GJ Rockies finally get a win in Ogden
OGDEN, Utah — It took six tries, but the Grand Junction Rockies finally came away with a win at Lindquist Field in Ogden after beating the Ogden Raptors 13-5 in the first game of a three-game series.
Grand Junction entered Thursday’s Pioneer League game 0-5 in Ogden, and only 1-10 against the Raptors overall in 2012.
The Rockies’ 13 runs equals a season best, and they collected a season-high 19 hits, eight of which were doubles by eight different players.
David Dahl went 2 for 6 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. His first hit was a two-run double in the seventh, and he hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his fifth of the season.
Matt Wessinger had his first four-hit game of the season, and Ashley Graeter, Wilfredo Rodriguez and Julian Yan added three hits apiece. Yan hit his 11th home run of the season.
“Top to bottom, this might have been the best game we played offensively all season,” Rockies manager Tony Diaz said. “We put the pressure on every inning, and every player pitched in.”
Johendi Jiminian started for the Rockies and allowed four runs in three innings. He left the game trailing 4-3, but the Rockies bullpen quartet of Shaun Stuart, Mike Mason, Raul Fernandez, and Jordan Mejia combined to allow just one run in six innings with Stuart earning his fourth win of the season.
Stuart threw scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, but with the Rockies leading 7-4, he loaded the bases in the sixth inning with nobody out. Mason was brought in, and he got Delvis Morales to ground into a fielder’s choice. That made it 7-5, but then Mason induced an inning-ending double play, keeping it a two-run game. Ogden didn’t score the rest of the night.
“Mason’s outing was the key,” Diaz said. “We needed that bridge to Fernandez, and he provided it, and if he doesn’t get out of that bases-loaded jam, we might not win.”
The Rockies and Raptors play tonight at 7 p.m. at Lindquist Field.
Grand Junction’s Matt Carasiti will take the hill against Ross Stripling, who has allowed one earned run in 23 innings this season.