Thursday recap: Matt Duffy smacked a two-run homer in the sixth to break a tie and Max Stassi added a two-out RBI single in the eighth to lift Fresno to a 7-4 win over Sacramento. Jordan Jankowski allowed one hit through 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 6-3 as the Grizzlies won their sixth straight. Jonathan Villar was a homer shy of the cycle — 3 for 5 with a single, double and triple and one run scored. Home plate umpire Spencer Flynn was injured and left the game when he took a foul ball to the face, causing a 30-minute delay.
Grizzlies on Friday: Fresno LH Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89 ERA) will oppose RH Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56) in game 2 of a five-game series against the River Cats. Oberholtzer — who has spent parts of the season with major league parent club Houston — allowed one run and eight hits across eight innings to help the Grizzlies to a 9-1 win Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Capacity crowd: The last of 4,500 standing-room-only tickets for Taco Truck Throwdown night were sold Thursday, helping the team set an all-time Chukchansi Park record with total attendance of 16,916. The all-event record of 16,821 had been set a month ago for a match between Mexican soccer league teams.
Back to health: Grizzlies utilityman Leo Heras was activated from the disabled list, starting in center field for the first time since he was placed on the DL July 29. He’s hitting .273 in six games this season for Fresno. Heras, who debuted in the Mexican League at 17, batted .244 with 26 doubles, nine triples, eight HRs, 61 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 165 games for Double-A Corpus Christi over parts of the past three seasons.
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