Recap – Tyler White smashed a grand slam in the sixth – his third home run in as many days – to cut the deficit to two runs, but the Reno Aces held off the Grizzlies for a 9-4 win Friday in front of 5,993 fans at Chukchansi Park. The Aces tagged starting pitcher Tommy Shirley for nine hits and six runs (all earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Reno’s Mitch Haniger started the scoring with a booming solo home run that sailed into the construction area on the Fulton Mall beyond left field. Haniger added a two-run single in the second and Peter O’Brien hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 6-0 lead. The Aces plated three runs in the eighth via a triple and single as they leveled the series at one game apiece.
Up next – Fresno RH Brad Peacock (2-4, 5.17) will face Reno RH Braden Shipley (7-4, 3.69) in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader at 5:05 p.m. The starters for Game 2, which will start 30 minutes after the end of Game 1, have yet to be announced. It’s the Grizzlies’ final games before they take a four-day hiatus for the All-Star break. Fresno is on the rise heading into the season’s midway point, climbing back into second place in the Pacific Northern Division on Friday for the first time since May 14. The Grizzlies over the past four weeks have won 19 of 25 to take seven games off Tacoma’s division lead and are tied with the Aces 2 1/2 games back.
Thou shall not pass – Fresno pitchers have issued just one walk over the past three games.
All-Star break – Hot prospect Alex Bregman was not in Friday’s starting lineup and won’t play Saturday as he prepares for the SiriusXM Futures Game in San Diego on Sunday. RH Joe Musgrove will join Bregman on Team USA. On Wednesday, right-handers Mike Hauschild, Brady Rogers and James Hoyt will represent the Grizzlies at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C.
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