Created: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:53:00 MST
Updated: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:30:35 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Minor League Baseball in the Grand Valley is officially still a couple days away, but fans got a chance to see the Grand Junction Rockies in action Saturday night in an exhibition game as the Rockies defeated the Denver Generals 9-8 at Suplizio Field.
Dom Nunez, one of three returnees from the 2013 squad, found the scoresheet in the bottom of the 2nd inning with an RBI double that scored Troy Stein out of Texas A&M University, the Colorado Rockies 10th round draft pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. That put the GJ Rockies ahead 5-0.
The Rockies continued the scoring in the bottom of the 6th, when Hamlet Marte, who spent the last three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, doubled to deep left field, plating a guy familiar with Suplizio Field -- Wes Rogers, who was here a few weeks ago with Spartanburg Methodist College in the 2014 Junior College World Series.
The Denver Generals featured a few familiar faces as well with a few Colorado Mesa University (CMU) players, including Joey Samuels, Austin Wallingford, and Central High School alum Kyle Serrano.
On the other side, CMU alum pitcher Garrett Carpenter pitched in relief for the GJ Rockies. Carpenter was invited to play in the exhibition game after Saturday morning's open tryout.
The GJ Rockies' season officially starts Monday, June 16th against the Ogden Raptors at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. First pitch for that game is set for 7:00 PM Mountain Time.
The Rockies' home debut is Friday, June 20th against Idaho Falls at 7:05 PM at Suplizio Field.