Joey Bartosic finished a home run shy of the cycle, but it wasn't enough as the Grand Junction Rockies lost to the Idaho Falls Chukars 6-4 Wednesday night at Melaeuca Field.
Bartosic started the game with a double, but was left on base as the Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position through the game's first three innings, though the hit was a 2-out, 2-run homer from Jeff Moberg, his fifth homer of the season, but that lead didn't last very long.
Three straight singles off Jorge Oviedo started the bottom of the second for the Chukars, and they got on the board when Tyler Straub grounded into a double, and Offerman Collado's swinging bunt single allowed the Chukars to tie it, and Brewer Hicklen's first professional home run in the third gave them the lead. Then, with two out in the inning, Chris Hudgins doubled home Robby Rinn to make it a 2-run game, and they added another pair in the fourth.
Oviedo surrendered six runs, five earned, on 12 hits over four innings, and was handed the loss, his first since July 3.
Bartosic helped bring the Rockies closer when he tripled in the fifth and scored on Brett Stephens sacrifice fly, and in the seventh, he followed Kennard McDowell's 2-out double with an RBI single to make it a 6-4 game.
In the eighth, the Rockies had an opportunity to tie it as Chad Spanberger walked with two out and advanced to third on Todd Czinege's double, but Ramon Marcelino flied out to center to end the inning, and the Rockies went down in order in the ninth, falling to 16-12 in the second half, 34-32 overall.
Grand Junction was held to eight hits a night after scoring 18 runs on 19 hits.
The Rockies bullpen did not allow a run in four innings, as Alexander Martinez retired all 11 men that he faced. Hunter Williams recorded two outs in the fifth, while Colton Hathcock worked a scoreless eighth inning.
The loss keeps the Rockies three games back of the Ogden Raptors for first place in the South Division with 10 games to play.
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