Idaho Falls rallies to beat GJ Rockies

Blake Shouse allowed only one hit in his five innings Wednesday, but the Grand Junction Rockies’ bullpen allowed six runs as Idaho Falls rallied to defeat Grand Junction 6-5.

Grand Junction’s good start wasn’t enough to offset Idaho Falls’ strong finish as the Chukars rallied to beat the Rockies 6-5 in Pioneer League baseball Wednesday at Idaho Falls.

The Rockies scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by Miguel Dilone’s two-out, two-run triple. When Cesar Galvez scored on a wild pitch in the fifth, Grand Junction led 5-0, and Rockies starting pitcher Blake Shouse had a no-hitter through four innings.

Shouse walked a batter to open the second inning and hit a batter to open the fourth, but Grand Junction turned double plays each time, allowing Shouse to face the minimum number of batters: 12. Cody Stubbs hit a one-out single in the fifth for Idaho Falls, but Shouse finished the frame with the shutout intact and called it a night.

The Chukars’ bats came to life in Shouse’s absence, scoring three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Idaho Falls (35-30) got back-to-back run-scoring doubles in each inning.

Carlos Estevez pitched a scoreless eighth for the Rockies, then yielded to reliever Carlos Yan, who walked the leadoff hitter, Beau Maggi. Pinch runner Alexis Rivera took second base on a passed ball, and Logan Davis put down a sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error by Yan allowed Rivera to score the game-ending run.

Terry McClure and Galvez each had three hits for the Rockies, who outhit the Chukars 11-7.

The loss dropped Grand Junction to 7-20 in the second half, 28-37 overall.


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