Ogden outlasts GJ Rox
Shortly after the Grand Junction Rockies clawed their way back into the lead, Ogden reclaimed control of the game and sent the Rockies to their fifth consecutive loss in Pioneer League baseball Wednesday in Ogden, Utah.
Grand Junction scored a run in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but the Raptors went ahead for good with three runs in the bottom of the seventh en route to a 9-6 victory in the first game of the second half.
Grand Junction (0-1) opened the game with two runs in the initial frame as Jordan Patterson hit a two-run home run. Ogden (1-0) countered with three runs in its half of the inning, aided by a throwing error by Patterson, the Rockies’ right fielder. It was the first of six errors for Grand Junction in the game.
The Rockies scored a run in the fourth when Raimel Tapia singled home Zach Osborne, who doubled. Tapia’s hit extended his hitting streak to a club-record 28 games. The Raptors scored a run in the bottom of the frame.
The Rockies scored a run in the sixth as Correlle Prime tripled to lead off the inning, and Ryan Garvey followed with a single to tie the game. Then, a run in the seventh put Grand Junction up 6-5 as consecutive singles by Emerson Jimenez, Jose Briceno and Jordan Patterson plated Jimenez.
But Ogden made up for its lack of a run in the sixth by scoring three in the seventh, powered by four straight hits to open the inning, plating two runs. The Rockies then turned a double play before an errant pickoff attempt allowed Brandon Twinkon to score from third base for an 8-6 lead.
Raptors pitcher James Baune retired the Rockies in order in the eighth and picked up his first win of the season, and Jacob Rhame allowed a Tapia single to open the ninth before retiring the next three batters for his sixth save.
Grand Junction reliever Carlos Estevez suffered the loss, his first of the season after a 3-0 start.