By JEFF PINKHAM
Grand Junction Rockies shortstop Max George throws for a double play after tagging out Idaho Falls Chukars right fielder Brawlun Gomez at second base during the last play before the rain delay Tuesday at Melaleuca Field. Pat Sutphin / email@example.com,
Idaho Falls’ key series against Grand Junction got off to a soggy start and was eventually suspended Tuesday night.
With lightning flashing and rain falling, the umpires called the teams off the field at Melaleuca Field after the end of the second inning with the Rockies holding a 2-0 lead.
The game will resume at 5 p.m. today with Grand Junction coming to bat in the top of the third inning. Once that nine-inning game concludes, there will be a 30-minute break before the teams play a seven-inning game.
Grand Junction holds a three-game lead over Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League South Division second-half standings. The Rockies also lead the second-half series 3-1, putting pressure on the Chukars to take at least three of four games in this homestand to remain in the playoff chase. The Chukars have 17 games remaining and these are the only games left against the Rockies.
Following today’s doubleheader, the teams will finish their four-game series with games Thursday and Friday. The Chukars then head to Orem, Utah, to begin a four-game series against the first-half champion Owlz. I.F. then returns home for four more games against Orem before finishing the season with five games against Ogden — three on the road and then two at home.
On Tuesday, Grand Junction scored single runs in the first and second inning. Leadoff hitter Wes Rogers ripped a 1-2 pitch off the video board in left for a home run in the first, then Wesley Jones drew a one-out walk, moved to third on Omar Carrizales single and scored on a throwing error by Chukars catcher on a stolen base attempt.
Idaho Falls had two hits in the first and another in the second but couldn’t score.
CHUKARS CHATTER: Idaho Falls won four of seven games on its road trip to Helena and Missoula despite scoring fewer than five runs in five of the seven games. … 2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer is expected to pitch today against the Rockies. He’s not expected to work more than an inning or two. Jake Newberry (4-4, 5.26 ERA) and Torey Deshazier (4-1, 3-12 ERA) are the other scheduled starters in the series. … Play between the North and South divisions wrapped up Sunday, with the South taking the season series 64-48. The Chukars (31-28, 11-10) went 17-11 vs. the North and is 14-17 against the South.