GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Grand Junction Rockies outlasted an hour-long rain delay Friday at Suplizio Field, eventually dominating the Rocky Moutain Vibes 11-3 in the opening game of the Pioneer League’s second half of the season.
The game was prefaced by a number of head-turning community events, including US Army Golden Knights parachuting onto Suplizio Field, and the US Navy Southwest Band performing the national anthem.
Once the game began, the Rockies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Todd Isaacs finished the night 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs, including a two-run home run in the inning.
Rockies Simpson had a highlight-studded day, smacking two home runs in the game and bringing home 3 RBIs. Simpson finishes the night with a team-best 10 home runs on the season and a .369 batting average.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Vibes 1st baseman Ernesto Martinez Jr. was helped off the field after a collision with a teammate in the infield. Martinez Jr. was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Rocky Mountain has not released an update on his condition at this time.
The Rockies jump back over .500 on the season (20-19) with the victory. The Vibes fall to 17-22 on the year. The two teams will play for the series win Saturday at Suplizio Field, with a starting pitch time of 6:40 p.m.