The Idaho Falls Chukars found some interesting ways to score runs Friday night in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Chukars scored their runs on two errors a strikeout/wild pitch, a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice groundout in the 10th that was nearly a double play.
They needed to come up with a few more interesting ways to score.
Grand Junction’s Luis Castro belted a two-run walk-off home run to right field off Timothy Hill with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Rockies to a 7-6 win over the Chukars, dropping Idaho Falls to 1-4 to start the season.
Idaho Falls took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th when Devon Torrence led off with a single to second and was then forced at second on Luis Valenzuela’s bunt. DonAndre Clark and Corey Toups followed with walks to load the bases, and Valenzuela scored on Samir Duenez’s grounder to second.
Chukars reliever Torey Deshazier was solid in his Idaho Falls debut, taking over for Alec Mills in the second inning (Mills was on a rehab start and limited to one inning) and allowed three runs, none earned, in 5.2 innings. He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four.
Utah native Nick Green worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in his first outing. Alberto Rodriguez gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow a save, and Hill took the loss.
Grand Junction got on the board first, scoring a single run in the third with the help of an error, a balk and a wild pitch.
Idaho Falls got on the board in the fifth when Clark singled and Toups walked, then both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Clark and Toups scored on a throwing error by first baseman Henry Garcia.
The Rockies went back ahead in the bottom of the fifth, but Idaho Falls tied the game in the sixth when Brawlun Gomez led off with a triple to the wall in center and scored on an error. The Chukars went ahead 5-3 in the eighth, scoring on a wild-pitch strikeout and a bases-loaded walk.
Grand Junction forced extra innings by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth against closer Alberto Rodriguez.
The teams combined for nine errors and only three of the nine runs were earned.
Clark had a big night for I.F., going 2 for 5 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Gomez finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored for the Chukars, who finished with just six hits but drew eight walks.
The Chukars and Rockies play Game 2 of their four-game series at 7:05 tonight. Idaho Falls then plays two games in Orem before returning to Melaleuca Field to start a four-game series against Grand Junction.