Wednesday Farm Report: Grand Junction Could Clinch Post-Season Wednesday
Rookie Grand Junction (22-14 second half; 42-32) won 3-2 against Orem, reducing its magic number to clinch the Pioneer League Southern Division second half title to one with two games to play. The Rockies finished their home season on Tuesday and have the final two regular-season games in Orem Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, Idaho Falls and Ogden, tied for second place, are finsihing the season playing each other, although Ogden already has a post-season spot, having won the first half in the Southern Division.
Alexander Martinez (3.07) earned his Pioneer League record 19th save in Tuesday's victory. Jesse Stinnett (1-1, 5.14) was credited the win in relief, allowing two hits and two walks in two shutout innings of relief. Ryan Rolison (1.86), the No. 1 draft choice in June, started and pitched three hitless innings in his final regular season start.
Coco Montes (.333) scored the first two runs, doubling and eventually scoring on a balk in the first inning, and scoring on a double play after drawing a walk in the third. John Cresto (.268) doubled and scored on an error to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
High A Lancaster opens the California League playoffs Wednesday night with a challenge. The JetHawks will host Rancho Cucamonga in the first two games with the series shifting to Rancho Cucamonga for the remaining games in the best-of-five series. Rancho Cucamonga won both halves of the South Division.
Lancaster was 12-20 against Rancho Cucamonga during the season. Brandon Gold, who will start Game 1 for Lancaster, was 9-9 overall during the season, going 1-4 in six starts against Rancho Cucamonga, allowing 19 earned runs and 50 hits in 33 2/3 innings. He walked seven and struck out 30.
LOW A Asheville Creative Marketing Director Samantha Fischer was voted the South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year. Fischer, in her fourth year with the franchise, oversees 50 part-time players, and oversees the team's internship program.