Grand Junction Wins In Extras

By Adam Spolane / Grand Junction Rockies | July 16, 2017 6:28 PM ET

After Anthony Villa's home run tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Grand Junction Rockies answered with two runs in the tenth on their way to an 8-6 win over the Great Falls Voyagers Sunday afternoon at Centene Stadium.

With one out, Chad Spanberger doubled and scored when Todd Czinege did the same. Javier Guevara gave the Rockies a two-run lead with an RBI single.
After allowing the Villa home run in the ninth, Jefry Valdez retired the next three he faced in the ninth to get the game to extras, and with the Rockies leading in the tenth, he tossed a 1-2-3 inning to preserve the Rockies seventh win in nine games. They are now 12-15 on the season.
The Rockies had a season-high eight doubles on the day. The first came off the bat of Pedro Gonzalez who brought home Joey Bartosic in the third inning to give the Rockies the lead. That was all the offense the game saw for awhile as Justin Valdespina put up nothing but zeroes in his first five innings of work, but the Voyagers scored two runs against him the sixth to take their first lead of the series, though the lead didn't last long.
With runners at second and third in the seventh, Jeff Moberg's RBI single tied the game. Brett Stephens followed that with a 2-run double to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead, but with Valdespina out of the game, the Voyagers scored three times against Alexander Martinez in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, though it evaporated as Pedro Gonzalez doubled in the eighth and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Before Villa's home run tied things up in the bottom of the ninth, Stephens doubled home Moberg in the top of the inning to briefly give the Rockies the lead.
The win improves the Rockies to 12-15 on the season. They are 4-1 on their 7-game Montana road trip.
Gonzalez, Guevara, Moberg, and Stephens had three hit games for the Rockies. Stephens drove home three runs.
Valdespina surrendered just two runs on six hits in six innings. Tommy Doyle did not allow a run in the eighth.

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