Sunday recap: Ex-Grizzly Darren Ford led off with a solo home run and followed it with an RBI double in the second inning to spur Sacramento’s 9-3 win, snapping the Grizzlies win streak at eight games and spoiling their shot at a perfect nine-game homestand in the finale. The River Cats climbed to a 9-0 lead in the sixth after a Nick Noonan RBI double and back-to-back homers from Ryan Lollis and Juan Perez. Starter Clayton Blackburn held the Grizzlies to two hits and walked a season-high four batters but fanned four and allowed no runs in 51/3innings to improve to 8-3. Alex Presley hit an RBI single and Tyler White roped a two-run double as part of a five-hit rally off reliever Curtis Partch to erase the shutout in the eighth. Joe Sclafani singled in the fourth for his 17th game in a row with a hit. The streak is a Fresno season-high and the longest active in the Pacific Coast League.
Grizzlies Tuesday: After an off day Monday, RH Dan Straily will make his return to Triple-A Fresno after another one-time start with parent-club Houston. Straily (8-6, 3.65 ERA) will lead the Grizzlies into the first of four games at Albuquerque. Colorado Rockies’ RH David Hale (0-3, 6.05) will make another rehab start for the Isotopes after injuring his groin early last month. First pitch is at 5:35 p.m.
Extra rest: With an 111/2-game lead in the Pacific North division, the Fresno Grizzlies can afford to give players an added day off. Manager Tony DeFrancesco sat out Matt Duffy, L.J. Hoes, Max Stassi, Jonathan Villar and Jon Singleton on Sunday. Duffy nearly got three days rest after playing only three innings Saturday.