GJ Rockies win with late rally
The Grand Junction Rockies are developing a reputation for late-game heroics.
Grand Junction (20-11) used back-to-back home runs by Jordan Patterson and Jose Briceno in the top of the ninth to defeat Great Falls 4-3 Monday night.
It was the second straight game the Rockies put together a rally in their final at-bats to beat Great Falls (15-16). On Sunday, the Rockies put up five runs in the 10th to win 7-2.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth on Monday, Patterson tied the game with his third homer of the year, then Briceno went deep to left for his sixth long ball of the season.
Jacob Newberry pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season for the Rockies.
The two teams locked up in a pitchers duel for most of the game. Starters Zach Jemiola for the Rockies and the Voyagers’ Andrew Mitchell were in control, both only giving up one run.
Jemiola finished with four strikeouts over six innings, and Mitchel had five strikeouts over five.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Correlle Prime.
Grand Junction did its best to try to manufacture runs with its running game. The Rockies stole four bases in the game, including two by Prime.
The Rockies took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth when Raimel Tapia singled and came around to score on Prime’s double. The hit by Tapia extended the center fielder’s hitting streak to 21 games.
Voyagers’ manager Pete Rose Jr. was tossed by the home plate umpire after Briceno’s home run.