Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 29, 2017
OGDEN 6, GRAND JUNCTION 3
Thursday at Lindquist Field
Grand Junction 3-8, Ogden 6-5
On the mound
Except for a pair of solo home runs in the first four innings, Grand Junction starter Justin Valdespina was solid for the first four innings of his five-inning outing. He went into the fifth with a one-run lead, but Ogden strung together three singles in the inning to go ahead for good. Valdespina allowed seven hits, four earned runs and one walk with two strikeouts.
At the plate
Javier Guevara finished 3 for 4 and Chad Spanberger, Joey Bartosic and Casey Golden each added two hits, with Spanberger’s solo home run in the second inning tying the score at 1-1. The Rockies, however, finished 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position despite a 12-hit attack. Grand Junction also stole five bases, with Bartosic’s steal of home plate in the fifth inning giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead.
The key innings
Ogden’s took the lead for good in the fifth on Nick Yarnall’s two-out RBI single. The Raptors padded their lead in the sixth on an RBI single from Hendrik Clementina and a bases-loaded walk by Kevin Lachance.
A pair of former GJ Rockies will participate in the Futures Game on July 9 at Marlins Park. Brendan Rodgers, who was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2015, and Ryan McMahon, the Rockies’ second-round pick in 2013, were selected for the U.S. team. Rodgers started the season at Class A Advanced Lancaster, hitting .400 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI and was promoted to Double-A Hartford. In eight games with the Yard Goats, Rodgers is hitting .233 with one RBI.
McMahon started the season at Hartford, hitting .326 with six home runs and 20 RBI. Since being promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque, McMahon has been on a tear. In 25 games, the third baseman is hitting .440 with six home runs and 26 RBI.
Rodgers and McMahon will be the third and fourth former GJ Rockies players, respectively, to play in the Futures game. Eddie Butler pitched for the U.S. team in 2013 and Raimel Tapia was on the World team in both 2015 and 2016.
Grand Junction at Ogden, 7 p.m., Lindquist Field
Starting pitchers: TBA, Grand Junction vs. Osiris Ramirez, Ogden (0-1, 13.50 ERA).
— Sentinel Staff