GJ Rockies lose to Orem, 5-3

Orem’s Samuel Mulroy slides safely into second as Grand Junction’s Juan Ciriaco, left, and Matt Wessinger miss the throw during the minor league baseball game between the Orem Owlz and the Grand Junction Rockies at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem on Monday, July 2, 2012. SPENSER HEAPS/Daily Herald

Jordan Mejia allowed three runs in the top of the sixth inning Monday as the Grand Junction Rockies lost 5-3 to the Orem Owlz in Orem, Utah.

The Rockies (6-9) dropped two of three games in the series.

The game was tied 2-2 in the sixth when Mejia replaced Rockies starter Matt Carasiti, who pitched the first five innings and allowed four hits and two runs.

Mejia walked the first two batters before Orem’s Caleb Bushyhead singled on a bunted ground ball to third baseman Jason Stolz, who threw the ball away, allowing Michael Bolaski to score.

Mejia left after allowing an RBI single to Samuel Mulroy. The Rockies trailed, 5-2.

Still, the Rockies made it 5-3 in the eighth inning on an RBI double by Jason Stolz.

“We definitely battled, but the walks hurt us,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “You play a close ballgame and you play with fire and you’re going to get burned more and more.”

And in the ninth inning, after a David Dahl leadoff walk, Ben Waldrip nearly tied the game with one man on base, flying out just in front of the right-field warning track.

“He just missed it,” Diaz said. “That’s a good sign (for Waldrip).”

The game ended when Rockies catcher Wilfredo Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third base, where Bolaski had the ball bounce off his glove. But Bushyhead was backing the play up and threw Rodriguez out at first.


■ After scoring nine runs and collecting 12 hits in the first game of the three-game series at Orem, the Rockies scored just five runs and had eight hits in the next two games.

■ David Dahl’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end Monday. Dahl was 0 for 3 with a walk.

■ The Rockies are 3-7 on the road and are tied for last place with Orem in the Pioneer South League at 6-9. The Ogden Raptors are in first at 10-5.

■ The Rockies begin a seven-game home stand at 7:05 p.m. today against Orem. The Rockies play Orem twice, then Idaho Falls twice before ending the home stand with a three-game series against Ogden.


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