Voyagers’ bullpen shuts down GJ Rox
After a decent start, Grand Junction was limited to one run over the final seven innings as Great Falls defeated the Rockies 7-4 on Saturday in Great Falls, Mont.
The Rockies (18-11) scored two runs in the first inning as Jordan Patterson and Jairo Rosario singled in runs, but Great Falls responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, making the most of three singles after the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch.
Grand Junction tied the game in the top of third as Raimel Tapia and Miguel Dilone hit back-to-back doubles with two outs for a run.
The Voyagers (15-14) regained the lead, 4-3, with a run in the third as Danny Hayes led off the frame with a home run against Rockies pitcher Helmis Rodriguez, who relieved starter Blake Shouse after one inning and worked the next 3 2/3 innings.
Rodriguez allowed three more runs in the fifth inning as Great Falls used a walk, two singles and two errors to do its damage and chase Rodriguez (2-3).
William Waltrip and Manuel Montilla kept the Voyagers off the board for the final 3 1/3 innings, and Grand Junction mustered a run in the seventh on Correlle Prime’s run-scoring single.
The Rockies’ Jose Briceno opened the eighth inning with a double, and he advanced to third base with one out but was stranded there.
The Voyagers’ Sean Hagan then retired Grand Junction in order in the ninth to earn the save with three innings of relief, after starter Todd Kibby (3-1) went the first six innings.
Tapia and Prime each had two of the Rockies’ nine hits, four of which went for extra bases. Tapia’s two hits extended his hitting streak to 20 games.