GJ Rockies lose 9-8 in 10 innings
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Halfway through Sunday’s game in Idaho Falls, it looked as if the Grand Junction Rockies would secure that elusive Sunday win.
The Rockies led the Idaho Falls Chukars 8-4, but they managed only two hits the rest of the way in a 9-8 loss in 10 innings.
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Jin-Ho Shin doubled home Elier Hernandez to give the Chukars the win in the first game of the second half. The Rockies dropped to 0-6 on Sundays.
The Rockies scored a pair of runs in the first and one in the second to grab a 3-0 lead, but Idaho Falls scored at least one run from the second through the seventh innings as the Rockies used a season-high eight pitchers.
Both teams combined to hit 13 for 39 with runners in scoring position, but they also combined to leave 20 men on base.
Grand Junction pitchers walked nine and struck out only seven, and they started four straight innings with leadoff walks.
“Leadoff walks kill you every time,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “Our pitchers put extra pressure on themselves by just giving them base runners early in innings, and it cost us.”
Grand Junction scored eight runs on nine hits through the first five innings, but had only two base runners after that.
David Middendorf and Kevin Allen combined for four scoreless innings out of the Idaho Falls bullpen, with five strikeouts. Allen picked up his first win of the season.
“You have to give those guys credit, especially the last two pitchers they used,” Diaz said. “They came after us and got ahead, and pretty much shut us down.”
Offensively for the Rockies, Max White reached base five times from the leadoff spot. He walked three times and singled twice, scoring two runs.
David Dahl went 3 for 4, extending his hit streak to 11 games and raising his batting average to .360. Wilfredo Rodriguez doubled and has hit safely in his past nine games.
The Rockies wrap up the four-game series against the Chukars at 7:15 tonight, with Matt Carasiti getting the ball for the Rockies against Alec Mills.