Fresno, CA (Monday, September 2) - The Fresno Grizzlies (65-75) finished their 22nd season with a 6-5 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes (60-80) on Labor Day afternoon at Chukchansi Park. Fresno wrapped the 2019 campaign with a 7-1 homestand and a season-high six-game win streak, victorious in nine of their final 11 games.
Jake Noll staked the hosts to a 1-0 first inning lead with a RBI single. It was 2-0 Fresno in the third on Noll's second RBI knock; Drew Ward added a run-scoring hit of his own a batter later.
Albuquerque tied it 3-3 in the fourth inning, in part to a Nelson Molina two-run homer. The Grizzlies took their second lead of the afternoon in the home half of the inning on Alec Keller's RBI double into the left field corner. It was 5-3 Fresno in the fifth when Ward launched his eighth Triple-A homer over the scoreboard in right-center.
The clubs traded solo homers in the sixth. Roberto Ramos hit his 30th for Isotopes, before Matt Reistetter ricocheted one off the foul pole in right field on a pull shot, making the score 6-4 Grizz, on what proved to be the game-winner.
In the ninth, Derek Self wiggled out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam, allowing only a run on a double-play, converting his eighth save. Sam Freeman (7th) and James Bourque (8th) each threw a scoreless inning for Fresno to hold it.
Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)
• CF Alec Keller (3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R)
• 1B Drew Ward (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB)
• RHP J.J. Hoover (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
• 2B Wilmer Difo (3-5, R)
• LF Jake Noll (2-4, 2 RBI)
Top Performers: Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)
• 2B Nelson Molina (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R)
• 1B Roberto Ramos (solo HR)
• C Chris Rabago (2-4)
ON THAT FRES-NOTE: Monday's win was the 45th one-run game this season for Fresno (23-22, 14-8 at home); 32% of Grizzlies games in 2019 were decided by a single run.
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