Friday recap – Brady Rodgers remained on fire by giving up four hits and one run in 7⅓ innings, Preston Tucker hit a two-out home run in the first inning for what proved to be the winning run and Fresno closed a four-game Pacific Coast League sweep of Albuquerque by beating the Isotopes 2-1 at Chukchansi Park. James Hoyt earned his 18th save with a 1⅓ scoreless innings as the Grizzlies won for the 11th time in 13 games. It was the fourth time in six starts that Rodgers (7-3) gave up one or no runs. The 2012 third-round pick out of Arizona State struck out six while lowering his ERA to 2.83. Albuquerque’s Jeff Hoffman (4-5) was overpowering after a two-run first, striking out nine in six innings. But the Grizzlies caught him before he found his groove as Andrew Aplin singled to open the first, stole second and scored on Colin Moran’s single. Moran was thrown out at second on the play, but Tucker homered two batters later.
Up next – Fresno hosts Tacoma for the first of four at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Grizzlies RH Mike Hauschild (5-6, 3.18 ERA) faces RH and Dos Palos native Cody Martin (5-5, 4.82). Hauschild had a 4.50 ERA in April, but has been on point since. He’s posted a 2.58 ERA over nine starts and 52⅓ innings. Martin as a reliever has a 2.08 ERA in five games. As a starter, it’s 5.26.