GJ Rockies split late-night DH with Ogden
After letting a 12-11 slugfest slip away in the first game, Grand Junction defeated Ogden 5-2 in the nightcap of a Pioneer League baseball doubleheader Saturday at Ogden.
With the win, the Rockies won the series 2-1 against the Raptors and improved to 5-9 in the second half, 26-26 overall, while Ogden dropped to 6-8, 27-25.
Ogden opened the second game looking like the team that laced 18 hits in the opener. Eric Smith and Jeremy Rathjen hit back-to-back home runs for a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
But that was it for the Raptors’ offense as Rockies’ starter Ryan Warner settled down and combined with Shaun Stuart and Alving Mejias to blank Ogden the rest of the way in a game that was scheduled for seven innings instead of the usual nine.
Mejias pitched the final three frames to notch the victory, running his record to 4-5. He allowed just one hit and no walks.
Both team’s bats were quiet after the first-game barrage of hits.
Grand Junction scored two runs in the top of the second without a hit. It scored the rest of its runs in the fifth with Ashley Graeter bringing home two with a single, one of just four hits for the Rockies.
Grand Junction almost had a series sweep. The Rockies trailed 11-9 after seven innings in the first game but tied the game on a two-run home run by Julian Yan in the eighth. Grand Junction then took a 12-11 lead in the top of the ninth on a run-scoring single by David Dahl.
Closer Scott Oberg, however, failed to earn his 10th save. After surrendering a leadoff single, he retired the next two batters, then gave up a single and two-run double.
Wilfredo Rodriguez swung the biggest bat in Grand Junction’s 17-hit attack. He went 4 for 4 with a home run, three doubles and four RBI.