Throughout the first nine games of their season-long 11 game road trip, the Rockies have gotten big performances from guys who joined them mid-season. Last night's 5-2 win in Idaho Falls was no different.
Jayson Aquino tossed six scoreless without walking anyone as he picked up his third win of the season. The lefty now has a 1.72 ERA in six starts, pitching into the sixth inning every time out.
Both teams traded zeroes for three innings, but that ended in the fourth when the Rockies took the lead on a bases loaded walk by Carl Thomore. They added to the lead in the fifth with a two out rally. David Dahl started it with a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch. After Wilfredo Rodriguez walked, Dahl scored on a wild pitch with Julian Yan at the plate. Rodriguez was brought home when Yan doubled to make it 3-0.
Grand Junction added another run in the seventh when Yan scored on a wild pitch with two out to make it 4-0, but the Chukars got on the board for the first time since the third inning Tuesday night when Jared Schlehuber hit a 2-run homer to cut the lead in half.
After the home run, Patrick Johnson threw a perfect eighth inning, and after the Rockies added a fifth run in the ninth, Scott Oberg didn't allow a run in the ninth to lock down his 13th save of the season.
Yan went 4-for-4 a night after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.
The win gets the Rockies to 38-30 overall this season, and 17-13 in the second half. They guarantee themselves of finishing no worse than .500, which happened only once in 11 seasons in Casper.
Eddie Butler will take the hill for the Rockies Thursday night in Orem when they start a crucial two game series against the Owlz. First pitch from Brent Brown Ballpark will be at 7:05.