lead. The lefty Chapman has surrendered five earned runs and allowed five inherited runners to score over his past three appearances (2.1 innings). Fresno added two runs in the ninth, including a solo homer by Colin Moran, to prevent the Grizzlies from enduring their worst largest margin of defeat.
Reliever released – Fresno LH Edwar Cabrera was given his release by the Astros. He was 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA over 11 1/3 innings. He had 13 strikeouts but 12 walks. But most alarming was that Left-handed batters had hit .389 with two homers in 3.2 innings.