Tuesday recap – Fresno closer James Hoyt was unhittable again, retiring the side on three straight strikeouts in the ninth to lock up his Pacific Coast League-leading 19th save as the Grizzlies defeated Tacoma 5-2 on Tuesday before an announced crowd of 2,853 at Chukchansi Park. Eight of nine batters in the Grizzlies’ order had at least one hit, including a 2-for-5 night for Tony Kemp in his return to Triple-A. Kemp, who had been with major league parent club Houston for about a month, added a double, scored a run and stole a base. Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer had two hits each, with Kemmer driving in a pair. Tyler Heineman knocked a solo homer, his third of the year.
Up next – PCL teams are idle Wednesday, the fourth off day of the season. Fresno hits the road for four games at Salt Lake beginning Thursday before beginning another eight-game homestand on July 4 against Sacramento.
Grizzlies All Stars – Astros prospects Joe Musgrove and Alex Bregman were selected to the U.S. roster for the All-Star Futures Game. Musgrove began the season with Double-A Corpus Christi but has been with the Grizzlies since mid-May. Bregman is expected to join the Grizzlies this week. Rosters for the Triple-A All-Star Game have not been released, but Hoyt is expected to be on the team.
Playing out of position – Matt Duffy made his eighth start at short Monday. Usually at third or sometimes first, Duffy has had to play out of position because of the logjam of Grizzlies corner infielders. Colin Moran plays mostly third, and Jon Singleton and Tyler White are first basemen. The Grizzlies also had first baseman A.J. Reed on the roster until his call-up last week. Duffy has one error as a shortstop, but might not see much more action there once Bregman arrives.
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