GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Grand Junction Rockies may have lost dibs to that first-half Pioneer League title and an automatic playoff berth, but they kept grinding away in Friday night’s game against the Ogden Raptors, pulling ahead in the eighth and holding out for the 7-6 victory.
It seemed evident pitching would be the name of the game. Grand Junction’s Carlos Polanco and Ogden’s JD Underwood had little to no mercy from the mound early on, keeping the score to zeroes through the first two innings.
Ogden would eventually find a way through. With two outs Cody Bellinger reached on a fielding error, and Devan Ahart was cleared for the 1-0 lead.
Grand Junction would get a run of their own in the fourth inning. After a Randy Reyes triple that nearly cleared the fence, Underwood balked and Reyes tied up the game.
By the time the sixth rolled around Ogden was ready to do more damage. A run would come in, then Yensys Capellan found the sweet spot of the pitch, taking it to the outfield stands for a three-run home run, putting the Raptors ahead 5-1.
So the Rockies had a lot of ground to make up, but ground to make up they did. The team responded in the bottom half with a Henry Garcia RBI followed by three more runs to match Ogdens four-run hit count in the sixth. Once again the game was tied at 5.
In the eighth inning, the Raptors jumped up one, but Wilson Soriano proved the hero when he delivered the go-ahead run batting in Luis Castro and Terry McClure. The Rockies would hold for the win 7-6.