GJ Rockies’ slump continues on road

Jon Gray was promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto on Sunday night.


Gray promoted, Burke back in rotation for Grand Junction

Devin Burke will take Jon Gray’s spot in the pitching rotation after Gray was promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto after Sunday’s game. Modesto has not announced when Gray, the Colorado Rockies’ first-round draft pick, will make his debut with the Nuts, but he was scheduled to throw Thursday had he stayed in Grand Junction.

Once Alex Balog, who has been out all season with a back strain, is ready to pitch for Grand Junction, he could move into the stating rotation, with Burke returning to the bullpen. Also after Sunday’s game, reliever Jacob Newberry was promoted to Class A Asheville.

After winning the first-half title in the Pioneer League South, the Grand Junction Rockies are limping down the stretch.

The Rockies lost their third straight game Monday night, their fifth loss in the past six games.

Grand Junction gave up 11 unanswered runs after taking a 5-0 lead at Ogden, losing 11-5 to the Raptors.

Jairo Rosario accounted for four of the Rockies’ runs, hitting a three-run home run in the first inning and scoring again in the third on a double by Dom Nunez after drawing a two-out walk.

Emerson Jimenez hit a leadoff home run in the third.

Raimel Tapia ran his hitting streak to 26 games, leading off the game with a base hit to right. He’s one away from tying David Dahl’s club-record 
27-game hitting streak.

After allowing only three base runners in the first three innings, things fell apart in the fourth for Joel Payamps and the Rockies.

The Raptors scored four runs in the fourth and tied the game in the fifth on a home run by Pat Stover, who went 3 for 4 and scored four runs.

Four more runs came across in the seventh against Daniel Palo, who took the loss, and the Raptors added two more in the eighth.

The Rockies committed four errors for the second straight game and the offense shut down after the third inning, with only two hits the rest of the way, one in each of the eighth and ninth innings.

The Rockies wrap up the first half of the Pioneer League season tonight at Ogden. The second half of the league season begins Wednesday at Ogden.


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