Wednesday recap: Reno delivered a pair of four-run haymakers in the third and seventh — the former erasing a 4-1 deficit and the latter expanding what was a 6-4 lead — as the Aces beat Fresno 10-4 in the series opener. Peter O’Brien smashed a three-run homer off Grizzlies starter Mike Hauschild and Brandon Drury, capping a five-hit night, hit one of a pair of two-out, two-run doubles in the seventh. Drury also homered in the first and is hitting .352 since his late June promotion from Double-A. Every one in Reno’s lineup had at least one hit. The Grizzlies have lost four straight and 5 of 6, but still lead Tacoma by 7.5 games and Reno by 8 in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division.
Grizzlies on Thursday: Fresno RH Asher Wojciechowski (5-2, 5.38 ERA) will try to bounce back after surrendering seven runs in each of his past two starts in game 2 of a three-game series at Reno. Wojciechowski, though, will be trying to redeem himself against an Aces team that is 30-23 at home, tied for the best batting average in the PCL at .285 through Tuesday, and that had the second most extra-base hits in the league with 349, including 100 home runs. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. The Aces’ starter had not been posted.
Roster movement: Grizzlies starter Brady Rodgers went on the disabled list. He leads the team with 17 starts and 95 innings in his first full season in Triple-A. The righty is 8-5 with a 4.93 ERA.
Stat of the day: Though not a highly regarded prospect like some in the Houston Astros’ farm system, DH Tyler White holds the distinction of being the Grizzlies’ top hitter for average through a player’s first 20 games with Fresno this season. White hit .402 and his 19 RBIs are second most in that duration. Preston Tucker was the Grizzlies’ top power hitter through a player’s initial 20-game stint, hitting .329 with nine homers and 29 RBIs. Current Grizzlies RBI leader Matt Duffy hit .329 with one home run and 12 RBIs. Domingo Santana hit .273 with five homers and 10 RBIs, and fellow upper-tier prospect Carlos Correa hit .241 with three homers and eight RBIs. Slugger Jon Singleton hit .230 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his first 20 games for Fresno before catching fire and taking over and holding the PCL lead in homers and RBIs at the time of his call-up to the majors.
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