Recap – Andrew Aplin hit a two-run homer that put the Fresno Grizzlies ahead in the sixth. But the Colorado Springs Sky Sox reclaimed the lead with a three-run eighth to defeat Fresno 7-5 on Sunday before a crowd of 4,651 at Chukchansi Park. Aplin also provided a defensive gem when he made a diving catch in the second inning. Grizzlies prospect A.J. Reed finished 2 for 4 for his first multi-hit game since April 24. Reliever Jandel Gustave took the loss and logged his first blown save of the season after allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in the eighth.
Up next – The Fresno Grizzlies will play an early afternoon game on Memorial Day with the first pitch at 11:05 a.m. Monday. Grizzlies RH Cesar Valdez (2-0, 2.79 ERA) is set to face Colorado Springs Sky Sox RH Jorge Lopez (1-3, 6.25). Valdez has been used mostly as a reliever but is starting for at least the time being and will make his third start. Lopez, a second-round pick in 2011, has struggled this season after a strong campaign a year ago in Double-A when he went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He’ll be looking for his second win while making his 10th Triple-A start this season.
Singleton benched – Jon Singleton was listed as the starting designated hitter early Sunday but ended up not playing for an undisclosed team rules violation. Max Stassi started in Singleton’s place and hit a two-run homer in going 2 for 4. The Grizzlies had a quick turnaround after Saturday’s game ended around 10:15 p.m. and Sunday’s outing began at 1:05 p.m.
Walk a lot – A day after issuing nine walks in an 8-4 loss to the Grizzlies, the Sky Sox finished with seven walks on Sunday. Entering the day, the Sky Sox led the Pacific Coast League with 204 walks and were second among all Triple-A clubs.