Isotopes 5 (20-17), Grizzlies 3 (18-18) - Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Calif.
TOEING THE RUBBER: Starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman earned his third straight victory, limiting the Grizzlies to two runs and four hits in 5.2 innings. The right-hander compiled 10 strikeouts and two walks. Hoffman became the first Isotope to strike out at least 10 batters in back-to-back games since James McDonald accomplished the feat on June 8 and June 14, 2009 … Lefties Chris Rusin and Jake McGee both made rehab appearances on Saturday. Rusin tossed 1.1 scoreless frames while McGee allowed one run and two hits in 1.0 inning … James Pazos picked up his first save of the season.
AT THE DISH: The Isotopes tallied 13 hits led by Josh Fuentes with three … Roberto Ramos hit his seventh home run of the season in the third inning, a three-run shot to put Albuquerque ahead 3-1 … The Isotopes other two runs came in the eighth on Sam Hilliard's triple and Elliot Soto's pinch-hit single.
TOPES TIDBITS: Hoffman is seven strikeouts from tying the Isotopes all-time record of 320 established by John Ely … Saturday's game was the first time Albuquerque has played a Nationals affiliate since 2006, when New Orleans was Washington's Triple-A club. Fresno is in its first season affiliated with the Nationals.
ON DECK: Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 2:05 p.m. MT - Chukchansi Park
PROBABLES: Isotopes: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 8.40), Grizzles: RHP Kyle McGowin (3-2, 5.00)
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