GJ Rockies’ late rally falls short
Grand Junction hit five home runs and made things interesting with a late rally before bowing 13-11 to Ogden in Pioneer League baseball Tuesday night in Ogden.
After the Rockies (21-17) tied the game 5-5 with a run in the top of the fifth inning, the Raptors (20-18) erupted for seven runs, powered by four consecutive extra-base hits, capped by Jesmuel Valentin’s two-run home run.
Both teams scored a run in the seventh, making it 13-6.
Then, Grand Junction got back in the game with five runs in the eighth. A single and two walks loaded the bases, and after Jose Briceno struck out for the second out, Ryan McMahon lined a double to right field to drive in three runs. Correlle Prime followed by greeting a new pitcher with a two-run home run to left field, but that was the end of the rally.
Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Yan pitched the bottom of the eighth and retired the Raptors in order, but Ogden’s Jacob Rhame entered in the top of the ninth to return the favor and earn his fifth save of the season.
Grand Junction responded earlier in the game to a big inning by the Raptors, following Ogden’s four-run second with four runs in the top of the third. The Rockies answered with the long ball, hitting three home runs that frame: Raimel Tapia led off with a home run to right field — extending his hitting streak to 27 games, tying David Dahl’s club record set last season; Jordan Patterson hit a solo shot to right one out later; and McMahon hit a two-run home run to center.
McMahon added a solo home run in the seventh and finished the night 3 for 5 with two home runs, a double and six RBI. Prime was 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and three RBI.