The Fresno Grizzlies (22-15) stung the Salt Lake Bees (22-15) 7-4 Saturday night from Chukchansi Park. Fresno starter Trent Thornton (3-2) earned the win after six and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits, three runs (earned), walking one and fanning six. On the other side, Salt Lake starter Greg Belton (0-1) took the loss after three innings of three-run ball. He scattered four hits, walking one and striking out three.
Alejandro Garcia gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when he singled home AJ Reed. Then, Eduardo de Oleo lasered a double, plating Garcia. Finally, de Oleo crossed home after a triple by Tony Kemp. With the three-bagger, Kemp became the franchise leader in triples, passing Todd Linden. He also extended his hit streak to a team-high 18 games.
Juan Graterol (3-for-4) pushed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when he doubled home a pair of Bees.
Kyle Tucker (3-for-4) quickly erased the double, smashing his third homer of the season to right-center. It was 5-2 Fresno after the two-run shot in the fifth.
After three more innings, Salt Lake had cut the lead to 5-4 from a groundout and balk.
In the bottom of the eighth, Reed made sure the Bees would not come back, crushing a two-run dinger to right. His fifth home run made it 7-4 Fresno.
The three-run advantage was enough for closer James Hoyt, who secured a five-out save. It was his first save of the season.
Prior to the game, four players received their World Series rings thanks to their efforts in 2017 for Houston. Kemp, Reed, Tyler White and Reymin Guduan all flashed their bling before beating Salt Lake.
Both teams are back in action Sunday afternoon from Chukchansi Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PT. Grizzlies' RHP Cy Sneed (2-2, 5.17) battles fellow Bees' righty Ivan Pineyro (0-3, 6.75).
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