GJ Rockies drop battle to Voyagers

Keegan Linza tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just three base runners as the Great Falls Voyagers defeated the Grand Junction Rockies 8-3 on Sunday at Centene Stadium.

The loss drops the Rockies to 15-12 in the second half, and they are 4-2 on their season-long 11-game road trip.

Great Falls took an early 1-0 lead, taking advantage of a pair of Johendi Jiminian walks in the first inning, but Jiminian kept them off the board until the sixth when the Voyagers took control with a two-out rally, pushing across four runs to make it 5-0.

Jiminian pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs in his longest start of the season, but he was collared with his third loss.

“I thought Jiminian pitched pretty well after the first inning,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “He got us deep in the game, and he continues to progress.”

The Voyagers added three more runs in the eighth inning when Brian Rike allowed base hits to the first four batters he faced.

When Linza was lifted from the game, the Rockies finally broke through in the eighth inning and erased the zero on the scoreboard. Jason Stolz and Chris Cowell started the frame with singles, and Max White followed with his fourth home run of the season to cut the lead to five runs, but the rally ended there, and the Rockies left two runners on base in the ninth.

Grand Junction was limited to six hits, and half of those belonged to Stolz, who has 10 hits on the road trip. The top four in the Rockies order combined to go 0 for 15 with six strikeouts Sunday.

“You have to give Linza credit,” Diaz said. “He attacked the strike zone and was ahead on just about every hitter. That’s the formula for being successful.”

Tonight, the Rockies conclude their three-game series in Great Falls. The game starts at 7 p.m. Matt Carasiti will take the mound for the Rockies against Brandon Parrent.


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