Sunday recap – Tyler Heineman went 4 for 4 with one RBI in the Fresno Grizzlies’ 6-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes at Chukchansi Park. Jon Kemmer opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-out, two-run triple and Heineman singled him home for a 3-0 lead. Grizzlies starter Brady Rodgers threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits to go with four strikeouts for his 10th quality start of the season. Rodgers earned his eighth win in his last nine starts, improving to 9-3 with a 2.68 ERA overall. The Isotopes erased the shutout on Mike Tauchman’s bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth. Left-hander Chris Rusin (0-1, 5.79) started for the Isotopes in what was expected to be his final rehabilitation start before rejoining the parent Colorado Rockies. Rusin gave up four hits and three runs, all earned, walked one and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 77 pitches, 44 for strikes, in his third Triple-A start since going on the disabled list June 8 with a shoulder strain.
Up next – Fresno will send RH Joe Musgrove (4-3, 3.98 ERA) to face the Isotopes and RH Christian Bergman (1-2, 4.84) in Monday’s series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. Musgrove, a Futures Game selection, is coming off his best start of the season when he struck out nine and gave up six hits in seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win against Round Rock on July 19. Bergman, who has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Rockies, will make his sixth start for the Isotopes. He most recently gave up four hits for three runs, all earned, to go with two walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings on July 19 against Nashville.
Think fast – Rodgers showed his quick reflexes on the mound, snagging Tom Murphy’s line drive up the middle for the second out in the first inning.
Make it a double – The Grizzlies will host the Las Vegas 51s for a five-game series starting Tuesday at Chukchansi Park. The Triple-A clubs will play a doubleheader Thursday, making up one of three postponed games from the season-opening series in Las Vegas. The Grizzlies and 51s will play another makeup game in a doubleheader Aug. 4 as part of a five-game series at Cashman Field.
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