Late-Inning Raptors Rally Leads To Loss

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By Adam Spolane / Grand Junction Rockies | September 8, 2017 1:05 AM ET


Down 7-1 after the Grand Junction Rockies batted around and scored five runs in the seventh inning, the Ogden Raptors scored the game's final seven runs, including five in the ninth, capping an 8-7 win Thursday night at Lindquist Field.

After Ogden scored a run in the seventh, Luis Paz homered in the eighth to bring the Raptors within four, and the first seven Raptors reached to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Donovan Casey and Mitchell Hansen each had two-run singles before Brock Carpenter's sacrifice fly ended the game, dropping the Rockies to 19-17 in the second half, 37-37 overall. 

Lucas Gilbreath made his final start of the season and struck out five in four scoreless innings, and with the game still scoreless in the fifth, Tyler Bates singled home a run to get the scoring started. Ogden tied the game against Brandon Lambright in the bottom of the inning, but Nic Motley's 2-out infield single brought home Javier Guevara to reclaim the lead, and in the seventh, it looked like the Rockies had blown the game open.

Kennard McDowell led off the inning with a double and scored after a throwing error on Brett Stephen's bunt single. After Bates walked, Todd Czinege doubled home two runs to make it 5-1, then with two out, Ramon Marcelino hit his 16th home run of the season to cap the five run inning.

Marcelino's homer was the Rockies 109th of the season, which has the old Pioneer League record for most homers in a season beat by a dozen as Marcelino pulls into a tie for third on the team's single season home run list with Julian Yan. He and Stephens had two hits for the Rockies, who finish 1-7 at Lindquist Field in 2017.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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