The Fresno Grizzlies scored six runs during a fifth-inning rally and starting pitcher Joe Musgrove shut down the Oklahoma City Dodgers over seven innings, as Fresno notched an 8-1 win over the Dodgers Wednesday afternoon at Chukchansi Park.
The Dodgers (24-20) have tied their season high by losing four straight, allowing 36 runs in the process. Since taking a 7-1 lead during Monday night’s contest, the Grizzlies have outscored the Dodgers, 29-4, plating 29 runs over the team’s last 20 at-bats. Of those 29 runs, 21 have scored with two outs.
Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu held the Grizzlies (20-25) scoreless through the first four innings, but the Grizzlies opened the flood gates for six runs in the fifth inning against reliever Logan Bawcom (1-2) to break a scoreless tie. Fresno tallied five hits in the inning and scored four of the runs with two outs.
Andrew Aplin opened the scoring with a RBI single. After Aplin stole second base, Danny Worth singled Aplin home to make it 2-0.
With runners at the corners and two outs, A.J. Reed sent a fly ball to right-center field that fell between James Ramsey and Corey Brown for a RBI single. Preston Tucker followed with another RBI single, and Tyler Heineman delivered a big two-run triple down the right field line to cap the rally.
It was more than enough offense for Musgrove, who allowed one run over seven innings. Musgrove (2-0) was dominant over his first five frames, retiring 14 of 15 batters while facing the minimum. He retired each of the first nine OKC batters before Micah Johnson led off the fifth with a base hit. However, Johnson was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, and Musgrove proceeded to retire the next five batters after Johnson.
The Dodgers were able to break through against Musgrove in the seventh inning when Charlie Culberson hit a two-out RBI single.
Musgrove would leave shortly thereafter. He finished his day allowing one run and five hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Fresno reliever Jordan Jankowski pitched the final two innings, striking out four for the six batters he faced. The duo limited the Dodgers to five hits – all singles – with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Aplin finished the scoring for Fresno with a two-run homer off Jordan Schafer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Aplin entered the series batting .181 with five RBI for the season, but has gone 6-for-13 with four RBI over the first three games against OKC.
Ryu allowed four hits with no walks and three strikeouts over four innings. He threw 55 pitches, with 40 strikes and was able to work around a couple of early Fresno threats.
Preston Tucker doubled with one out in the second inning, but Ryu induced a pop out and a ground out to keep the game scoreless. Following an error by first baseman Alex Hassan and base hit by Danny Worth, the Grizzlies had runners at the corners with one out in the third inning. With Jon Singleton at the plate, Ryu got the slugging first baseman to hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Dodgers finish their series in Fresno looking to avoid a sweep Thursday night at 9:05 p.m. Central time. Live coverage begins 15 minutes before the first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.