Grand Junction Rockies recap, Aug. 26, 2017
Orem 20 Grand Junction 5
Saturday at Suplizio Field
Grand Junction 32-30, 14-10 second half; Orem 41-20, 15-9.
In the field
Grand Junction committed two errors in the first inning and four errors across the first three frames. They finished with five errors, matching a season high, and four of those miscues were committed by third baseman Jeff Bohling.
Bohling was pulled in the fifth inning after saying he felt dizzy and Rockies manager Frank Gonzales said, with Bohling’s concussion history, they were being careful.
On the mound
Grand Junction’s pitchers combined to give up a season-high 20 runs, and 16 of them were earned. Starter Jeffri Ocando was hurt the most by the Rockies’ poor fielding, lasting four innings, scattering seven hits and allowing six runs — only three of which were earned. He struck out three batters with one walk.
Alexander Martinez relieved Ocando and lasted only one-third of an inning, giving up a leadoff home run and walking three batters before a change was made. Brandon Lambright lasted two innings, closing out the fifth and cruising through the sixth, but he was derailed by a home run and multiple walks in the seventh. Aneudy Duarte didn’t fair much better, going two-thirds of an inning and surrendering four runs on four hits.
Jan Lopez closed out the game with two rocky innings, surrendering five runs on six hits with one walk.
The pitching staff gave up eight walks in total, matching a season high.
Gonzales said the Rockies’ bus broke down at 2 a.m. last night on the way home from a road series against Orem. The manager said there’s no excuse for a lopsided loss like this, but added that returning to a normal schedule could do his team some good.
“No excuses, but I don’t think we showed up in any condition to play today,” Gonzales said.
At the plate
Casey Golden, Chad Spanberger, Javier Guevara and Ramon Marcelino all had multiple hits. Golden had two doubles — the only extra-base hits the Rockies had — and Bartosic stole a base.
Shael Mendoza exited after one at-bat. Gonzales said he’s dealing with a sprained wrist from earlier in the season.
Rockies top pick Ryan Vilade has been out since August 12 with a sore back, and Gonzales said the club is just acting with an abundance of caution.
“Ryan, we’re just making sure he’s 100 percent,” Gonzales said. “First-year guy and you want to make sure he’s taken care of the right way.”
Grand Junction vs. Orem, 5 p.m., Suplizio Field
Starting pitchers: Lucas Gilbreath, GJ (2-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. Edrick Agosto, ORM (0-1, 6.81 ERA)
TV: Ch. 16 (KGJT)
They said it
“When a bus breaks down at 2 in the morning and you get in at 6, you don’t expect this kind of outing, but sometimes it affects the way you show up. Rough night for the guys and a rough day today ... but we’ll get ready to do it again tomorrow.” — Manager Frank Gonzales
— Matt Meyer, The Daily Sentinel