Despite a furious rally Tuesday night at Suplizio Field, the Grand Junction Rockies were pushed to the brink of elimination after an 12-10 loss to the Ogden Raptors.
Grand Junction trailed 11-1 after six innings, but had the go-ahead run on base in the bottom of the eighth inning with two out, but the rally ended when Joel Diaz popped out.
The Rockies scored five runs in the seventh inning, and after the Raptors scored an unearned run in the eighth, the Rockies scored four more times in the bottom of the inning, but they left five on base in those two frames, and in the ninth, Chris Mathewson struck out the side, sealing the win for the Raptors.
The Rockies have lost the first two games of this critical regular season ending 4-game series and must win the last two games of the regular season in order to win the South Division's second half crown.
Cody Thomas gave the Raptors the lead with a 2-out, 2-run single in the first inning, and with the score still 2-0, Ogden blew things open in the fourth.
After the Raptors scored a run off a Jose Gomez error, Keibert Ruiz hit a 3-run homer to make it a 6-run game, and things only got worse in the fifth after the Rockies scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.
Thomas launched his 15th home run to start the fifth inning, and after a Brock Carpenter sacrifice fly made it 8-1, Mitchell Hansen hit a 2-run homer to make it a nine run game. The Raptors scored a run in the sixth to make it 11-1.
Colton Welker finished with two hits and three RBI for the Rockies who drop to 19-16 in the second half. Roberto Ramos, Pedro Gonzalez and Cole Anderson had a pair of hits. Gonzalez brought home two.
Zac Grotz earned the win for Ogden, allowing just an unearned run on three hits in six innings.
Alejandro Requena took the loss for the Rockies. He gave up six runs in four innings.
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