Skid continues for GJ Rockies, who lose sixth straight game
Once again, Ogden slammed the door on Grand Junction after the Rockies tried to make a game of it as the Raptors pulled away in the late innings for an 8-3 win Thursday night in Ogden, Utah.
The victory gave the Raptors (2-0) a four-game series sweep of Grand Junction, which lost its sixth game in a row and eighth in the past nine games.
The Rockies (0-2) didn’t get on the scoreboard until Raptors starter Zachary Bird called it a day after six strong innings. Bird (1-3) blanked Grand Junction on six hits, and he walked two and struck out nine.
The Rockies welcomed seeing a new pitcher and promptly scored two runs off Kyle Hooper in the top of the seventh. Dom Nunez opened the frame with a single, stole second base and third base, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Emerson Jimenez, who ended on second base because of an error by the left fielder. Raimel Tapia then singled home Jimenez — extending Tapia’s hitting streak to 29 games — to pull Grand Junction within a run of the Raptors, 3-2.
Ogden answered, though, with its second three-run inning of the game to regain control with a 6-2 lead. The Raptors’ Brandon Trinkwon opened the inning with a home run, one of three on the night for Ogden. Dillon Moyer, son of former Major Leaguer Jamie Moyer, hit a three-run home run in the second inning for the Raptors.
Ogden’s final home run came in the eighth as Jesmuel Valentin hit a two-run shot to counter the Rockies’ run in the top of the frame. Grand Junction’s Jordan Patterson led off the eighth with his sixth home run of the season.
Devin Burke (4-1) pitched the first five innings for the Rockies and allowed three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out four to take the loss.
Tapia, Patterson and Miguel Dilone each had two of Grand Junction’s 10 hits. Ogden collected 14 hits, with all nine of its batters getting at least one.
Notes: Jon Gray, who started the season in Grand Junction and was promoted to Modesto last week, makes his first start in Class A baseball tonight for the Nuts, who host Stockton.
Gray was the first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies and made four starts in Rookie baseball, with no decisions and a 4.05 ERA. He struck out 15 and walked two in 13 1/3 innings for Grand Junction.