Grand Junction Rockies recap, July 15, 2017
Grand Junction 10, Great Falls 2
Saturday at Centene Stadium
Grand Junction 11-15, Great Falls 10-15
On the mound
Will Gaddis made the first start of his pro career count, scattering six hits and allowing only one run to win his second game of the season. He threw five innings and struck out three. Hayden Roberts allowed one run and Colton Hathcock and Hunter Williams each threw one scoreless inning for the Rockies. Williams pitched for the first time since taking a line drive off his left foot last Saturday at Suplizio Field, forcing him out of the game. Williams, who has been wearing a walking boot as a precaution, allowed one infield single in the ninth, but struck out the other three batters he faced. The Rockies did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
At the plate
Todd Czinege went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs. Shael Mendoza was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, and one hit shy of his third five-hit game of the season. The second baseman went 4 for 5 and scored two runs. The Rockies struck out only three times, drew five walks and had a dozen hits.
In the field
The Voyagers committed five errors, leading to eight unearned runs. The Rockies turned a pair of double plays, one in the first inning just before Craig Dedelow hit a solo home run off Gaddis. The other double play ended the third inning when Dedelow lined out to Ryan Vilade, who then doubled Tate Blackman off first.
The key inning
Czinege’s three-run home run, followed by Ramon Marcelino’s solo shot, were the big hits in the Rockies’ six-run sixth inning that broke the game open. Pedro Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk to start the scoring, and Vilade got another run home when he grounded into a double play. After Chad Spanberger was hit by a pitch, Czinege drove the ball to straight-away center field for his fourth home run of the season. Marcelino’s home run to right was his fifth of the year. Mendoza tripled and scored in the third inning to tie the game and a base hit by Spanberger scored Gonzalez with the go-ahead run. The Rockies added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Around the diamond
The win was the third in four games on the current road trip for Grand Junction, with three more at Great Falls before returning home. Grand Junction is 7-6 on the road, only 4-9 at Suplizio Field. ... The game was played in light rain from the middle innings on, and it started raining heavily as soon as the final out was recorded. ... Catcher Hidekel Gonzalez was moved to short-season Class A Boise on Friday night and started Saturday. ... Former GJ shortstop Brendan Rodgers hit a walk-off home run in the 13th inning for Double-A Hartford, his second home run of the game. He also went deep in the first inning.
Grand Junction at Great Falls, 1 p.m., Centene Stadium
Starting pitchers: Justin Valdespina, GJ (0-3, 9.53 ERA) vs. Fernando Gallegos, GF (0-2, 7.64 ERA)
— Sentinel staff