GJ Rockies lose despite Jemiola’s complete game

Zach Jemiola pitched the first complete game in Grand Junction Rockies history on Thursday night.

The only thing he couldn’t do was deliver the victory.

Jemiola, who didn’t make it out of the first inning in his previous start, threw a three-hitter at Idaho Falls on Thursday. The third hit, though, came around to score the only run of the game in the Chukars’ 1-0 victory.

Beau Maggi doubled to center to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, and pinch-runner Carlos Garcia was bunted to third. Humberto Arteaga lifted a fly ball to right field, with Garcia just beating Miguel Dilone’s throw to the plate.

Idaho Falls closer Kyle Bartsch retired the Rockies in order in the top of the ninth.

Jemiola struck out three and didn’t walk a batter, although he did hit two. The only other hits off him were doubles in the first and sixth innings, but neither runner advanced.

Grand Junction (28-38, 7-21) had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth when Jordan Patterson led off with a double to right.

Dilone bunted him to third, but with the infield drawn in, Dom Nunez grounded out to short, keeping Patterson at third, and Robbie Perkins struck out.

Wesley Jones went 2 for 3 for the Rockies, who had only four hits in the game and fell 10 games behind Idaho Falls (36-30, 17-11) in the second-half standings.


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