Rockies end road trip with loss to Orem
OREM, Utah — Michael Bolaski had four hits and Wade Hinkle had two Friday night in the Orem Owlz’ 8-4 win over the Grand Junction Rockies.
The win moved the Owlz within five games of the Rockies for the second-best overall record in the South Division, and with Ogden losing to Idaho Falls, Orem trails the Raptors by only two games for first place, with the Rockies only one game back of Ogden with six games to play.
Before an out was recorded, the Rockies had a 2-0 lead. Matt Wessinger started the game being hit by a pitch and he scored on David Dahl’s seventh home run of the season, but Orem answered in their half.
The first three reached base against Johendi Jiminian, which cut the lead to 2-1 and gave them runners at first and second, but Michael Snyder hit into a ground-ball triple play, allowing the Rockies to keep the lead, but they didn’t keep it much longer.
After the Rockies went down in order in the second, Bolaski hit a two-run home run to give the Owlz a 3-2 lead, but the Rockies tied it with a run in the third, only to see Orem answer immediately with a pair, giving them a 5-3 lead.
Jiminian went two innings and allowed five runs. He walked five, including the first two batters of the third innings. He was lifted from the game at that point, and replaced by Shawn Stuart, who allowed both to score, but didn’t give up a run of his own in three innings.
Jonathan Vargas tossed a scoreless sixth inning, but Brian Rike gave up three in the seventh to make it an 8-3 game.
“Jiminian struggled tonight,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “You can’t walk five guys against a good lineup like Orem and expect to be successful.”
After a Dahl single in the third, the Rockies didn’t have another base hit until the ninth inning when Zach Osborne singled in a run to make it an 8-4 game.
Dahl had two hits in the game to give him 100 for the season.
The Rockies finished their 11-game road trip 7-4, and completed the road portion of their schedule 19-19.
“When we started the road trip our goal was 7-4,” Diaz said. “Now we go home, and hopefully we can get a win (tonight) and carry that momentum through the rest of the season.”
Tonight, the Rockies return home to start a six game homestand to wrap up the regular season. Idaho Falls will be in town for the first of a four game series. First pitch from Suplizio Field is at 7:05 with Matt Carasiti facing Ali Williams.
The Rockies will open gates Sunday at Suplizio Field at 3:30 p.m. for their 6:05 p.m. game, anticipating a large crowd. A fireworks show, which was postponed by the City of Grand Junction from July 4, will follow the game.