Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 28, 2017
Idaho Falls 6, Grand Junction 4
Wednesday at Melaleuca Field
Grand Junction 3-7, Idaho Falls 5-5
In the field
Three Grand Junction errors in the bottom of the seventh inning ultimately sank the Rockies. With the Grand Junction leading 4-3, Colton Hathcock relieved starting pitcher Jorge Oviedo and struck out the first batter he faced, but an infield error and a single put runners on the corners. A second infield error tied the game and a third error on the next play gave Idaho Falls the lead.
The Chukars tacked on another run from a suicide squeeze before the end of the inning, then Hathcock pitched a perfect eighth inning. The reliever took the loss, giving up three runs, but none of those runs was earned. He struck out two batters without a walk.
On the mound
Oviedo was lights-out through the first five innings, shutting out the Chukars without issuing a walk. He stumbled in the sixth when he surrendered five straight hits and his first three runs, escaping the jam with a line-out double play at first base. His six innings pitched ties the longest a Grand Junction starting pitcher has lasted this season and he struck out five batters without a walk.
At the plate
Shael Mendoza extended his hitting streak to seven games, hitting in each game he’s appeared since the start of the season. Pedro Gonzalez was 3 for 5 with two triples, driving in one run with a two-out single in the top of the fourth.
Todd Czinege was 4 for 4 with a double and Tyler Bates singled home a run in the fourth.
All told, Grand Junction was 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base — five more than Idaho Falls. The Rockies out-hit the Chukars 12-7 in the loss.
GJ at Ogden, 7 p.m., Lindquist Field
Starting pitchers: TBA vs. Carlos Felix, Ogden (1-0, 1.17 ERA)
— Sentinel Staff