GJ Rockies have 16 hits in easy win

Baseball is made up of three phases — the Grand Junction Rockies handled two of them pretty well in their 16-7 win over Idaho Falls on Friday.

Idaho Falls had some major struggles on the mound and in the field, giving up 16 hits to the Rockies and committing seven errors in the game.

Right-fielder Raimel Tapia led the Rockies’ offensive attack with two hits, three RBI and three runs scored.

Rockies first baseman Correlle Prime led off the second with a solo home run — his second of the year — to ignite a four-run inning. Robbie Perkins followed with a run-scoring double, then scored on a Terry McClure single.

The Chukars responded with three in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at 4-4.

The game was tied at 6-6 after three innings and 7-7 after five. Then the Rockies turned the game into a rout, scoring nine runs over the next three innings.

Grand Jucntion (11-5) sent nine batters to the plate in their four-run seventh. Prime had his second RBI on a single then Jordan Patterson came up with the bases full of Rockies and promptly lined a three-run single to center.

Like much of the game, the seventh was a bit strange. The Rockies benefited from two Chukars’ errors, two walks and one wild pitch. Grand Junction also had two sacrifice bunts in the inning.

In the Rockies’ three-run eighth, the Chukars had two more errors.

Idaho Falls went through four pitchers with Julio Rodriguez picking up the loss in relief. Starter Jake Junis was not effective in his 3 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs — four were earned.

Grand Junction starter Zach Jemiola struggled, giving up eight hits and six runs in only three innings.

Angel Lezama was one of four relievers that pitched well and shut down the Chukars over the final six innings. Lezama picked up his first win of the season after giving up three hits and one run in two innings. Devin Burke, Carlos Estevez and Daniel Palo held Idaho Falls scoreless over the final four innings.

At the plate, every Grand Junction hitter but one had a hit with Emerson Jimenez, Ryan Garvey and Perkins all with three hits apiece.

Of the 16 Grand Junction hits, 13 were singles.

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