Tuesday recap: It was unofficial batting practice night at Chukchansi Park on Tuesday as the Fresno Grizzlies amassed 17 of the 35 total hits en route a 14-12 win against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Fresno's win, coupled with a loss by the Oklahoma City Dodgers (74-49), currently gives the Grizzlies (75-48) the best record in Triple-A and extended their win streak to eight games. Playing before an announced crowd of 3,577, Fresno’s Tyler White continued his hot hitting and supplied two doubles, a triple and four RBIs a night after amassing six RBIs. Teammate Tony Kemp finished 4 for 4 with a double, triple and four runs. Even Grizzlies catcher Tyler Heineman got in on the offensive barrage, launching his first home run of the season and his first since Aug. 23, 2014, with a two-run shot to right field during the Grizzlies’ seven-run third. It wasn’t all about padding the stats for the Grizzlies, though. Fresno starting pitcher Mark Appel took a step back in his development. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Appel had a 2.45 ERA in his past four starts combined entering Tuesday. He served up a three-run homer in the first before ending the night with nine runs allowed (six earned) off 12 hits and two walks. He was yanked after loading the bases with two outs in the fifth inning and 107 pitches (71 for strikes). Jake Buchanan came in in relief and immediately got an out to prevent Appel’s ugly night from getting worse. The Grizzlies led by as many as five runs, yet almost blew it after reliever Kevin Chapman allowed three runs in the ninth that allowed the Zephyrs to reduce Fresno’s lead to two runs and place runners on second and third with one out. Jordan Jankowski then came in and, despite loading the bases, got the save.
Grizzlies on Wednesday: Former Fresno State star Jason Wood will manage his first game back in his hometown when the Round Rock Express take on the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Wood, a graduate of McLane High who went on to play at Fresno City, then Fresno State, is in his first year managing Triple-A with the Express. He managed the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders last year and the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans the three seasons prior. Grizzlies RH Asher Wojciechowski (7-2, 5.48 ERA) will pitch against Express RH Anthony Ranaudo (7-3, 3.67).
Stat of the day: 265 – Fresno’s season-long run differential prior to Tuesday’s series finale against New Orleans. The Grizzlies led the Pacific Coast League with 711 runs and the Zephyrs ranked last with 446.