Tuesday recap – The Grizzlies picked up their second shutout in three games and 10th overall, edging the Round Rock Express 1-0 at Dell Diamond. Joe Musgrove (4-3) struck out nine in seven innings while Josh Fields and James Hoyt each added a scoreless frame as Fresno climbed a season-high six games over .500 (50-44-1). Tyler White extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left in the third inning to score Alex Bregman, who had doubled as part of a two-hit night, for the only run. For Hoyt, it was his Pacific Coast League-leading 24th save.
Up next– Fresno RH Cesar Valdez (7-1, 3.19) is set to face RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 3.24) and the Round Rock Express in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Valdez has not lost in seven outings since June 11, picking up five wins. In his last outing July 14, he held New Orleans to five hits and one run in seven innings for his sixth quality start of the season. Bibens-Dirkx will make his seventh Triple-A start since signing a minor-league deal with the parent Rangers on June 14.
Power bats – Fresno has 95 home runs in its first 94 games, for a plus-38 in home run differential, having allowed a PCL-low 57 (starters 41, bullpen 16). White has been a major factor as of late, homering four times in six games and seven times in 11. He has 10 homers in 26 Triple-A games this season.
Run reversal – The Fresno Grizzlies entered June 30 with a minus-5 in run differential, but a 23-3 win that night against Salt Lake – the Triple-A debuts of Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez – saw it jump to plus-15. The Grizzlies have gone 12-5 since and are a season-best plus-35 in runs.
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