Idaho Falls snaps GJ’s three game win streak
Max White didn’t feel any different when he woke up Sunday morning.
Then it hit him.
“It felt just like any other morning,” he said, “and then I went down to get in the shower, and I was like, ‘Wait, I’m playing today.’ ‘’
After watching from the dugout for six games, it was finally his time.
“It was awesome. I was telling the guys in the dugout I don’t think I could stand one more day in the dugout,” he said. “I just told myself I’ve got to wait for my turn. Everybody else has waited their turn. I got here late, and that’s something I have to deal with. I was going to get in there sooner or later.”
The second-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies made his professional debut Sunday afternoon at Suplizio Field and didn’t waste any time, driving a ground-rule double to the power alley in left-center to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
He’d like to have his final at-bat of the day back after the Rockies lost 6-4 to Idaho Falls to end a three-game winning streak.
“I hit it, and you track the ball all the way into your bat, and as soon as I hit it, I saw the ball scoot backwards from my bat,” White said of a nubber in front of the plate in the ninth that turned into a double play. “I immediately thought foul ball.
“I looked down and didn’t see the ball in fair territory, so I step out to regroup myself, and the catcher’s throwing to second base.”
Home plate umpire Jared Ferrans ruled the ball was in front of the plate in fair territory, and Juan Ciriaco was doubled up at second. Right after that, David Dahl laced a double down the right-field line that would have likely scored the speedy Ciriaco.
“That’s a tough play right there,” Grand Junction manager Tony Diaz said. “I went to argue a little bit, but it’s really a tough play. He said he saw it in front of the plate.
“I think it happened to our big-league club this year, I’m almost positive it happened in Denver. We were confused and ended up turning a double play. It’s a tough play.”
The Rockies (3-4) led until the seventh inning, when reliever Tony Seise, also making his pro debut, struggled with his early control, walking the first two batters.
Both ended up scoring to force a 4-4 tie. Ethan Chapman’s bunt toward third got one run home when Kyle Newton, in his first game after breaking his nose in minicamp, charged and threw to first, but no one was covering the bag.
The ball sailed into right field, allowing Carlos Garcia to score. Adalberto Mondesi grounded into a double play, scoring Nick DelGuidice, before a nice play by shortstop Jason Stolz robbed Elier Hernandez of a base hit and ended the inning.
Jin-Ho Shin hit a home run in the eighth off Rayan Gonzalez for the winning run, and DelGuidice added a solo shot in the ninth.
“It was a first pitch,” DelGuidice said of the home run. “It looked like it was a slider. It stayed inside a little bit. I was expecting the ball to be in. It didn’t look like a straight fastball. It stayed up a little bit, and I got the barrel on it.”
The Rockies, who open a three-game series at Suplizio tonight against Ogden, hit to all fields early to pick up two runs in the first inning.
After White’s double, David Dahl, the Rockies’ No. 1 draft pick, grounded to second, moving the runner to third. Stolz, playing in his seventh straight game, but for the first time at shortstop, laced a double to the right-field corner, scoring White.
He moved up on a groundout by Ben Waldrip and scored on a wild pitch before Ryan Garvey singled to left.
Grand Junction added one run on the fourth on singles by Carl Thomore, Wilfredo Rodriguez, who went 2 for 4 in his first game, and Juan Ciriaco. Newton’s ground ball in the sixth scored another run.
But that was all the Rockies could do against Idaho Falls’ bullpen, with only 10 men getting to the plate over the final three innings.
Two roster moves involving the GJ Rockies were made Sunday, with catcher Drew Beuerlein and infielder Miguel De Leon both promoted, a club official confirmed.
Beuerlein caught in two games going 2 for 8 (.250). The 24-year-old switch-hitter was promoted to Class A Asheville (N.C.) in the South Atlantic League. The Tourists have only two catchers; the Rockies had five. Beuerlein was drafted in 2010 by the Los Angeles Angels, but released after that season. He caught on with the Rockies this year as a nonroster bullpen catcher.
De Leon is heading to Class A (short season) Tri-City in the Northwest League after playing in five of the Rockies’ first seven games, hitting .222 with one double and two home runs.
Colorado Mesa University product Kris Carlson was called up from Tampa’s Rookie affiliate to Class A Advanced Charlotte (N.C.) this past week and pitched 2/3 of an inning against Bradenton, Fla., and was sent back to the Rookie Gulf Coast League team Saturday.