After a twenty-eight-minute air quality delay, the Isotopes opened their four-game series in Fresno with a 3-1 loss to the Grizzlies, falling for the fifth straight game. Albuquerque is 12.5 games out of first place with an elimination number of 12.
The Isotopes rallied in the ninth, bringing the tying run to second base. However, the Grizzlies were able to hold on and secure the victory.
Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman pitched well, picking up his second quality start of the season, but allowed two costly home runs. The right-hander fell to 5-7 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits during his 7.0 innings on the hill. Hoffman struck out six and walked one.
Offensively, Noel Cuevas and Garrett Hampson each recorded two hits on the evening and also each knocked home a run for Albuquerque. Hampson registered a double while Cuevas connected on a triple, the only two extra-base hits of the game for Albuquerque.
The Isotopes and Grizzlies continue their four-game set on Friday evening from Fresno. First pitch from Chukchansi Park is set for 8:05 p.m.
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