Sunday recap: Brett Oberholtzer had his most efficient outing of the season, allowing just one run while lasting eight innings as the Grizzlies cruised to a 9-1 win against the Isotopes before an announced crowd of 4,534 at Chukchansi Park. Oberholtzer scattered eight hits and struck out four without issuing a walk to move to 4-3 with a 4.89 ERA. Catcher Max Stassi homered for the second straight day and was one of three Grizzlies players to register two RBIs, joined by Matt Duffy and Tony Kemp. The Grizzlies’ L.J. Hoes was ejected in the bottom of the first after striking out then saying something to the umpire while the outfielder walked back to the dugout. Albuquerque’s only damage was a solo homer by Matt McBride in the fourth.
Grizzlies on Monday: The Fresno Grizzlies will get another look at one of baseball’s top pitching prospects in Albuquerque Isotopes RH Jon Gray (6-6, 4.33 ERA). The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Gray has been up and down all season but had his best month in July when he went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 30 innings. He was tied for the lead throughout Triple-A with 110 strikeouts, accomplished in 114 1/3 innings. The Grizzlies will counter with RH Mike Hauschild (4-3, 4.17), who allowed six runs and eight hits in his previous outing. In an earlier meeting against Gray, the Grizzlies roughed him up for five runs (three earned) on six hits, including two home runs, in five innings.
Stat of the day: 2008 — Prior to Fresno beating Albuquerque 9-7 Saturday thanks to home runs from Matt Duffy and Max Stassi in the 12th, the last time the Grizzlies had two home runs in extra innings was June 30, 2008 . Back then, it was Brett Harper and Eliezer Alfonzo who went back-to-back in a win at Tucson.
Touching home: Grizzlies third baseman Duffy is tied for the minor league lead witth 30 runs scored since June 30.
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Rosario out Sunday: A day after Isotopes first baseman Wilin Rosario had four hits, including two homers, and five RBIs, he got the day off despite the Grizzlies going with a lefty Brett Oberholtzer. Rosario has hit .327 with 28 home runs and 75 RBIs over the past three seasons against lefties in the majors. He’s spent the majority of the season with the Colorado Rockies but was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, and is 10 for 15 with four home runs and seven RBIs in three games since.