MVP’s struggles continue – Fresno Grizzlies’ Matt Duffy , last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP, continued his struggles Sunday after entering as a pinch hitter – with the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second – and striking out to end the threat. The Grizzlies went on to lose 4-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas as their ninth-inning efforts were shut down by Jose Dominguez , who ended the game three straight strikeouts. Colin Moran finished 2 for 4 for his seventh multi-hit game of the season. Grizzlies starting pitcher Tommy Shirley (3-1, 3.13 ERA) gave up four runs off nine hits in the six innings to suffer his first loss. Sunday’s announced crowd was 7,444 at Chukchansi Park. The Grizzlies went 2-2 in the series against the Chihuahuas.
Rough day, stretch – Sunday’s leadoff hitter Jake Marisnick batted 0 for 5 with a strikeout for the Grizzlies. Since he was optioned to Triple-A after starting the year with the Houston Astros, Marisnick has gone just 3 for 19 with no extra-base hits, and seven strikeouts to zero walks.
No walks – Despite the loss, the Grizzlies pitchers of Shirley, Jordan Jankowski and Kevin Chapman did not issue a walk throughout Sunday.
Up next – Fresno Grizzlies RH Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.66) will try to log his first win of the season, facing Reno Aces RH Archie Bradley (2-1, 2.41) with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m. Bradley was considered the top pitching prospect just two seasons ago. He’s since enduring back-to-back injury plagued seasons, though he’s drawn nine big league starts, too. Peacock is coming off back surgery in the offseason and missed most of last year.
Saturday recap – Mike Hauschild threw seven scoreless innings and Tony Kemp , Marisnick and Danny Worth each drove in a run as the Grizzlies topped the Chihuahuahs 3-0 on Saturday before a near-sellout crowd of 11,337 at Chukchansi Park. Jandel Gustave and James Hoyt completed the shutout, each throwing a scoreless frame. The game took two hours.
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