Recap – Jose Reyes and Stephen Cardullo hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, sending the host Albuquerque Isotopes to a 3-2 PCL victory over the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday. The Grizzlies got off to a quick start in the first – with Danny Worth hitting an RBI groundout after Andrew Aplin tripled and Matt Duffy adding a run-scoring single after Preston Tucker doubled – but were held in check the rest of the way.
Up next – Fresno RH Brad Peacock (0-1, 5.64 ERA) faces El Paso RH Carlos Pimentel (4-3, 6.88) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday as the Grizzlies and Chihuahuas open a four-game series that starts an eight-game homestand at Chukchansi Park. Peacock has the lone decision despite nine starts and probably is glad to have May in his rearview mirror after posting a 7.20 ERA in five games last month. Pimentel has pitched more than 1,000 minor-league innings and last year, at age 25, had a bit of a breakthrough when he went 12-6 with a 2.95 ERA with Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate Iowa and earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year honors.
Near miss– Tucker fell a triple short of the cycle Thursday, going 3 for 3 in the nightcap of Fresno’s doubleheader sweep at Albuquerque. He would have been due up first if the game had been extended another inning; both games were shortened to seven innings because of the rain-forced twinbill. It was a much-needed boost for Tucker, who played for the Grizzlies’ parent club Houston for much of 2015 but saw his 2016 average plummet to .188 after going 0 for 2 in Thursday’s opening game.
On the mend – Former star major-league shortstop Reyes, 32, was making the second start of his rehab assignment with Albuquerque on Friday, following completion of a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy. He went 0 for 3 in Game 1 on Thursday. Reyes is a career .290 hitter in the majors, most notably with the Mets, but combined for a .274 average for Toronto and Colorado in 2015.