Recap – Cesar Valdez started on the wrong foot against the Chihuahuas, giving up four runs on a four-hit rally in the first inning. He was tagged for six more runs through the fourth as the Grizzlies lost 10-6 to El Paso in the second of a four-game series Sunday in front of 4,775 fans at Chukchansi Park. El Paso’s Ryan Schimpf homered for the second day in a row and hit his fifth in six games, a two-run shot in the first inning. The Grizzlies trimmed the deficit on Jack Mayfield’s two-run double and Max Stassi’s two-run home run.
Swinging away – The Chihuahuas collected a season-high 23 hits, the most Triple-A Fresno has allowed this season. The Grizzlies gave up 20 hits to Colorado Springs in a 17-4 loss May 27.
Up next – Fresno hosts El Paso on Monday with RH Joe Musgrove (2-1, 3.13 ERA) set to take the bump against Chihuahuas RH Daniel McCutchen (5-3, 6.25 ERA). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Musgrove hopes to rebound after giving up four runs and nine hits in five innings in the Grizzlies’ 5-3 loss at Albuquerque on May 31 in his worst appearance this season.
Saturday recap – Alex Dickerson hit a two-run home run and Schimpf added a solo shot one out later for a three-run outburst in the sixth inning as the Chihuahuas pulled away for a 10-5 victory over the Grizzlies in the series opener.
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