Raptors beat GJ Rockies on walk-off single
Ogden scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge Grand Junction 9-8 on Saturday night.
Relief pitcher Jacob Newberry entered the game to start the ninth and walked the Raptors’ Zach Babbitt, then hit Jesmuel Valentin with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Kyle Farmer singled up the middle to bring both runners home and end the game.
It was Newberry’s first blown save and first loss.
The Rockies (34-41, 13-24) started strong, scoring two runs in the first inning, three in the second and three in the fourth to take an 8-7 lead. Neither team scored again until Ogden (36-39, 16-21) plated its runs in the ninth.
The Rockies’ second pitcher of the game, Angel Lezama, threw three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk, and he struck out three. Carlos Estevez added one inning of scoreless relief for Grand Junction.
Jordan Hershiser countered with three scoreless innings of relief for Ogden, scattering four hits with no walks, and he struck out six batters. Michael Johnson blanked Grand Junction on no hits for the final two frames and earned the victory, his second. Johnson struck out five Rockies.
Grand Junction and Ogden conclude their regular seasons today with a 4 p.m. game.