Houston Astros prospect Joe Musgrove steamrolled through the first seven Triple-A batters he faced, pretty much like he fared against Double-A competition.
The new Fresno Grizzlies starting pitcher wouldn’t dominate the whole night Friday.
7 Hitters that Astros prospect Joe Musgrove retired in order to begin Friday’s game, his first career Triple-A outing
But he did enough to impress during his Triple-A debut as Musgrove struck out five over five innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks in the Grizzlies’ 4-3, 10-inning win against the Tacoma Rainiers before an announced crowd of 12,822 at Chukchansi Park.
Musgrove, who went 2-1 with a 0.34 ERA in 26 1/3 innings at Double-A Corpus Christi this season, ran into trouble with one out in the third after giving up a soft single to No. 8 hitter Dario Pizzano.
Working out of the stretch for the first time, Musgrove got back-to-back strikeouts and appeared poised to escape.
Fresno Grizzlies newcomer Joe Musgrove walked in a run with the bases loaded in the third and gave up an RBI double in the fifth in his two costly mistakes.
But the second of those third strikes got past catcher Roberto Pena and allowed Tacoma’s Shawn O’Malley to reach and Pizzano to advance to third.
Musgrove loaded the bases with a walk, then issued another walk to No. 3 hitter Efren Navarro as Pizzano trotted home with the game’s first run.
Musgrove gave up an unearned run in the fifth after O’Malley got on base via a fielding error, eventually scoring on Navarro’s double to left.