Saturday recap: Lightning struck near the park just before the first pitch, and umpires immediately ushered the players off the field. After a 1-hour, 15-minute delay that saw rain fall and lightning continue to strike around the Fresno skyline, the game was postponed until today for a pair of seven-inning games. Tickets from Saturday will be accepted at any other Grizzlies’ home game the rest of the season except Aug. 6.
Grizzlies today: Fresno will host El Paso in a doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. in the final games at Chukchansi Park before the Grizzlies embark on an 11-game, 12-day road trip that will take them to Las Vegas, Tacoma and Reno. Prized Houston Astros right-handed pitching prospect Mark Appel (1-1, 5.87) will start the first game for the Grizzlies in his first appearance in Fresno since his promotion from Double-A. Lefty Luis Cruz (5-4, 4.52) is Fresno’s scheduled starter for the second game. Right-hander Colin Rea (0-0, 10.13) is expected to start one of the games for El Paso. Appel was rocked for 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings over his first two starts with the Grizzlies, but rebounded to work 6 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in his last start July 8 at Sacramento.
Stat of the day: .351, Domingo Santana’s batting average during his Grizzlies’ franchise record 42-game on-base streak. He has produced 13 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 34 RBIs, 40 runs and 34 walks during a streak that began May 5.