Big sixth inning lifts GJ Rox to win

Grand Junction Rockies shortstop Max George throws to Henry Garcia for an out Tuesday in the Rockies’ 8-7 victory over Helena. George hit a two-run home run in Grand Junction’s five-run sixth inning.

The Grand Junction Rockies waited out a 50-minute weather delay to pick up an 8-7 win over Helena on Tuesday night.

The Rockies took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but after two hit batters, Helena had the winning run on first base with one out.

Grand Junction manager Anthony Sanders went to the bullpen, calling on Gavin Glanz to get the final two outs.

Glanz needed only one pitch to get the job done. A broken bat grounder to Luis Castro at third turned into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. First baseman Henry Garcia made a great scoop to secure the final out.

The Rockies’ win was their third in four games and they’ve won four of seven on the road trip to keep a firm grip on second place in the Pioneer League South Division.

But there will be no first-half title for Grand Junction (20-15) this season.

Orem (24-11) wrapped up the South Division first-half title with an 8-4 win over Missoula on Tuesday.

The Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings but Helena tied the score with three runs in the third and then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

That’s when the rain and lightning swept into Helena.

After the delay and a scoreless fifth, the Rockies open the floodgates with five runs in the sixth. The big blast came on a two-run home run from Max George.

The Rockies sent nine batters to the plate and had six hits in the inning.

Helena cut the lead to 8-7 with three runs in the seventh.

Taylor Black picked up the win for the Rockies, pitching two scoreless innings and giving up only one hit after the weather delay.

The Rockies ripped Helena pitching for 14 hits, however, it was a strange offensive game for Grand Junction with all its runs coming in three innings. Eight hits came prior to the delay and six came in the sixth inning. They then went hitless over the final three innings.

Forrest Wall had a big game with four singles, two runs and two RBI. Randy Reyes had three hits and an RBI.

Fourth-round draft pick Wesley Rogers continued went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.


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