Daza’s HR lifts GJ Rox to win
Yonathan Daza hit a three-run home run in Grand Junction’s four-run fifth inning Wednesday night as the Rockies defeated Missoula 5-3 in Missoula, Montana.
The Rockies (17-12) were limited to seven hits, but four of them came in the fifth inning.
Wesley Jones led off with a single, Max George singled and Terry McClure sacrificed them to second and third. Forrest Wall then singled to score Jones, and Daza hit his home run to center field to give the Rockies a 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Grand Junction pitchers kept the Osprey (12-17) off the scoreboard in all but one inning. Missoula scored all of its runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Rafael Betancourt, who is on a rehab assignment for the Colorado Rockies.
Betancourt retired the first batter he faced, then issued a walk and a run-scoring double by Kevin Cron. A throwing error by third baseman Luis Castro put Trevor Mitsui on base and allowed Cron to score, and Betancourt retired the next batter for the second out. Betancourt’s outing ended, however, after B.J. Lopez lined a single to center field to drive in Mitsui.
Marc Magliaro relieved Betancourt and struck out Tyler Humphreys to end the inning. Magliaro threw two more hitless innings and finished with four strikeouts and no walks.
Gavin Glanz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the final two batters, to earn his first save of the season.
Starting pitcher Sam Howard shut out the Osprey in his 3 1/3 innings, scattering three hits, and Logan Norris pitched the next 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run to get the victory, running his record to 4-0.
Henry Garcia was the only Rockies hitter with more than one hit, going 2 for 4, and Dom Nunez drove in Grand Junction’s first run on a groundout with runners on second and third in the fourth inning.
Justin Williams collected two of the Osprey’s six hits.
Carlos Hernandez pitched the first five innings for Missoula and allowed all of Grand Junction’s runs and hits in the loss.
The win was Grand Junction’s seventh in the past nine games.
The Rockies continue their three-game series with the Osprey at 7:05 tonight.