Grand Junction Rockies recap, July 25, 2017
Great Falls 12, Grand Junction 3
Tuesday at Suplizio Field
Grand Junction 17-18, Great Falls 13-22
On the mound
Rockies starting pitcher Anderson Amarista was rocked by the Voyagers early as they piled on nine runs on 11 hits in the first three innings.
Craig Dedelow hit a one-out double in the top of the first, then Anthony Villa launched a home run well beyond the fence in left field. After a walk and a sharp single, Nolan Brown punched another grounder through the right side to give Great Falls a 3-0 lead.
Dedelow blasted a two-run home run past the video board early in the second inning and Tyler Frost launched a three-run shot into the parking lot in a four-run third inning that included a triple from Dedelow. Villa added an RBI single to chase Amarista and put Great Falls up 9-2.
Dedelow was a single away from the cycle after three innings, but couldn’t quite break through. He reached on an error in the fifth and struck out looking in the sixth. He was robbed of his best chance in the ninth by shortstop Ryan Vilade, who ranged onto the grass to gather Dedelow’s chopper and made a long throw to first for the out.
Grand Junction surrendered 17 hits, matching a season worst.
At the plate
Vilade, the Rockies’ top pick and Pioneer League All-Star, did all he could early on, manufacturing Grand Junction’s first run without a hit. He reached first on a throwing error, rounding to second before the first baseman could gather the ball. From there, he stole third without a throw, nearly forcing the pitcher into a balk by breaking early, and scored on a wild pitch.
He also accounted for the Rockies’ second run, dropping a two-out, RBI single into center field in the bottom of the third.
Brett Stephens was the only Grand Junction player with multiple hits and he squeezed a double inside the line in left to start the fifth inning, but no runs came from the hit. Jeff Moberg singled to left to put runners on the corners, then Shael Mendoza struck out. Pedro Gonzalez hit a hard grounder to third for an inning-ending double play.
Stephens was nearly responsible for another run in the bottom of the seventh, hitting a one-out single. Moberg walked, but was forced out at second on a grounder from Mendoza. Gonzalez drew a walk to load the bases, but Vilade lined out to right to end the frame.
GJ vs. Great Falls, 6:40 p.m., Suplizio Field
Starting pitchers: Jeffri Ocando, GJ (3-0, 4.65 ERA) vs. Chris Comito, GF (1-3, 3.05 ERA)
TV: Ch. 16 (KGJT)
They said it
“(Hitting coach) Lee Stevens hit it on the head yesterday — we’re not on time to hit and pull off our best swing. There isn’t anything wrong physically, we’re not going to change swings or how we go about it. But when you’re not on time to hit, you’re not on time to lay off pitches either. Right now, we’re swinging at some pitches that we shouldn’t and we’re missing the ones we should hit.” — manager Frank Gonzales on Grand Junction’s hitting woes.
— Matt Meyer, The Daily Sentinel