Friday recap – Jorge Bonifacio hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning and Orlando Calixte homered and had three hits, driving in two as Omaha defeated Fresno 11-7. The double by Bonifacio scored Calixte, Reymond Fuentes, and Hunter Dozier to give the Storm Chasers a 10-6 lead. Benino Pruneda (3-1) got the win with three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Fresno starter Eury De La Rosa (0-1) took the loss while allowing seven runs in four innings. De La Rosa made his Grizzlies debut after his contract was purchased by the Houston Astros from the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League. Chris Cotton followed and allowed three runs in 1.2 innings. Fresno’s Colin Moran homered and singled, driving in three runs, but the Grizzlies finished 2-6 on the homestand.
Up next – Fresno hits the road to face Albuquerque for four games, with RH David Paulino called up from Double-A Corpus Christi to start Saturday’s 6:05 p.m. opener. Paulino, 22, listed at 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 72 in 64 innings, in 14 games (nine starts) for the Hooks. He is No. 80 on mlb.com’s list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Isotopes were to start RH Jeff Hoffman (6-9, 4.02 ERA). The Grizzlies, 31-28 on the road this season, lead the season series 9-3.
Valdez’s success – At 11-1, Fresno’s Cesar Valdez is tied for third in victories in the Pacific Coast League and no pitcher with at least eight wins has as few losses. He ranks fourth with a 3.28 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and 10th with 99 strikeouts. Valdez, from the Dominican Republic, played last year in Mexico. He was in the majors in 2010, going 1-2 with a 7.65 ERA in nine games with Arizona.