Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 26, 2017
Grand Junction 9, Idaho Falls 4
Monday at Melaleuca Field, Idaho Falls
Grand Junction 2-6, Idaho Falls 4-4
On the mound
After allowing a league-worst 81 runs in its first seven games, Grand Junction’s bullpen held the Chukars scoreless for the final four innings to help the Rockies snap a five-game losing streak.
Steve Ascher pitched a scoreless seventh inning to get the victory. Anderson Amarista started and got a no-decision, allowing four runs, eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Michael Agis and Jefry Valdez each pitched one scoreless relief inning for Grand Junction.
Janser Lara took the loss for Idaho Falls, allowing five earned runs in three innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate
The Rockies hit five home runs, and it was debatable which ones were the biggest. The first came from shortstop Ryan Vilade, who hit a two-run home run to left-center field in his first professional at-bat to give the Rockies an early 2-0 lead. The other big home runs came in Grand Junction’s five-run eighth inning, when Chad Spanberger hit a two-run shot and Ramon Marcelino followed with a solo home run to cap the scoring for the Rockies.
Marcelino hit two home runs, and Nic Motley added a solo shot for the Rockies. Leadoff batter Shael Mendoza finished 4 for 5 with three stolen bases and an RBI. The first home run of the game or Marcelino, a solo shot to lead off the eighth inning, snapped a 4-4 tie and gave Grand Junction the lead for good.
All total, the Rockies went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Idaho Falls, however, finished 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Vilade went 2 for 4 with two RBI in his professional debut. Spanberger and Marcelino each added two hits and two RBI.
The key inning
Pedro Gonzalez got on base with one out in the top of the ninth inning when he was hit by a pitch by Lara. He advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches and, after the second wild pitch, scored from third when catcher Freddy Fermin threw wildly to try to get Gonzalez after he’d rounded third base wide. Vilade walked to set up Spanberger’s home run, and Marcelino followed with his solo shot to center to cap the scoring.
Moving on up
Former Grand Junction Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers, who was with the team in the 2015 season, went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, two strikeouts and one run scored in his Double-A home debut with the Hartford Yard Goats in their 7-6 victory over Binghamton (New York). Rodgers had a downside to his first Double-A game, also: He had two errors that led to three runs, and he struck out in his final plate appearance in the eighth inning.
Grand Junction at Idaho Falls, 7:15 p.m., Melaleuca Field
Starting pitchers: TBD
— Sentinel Staff