Rockies rally in eighth inning, take two of three games from Owlz

By: Zach Berridge Email
By: Zach Berridge Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Even though the Pioneer-South leading Orem Owlz entered the finale of their three-game set with the Grand Junction Rockies up four games on them, it's clear these two teams are going to be a lot of fun to watch down the stretch as they battle it out for a post-season berth.

It's also clear that these two teams in particular hold no reservations when it comes to scoring runs, as between them in their first six meetings, a total of 116 runs were scored, which comes out to just under 20 runs per game.

The Rockies, as they have so often this season, claimed an early lead off the bat of Randy Reyes, when he drove home a run in the third. Omar made it 2-0 with an RBI in the fourth inning.

Then the Owlz got to Javier Palacios, putting up five runs (two earned) in the top of the fifth.

After tying it back up in the bottom of the fifth, Matt McBride made it 6-5 in the sixth with a double off the wall in left field. Orem immediately counted, though. Miguel Hermosillo smacked a three-run homer to right center field to make it 8-6 Orem, and it looked like the Rox would take another loss after giving up a late lead again.

In the bottom of the eighth however, Dom Nunez took advantage of the shaky Owlz bullpen and got them going with an RBI base-hit to right field, cutting the lead to one.

With the bases loaded, Luis Castro worked a walk, which brought in the tying run.

Then Kevin Padlo, the 2014 fifth round draft pick came to the plate, and laced a double into center field, that just got by a diving Hermosillo.

Padlo's double cleared the bases and gave his team the 11-8 lead, which they held on to.

The Rockies improve to 11-10 on the year and will have Monday off before staring a four-game set with Missoula at Suplizio Field on Tuesday.

W: Brothers (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
L: Kipper (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
S: Pierpont (3)

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