GJ Rockies recap, June 25, 2017
Sunday at Melaleuca Field, Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls 13, Grand Junction 4
Grand Junction 1-6, Idaho Falls 4-3
On the mound
Logan Longwith, owner of the Rockies’ only victory this year, was roughed up by the Chukars early and often. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed 11 hits, nine runs — all earned — with two walks and one strikeout. Idaho Falls outscored Grand Junction 11-0 after the Rockies opened the scoring with a 2-0 lead. Julio Pinto went five innings for Idaho Falls (4-3), allowing two walks and two earned runs with four strikeouts.
At the plate
Grand Junction pounded out nine hits, with Casey Golden’s two-run home run in the first giving the Rockies the early lead. Tyler Bates added a 2-for-3 performance for GJ. Meanwhile, everyone in Idaho Falls’ lineup had at least one hit in the Chukars’ 15-hit attack. Amalani Fukofuka, Robby Rinn, Darrell Miller and Dalton Griffin finished with two hits apiece, with third baseman Tyler Straub added a 3-for-5 performance with a home run and two RBI.
The key inning
The Rockies had a chance to respond after the Chukars knotted the score at 2-2 in the first, getting runners at first and second base with two outs before Pedro Gonzalez grounded out to end the threat.
Idaho Falls, however, took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Straub led off the inning with a solo home run to center field, Offerman Collado hit an RBI-triple, and Collado capped the scoring when he scored from third base on a wild pitch by Longwith.
Through the season’s first seven games, the Rockies have a team ERA of 9.29 and have allowed 102 base hits. Their 81 runs allowed is 13 more than Ogden. ... GJ’s Pedro Gonzalez has the best batting average among Pioneer League players who have played in at least six games, according to the league’s web site Sunday night. He’s hitting .360 with one home run, five RBI and five walks with a .367 on-base percentage. ... The Rockies are batting .316 as a team, which is fourth in the Pioneer League.
Grand Junction at Idaho Falls, 7:15 p.m., Melaleuca Stadium
Starting pitchers: TBD
— Sentinel Staff