Saturday recap – Former Dos Palos High standout Cody Martin shut out Fresno on two hits over seven innings as Tacoma edged the Grizzlies 1-0 before an announced crowd of 7,615 at Chukchansi Park. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out four while improving to 6-5 and lowering his ERA to 4.33. Martin allowed Jon Kemmer’s lead-off double in the third, he hit Matt Duffy in the fifth and gave up a double to Nolan Fontana in the sixth before being replaced by Kraig Sitton to start the eighth. Casey Coleman pitched the ninth to compete a three-hitter and earn his third save. The Rainiers’ trio outdueled Fresno’s Mike Hauschild, who allowed a run on six hits over seven innings, and relievers Jordan Jankowski and Reymin Guduan, who combined for two scoreless innings.
Up next – The second of a four-game home series against Tacoma is at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, with Fresno LH Tommy Shirley (5-4, 4.97 ERA) facing LH Brad Mills (3-2, 4.24). Shirley is coming off one of his best outings of 2016, allowing four hits in six shutout innings to top Martin (seven innings, one run, four hits, seven strikeouts) in Fresno’s 2-1 victory at Tacoma on June 20. Shirley has won his past two starts.
Welcome back– Second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp was optioned back to Fresno after spending 40 days with the parent Houston Astros. Kemp hit .238 with a double, two triples, four runs, three RBIs and a steal in 22 games for the Astros. He was hitting .298 with 18 runs, 10 RBIs and four steals in 34 games before his first promotion to the major leagues. He was sent back to Fresno to clear roster space for top first base prospect A.J. Reed, called up by the Astros on Friday.
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