Thursday recap – Eury De La Rosa’s time with the Fresno Grizzlies keeps getting worse. De La Rosa gave up five runs while lasting just 1 1/3 innings as the Sacramento River Cats thumped the Grizzlies 12-10 on Thursday before the announced crowd of 7,514 at Chukchansi Park. De La Rosa surrendered seven runs off 10 hits in four innings during his first start with the Grizzlies on Aug. 19. The 26-year-old signed a minor-league contract with the Houston Astros earlier this month. He pitched for four minor-league teams and played for three major-league organizations last year. The Grizzlies pitchers who followed De La Rosa on Thursday struggled, too. Reliever Chris Cotton gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Aaron West allowed two runs off three hits in one inning. Albert Minnis threw two scoreless innings. But Reymin Gaudin followed and coughed up two runs off three hits and two walks in one inning. Jandel Gustave tossed a scoreless ninth. Offensively, the Grizzlies received home runs from Jon Singleton, Tyler White, Danny Worth and Derek Fisher. Travis Ishikawa, the former San Francisco Giants first baseman who’s playing for the Sacramento River Cats, finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Up next – RH David Paulino (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start with Fresno on Friday, facing Sacramento LH Ty Blach (13-7, 3.58). First pitch is 7:05 p.m. Paulino, ranked fifth among major league parent club Houston’s top 30 prospects and No. 78 overall by mlb.com, was suspended while with Double-A Corpus Christi for violating a team policy and didn’t pitch for more than a month. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow did not provide details but told the Houston Chronicle, “It wasn’t anything major.” He made his Triple-A debut Saturday, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Paulino entered the season ranked No. 9 in the Astros farm system by Baseball Prospectus. He went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 64 innings at Double-A this season.
Close encounters – With the Grizzlies’ 1-0 win Wednesday, they moved to 22-16 in one-run games this season.
In relief – The Grizzlies bullpen was 16-21 with a 3.89 ERA (185 earned runs in 428 1/3 innings) entering Thursday’s game against Sacramento. Overall, Fresno had a 4.08 ERA to rank sixth in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.
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Zoning in – Grizzlies RH Cesar Valdez, the winning pitcher Wednesday, has walked nine batters, while striking out 91, in 109 2/3 innings as a starter. In four August starts, during which he has gone 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, he has fanned 32 and walked two in 27 innings. Valdez is 6-0 since the Triple-A All-Star break.