GJ Rockies swept in DH by Chukars

The Grand Junction Rockies had so many chances Friday night.

They couldn’t get runners home, though, losing 2-1 to Idaho Falls in the Chukars’ doubleheader sweep.

In the completion of Thursday’s game, the Rockies never recovered after falling behind 7-0 before the game was called by rain, and were routed 13-1.

Grand Junction (39-23, 16-8) could have put more distance between itself and the rest of the Pioneer League South Division, because Orem and Ogden were rained out. Instead, the Rockies’ second-half lead is three games over Ogden, four over Idaho Falls and six over Orem with 13 games to play in the regular season.

The Rockies got only one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Kevin Padlo gave Grand Junction its only run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Padlo now had eight home runs, tops on the team. Wes Rogers went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .338, just behind Padlo’s .339.

The Chukars (32-30, 12-12) scored single runs in the first and second innings.

The Rockies’ best chance came in the fourth, when Padlo singled and took second on Nate Causey’s groundout. Hamlet Marte beat out a single back to the mound, putting runners at the corners, but Randy Reyes grounded into an inning-ending double play.

In the top of the seventh, Roberto Ramos walked, took second on a wild pitch and third on a throwing error.

Max George worked a walk around a pair of strikeouts, but Omar Carrizales grounded to second, forcing George to end the game and split the rain-plagued four-game series.

Idaho Falls knocked starter Alex Rodriguez out of the first game after only two-thirds of an inning. He gave up seven runs on four hits, with two walks and a wild pitch.

When play resumed Friday, the Chukars scored three runs in the fourth inning for a 10-0 lead.

The Rockies scored their only run on a leadoff home run in the sixth by Forrest Wall.


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