Tuesday recap – Mike Freeman hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted Tacoma to a 5-3 Pacific Coast League victory over the Fresno Grizzlies. Fresno had tied the score 3-3 in the top of the eighth on Colin Moran’s two-out, run-scoring single that brought home Tyler White, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. The Grizzlies also scored in the fifth on Nolan Fontana’s third home run of the season and in the fourth on Danny Worth’s 11th homer. Fresno wasted a quality start by Cesar Valdez, who allowed three earned runs on eight hits and no walks over seven innings. Valdez struck out three.
Up next – Pacific Coast League All-star starting pitcher Brady Rodgers (12-4, 2.91) will lead the Fresno Grizzlies against Tacoma in game 3 of the series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Rodgers was originally scheduled to pitch Monday but was scratched on short notice for RH Mike Hauschild, who returned from the disabled list. Rodgers will face Rainiers RH Joe Wieland (12-6, 5.78). Wieland earned a winning decision in six straight starts before being tagged for nine runs in a 12-3 loss at Reno last Friday.
Jammin’ Jankowski – RH reliever Jordan Jankowski continued his tremendous second half of the season Monday, throwing two scoreless innings that sealed the series-opening win against the Rainiers. Jankowski struck out two in the eighth and two in the ninth for 97 total strikeouts in 69 innings this season. He’s also holding hitters to just a .194 average. Since the All-Star break, Jankowski has lowered his ERA from 4.21 to 3.91, giving up just eight earned runs in 22 innings in that span.
Opening in style – The Grizzlies won their 23rd series opener Monday, improving to 23-12 in openers this season. Under second-year manager Tony DeFrancesco, Fresno is now 51-20 (.718) in such games.
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