Nic Motley, Pedro Gonzalez, and Javier Guevara had two hits, but the Grand Junction Rockies came up short in the opening game of the second half of the 2017 season 5-4 against the Ogden Raptors Saturday night at Lindquist Field.
Gonzalez started the game with a double and scored on a Chad Spanberger ground out and a Guevara single in the second helped setup the Rockies second run in the second inning, but Guevara was left at third, and the Raptors quickly capitalized.
Hendrik Clementine started the bottom of the second with his fourth home run of the season, and with one out in the inning, Jared Walker tripled and scored the tying run on Brayan Morales' sacrifice fly. They took the lead in the third when Romer Cuadrado followed Starling Heredia's leadoff double with a single, and scored two more runs in the fourth against Justin Valdespina, who allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings.
After Valdespina left the game, the Raptors didn't score again as Hayden Roberts and Michael Agis tossed two scoreless innings apiece, and the Rockies tightened the game up when Gonzalez singled home Motley in the fifth. The score remained 5-3 until the eighth, when they got closer, but couldn't get over the hump.
Ryan Vilade walked with one out in the inning, and he scored on Spanberger's double. With the help of a wild pitch the Rockies got the tying run to third base, but Spanberger was left there after Casey Golden and Ramon Marcelino struck out to end the inning. Guevara started the ninth inning with an infield single, but Miguel Urena retired the next three he faced for this third save of the season.
Jeff Paschke earned the win, allowing an unearned run over three innings of work out of the bullpen.
The loss is the Rockies sixth in seven games as they fall to 18-21 on the season. They have scored just seven runs in the first three games of the series at Lindquist Field.
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