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Stingers win, improve to 7-2

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FRESNO, Calif. — The Salt Lake Stingers are off to the best start in franchise history after knocking off the Grizzlies 5-2 Friday night in Fresno.

After nine games, Mike Brumley's crew is 7-2, while the previous best was 6-3 in the 2002 season.

Salt Lake took a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Alex Pelaez, Barry Wesson and Wil Nieves. A home run by Tony Torcato in the fourth made it 2-1, but the Stingers got the run back in the sixth on a double by Alfredo Amezaga, a groundout by Brian Gordon and a bloop double to right by Robb Quinlan.

Chris Bootcheck (1-1) picked up the win for Salt Lake as he allowed just two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Cam Esslinger and Matt Hensley combine for 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, with Hensley picking up the first save of his professional career.

BEELINES: Former Cyprus High School standout Scott Eyre has been sent to Fresno by the Giants on an injury rehab assignment. Eyre has been out with a sore lower back. He worked a scoreless seventh inning . . . Pre-game ceremonies for the Grizzlies home opener caused the game to start nearly thirty minutes late.


KEY INNING: In the Fresno fifth, the bases were loaded with one out when Jamie Athas hit a sinking liner that was trapped by centerfielder Jake Thrower. It should have been an RBI single, but the runner at third, Trey Lunsford thought the ball was caught and didn't run. Thrower's toss to the plate forced out Lunsford and the Grizzlies did not score in the inning.

KEY STAT: The Stingers first five hits were all doubles that accounted for their first three runs.

TOP PERFORMANCE: Barry Wesson goes 1-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.