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Raptors' protest upheld after rainy forfeit
Game to pick up Wednesday night after Ogden refused to take field
08/27/2014 2:10 PM ET
Ogden manager Jack McDowell tried to plead his case about Grand Junction's unplayable conditions Tuesday night.

So after all, the game, and a division race, will actually be decided on the field.

Minor League Baseball overturned Rookie-level Ogden's forfeit from the team's game at Grand Junction on Tuesday night, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday's contest at Suplizio Field was marred by rain and delayed by 47 minutes before the game's first pitch. There were no further delays, despite off-and-on rain throughout the game, until the seventh inning, when Ogden manager Jack McDowell told umpires Andy Stukel and Jordan Johnson that he didn't believe the field was suitable for play.

When the pair disagreed and told McDowell to play on, the Raptors' skipper, whose team was leading 4-2 at the time, told his team to not take the field. Fifteen minutes later with no Ogden players on the diamond, the game was ruled a forfeit.

Ogden officially protested the ruling to the Pioneer League, and it was announced a day later that the protest was upheld. The game will officially pick up where it left off in the bottom of the seventh and will be followed by the full, originally scheduled nine-inning game.

The pair of games has potential playoff implications as the Rockies lead the Raptors by 1 1/2 games in the race for the Pioneer League South Division second-half title with the season ending on Sept. 4. Including Wednesday's pair of contests, the two sides will play each other five times before the 2014 season comes to a close.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments