The Fresno Grizzlies (16-24) came from behind to defeat the Nashville Sounds (17-19) in walk-off fashion by a score of 6-5 Wednesday afternoon at Chukchansi Park. A.J. Reed (2-for-4) hit his fifth home run of the season to win it for Fresno. The two clubs combined for five homers in back-to-back games.
For the second game in a row, the Sounds started the scoring in the second to take a 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies. Ryan Lavarnway hit his third home run of the season. The two-run shot to left scored Joey Wendle who had walked to get on.
In the fifth, the Grizzlies cut the Sounds lead to 2-1 when Derek Fisher (3-for-5) scored Tony Kemp with a RBI double. The next inning, Matt Chapman homered in consecutive games to give Nashville a 3-1 lead. The solo shot was his seventh long ball of the season.
The Grizzlies tied the contest 3-3 in the home half of the sixth that started with a walk to Reed. The walk was followed by a Tyler White single and a double from Colin Moran (2-for-3) to score Reed. Reid Brignac hit a sacrifice fly the following at-bat that scored White to tie the game.
The Sounds re-took the lead in the eighth, 4-3. Jaycob Brugman reached on an error and Matt Olson drove him home with a RBI double. The lead did not last long when Jon Kemmer (2-for-4) knocked his fourth home run of the season to center in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 4-4 for the Grizzlies. Nashville took the lead back again in the ninth to make the score 5-4. Chris Parmelee hit a solo shot to right for his fifth homer of the season.
Fresno had none of that with Reed crushing his fifth home run of 2017 for the 6-5 walk-off victory. The two-run shot was hit to right field and scored Preston Tucker who walked to get on.
Nashville Reliever Simon Castro (0-1) suffered the loss. He allowed three runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Starter Daniel Gossett went five innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
In his second start of 2017 for the Grizzlies, starting pitcher David Paulino tossed 76 pitches and only allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts through six innings. Dayan Diaz (2-0) earned the win in relief in the ninth allowing one run on two hits without a walk. After pitching the eighth on his birthday Wednesday afternoon, Jordan Jankowski has not allowed an earned run in 14 of 16 appearances, while lowering his ERA to 1.50. He has 20 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
The Grizzlies will look to split the series with the Sounds in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Nashville RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 4.91) will face Fresno RHP Trent Thornton (1-1, 2.60).
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