Big sixth inning lifts GJ Rockies

Minor League Baseball


Five singles produced four two-out runs in the sixth inning Saturday night, allowing Grand Junction to beat Idaho Falls 7-6 and salvage the final game of a four-game series.

The win also prevented the Rockies from losing ground in the second-half playoff race. Ogden routed Orem 16-4, and with seven games to play, Grand Junction (35-34, 17-14 second half) is three games behind the Raptors. The teams open a three-game series at Suplizio Field tonight, GJ’s final homestand of the season. Grand Junction then plays the first of two games at Ogden and wraps up the regular season with two games at Orem.

Down 6-3, Grand Junction got a one-out bunt single from Tyler Bates, and with two out, Joey Bartosic, Brett Stephens, Todd Czinege and Ramon Marcelino all singled, with Marcelino’s bringing in the tying and go-ahead runs. He was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw to the plate.

Grand Junction’s bullpen kept the Rockies in the game after Lucas Gilbreath didn’t get out of the first inning, giving up five runs on three hits and four walks. With two out, he was replaced by Alexander Martinez, who allowed only one run over the next 3 1/3 innings. Jefry Valdez earned his eighth save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth around a hit batter and a balk, which put the tying run at second with one out.


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