Friday recap: Fresno’s go-ahead two-run rally in the top of the seventh was answered by Reno’s in the bottom half and the Aces won 5-4 to send the Grizzlies home with their sixth loss in eight games. Alex Presley and Matt Duffy hit RBI singles to give Fresno the lead. Nick Buss’ run-scoring triple tied it for Reno and he scored when Tyson Perez came on and issued three walks. Perez entered having walked seven in 37 innings. Luis Cruz did come on to strike out the side and avoid more damage. The Grizzlies went 4-7 on the trip but now launch a nine-game homestand against Albuquerque and Sacramento while still owning a 7.5-game lead over Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division.
Injury to insult: Grizzlies 2B Joe Sclafani exited in the bottom of the eighth when he took a cleat or ball to his face on a play at second. Sclafani held a towel to his head but there was no immediate update on the extent of the injury.
Grizzlies on Saturday: Fresno returns to Chukchansi Park for the first time since July 19, hosting Albuquerque. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. RH Mark Appel (1-2, 5.33 ERA), making his second start at home for the Grizzlies, is coming off his best Triple-A outing. He allowed one run on four hits in six innings last week at Tacoma. The Isotopes had not named their starter. The Grizzlies took 3 of 4 at Albuquerque in May. Today will mark the first of eight meetings between the clubs over the next two weeks. The Isotopes, who became the Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate this past offseason, entered Friday having allowed the second-most hits in the Pacific Coast League at 1,080 and the third-most runs with 570 (510 earned).
Singleton returning: 1B Jon Singleton was optioned back to the Grizzlies, ending a roughly five-week stay with the major league parent club Houston Astros. The lefty slugger was leading all of Triple-A with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs at the time of his call-up in late June. Houston sent Singleton back to the minors after completing a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in which the Astros acquired two-time all-star OF Carlos Gomez.
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Stat of the day: .352 — average for Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride, which was good for the lead in the PCL and ranked second overall in Triple-A. McBride, 30, also has 11 home runs and 43 RBIs and a .983 on-base/plus slugging percentage.