Saturday recap – A.J. Reed doubled in one and Matt Duffy a pair with his two-base hit as Fresno scored three times in the seventh and held on to beat Tacoma 4-3 on Saturday in Game 2 of a Pacific Coast League series at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth, erasing a 1-0 deficit created by Reed’s solo homer with two outs in the first. Kraig Sitton (0-2), the third Tacoma pitcher on the night, was charged with three runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Brady Rodgers (6-3) went the first seven for the Grizzlies, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight. Kevin Chapman picked up a pair of strikeouts in the eighth and James Hoyt retired all four men he faced (with three strikeouts) for his PCL-leading 15th save.
Trending upward – The Grizzlies are still just 31-36 in defense of their PCL and Triple-A National titles but won for the sixth time in seven games while improving to 12-10 in one-run games and 24-0 (10-0 on the road) when leading after eight innings.
Making em earn it – Rodgers has walked just nine in 75.1 innings.
Up next – Fresno sends RH Mike Hauschild (5-6, 3.50 ERA) against Tacoma RH Adrian Sampson (7-4, 3.25) at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. In the wake of a May 27 start in which he allowed 11 runs (though just four were earned) in 5.1 innings versus Colorado Springs, Hauschild has allowed five runs (four earned) in 17 innings while going 2-0 in his past three starts – and just one earned in his last two. Sampson, a fifth-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2012 draft, was in a seven-way tie for the league lead in wins entering Saturday and fifth in ERA.