Colorado Springs, COLORADO The Rocky Mountain Vibes closed out the ten-game homestand Monday night with their first team shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Grand Junction Rockies. Starter Michele Vassalotti earned the win going seven scoreless innings while allowing just two Rockies hits and four strikeouts. Reliever Maiker Pinto followed in the eighth inning to seal the victory with the six-out save. Pinto provided with two scoreless innings on two hits and three strikeouts. Luis Avalo provided the only offense by both teams with a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
After four scoreless innings, the Vibes broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. Micah Bello led off the inning with a double to left only to be picked off a batter later. Catcher José Sibrian later reached on an error by second baseman Christian Koss. Luís Avalo took advantage of the runner on by blasting his second home run of the season. His 419-foot home run provided the Vibes the 2-0 lead after five innings.
Grand Junction threatened for the first time all night with consecutive hits to start the ninth inning. After a Koss sac-bunt, Pinto retired the next two batters on a strikeout and an over-the-shoulder grab by Nick Egnatuk in short centerfield.
The pitching staff kept the Rockies’ offense off-balance all night by allowing just four hits and seven strikeouts. Starter Michele Vassalotti (1-3, 8.71) dominated in his fourth start of the season. Vassalotti threw seven scoreless innings on two-hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Pinto followed with a six-out save and crucial outs in the ninth with the Rockies threatening. Pinto earned his second save of the season throwing two scoreless innings on two hits and three strikeouts.
Monday night’s contest finished out the ten-game homestand for the Rocky Mountain Vibes, their longest of the 2019 season. The Vibes finished 3-7 in the homestand including two come-from-behind victories Friday and Saturday night against the Orem Owlz. Outfielder Micah Bello led the way offensively for the Vibes batting .333 with four doubles, two triples, and three runs batted in. For the pitching staff, the homestand standout was closer Jackson Sigman, making four scoreless appearances with one save and six strikeouts.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes hit the road for a seven-game road trip starting tomorrow in Grand Junction with a two-game set against the Grand Junction Rockies. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. The game will be available on MiLB.TV as well as on the MiLB TuneIn app.