Friday recap – Anthony Garcia drove in two with a bases-loaded double and Alberto Rosario hit a two-run single in Memphis’ five-run third as the Redbirds outlasted Fresno 8-7 despite a pair of three-run homers for the Grizzlies. Jon Singleton gave Fresno a 3-0 lead in the first with his ninth homer and Matt Duffy’s three-run blasttied it 7-7 in the fifth. Garcia picked up his third RBI with a go-ahead single in the bottom half of the fifth.
Up next – Fresno RH Brady Rodgers (1-3, 3.73 ERA) faces Memphis RH Deck McGuire (1-5, 4.20) in game 3 of the four-game series at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at AutoZone Park. Rodgers, after going 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in April, is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA with 21 strikeouts and four walks in 20 innings in three starts in May. McGuire, a first-round pick (No. 11 overall) by Toronto out of Georgia Tech in the 2010 draft, has also pitched for the Oakland and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations in his six-season minor league career.
Triple-A firsts – In addition to highly regarded Houston Astros pitching prospect Joe Musgrove getting his first Triple-A win in Thursday’s 4-2 victory at Memphis, Fresno infielder Jack Mayfield collected his first RBI at the level five games into his call-up from Double-A Corpus Christi. Mayfield’s single in the second gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead they never relinquished.
No surrender – Fresno, after Thursday’s wire-to-wire victory, improved to 14-0 this season when leading after eight innings – thanks in part to Pacific Coast League saves leader James Hoyt, who picked up No. 9 against the Redbirds despite allowing two base runners in the ninth.
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