GJ Rockies fall in 13 innings
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — For the third time in the past five games, the Grand Junction Rockies had a game go to extra innings Monday, and for the third time they lost, falling 4-3 to Idaho Falls in 13 innings when Ysmelin Alcantara walked with the bases loaded.
The loss drops the Rockies to 0-2 in the second half, 21-19 overall.
Both teams put up matching zeroes through the first three innings, but the Rockies ended that when Julian Yan hit his fifth home run of the season with Ashley Graeter on base to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Idaho Falls scored one in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at 2-2.
Starting pitchers Matt Carasiti and Alec Mills each threw five innings. Carasiti allowed one earned run and walked two, but did not strike out a batter. Mills struck out seven.
The game remained tied until the eighth. With two out, Graeter doubled home David Dahl to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Chukars, though, answered in the bottom of the inning when Elier Hernandez drove in a run to tie the game again, this time 3-3.
The Rockies had chances, but couldn’t get a runner on base with less than two outs. Idaho Falls had runners at first and second in the 11th inning, but Patrick Johnson worked out of the jam to keep the game tied.
Johnson left the game after throwing a scoreless 12th inning, and in came Kyle Roliard, but he struggled. He walked Jerico Blanco and Nick Cuckovich reached on a bunt single. Roliard loaded the bases by walking Nick DelGuidice, and then walked Alcantara, allowing the winning run to score.
After winning the first four games they played in Idaho Falls, the Rockies have now dropped two straight.
Grand Junction hitters struck out 17 times without walking.
Dahl went 3 for 6 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Graeter, Waldrip and Yan had two hits apiece.
The Rockies are back home at 7:05 tonight, opening a six-game homestand at Suplizio Field, starting a three-game series against the Orem Owlz. Grand Junction’s Ryan Warner looks for his fourth win of the season; Orem counters with Baudilio Lopez.