Editor’s Note: Helena Brewers Press Release
Grand Junction, CO – Looking to start a seven game road trip on the right note, the Brewers fought back to tie the game in the top of the third inning after falling behind 2-0 early. Yet Helena’s hopes of taking a lead quickly vanished in the bottom of the third, as Grand Junction scored six runs to take a commanding 9-3 lead. The Rockies scored in each of the first six innings, cruising to a 14-9 victory. Helena committed five errors in the ballgame while walking seven.
The Rockies spoiled Caden Lemons’ Helena debut, as the first three reached in the first inning, with two scoring on a single from Coco Montes. However, the Rockies loaded the bases, but Lemons didn’t allow another run to score in the inning.
Helena got a run back in the second, as singles from David Fry and Jesus Lujano, along with a walk from Bryan Connell, loaded the bases with one out. Mike Alescio then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, cutting the Rockies lead to 2-1.
Grand Junction got a run back in the second on a double steal, but Helena tied it in the top of the third on an RBI single from LG Castillo and an RBI ground out from Pablo Abreu. That though is when it all came apart.
Joel Pinto entered to start the third, and after getting the leadoff hitter, he walked three straight to load the bases. Will Golsan then grounded a potential double play ball to second, but an error occurred as Brice Turang dropped the throw to second. A run scored to make it 4-3 Rockies, but then Hunter Stovall skied a routine fly ball to center that Abreu dropped, scoring a second run and keeping the bases loaded. With Roberto Delgado in, a wild pitch with Montes up brought home a run, and then a sac fly scored the fourth run of the inning. That set up Grant Lavigne, who cleared the bases with a two run homer, his sixth of the year to make it 9-3 Grand Junction. Lavigne’s home run marked the only hit in the inning, in which all but one run was unearned.
Grand Junction scored two in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth, and while Helena scored six runs combined in the last four innings, it was nowhere near enough.
The Brewers look to hit the reset button tomorrow as they send Blake Lillis to the hill. Grand Junction counters with righty Trent Fennell. First pitch is at 6:40 PM, with the pregame show hitting the airwaves of helenabrewers.net at 6:25 PM.