Wednesday recap – Jon Kemmer hit a two-run single in the top of the 11th as Fresno beat Las Vegas 5-3 in the opener of a five-game series. Kemmer extended his hitting streak to 13 games on a night that saw him finish 3 for 6. Colin Moran and Jon Singleton both homered for the Grizzlies, Albert Minnis allowed a run in two innings in his Triple-A debut, Reymin Guduan (1-3) got the win with three scoreless innings of relief and Jordan Jankowski struck out the three he faced – all swinging – for his third save. The Grizzlies picked up 10-plus hits for the fifth straight game, totaling 15 against the 51s.
Up next – The Grizzlies will play a doubleheader Thursday against the Las Vegas 51s starting at 5:05 p.m. at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Fresno RH Brady Rodgers (10-3, 2.59) will get the start in Game 1 against LH Darin Gorski (3-2, 4.93), with the Game 2 starters to be announced later. Rodgers is 9-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his past 10 starts, including a win in his last outing July 29 against Las Vegas at Chukchansi Park against Gorkski.
Another call-up – RH Brad Peacock was originally scheduled to start for Grizzlies on Wednesday, but instead was recalled by the Houston Astros to take the place of RH Lance McCullers, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with elbow discomfort. Peacock went 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A Fresno. LH Chris Cotton made his first Triple-A start in Peacock’s place and went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three. His previous season high was 2.1 innings.
Reinforcements – Fresno received two pitchers from Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday to help with its attempted defense of the Pacific Coast League championship. Minnis a left-hander, and RH Aaron West were promoted to Triple-A for the first time in their careers. Minnis, 24, made 11 appearances out of the bullpen for the Hooks, compiling a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings and one save. West, 26, was the Hooks’ closer and led the Texas League with 15 saves in 18 opportunities through Tuesday.