Wednesday recap: A pair of double steals set up all of Tyler White’s four RBIs as Fresno scorched Round Rock for 11 hits in a 7-0 win in front of 3,652 fans at Chukchansi Park. It’s the first home win for Fresno against the Express in five years, dating back to the 2008-09 season. It also was the Grizzlies’ seventh shutout victory of the season and fourth this month. RH Asher Wojciechowski set up the shutout with six scoreless innings, giving up five hits to go with one walk and five strikeouts to improve to 8-2 with a 5.15 earned-run average in 17 starts. L.J. Hoes and Matt Duffy pulled a double steal in the bottom of the first to move into scoring position and set up Tyler White for his first two-run single of the night. A few innings later, the Grizzlies rallied via for four singles, a sacrifice bunt, one hit-by-pitch and another Hoes-Duffy double steal to set up White (again), who roped a groundball to center and put the Grizzlies in front by six. White finished 2 for 3 with a walk to bump his batting average to .401 in 39 games with Triple-A Fresno. Luis Cruz, Joe Thatcher and James Hoyt each threw one scoreless inning of relief to preserve the win as Fresno's magic number for a playoff berth shrinks to 6.
Grizzlies today: LH Brett Oberholtzer (6-3, 4.41 ERA) will look to extend his winning streak on the mound when Fresno hosts Round Rock at 7:05 p.m. The Express had not announced a starter. Oberholtzer has gotten a win in each of his previous three starts. He most recently went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits in an 8-6 win last week at Albuquerque.
Fresno homecoming: Another familiar face will return to Fresno, joining Triple-A Round Rock manager Jason Wood (McLane High/Fresno City/Fresno State). Ex-Fresno State RH Tanner Scheppers was activated from the disabled list by major league parent club Texas and optioned to the Express. He has 72 hours to report from Wednesday, meaning he will join Round Rock before the end of the four-game series at Chukchansi Park.
Stat of the day: 11 – regular-season home games left for Fresno beginning today. The Grizzlies were 12-1 at home and 16-1 overall in August through Tuesday.
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