Casey Golden now owns the Grand Junction Rockies single-season home run record after hitting his 17th home run of the season Thursday night Melaleuca Field, but it came in an 11-4 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars.
Golden eclipsed Julian Yan and his teammate, Chad Spanberger, when he took Julio Pinto off the scoreboard in left field. It gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead, but from that point on it was all Chukars.
They scored a run in the bottom of the third and had two on with two out when it looked like Amalani Fukofuka flied out to center, but Rockies centerfielder Joey Bartosic lost the ball in the lights. It dropped, allowing a run to score, and Freddy Fermin followed with a two-run double, and after that, Julio Gonzalez singled home Fermin to make it 5-3.
Idaho Falls scored two more in the fourth, but the Rockies made a bid to cut into their lead in the fifth by loading the bases with nobody, only Spanberger grounded into a double play, which brought home a run, but Todd Czinege struck out to end the inning, and the Chukars blew the game open with three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.
The Spanberger double play started a string of 13 straight Rockies retired before Jeff Moberg singled with two out in the ninth.
Moberg had two of the Rockies six hits, while Shael Mendoza added a pair, but through two games against the pitching staff with the Pioneer League's worst ERA, the Rockies have managed just six earned runs on 14 hits.
The loss drops the Rockies to 16-13 in the second half, three games back of Ogden for first place in the South Division with nine games to play.
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