Ramon Marcelino, Jeff Moberg, and Brett Stephens homered for the Grand Junction Rockies Friday night at Melaleuca Field but they still lost to the Idaho Falls Chukars 16-5.
All three homers came in the ninth inning, but after the Chukars already had a 16-0 lead. Marcelino's homer was his 13th of the season, and Moberg followed with his sixth. It's the fifth time in 2017 the Rockies have gone back-to-back. With two out, Brett Stephens went deep for the second time this week, giving the Rockies 96 for the season.
Before the ninth inning eruption, the Rockies were held to six baserunners by Chukars starter David McKay who went seven innings and Josh Mitchell, who gave up the five ninth inning runs. Two of those baserunners started the game as the Rockies wasted a second and third nobody out opportunity in the top of the first, and Idaho Falls responded when Travis Jones homered in the bottom of the inning to put the Chukars on top, and after the Rockies went down in order in the second, the Chukars batted around three times in next four innings.
Christhian Vasquez singled with one out in the inning to start a streak of five straight hits, and they would score five runs to make it a 6-0 game. They batted around again in the third and scored three runs to make it 9-0, and after they scored once in the fourth, they sent nine to the plate in the fifth, stretching their lead to 14-0. They added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings before Jefry Valdez tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, keeping them off the board for the first time on the night.
Jeffri Ocando lost for the fourth straight start, allowing nine runs, eight earned, over 2.2 innings. After Jan Lopez was charged with one in 1.1 innings, Brandon Lambright surrendered four in the fifth while recording just two outs. Shameko Smith gave up one in 1.1 innings, while Tommy Doyle allowed one in the seventh.
Stephens and Marcelino had two hits for the Rockies who have lost a third straight game for the fourth time in the second half. They are now 16-14 in the second half, 34-34 overall.
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