Tagged: Albuquerque Isotopes

May 24, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (31-15) at Albuquerque Isotopes (27-20)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Eric Hacker is going for his eighth win this season and 24th in his Grizzlies career. He is currently tied with Matt Palmer for third on the Grizzlies’ all-time career wins list with 23. In 2010, Hacker set the Grizzlies franchise record for wins in a season with 16. The right-hander has recorded a decision in each of his eight starts with Fresno this season (7-1).

Hacker and Albuquerque starting pitcher Will Savage are tied for the PCL’s lead in wins with seven each. Savage started the 2012 season pitching out of the Albuquerque bullpen, making five appearances as a reliever and posting a 3-0 record from the ‘pen. Hacker, meanwhile, made one start for the San Francisco Giants on April 27th.

The Grizzlies recorded 18 hits in last night’s win, which fell one base knock short of matching their season-high (19 on April 21st at Tacoma). Fresno had a combined 13 hits in the first two games of the series, but the Grizzlies pace the PCL with 492 hits (Albuquerque is fifth with 472). They are batting .319 (263-for-824) in 22 road games.

May 23, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (30-15) at Albuquerque Isotopes (27-19)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Roger Kieschnick has reached base in each of the 21 road games this season. His 21-game on-base streak on the road is the longest in the PCL in 2012. He walked twice last night to extend the streak, and he has posted a .412 on-base percentage in the 21 games.

The Grizzlies have lost five consecutive games to the Isotopes dating back to last season. Fresno has also lost back-to-back road games for the first time since August 3-4, 2011 at Iowa. The last time Fresno lost three straight road games was from July 17-20, 2011 at Sacramento and Reno.

After recording the winning decision in his last outing, Fresno starting pitcher Brian Burres is looking for his first back-to-back winning decisions since April 29th and May 6th in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-hander has a 80-75 record over 353 games in his professional career (Major and Minor Leagues).

May 21, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (30-13) at Albuquerque Isotopes (25-19)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

While the Grizzlies are locked in their battle for first place in the Pacific Southern Division, the Albuquerque Isotopes are also fighting off a close second-place opponent, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, in the American Southern Division. Fresno is ahead of Sacramento (29-15) by 1.5 games despite the Grizzlies being the only team in Triple-A with 30 wins. Albuquerque, meanwhile, leads Oklahoma City by a half game. The RedHawks are 24-19. On a related note, PCL playoffs are 107 days away.

The Grizzlies lost the last three games against the Isotopes in 2011, but Fresno won the final three games last played at Isotopes Park between the two teams in 2010. Either way tonight is going to extend some sort of winning/losing streak: four consecutive losses to Albuquerque or four-straight wins against the Isotopes in Albuquerque. Only three players who played in the final game of 2010 between Fresno and Albuquerque are still on the Grizzlies’ active roster today: Brock Bond, Jackson Williams and Eric Hacker.

Todd Linden is coming off an impressive four-game series at Round Rock. The switch hitter went 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs scored. Linden has driven in a run in five consecutive games, giving him 35 RBIs on the season. He has also scored three runs in each of his last three games and recorded multiple hits in the last four contests.

5/15/12 – 3 Things To Watch For

Omaha Storm Chasers (25-13) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (25-14)
11:05 am game at Chukchansi Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Nick Noonan is looking to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, which would match Roger Kieschnick for the longest hitting streak by a Grizzlies hitter this season. Noonan recorded one hit last night to give him 10 consecutive games with a hit.

Justin Christian is also in the midst of a hitting streak, with his sitting at nine games. Christian has multiple hits in his last four games, including a 2-for-4 performance last night. Over the nine-game stretch, Christian is batting .400 (16-for-40). For the season, he is batting .378, which is second best in the PCL entering today.

The Grizzlies need a win in today’s game to salvage a tie for the Omaha series. If the Grizzlies were to lose, it would be their first back-to-back series losses since August 12-19, 2011 against Albuquerque and Round Rock. Fresno has not lost a series to Omaha since 2003.