Gillaspie reached base three times and drove in a run
Fresno, Calif. - Memphis Redbirds pitcher and St. Louis
Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller overcame a two-run first
inning and shut down the Fresno Grizzlies offense in a 9-2
Memphis win on Sunday at Chukchansi Park.
Memphis entered the day with the worst record in the PCL,
but Miller's eight-strikeout performance flipped the
table against the Grizzlies. Fresno managed five hits in
the game, four of which were off Miller. The right-hander
earned his seventh win of the season after pitching seven
Grizzlies starting pitcher Jason Stevenson was roughed up
in the first and fifth innings to bookend his start. Three
of the first four batters Stevenson faced in the game
reached base with a hit, including Ryan Jackson's
two-run home run. Stevenson walked Bryan Anderson with the
bases loaded later in the inning to make it 3-0 Memphis
after the top of the first.
Anderson struck for a three-run home run in the fifth off
of Stevenson that gave the Redbirds a 7-2 lead. Steven Hill
also hit a homer in the fifth, a solo shot to lead off the
Anderson added a solo home run in the seventh off of Scott
Munter for his second roundtripper of the game. He went
2-for-4 with a walk and five RBI.
Stevenson ended the night allowing seven runs on 13 hits.
He struck out four and walked one. The 13 hits surrendered
by Stevenson matched Eric Hacker for the most allowed in a
start by a Grizzlies pitcher this season.
The Redbirds added a late run in the ninth when
pinch-hitter Adron Chambers beat out a grounder to second
base while Luis Montanez scored from second on the play.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, used two doubles to plate their
only runs in the game in the first inning. Francisco
Peguero hit a double off the wall in left field to score
Christian, and Gillaspie scored Peguero with a double of
Peguero and Gillaspie were the only two Grizzlies hitters
with multiple hits. Peguero went 2-for-4 while Gillaspie
had two hits and one walk in his four plate appearances.
The two teams will continue their four-game series on
Monday at 7:05 pm. Right-hander Boof Bonser will start for
Fresno and face Memphis' Brandon Dickson.
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