Scorching Singleton belts another slam

Grizzlies slugger drives home five more, leads pro ball with 40 RBIs

Jon Singleton had 17 RBIs this season before racking up 23 in his last five games. (James Ramirez/Fresno Grizzlies)

By Tyler Maun / | May 16, 2015 3:11 AM

It's a fitting indicator of how good Jon Singleton's last week has been when Friday night's surprise was that the Astros slugger didn't belt a grand slam when he batted with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Singleton did, however, continue his scorching streak at the plate with his third grand slam in five games and added an RBI in the ninth inning as Triple-A Fresno rolled by Albuquerque, 8-3, at Isotopes Park.

The 23-year-old's dream week continued when he went to the plate in the third with the bases full of Grizzlies. Singleton connected on a full-count offering from top Rockies prospect Jon Gray and sent it over the right field wall.

Singleton had a chance to create similar thunder in the ninth but grounded into a forceout that plated top Astros prospect Carlos Correa with Fresno's final run.

The five-RBI performance was the latest in an eye-opening week of run production for the slugger. Over his last five games, Singleton has driven in 23 runs -- the Californian had 17 RBIs all year entering that stretch -- while homering five times and has boosted his average 30 points to .262 with hits in six of his last seven games.

Singleton's 40 RBIs are tops in professional baseball, five more than Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton at the Major League level and eight better than Correa, who's driven in 32 runs between Double-A Corpus Christi and Fresno for the second-highest total in the Minors. Peter O'Brien of Triple-A Reno and Singleton's former Grizzlies teammate, Preston Tucker, also have 32 RBIs, two of only five other Minor Leaguers to reach the 30-RBI plateau this season.

The first baseman's latest big night came in support of Fresno starter Brady Rodgers (2-2) who allowed one run while scattering eight hits and striking out five over seven innings.

Gray (1-4) was charged with five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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