The Fresno Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-7 victory over visiting Colorado Springs Saturday night at Chukchansi Park. Jesus Guzman’s first hit of the game came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Kevin Frandsen for the winning run. The walk –off win came after the Grizzlies relinquished a two-run ninth inning lead for the second straight night.
Fresno right-hander Ryan Sadowski pitched 6.0 strong innings, giving up four runs and striking out three. Sky Sox starter Jason Hirsh surrendered seven runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings of work. Both starters received no-decisions.
Colorado Springs scored the first run of the contest for the third straight game on a solo homer from left-fielder Matt Miller, with two outs in the first. The Grizzlies would take their first lead in the second, thanks to a leadoff home run from John Bowker, and an RBI single from Sadowski.
The advantage would change hands twice in the fifth as the Sky Sox rallied for three runs in the top-half of the frame, including an RBI single from former Grizzly Dan Ortmeier. Fresno would counter in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back homers from Frandsen and Bowker, to take a 7-4 lead.
The Grizzlies entered the ninth two-runs ahead and reliever Felix Romero on the mound. The right-hander would retire the first two batters of the inning, only to see the lead slip away, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two errors by shortstop Frandsen.
Frandsen would redeem himself in the bottom half of the frame though, singling sharply to left to put the winning run aboard. After a Bowker base hit and a walk earned by Ryan Rohlinger, pinch hitter Brian Horwitz struck out with the bases loaded. With the score knotted at seven runs apiece, Guzman stepped to the plate with two out and the bags full. The right-handed hitting Guzman grounded to the hole at short and legged out an infield single to win the game for the Grizzlies, plating Frandsen. Romero was credited with the win, while Sky Sox reliever Damian Moss got his third loss of the season, all of which have come against Fresno.
The Grizzlies will look for a series split in tomorrow’s finale against Colorado Springs. Fresno right-hander Billy Sadler (5-1, 4.91) will get the start, facing off against Sky Sox southpaw Franklin Morales (0-2, 4.50). Sunday’s first pitch is set for 2:05pm PDT at Chukchansi Park.