Minor League Baseball

GJ drops fourth straight on road

Despite outstanding pitching, Grand Junction lost its fourth straight game Tuesday night, 3-2 to Billings, to fall to .500.

The Rockies (26-26, 7-7 second half) left 14 men on base and were just 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Ruff allowed two runs in the first two innings and newcomer Noah Gotsis, making his professional debut, took the loss, allowing a home run to James Free in the bottom of the fourth after the Rockies had come back to tie the game.

Gotsis was signed on Aug. 8 and assigned to Grand Junction the next day. He allowed only the one hit and struck out two. Alejandro Mejia came on and had another scoreless performance, this one three innings, running his scoreless streak to 12 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two, and Gavin Hollowell struck out the side in the eighth, giving the Rockies a chance to tie it in the top of the ninth.

Brenton Doyle singled up the middle to lead off the inning, but Todd Isaacs flied out to center and Jacob Barnwell and Reese Berberet struck out.

The Rockies scored one run in the third on Colin Simpson's sacrifice fly and tied it in the fourth when Turner Brown beat out a two-out bunt to score Isaacs, who led off with a base hit.

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