The Fresno Grizzlies (14-21) fell 5-2 Friday night to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (17-16), snapping a six-game win streak against the club dating back to June 1, 2015.
Fresno scored first against the home team in consecutive games to take a 1-0 lead after the first. With Tony Kemp (double) on third and Derek Fisher (fielder’s choice) on first, a double steal scored Kemp to put the Grizzlies ahead.
Fisher’s team-leading eighth home run of the season put the Grizzlies up 2-0 in the fourth. With the solo shot he extended his hit streak to a club-high 15 games (April 25 – May 12). During that span Fisher is 26-for-66 (.394) with five homers, six doubles, 14 RBI, 10 runs scored, three walks and two stolen bases. Fisher’s streak matches the longest by Fresno in the 2016 season which was accomplished by Tyler White (July 2 – July 19).
A nine-batter four-run bottom of the fourth gave Oklahoma City a 4-2 lead over the Grizzlies. RBI singles from Bobby Wilson and Darnell Sweeney (2-for-3) and a two-run single by Alex Verdugo did the damage. The Dodgers tacked on one last run in the eighth with a Max Muncy (2-for-4) RBI single that scored O’Koyea Dickson to make the score 5-2.
Grizzlies starter Trent Thornton (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The six strikeouts equal a season high for Thornton, who also punched out six in his last appearance on May 5 against Sacramento.
For Oklahoma City, starter Justin Masterson (3-1) was credited with the win allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts through seven innings. Madison Younginer registered his second save of the season with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Grizzlies and the Dodgers continue the series on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. PT at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. RHP Mike Hauschild (0-1, 16.50) is the starter for Fresno and will face RHP Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 2.60) for Oklahoma City.
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