GJ Rox take advantage of mistakes to top Chukars
Behind a combination of 14 hits and seven Idaho Falls errors, the Grand Junction Rockies defeated the Chukars 13-4 on Friday night.
And to think the Grand Junction Rockies trailed Idaho Falls, 4-1, in the fourth inning.
But instead of foundering when down, the Rockies (2-3) rallied for their second consecutive win and first come-from-behind victory of the season, sweeping the two-game road series.
Miguel De Leon and Ryan Garvey hit home runs for the Rockies, who return for their home opener at 7:05 p.m. today against Idaho Falls.
All told, the teams committed 11 errors.
De Leon had an error that led to the 4-1 deficit, but he also hit the home run that brought the Rockies back.
In the top of the sixth, De Leon ripped a two-run home run that bounced off the scoreboard in left-center field to tie the game at 4-4. It was De Leon’s second home run of the season. He finished 2 for 5 with two RBI.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Rockies broke the 4-4 tie with the help of two Idaho Falls errors. After a wild pitch by Chukars pitcher Fernando Cruz that advanced Juan Ciriaco to second base, Cesar Galvez (3 for 6) reached first base when his ground ball went under the glove of Chukars first baseman Rainier Bello, scoring Ciriaco (2 for 4, three runs) to put the Rockies up, 5-4.
The Rockies scored again on a single by David Dahl to center field. After Galvez scored, Chukars center fielder Ethan Chapman threw the ball past a cut-off man, advancing Dahl to second.
It was the first professional start for Matt Carasiti, who walked four batters and hit another but was able to get out of jams in the first two innings on double plays.
Unfortunately for Carasiti, the Rockies committed three errors in the bottom of the fourth inning. The first came with two outs when the ball off the bat of Ysmelin Alcantara went under the glove of De Leon at first base.
Ethan Chapman then singled and reached second base on a throwing error by Dahl.
Two batters later, and after Zach Jemiola replaced Carasiti, Dahl bobbled a hit by Elier Hernandez, allowing Adalberto Mondesi to reach third base.
The Rockies trailed 4-1 after the damage was done, and Idaho Falls starter Spencer Patton left after five innings of work, allowing only one earned run.
Carasiti pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and four runs, two of which were earned.
But the Rockies rallied and did not stop scoring even in the top of the ninth, when Garvey hit a two-run home run to left field to produce the final score.
Finally, Dahl, the Rockies’ first-round draft pick, 10th overall, got his first hit of the season with a ground ball single to right field. The hit came on an 0-2 count.