The Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies suffered a rough week, falling out of first place in their division.
The hot streak is over. After barreling back from purgatory to claim first place, the Astros Triple-A team. Fresno has relinquished its lead as it approaches the finish line. The Grizzlies posted a 1-6 record this week, falling to two games behind Reno entering play on Monday.
Settling for a Split
In the fourth and final game of the series against Albuquerque, Fresno fell 7-3 on Aug. 14. Starter Kent Emanuel gave up just two runs in five innings, but Dayan Diaz coughed up five runs in the eighth inning. Garrett Stubbs had three hits, including two doubles, while Jack Mayfield launched a solo homer.
Home Sour Home
The Grizzlies opened a four-game home series against Las Vegas with a 6-5 loss on Aug. 15. Starter Cy Sneed gave up five runs in five innings in his first Triple-A start. Mayfield and Drew Ferguson each had two hits, including a double, while A.J. Reed belted a solo dinger.
Fresno lost the second game of the series 4-3 on Wednesday. Mike Hauschild gave up just two runs in six innings with seven strikeouts, while Diaz gave up two runs and took another loss. Tyler White had two hits and two RBIs, including a homer, while Colin Walsh had three hits and a RBI.
The Grizzlies offense was shut down in a 6-0 defeat on Thursday. Starter David Martinez gave up just two runs in seven innings, taking a hard-luck loss. Tony Kemp had two hits, while White added a single and a walk.
Fresno snapped its five-game skid and avoided the sweep, notching a 3-2 walk-off win on Friday. Kemp hit the game-winning single, while Preston Tucker had two hits, a RBI and a walk. Starter Rogelio Armenteros fanned nine batters in seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit.
The Grizzlies fell 4-1 in the opener of a four-game set at Reno. Starter Trent Thornton took the loss despite giving up just two runs (one earned) on two hits in six innings with eight strikeouts. Kemp notched two of the team’s three hits, while Walsh doubled and drew two walks.
Fresno dropped game two of the series as well, losing 11-8 on Sunday. Emanuel gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings, while the bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth. White had three hits, including a pair of homers, and five RBIs. Kemp had four hits, including a double, a RBI and three runs scored.
Player of the Week: Rogelio Armenteros
What a run this guy is on. After posting a 1.93 ERA at Corpus Christi, he’s carrying a 2.38 ERA in eight starts for Fresno. His latest start was his best yet, giving up just one hit in seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He’s struck out at least eight batters and allowed no more than three runs in each of his last five starts. In 45.1 Triple-A innings, he sports 60 strikeouts against 16 walks.
The 23-year-old is making a lot of noise for the Grizzlies, and he could find himself in Houston in September if he continues pitching this way. He’s also been a huge shot in the arm for a pitching staff that has struggled for most of the season.
Fresno continues its series against Reno on Monday and Tuesday. The team needs to salvage a split to move back into a tie for first place. Following an off day on Wednesday, the Grizzlies return home for four games against Tacoma. They sit at 70-58 through Sunday, two games behind Reno for the division lead.
***Statistics courtesy of MiLB.com***