GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Behind the bats of two newcomers, the Grand Junction Rockies broke their six game losing streak, dominating the Orem Owlz 11-2 Saturday from Suplizio Field.
Two position players, Bladimir Restituyo and Ezequiel Tovar, were moved from the Boise Hawks to the Grand Junction Rockies on short notice. Restituyo and Tovar landed in Junction three hours before first pitch Saturday. The two players, batting 1st and 2nd in the lineup, finished 4-9 with four hits and 2 RBI. Tovar’s second at-bat as a Grand Junction Rockie was a stand-up triple to right-center.
Junction starter Jared Horn (2-0) pitched a shaky first two innings, allowing two runs and three hits before eventually settling down. Horn threw five total innings, walking two runners and striking out three.
Junction moves to 8-9 with the win and snap a six-game losing streak from their most recent road trip.
Rockies Lose Diaz, Navarro
The Grand Junction Rockies required the Boise transplants after Eddy Diaz was diagnosed with a torn PCL during the road trip. On August 12th, Diaz injured his knee trying to beat out a throw to 1st base. Manager Jake Opitz said Diaz will not need surgery, but will be out the remainder of the 2019 season. The shortstop was batting .331 on the season with 20 stolen bases as the Rockies primary lead-off man. Cristopher Navarro was promoted to Class-A Asheville over the road trip.
The Rockies will continue their home series with the Owlz Sunday at 5:00 p.m. from Suplizio Field.