Ogden 5, Grand Junction 4, July 29, 2017
Ogden 5, Grand Junction 4
Saturday at Lindquist Field
Grand Junction 0-1 (18-21), Ogden 1-0 (24-15)
Second half starts
The second half of the season began just like the first half for the Rockies, losing a one-run game. After today’s game at Ogden, the team has a three-day break for the All-Star Game. Grand Junction, after rattling off a franchise-record seven straight wins, has lost six of its past seven games. Ogden has won six in a row.
On the mound
Grand Junction’s bullpen was outstanding, allowing no runs over the final four innings. Justin Valdespina (0-5) gave up five runs on nine hits in his four innings of work. Hayden Roberts scattered three hits in the next two innings and struck out three, and All-Star reliever Michael Agis threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out three.
At the plate
The offense continued to falter, going 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Coming up short
Down 5-2, the Rockies scored one run in the fifth on an RBI single by Pedro Gonzalez. Shael Mendoza’s ground ball forced Gonzalez, but he beat the throw to first, and then stole second, his 20th stolen base of the season, but Ryan Vilade took a called third strike. In the eighth, Vilade drew a one-out walk and took second on a wild pitch. Chad Spanberger doubled him home, just missing a home run when the ball hit near the top of the wall. A wild pitch moved Spanberger to third with the tying run but the next two batters struck out.
Grand Junction at Ogden, 4 p.m., Lindquist Field
Starting pitchers: Logan Longwith, GJ (2-3, 9.38 ERA) vs. Gregorio Sequera, OG (0-1, 6.65 ERA)
— Sentinel staff