Tuesday Farm Report: Grand Junction Rockies Discovering a Home-Field Advantage
The Grand Junction Rockies are turning Suplizio Field into a definite home-field advantage. With a 7-6 victory against Great Falls on Monday night, the Rockies rookie-level affiliate has won eight in a row at home.
That comes after they opened the season losing seven of their first 11 home games.
With the success at home, Grand Junction has improved to 20-17 overall. They have won the first six games of their current seven-game homestand. The Rockies swept Billings in a three-game series, and have won the first three of seven games against Great Falls going into Tuesday night.
In Monday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (49-52) was off Monday.
AA Hartford (49-49) won 4-0 at Trenton. Frank Duncan (1-1, 2.95) worked five shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk, and striking out one. It was Duncan's ninth appearance, third start, since being signed as a free agent June 15. Scott Griggs (2.72) earned his fourth save. Nelson Molina (.218) and Yonathan Daza (.309) both had RBI-singles and scored runs in a three-run third inning.
High A Lancaster (18-14 second half; 51-51) won 8-2 at Visalia. Carlos Herrera (.300) singled home the first two runs in a four-run fifth, and scored on an ensuing two-run double from Tyler Nevin (.307). Heath Holder (7-0, 3.96) worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out two, to be credited with the victory. Logan Longwith (7.32) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out five, in 3 2/3 innings in his third start since coming off the disabled list.
Low A Asheville (15-13 2nd half; 42-55) lost 7-5 to Lexington. Lucas Gilbreath (4-7, 5.09) allowed only one run after the first inning, but was charged with six runs, three earned, in the first inning. The Tourists were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Matt McLaughlin (.250) did hit a two-run home run in the third.
Short-season A Boise (21-17) won 11-10 against Everett. LJ Hatch (.189) delivered the walk-off single, completing Boise's comeback from a 9-5 deficit going into the bottom of the third. Cade Harris (.242) got the comeback started with a three-run home run in the third. Jeffrey Valdez (1-0, 7.79) was credited with the win. Pearson McMahan (5.86) gave up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (20-17) won 7-6 against Great Falls. Johnny Cresto (.277) hit two two-run home runs, and singled. First-round draft choice Ryan Rollison (3.00) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five, in four innings. Jake Bird (3-0, 1.86) allowed one run in two innings and was credited with the victory. Alexander Martinez (3.31) earned his ninth save.
Dominican Summer League South (17-25) won 6-3 at the Yankees. Helcris Olivares (4-1, 2.78) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out four, in five innings. Richard Cespedes (4.55) struck out both batters in earning his first save. Catcher Ronaiker Palma (.363) was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (25-16) split a doubleheader with the Giants, winning 3-1 in Game 1 and losing 8-2 in Game 2. In Game 1, Carlos Perez (3-0, 1.29) allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks, striking out three, in five innings. Raymells Rosa (0.82) earned his 10th save. The Rockies scored all three runs in the fourth on an RBI-triple by Yolki Pena, RBI-single by Steven Fana, and RBI-single by Francisco Ortiz. In Game 2, starting pitcher Gregoris Chalas (1-1, 8.64) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out one, in two innings.