Billings 6, Grand Junction 5
Friday at Dehler Park
Grand Junction 13-15, Billings 11-17
On the mound
Once again, starting pitching faltered for the Rockies, who got only seven innings out of their starters in the four-game series. One of those was a planned two-inning start for Ryan Rolison in his professional debut, but Wander Cabrera recorded only six outs, throwing 69 pitches. He pitched into the third inning, and the Mustangs scored two runs in each of the first three innings. After that, the bullpen again came through, with four pitchers combining to shut out the Mustangs on two hits the rest of the way.
Cabrera allowed six runs on seven hits and walked three. Trent Fennell fanned three batters, as did Colton Harlow. Cayden Hatcher, in his pro debut, walked one batter, but 11 of his 17 pitches were strikes. Aneudy Duarte retired all four batters he faced.
Billings starter Mac Sceroler scattered three hits and struck out eight in his five shutout innings, and the Mustangs' three relievers each struck out two. In the series, GJ hitters struck out 57 times.
At the plate
Daniel Montano, who went 7 for 16 in the series, was 3 for 4 with one RBI. Grant Lavigne, whose 11-game hitting streak ended Thursday, drove in his 24th run of the season with a base hit in the sixth, the Rockies' first run of the game. Grand Junction went only 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position, and six men were stranded in scoring position with two out.
The key inning
Down 6-0, the Rockies rallied for four runs in the sixth inning. Will Golsan singled, and with one out, Coco Montes walked and Niko Decolati was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lavigne followed with an infield single, getting Golsan home. After Montano struck out, the Mustangs brought in Edward Escobaza to face Guevara, who laced a three-run double to left. In the eighth, Montes was hit by a pitch, and Montano drove him home on a two-out single to left, cutting the deficit to 6-5.
Golsan singled with one out in the top of the ninth and moved up on a groundout. Montes hit a screaming line drive that was snared by reliever Dauri Moreta to end the game.
Grand Junction at Great Falls, 7 tonight, Centene Stadium
Starting pitchers: Alejandro Mejia, GJ (1-2, 9.00 ERA) vs. Jason Bilous, GF (0-1, 4.85 ERA)
— Sentinel Staff