Grand Junction, COLORADO Despite outstanding pitching performances from Cam Robinson and Arman Sabouri, the Rocky Mountain Vibes fell 2-1 to the Grand Junction Rockies on Tuesday night. Starter Cam Robinson suffered the loss despite throwing six innings while allowing just one earned run, no walks, and striking out a career-high nine batters. The Vibes’ lone run came in the fifth inning on a Nick Kahle (2-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB) home run.
The Rockies jumped on the board early. In the first, Turner Brown reached on a dropped third strike and advanced to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Christian Koss. Brown scored on a throwing error in an attempted pick off by Robinson, pushing the Rockies ahead 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Vibes offense awakened when Kahle, a former University of Washington star, clubbed his first home run, knotting the score at 1.
The lead evaporated in a blink as a familiar face haunted the Vibes. The Rockies’ Cody Simpson blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth. It was his fourth of the season, all against the Vibes.
The Vibes threatened in the top of the sixth with Kahle and José Sibrian drawing walks but the rally fizzled with a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
Hope flickered again in the ninth one on and one out. Outfielder Michael Wilson struck out swinging and Nick Egnatuk kept the inning alive with a two-out walk, putting the go-ahead run on first. Joe Gray attempted to complete the comeback but was called out on strikes to end the game. The Vibes finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine runners on base.
For the first time in 2019, the Vibes posted zero walks as the staff continues to improve.
In his best performance of the season, Robinson showed excellent command. He threw 52 strikes in 71 pitches.
Sabouri followed Robinson’s lead with two scoreless innings. He yielded one hit with two strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.57.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes continue their seven-game road trip tomorrow in Grand Junction, wrapping up a two-game set against the Grand Junction Rockies. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m.