• Grizzlies Thursday: LH Luis Cruz will make his fifth start of the season and second at home when Fresno takes on El Paso in the series finale at 7:05 p.m. In his last outing, Cruz (0-1, 5.21 ERA) held Tacoma scoreless through five innings of three-hit ball before the Grizzlies ultimately fell 2-0 on May
1. He also had three strikeouts and three walks. The Chihuahuas will throw LH Robbie Erlin (4-1, 5.33), a winner in each of his past four starts. Fresno hosts Tacoma in a four-game series beginning Friday to close out the homestand.
• Wednesday rewind: Houston Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer had a much better outing in his second rehab start with Triple-A Fresno, tossing 51/3 innings of scoreless ball to help the Grizzlies to a 7-3 win over El Paso. The 25-year-old lefty, who appears to have worked his way back from a blister, gave up just three hits. He also fanned nine and retired the side three times. Alex White gave up three runs on four hits in three innings and was credited with his first save of the season. Grizzlies first baseman Jon Singleton dominated at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two home runs, four RBIs and one walk. He also converted an unassisted double play in the third, catching Abraham Almonte’s line drive and doubling off the base runner to end the inning.
• Goin’ up: Grizzlies LF Preston Tucker, who had a PCL-leading 10 home runs and 32 RBIs, has been promoted to parent club Houston. Tucker, who did not play Wednesday, will join the Astros in Anaheim on Thursday to take the place of an injured George Springer.