With an 11-5 road win over the Modesto Nuts on Tuesday night, the Fresno Grizzlies, the Low-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are heading to the postseason.
Now at 72-37 on the season, the Fresno Grizzlies are the first of the two Low-A West squads to clinch a playoff spot this season. San Jose, the affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, is five games behind Fresno in the standings and will likely be their opponent in the postseason, in what will be a single best-of-5 series to determine the champion. Both teams are in the Low-A West’s North Division.
Here’s how the Fresno Grizzles, the Low-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, officially earned a postseason spot.
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Against Modesto on Tuesday night, Fresno continued its season-long trends of hitting and putting pressure on the opposing pitcher. The Grizzlies totaled 11 hits, 10 for singles, and stole seven bases. The Grizzlies also kept another constant going on Tuesday night: winning on the road. Fresno has now won 22 of their last 28, 24 of their last 31, and 30 of their last 39 road games. In that span, the Grizzlies pitching staff have thrown five shutouts and allowed three runs or fewer 25 times (leading them to a 23-2 record in those games).
Fresno is now also 15-4 in the first game of a series this season.
On Tuesday, Drew Romo, a highly-touted catching prospect for the Rockies, went 3-for-4 with three RBI and stole four bases. Romo now has 22 stolen bases in 28 attempts, good for fourth on the Fresno roster. His 22 stolen bases are the most ever by a Grizzlies catcher.
Zac Veen, Colorado’s top prospect, continues to lead Fresno in home runs (15), RBI (74), and OPS (.911). Romo, meanwhile, boasts the team’s top batting average at .329.