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 innings.
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 frame.
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 his own.
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.
Courtesy: Fresno Grizzlies
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