Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 30, 2017
GRAND JUNCTION 4, OGDEN 3
Friday at Lindquist Field
Grand Junction 4-8, Ogden 6-6
The key inning
Grand Junction’s lineup broke through in a big way against the Raptors, scoring four runs in the eighth inning to rally from a 3-0 deficit. Chad Spanberger’s solo home run to lead off the inning sparked the rally, and Alan Trejo’s two-run double off Patrick Duester (0-1) later in the frame scored Michael Medina and Casey Golden to tie it. Trejo then stole third base, and Brett Stephens followed with an RBI single to right field to give the Rockies the lead for good.
On the mound
The Rockies again got a solid outing from its bullpen along with a quality start from Logan Longwith, who scattered seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings. Brandon Lambright (1-0) got the victory after allowing a solo home run in the seventh, and Michael Agis and Jefry Valdez each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Ogden only allowed one hit — a second-inning single from Trejo — until the seventh inning. Osiris Ramirez, Francis Cespedes and Justin Hoyt combined to allow one hit and five walks with nine strikeouts in the first six innings. Hoyt had the most unique line of any pitcher, striking out four GJ Rockies in the sixth inning after Ramon Marcelino reached on a third-strike wild pitch with two outs.
At the plate
Three of the Rockies’ six hits came in the eighth inning. Trejo’s 2-for-4 outing was Grand Junction’s only multi-hit performance, and Spanberger’s home run was his third of the season. Ogden pounded out 10 hits, with Rylan Bannon, Luis Paz, Zach Reks and Garrett Hope finishing with two hits apiece. Bannon and Paz each hit solo home runs for Ogden.
Hits and misses
Grand Junction has won three of its past five games and, during each of those victories, the Rockies have allowed four or fewer runs. ... The Rockies finish a nine-game road trip with a three-game series at Orem starting today. GJ comes home on July 4 to begin a three-game set with the Owls.
Grand Junction (4-8) at Orem (8-4), 7 p.m.
Starting pitchers: TBA
— Sentinel Staff