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Guerrero, Grizzlies Celebrate 4-3 Comeback Claws Victory Over Giants

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September 11, 2022 – California League (CalL)Fresno Grizzlies News Release

San Jose, CA – The Fresno Grizzlies (82-49, 41-24) sparked a comeback victory over the San Jose Giants (74-57, 34-31) 4-3 Saturday evening from Excite Ballpark. Fresno picked up their 82nd win of the season, tying the franchise record for second most wins in Grizzlies history (84 in 2015). The three-run eighth provided Fresno their seventh comeback triumph against San Jose and 17th overall in 2022. The Grizzlies have won 19 of their last 23 contests and moved to 23-13 in one-run affairs. Fresno also won the regular season head-to-head over San Jose, improving to 16-13 against their division foe. The Grizzlies and Giants will meet on Tuesday for Game 1 of the best-of-three Northern Divisional series.

After trading zeroes for the first three innings, the Grizzlies clawed ahead 1-0 in the fourth. Juan Guerrero, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, started the party with a solo shot to left field. It was Guerrero’s 14th longball (his jersey number) of the season. The Giants grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fourth after two RBI hits. Logan Wyatt roped a double to right, netting Diego Velasquez. Then, Wyatt lumbered home on a Yorlis Rodriguez single to left.

The clubs once again exchanged goose eggs until the top of the eighth. Braxton Fulford smacked a leadoff double to left and Jordan Beck drew a walk. Guerrero supplied a single to right, putting ducks on the pond for Sterlin Thompson. The Florida Gator alum whacked a single to right, knotting the game at two. Then, A.J. Lewis pushed Fresno in front 3-2 after yielding a bases-loaded walk. The advantage extended to 4-2 after Guerrero raced home on a wild pitch. San Jose would add one final run in the bottom of the eighth from a P.J. Hilson RBI single to left.

The one-run lead was enough for Grizzlies closer Angel Chivilli to wrap up his ninth save of the season. Chivilli punched out a pair and mustered a popup to finalize the comeback victory. Fresno reliever Gabriel Barbosa (1-0) relished the win in his debut. Barbosa tied a career-high with five innings of work. He allowed a trio of runs on seven hits and no walks while whiffing three. Barbosa ended his night after a big 5-4-3 double play with the tying run at third in the eighth. His five frames were the most by a Grizzlies bullpen arm this season. Fresno starter Gabriel Hughes was electric in his professional debut. The Rockies #5 overall prospect and 2022 1st…

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