Up next – RH Joe Musgrove (3-3, 4.73 ERA) gets the start for Fresno, while Salt Lake counters with RH Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.28) in the opener of a four-game series and road trip at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. Musgrove allowed one run and three hits over six innings, striking out seven compared to one walk, in a 5-2 win against Albuquerque on June 23. Kendrick is 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in June. In a June 11 start, the 31-year-old limited the Grizzlies to one run and four hits in eight innings. Fresno is 5-7 against the Bees entering the teams’ final series against each other this year. The Grizzlies and the rest of the Pacific Coast League were idle Wednesday; Fresno is 2-1 following a scheduled off day.
Lacking power – Salt Lake, the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, ranks last in the PCL with 35 home runs. Albuquerque is next lowest with 44. The Bees have five players tied for the team high of four. The Grizzlies have 71 homers (sixth best) and five players with at least five, including 14 for Jon Singleton.
Up in arms – With the Angels going through pitchers because of a run of injuries, the Triple-A Bees have had to adjust. Salt Lake has used 30 pitchers this season. The Grizzlies have used 19.
Tuesday recap – Fresno closer James Hoyt was unhittable again, retiring the side on three straight strikeouts in the ninth to lock up his 19th save as the Grizzlies defeated Tacoma 5-2 before an announced crowd of 2,853 at Chukchansi Park.
Kemmer connecting – Grizzlies OF Jon Kemmer enjoyed Tacoma pitching in the four-game series. Kemmer, 25, in his first year in Triple-A, was 8 for 15 with four RBI. For the season, he’s at .260 with four homers and 24 RBI.
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