Thursday recap – Tyler White and A.J. Reed each went yard, and Joe Musgrove tied a season-high with seven strikeouts as Fresno defeated Albuquerque 5-2 on Thursday before an announced crowd of 5,936 at Chukchansi Park. Reed, who finished 2 for 4, launched his 11th homer – a solo shot to right. White homered for the second straight night, this time hitting an opposite-field shot to right. Jon Kemmer also homered, a two-run blast for the Grizzlies’ first two runs. Fresno (35-37) has won 10 of its past 12.
Up next – With the defending Triple-A champion Grizzlies hitting their stride, RH Brady Rodgers (6-3, 2.99 ERA) will try to keep the momentum going against Albuquerque RH Jeff Hoffman (3-3, 3.53) when the teams close a four-game Pacific Coast League series at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Rodgers, a 2012 third-round pick out of Arizona State, appears to have taken another step in his development by allowing fewer home runs. A year ago, Rodgers served up 13 in 21 games (115 2/3 innings). But he’s allowed just four in 12 games (75 1/3 innings) this season. Both of Friday’s starters are among the PCL leaders in ERA, with Rodgers second and Hoffman eighth.
Grizzlies player traded – Outfielder Eury Perez, who had played in 52 of 72 games for the Grizzlies this season, was traded by major-league parent club Houston to the Tampa Bay Rays. Perez hit .267 with two homers and 16 RBIs and stole nine bases in 13 attempts. The Astros received cash in the deal, while Perez was assigned to Triple-A Durham. The 26-year-old has hit .254 in 142 major-league at-bats and .303 in 10 minor-league seasons.
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