That’s a wrap, headed home – Fresno’s eight-game post-Triple-A All-Star Game trip – and four-game series in Texas – ended in a thud Thursday, as wildness helped cut short Tommy Shirley’s outing in the third inning of a 3-0 loss at Round Rock. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak, part of a run in which the Grizzlies have gone 26-10 since falling a season-worst 10 games under .500 on June 11. Shirley allowed a season-high four walks while being charged with three runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Round Rock LH Michael Roth, backed by Joey Gallo’s three-run homer in the third, countered with seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Wednesday recap – John Kemmer’s pinch-hit, three run home run capped a six-run seventh that sent Fresno to an 8-5 victory. Reymin Guduan and James Hoyt shut out the Express over the final 2 1/3 innings. Hoyt picked up his 25th save, while starter Cesar Valdez improved to 8-1 after working 6 2/3 innings. Grizzlies shortstop Alex Bregman went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .388 in his first 15 games since his promotion to Fresno.
Up next – Fresno RH Mike Hauschild (7-8, 2.81 ERA) faces Albuquerque LH Kyle Freeland (1-2, 5.55 ERA) in the first of a four-game series and nine-game homestand (including a Thursday doubleheader against Las Vegas). How much can a pitcher control his own wins and losses? Consider the curious case of Hauschild, who has allowed six earned runs in 40 innings across his past six starts and has two victories, two losses and two no-decisions to show for it.
Roster move – Jack Mayfield was put on the seven-day disabled list by Fresno while fellow infielder Chan Jong Moon was transferred from Double-A Corpus Christi to the Grizzlies.
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Road rediscovery – It turned out to be a short stay, but the Grizzlies’ victory Wednesday pushed the defending Pacific Coast League and Triple-A National champs above .500 on the road for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 13.
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