Aquino pitches Rockies to win over Idaho Falls
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Through the first nine games of their season-long 11-game road trip, the Grand Junction Rockies have gotten big performances from guys who joined them midseason. Wednesday night’s 5-2 win in Idaho Falls was no different.
Jayson Aquino tossed six scoreless without walking batter, picking up his third win of the season. The lefty has a 1.72 ERA in six starts, pitching into the sixth inning every time out.
“Aquino has shown to a lot of people that he belongs,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “When guys come over from the (Dominican Summer League) you don’t know what you are getting a lot of the time, but he has been good every time he has taken the mound.”
With eight games remaining, the Rockies (38-30, 17-13) are guaranteed of finishing no worse than .500, which happened only once in 11 seasons in Casper.
The Rockies broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Carl Thomore.
They added to the lead in the fifth with a two-out rally. David Dahl started it with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Wilfredo Rodriguez walked, Dahl scored on another wild pitch. Rodriguez scored when Julian Yan doubled for a 3-0 lead.
Grand Junction made it 4-0 in the seventh when Yan scored on a two-out wild pitch, but the Chukars got on the board for the first time since the third inning of Tuesday’s game when Jared Schlehuber hit a two-run home run to cut the lead in half.
After the home run, Patrick Johnson threw a perfect eighth inning, and after the Rockies added a fifth run in the ninth, Scott Oberg didn’t allow a run in the ninth to lock down his 13th save of the season.
Eddie Butler (7-1), whose only loss of the season came July 1 at Orem, gets the start at 7:05 tonight against the Owlz in the first game of a crucial two-game series.