GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) --- Zach Jemiola has been one of the more consistent starters for the Grand Junction Rockies this season.
But when he wasn't able to make it out of the first inning Saturday night against the Helena Brewers, his bullpen picked him and up and got him off the hook.
Jemiola went just two-thirds of an inning, giving up four earned runs with two strikeouts, before Manager Anthony Sanders opted to go with Angel Lezama in relief.
It turned out to be the right decision, as Lezama was dealing.
He went four and a third innings, only surrendering two hits and no runs to halt the Brewer offense.
On the other side of things, it was Jordan Patterson who put the Rox on the board in the bottom of the first with a moon-shot three run homer to right center field.
Dom Nunez singled in the go-ahead run in the third inning to take the lead 5-4.
Though the Brewers tied it up at 5 against Peter Tago, who also pitched quite well (3.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 2K), the Rockies' offense rallied in late innings to win the series opener 9-6.
They'll play game two Sunday at Suplizio Field at 4:00PM.
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