Chukars turn four double plays in win over GJ Rockies
Grand Junction put runners on base, and Idaho Falls flashed a penchant for removing them as the Chukars defeated the Rockies 6-2 on Thursday in Idaho Falls.
The Chukars (4-7) turned four double plays and threw out a runner trying to steal, reducing the number of Rockies left on base to six for the game.
Grand Junction (7-4) grounded into 4-6-3 double plays in the second and fourth innings, and a popup to the second baseman became a double play with an ensuing throw to the catcher in the fifth. Finally, a grounder to pitcher Torey Deshazier started a 1-6-3 double play in the seventh.
Deshazier pitched the final five innings to earn the win. He allowed one run in the fifth, then blanked the Rockies the rest of the way as he scattered six hits, walked one batter and struck out six. He retired the final seven batters he faced.
Losing pitcher Javier Palacios allowed the first five runs by Idaho Falls and was chased from the game with two outs in the fourth inning. He surrendered seven hits and two walks, and he hit one batter.
The Rockies tied the score 1-1 with a run in the third inning. Wilson Soriano led off with a walk, stole second, then took third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Jean. Denzel Richardson then gave Grand Junction an opportunity for more runs, drilling a line drive to right field for a triple, but he remained on third as the next two batters were retired with a line out to the third baseman and a strikeout.
The Chukars responded with a run to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the third, then put up three runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Idaho Falls used three hits, including a run-scoring triple by No. 9 hitter Jeckson Flores and a two-run single by cleanup hitter Robert Pehl, plus a walk, a hit batter and a passed ball to do its damage in the fourth.
Grand Junction cut the deficit to 5-2 with a run in the fifth. Renaldo Jenkins, Soriano and Jean opened the inning with the singles, and Jean’s hit scored Jenkins and moved Soriano to third. Jean then stole second to put both runners in scoring position with no outs.
The rally ended, however, with leadoff hitter Denzel Richardson getting called out on strikes, and Max George popping out to the second baseman, who then threw out Soriano at home.
After the Chukars turned a double play in the seventh, Grand Junction got a walk from Jean and a double from Richardson to put runners on second and third, but George struck out and was thrown out at first after the dropped third strike.
Deshazier retired the Rockies in order in the final two frames, logging three strikeouts, including the final two batters.
Grand Junction collected 10 hits, with two apiece from Richardson, Yonathan Daza and Jenkins.