Thursday recap – Cesar Valdez took a no-hitter into the sixth before settling for a one-hit shutout and four Fresno players each drove in a run as the Grizzlies beat Sacramento 4-0 to complete a four-game Pacific Coast League sweep. Fresno has won a season-high five straight overall. Valdez, who lugged a 7.33 ERA in five starts into the game, retired the first 14 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the fifth, then allowed Gorkys Hernandez’s two-out single in the sixth but nothing else while striking out 10. Matt Duffy singled in a run in the top of the first, Preston Tucker homered in the fourth, A. J. Reed’s base hit made it 3-0 in the eighth and Eury Perez had an RBI infield single in the ninth as the Grizzlies picked up their second sweep, the other coming May 23-26 vs. Oklahoma City. Sacramento’s Chris Heston, a starter for major league parent club San Francisco last season, fell to 1-8 while allowing three runs in 7.1 innings.
Up next – Fresno RH Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4.34 ERA) faces Tacoma RH Joe Wieland (4-4, 8.29) in the opener of a four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Cheney Stadium. Musgrove is 0-2 and has allowed 10 runs in 11 innings in his past two starts after starting 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his first three games after his call-up from Double-A Corpus Christi. Opponents have twice scored 10 runs off Wieland this season and across 12 games (11 starts) are hitting .354. Wieland has struck out 43 in 46 2/3 innings. In eight minor-league seasons, he is 49-31 with a 3.87 ERA.
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