Up next – The Fresno Grizzlies enter the second half of their eight-game homestand Thursday, hosting the Reno Aces at 7:05 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. Grizzlies RH Mike Hauschild (6-7, 2.95), one of three Fresno players selected to next week’s Triple-A All-Star Game, gets the start against Aces RH John Omahen (0-0, 0.00). Hauschild had a stellar June, going 2-1 over five starts with a 1.45 ERA and 25 strikeouts to six walks over 31 innings. He started this month strong too, picking up a win with four strikeouts in five innings. Omahen will be making the first Triple-A start of his career. He went 7-5 with a 5.36 ERA in Double-A and batters are hitting .309 against him.
Beating their rivals – With the score tied with two outs in the seventh, catcher Max Stassi knocked a two-run double to the left-field corner for the go-ahead runs as the Fresno Grizzlies topped the Sacramento River Cats 5-2 on Wednesday before the announced crowd of 3,984 at Chukchansi Park. Stassi finished 2 for 3. Grizzlies starting pitcher Joe Musgrove scattered five hits and two walks in five innings. He also struck out six. His outing was cut short with Musgrove scheduled to throw in the Future’s All Star game this weekend. Prospect Alex Bregman singled during his third at-bat of the night as he extended his Triple-A stint with a seven-game hitting streak out of the gates. Grizzlies closer James Hoyt, who will participate in the Triple-A All-Star game, locked up his 22nd save and has not be scored on in his past six outings. The Grizzlies took two of three from their Highway 99 rivals.
Kemp’s success – Grizzlies outfielder Tony Kemp continues to succeed against Triple-A pitching. In six games since coming back to the Grizzlies after a month with the Houston Astros, Kemp has batted .391 (9 for 23) with seven runs and two RBIs. He also has four steals in six attempts. When Kemp was promoted to Houston, he was hitting .298 with the Grizzlies.
Moving around – The Grizzlies have started eight players in left field this season, most frequently Matt Duffy with 19 starts. Jon Kemmer is second with 17. The Grizzlies also have used six players at shortstop, most often Nolan Fontana (41 starts), followed by Danny Worth (16 starts). Alex Bregman has manned shortstop the past six games.
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