Minor League Baseball
GJ Rockies fall in season finale
One night after clinching their first playoff berth since 2013, the Grand Junction Rockies lost 6-5 to Orem on Thursday night in the regular-season finale.
Jesse Stinnett got the start for the Rockies, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings. He was in line for the win before the Owlz rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Leading 5-2, Rayne Supple, who relieved Stinnett in the seventh, allowed a run on a single and a double before a wild pitch moved the runner to third. After a line out, Supple walked Kevin Maitain and was replaced by Jared Skolnicki.
Skolnicki was greeted by a ground-rule double to score one run and threw a wild pitch to score another run to tie the game 5-5. An RBI groundout by Conor Fitzsimons gave Orem its first lead of the night and Adalberto Pena struck out two in the ninth to save the game for the Owlz.
Will Golsan went 3 for 4 and had the Rockies' only extra-base hit, a double in the third inning.
Grant Lavigne walked three times, increasing his franchise record to 45.
Grand Junction opens the Pioneer League playoffs tonight in Ogden, with Ryan Feltner (0-0, 0.88 ERA) getting the start.