A beat down – Fresno served up two grand slams and gave up the most runs and hits allowed in a single game this season en route to a 17-4 loss to Colorado Springs on Friday before an announced crowd of 6,858 at Chukchansi Park. The Sky Sox finished with 20 hits while snapping the Grizzlies’ season-best, four-game winning streak. It also was Fresno’s largest margin of defeat on the year. Colorado Springs’ Will Middlebrooks homered with the bases loaded during the first inning against Grizzlies starting pitcher Mike Hauschild – three batters after the Grizzlies committed a fielding error with two outs that kept the inning alive. In the sixth, Sky Sox cleanup hitter Andy Wilkins launched a grand slam off Fresno reliever Chris Cotton, who had just entered the game for Hauschild. The Sky Sox scored six runs in both the first and sixth innings, the most allowed by the Grizzlies in an inning this season.
DeFrancesco absent – Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco was not at Thursday’s or Friday’s games and was expected to miss Saturday’s, too, to attend his son’s high school graduation. Josh Bonifay, manager of the Houston Astros’ Rookie League club Greeneville, is filling in.
Up next – It’ll be a matchup of lefties Saturday with Fresno’s Tommy Shirley (3-3, 3.64 ERA) scheduled to face Colorado Springs’ Sam Freeman (0-0, 2.45). Shirley has been solid most of this season, but he’s coming off his worst start when he allowed six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings Monday against Oklahoma City. Freeman has pitched 116 1/3 innings in the majors over the past five seasons, including 7 2/3 innings with the Milwaukee Brewers this year.
Singleton leading PCL in HRs – Fresno’s Jon Singleton is tied atop the PCL with 13 home runs, joined by Sacramento’s Jarrett Parker.
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