Dan Straily, who two seasons ago went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA and 124 strikeouts for the Oakland A’s, will make his first start with the Fresno Grizzlies. The right-handed Straily was in the running for the Houston Astros‘ fifth-starter spot during spring training. He’ll face RH Matthew Bowman, who went a combined 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA last season while playing in Double-A and Triple-A of the New York Mets farm system. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. at Chukchansi Park.
•On the horizon:
Two more in the Las Vegas series this weekend, followed by four at home vs. Salt Lake (60-84, last in PCL South in 2014).
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock, starting for the Grizzlies while on rehab assignment, didn’t allow a hit while throwing 42/3 scoreless innings to highlight a 2-1 victory against the 51s during Thursday’s season-opener. First baseman Jon Singleton batted 2 for 3 and Matt Dominguez drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a double to left. Jake Buchanan got the win after holding the 51s to one run on two hits in the final four innings.
•Stat of the day:
The Grizzlies did not allow a hit through six innings. Las Vegas’ Eric Campbell singled to start the seventh inning and break up the no-hit bid.