Monday recap – A.J. Reed’s two-run homer sparked a five-run sixth inning as Fresno came back to win 7-3 against Albuquerque and take the series 3 games to 1. The Isotopes took a 2-0 lead on Chris Nelson’s two-run homer in the fifth until Reed’s home run tied it. Tyler Heineman followed with a two-run single and Andrew Aplin added a RBI single for a three-run lead. In the seventh, Reed picked up his third hit and second double of the night that also scored Tyler White. Teoscar Hernandez added some cushion on his two-out, RBI single. Grizzlies’ starter Joe Musgrove (5-3, 3.81) got the win, holding the Isotopes to six hits and two runs to go with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Up next – Fresno will send RH Cesar Valdez (8-1, 3.45) to face RH Robert Gsellman (1-2, 9.00) and the Las Vegas 51s in a Taco Tuesday series opener at Chukchansi Park. First pitch is 6:05 p.m. Valdez has not lost in eight outings since June 11, picking up six wins. In his last outing July 20, Round Rock tagged him for eight hits and five runs (all earned) in 6 2/3 innings, but the Grizzlies’ offense spotted him some runs for an 8-5 victory. Valdez is 3-0 with a 2.82 era in four July outings. Gsellman will make just his fifth Triple-A start for the 51s, after starting the season at Double-A Binghamton, where he was 3-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts. He picked up his first win with Las Vegas in his last start, holding Omaha to four hits and two runs (earned) in seven innings.
Save me – Grizzlies closer James Hoyt picked up his PCL-leading 26th save Sunday. He entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth and got Alex Castellanos to ground out to seal the 6-2 victory.
Roster moves – With Alex Bregman’s call-up to the Houston Astros, Nolan Fontana has rejoined the Grizzlies infield. The second baseman started the season in Fresno, before playing the past 10 games with Double-A Corpus Christi. LH Tommy Shirley was released and replaced on the roster by RH Edison Frias from Corpus Christi. Shirley, a ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft from Xavier, was 7-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 18 starts for Fresno. Frias will start Wednesday, taking Shirley’s spot in the rotation. Frias is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 15 outings, including a midseason switch from reliever to starter.
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