Records fall in Grand Junction win
Minor League Baseball
Mendoza sets stolen base record, Golden tops RBI mark in GJ Rockies’ victory
Club records continued to fall Friday night for the Grand Junction Rockies, whose 13-9 victory over Orem guaranteed at least a .500 record, only the third in club history.
Shael Mendoza stole two bases in the win, giving him a franchise-record 25 for the season, and Casey Golden drove in two runs, setting the Grand Junction record at 59.
In the fifth inning, Jeff Moberg hit a gapper to right-center, and he raced around the bases for the first inside-the-park home run in club history. The home run, his 10th, was one of four for the Rockies, upping their Pioneer League-record total to 113.
After scoring a pair of runs in the third inning on Ramon Marcelino’s 17th home run of the season, Grand Junction tacked on five in the fourth inning. Marcelino hit his second home run of the game after Golden doubled home Mendoza. Joey Bartosic singled home a run and Mendoza got anther home when he hit into a fielder’s choice.
Moberg’s home run made it 8-1, but Orem, which won the first-half title in the South Division and will face Odgen in the playoffs, put up five runs in the fifth to but the lead to 8-6.
The Rockies responded with four runs in the seventh, highlighted by Kennard McDowell’s second home run of the season. Mendoza singled and stole second, giving him the club record, and on the throw to second, Bartosic, who had singled, scored. Mendoza moved up on the error and Golden doubled him home. Colton Hathcock, the fourth of five Grand Junction pitchers, picked up his second win. The pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters, but also walked seven.
The Rockies (38-37) finish the season this afternoon against the Owlz.