Thursday recap – Highly regarded prospect Joe Musgrove picked up his first Triple-A win, backed by Danny Worth’s two-run homer in the fifth and Tyler Heineman’s solo shot in the ninth, as Fresno beat Memphis 4-2. Musgrove struck out six through the first four innings, finishing with seven while allowing six hits in six innings, and almost escaped unscathed. Redbirds first baseman and cleanup hitter David Washington hit a two-out, two-run homer to pull the Redbirds within 3-2 in the sixth. Finishing strong, Musgrove needed just four pitches to strike out Patrick Wisdom to end the inning and his outing, his second since being promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi by major-league parent club Houston.
Up next – Fresno RH Brad Peacock (0-1, 4.62 ERA), whose first decision in seven starts came last time out at Nashville, will face Memphis RH Arturo Reyes (3-2, 4.15) as the teams play Game 2 of a four-game series at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Peacock has a 5.73 ERA in four road starts after allowing five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings Saturday against the Sounds. Reyes has two starts in which he’s allowed five or more runs and four in which he’s given up two earned or fewer.
K count – Fresno pitchers struck out 13, including three in the eighth by Kevin Chapman. The left-hander has fanned eight in 2 2/3 innings across his past three games. James Hoyt struck out two in the ninth en route to his Pacific Coast League-leading ninth save.
Reversal of fortunes – The Grizzlies snapped a season-high-tying four-game skid after being swept at Nashville. Fresno also halted a seven-game road losing streak while improving to 6-13 away from Chukchansi Park and 6-12 overall in May.
Little thunder – Memphis entered the series with Fresno tied with Albuquerque for last in the 16-team PCL with 18 home runs. Washington, now the team leader with four, was one of three Redbirds who had three. Memphis also was last in runs scored with 139 in its first 36 games.
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