GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Wednesday the Grand Junction Rockies closed out their homestand with the 5-4 win after a grueling 13-inning game against the Ogden Raptors, the longest game recorded in team history. The win pushed the Rockies to 4-2 on their home field, 7-3 overall, good enough to hold on to first in the Pioneer League.
Pitching was a strong starting point for the home team. Sam Howard made his minor league debut going three innings while giving up just two hits and striking out three. Harrison Musgrave made his debut and followed in the same fashion, going three innings while allowing no hits, no runs.
Ogden's pitching was also on point to start off the night. Victor Gonzalez searched for his first win of the season and would tally four strikeouts, but struggled when the fifth inning rolled around.
With a runner on third, Grand Junction's Max George notched his first home run of the season, putting the Rockies up 2-0. The team added two more runs in the sixth before Ogden's pitcher Joe Broussard settled the hit-happy Rockies.
In the eighth, Ogden was able to get on the board following an error and wild pitch; they would then tie it 4-4 in the ninth and send the game into extras.
It wouldn't be decided until the 13th inning, when Wilson Soriano singled in the winning run. Matt Pierpont earned his first win of the season, coming in for the final two innings and allowing two hits and no runs while striking out two.
The Grand Junction Rockies hit the road for one week starting with a series against the Idaho Falls Chukars.