GJ Rockies snap 6-game skid
The longest losing streak in the brief history of the Grand Junction Rockies ended Friday, but it took a wild pitch in extra innings to secure their 4-3 win at Orem.
The Rockies had lost six in a row, and were one out away from wrapping it up in the bottom of the ninth. A fly ball by Chad Hinsaw off the glove of Raimel Tapia in right-center allowed Cal Towey to score the tying run.
Tapia’s club-record hitting streak ended at 29 games with an 0-for-4 night with a walk. Tapia’s streak was only three away from tying the Pioneer League record of 32 games, set in 2006 by Chris Valaika of Billings.
Catcher Jose Briceno extended his hitting streak to 16 games by going 2 for 4 with a double.
Grand Junction (22-19, 1-2 second half) scored the winning run in the top of the 10th when Robbie Perkins scored on a wild pitch by Garrett Bush. Ryan Garvey led off the 10th with a base hit and took third when Perkins singled to right. Perkins took second on a throwing error.
Garvey attempted to score on a ground ball to third by Dom Nunez, but was thrown out at the plate. Bush then threw a wild pitch with Zach Osborne at the plate, allowing Perkins to score the go-ahead run.
Osborne lined out and Tapia, in his final chance to extend his hitting streak, grounded out to Bush.
Angel Lezama retired the Owlz in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to record his first save of the season. Scott Firth, who pitched the ninth inning, got the win, his first of the season.
The Rockies trailed 2-1 in the seventh inning when Correlle Prime led off with a solo home run after fouling off several pitches, tying the game. Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch and Briceno singled to right. With one out, a wild pitch by Nate Smith allowed Patterson to score for a 3-2 lead.
Notes: Former GJ Rockies pitcher Jon Gray made his debut at Class A Modesto on Friday and claimed his first pro win with five shutout innings. Gray allowed only two hits and struck out seven of the 16 batters he faced — including striking out the side in the first. He did not walk a batter, and left the game with a 1-0 lead. The Nuts won 5-0. … Eddie Butler, who was a Pioneer League All-Star for the GJ Rockies last summer, was promoted from Modesto to the Tulsa Drillers on Friday, the Rockies’ Double A affiliate. Butler will take the roster spot vacated when the Rockies promoted Chad Bettis to the major league club. ... Jacob Newberry, who was promoted to Class A Asheville from Grand Junction, made his debut Tuesday. Newberry allowed only four runs in the first half of the GJ Rockies’ season, but gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief against Savannah in the Tourists’ 9-5 loss.