Monday recap – Pat Valaika hit for the cycle as Albuquerque made it three straight wins in the series, topping Fresno 7-1 in a game pushed back about an hour because of rain. Valaika homered in the first, tripled in the fourth, doubled in the sixth and singled in the eighth. The Isotopes scored three in the bottom of the first and sent the Grizzlies to their fourth straight loss and ninth in the past 11 games. Albuquerque starter Kyle Freeland (5-2) allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings. Keegan Yuhl (0-3) allowed five runs and 12 hits in 5.2 innings. The Grizzlies’ Colin Moran saw his hitting streak snapped at 11 games.
Up next – Fresno will throw RH Brady Rodgers (12-4, 2.82) against LH German Marquez (1-0, 3.65) and the Isotopes in Tuesday’s series finale in Albuquerque. First pitch is 5:35 p.m. Rodgers leads Pacific Coast League in ERA; is second in WHIP (1.13), tied for second in wins, and seventh in strikeouts (108); and is the league’s only 20-game starter with less than 40 earned runs allowed. Marquez, a 21-year-old out of Venezuela, will make his third start for the Isotopes. He was 9-6 with a 2.85 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Hartford before receiving a promotion Aug. 6.
Last time around – The Grizzlies will return to Chukchansi Park on Wednesday for their final homestand of the regular season: a five-game series against Highway 99 rival Sacramento. The teams will play at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, with the home finale at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. The first 1,500 fans through the gates Saturday will receive a free bobblehead of Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco.