Rockies Playoff Hopes Dashed With Loss

Shael Mendoza turns two against Ogden during Monday afternoon's game. (Todd Bennett)

By Adam Spolane / Grand Junction Rockies | September 6, 2017 11:52 PM


After keeping their playoff hopes alive with come-from-behind wins Monday and Tuesday, the Grand Junction Rockies made one big comeback Wednesday night at Lindquist Field, but couldn't make another as they saw their playoff hopes end with an 11-7 loss to the Ogden Raptors.

Down five going into the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies had two on, down to their last out. Joey Bartosic singled home a run to make it a four run game, and after Casey Golden was hit by a pitch, Chad Spanberger, who had hit his 19th home run of the season earlier stood in, but his line drive was knocked down by Raptors' first baseman Luis Paz, who picked the ball up and beat Spanberger to the bag for the game's final out.

The loss ends the Rockies playoff hopes and drops them to 19-16 in the second half, 37-36 overall, and clinches a playoff spot for the Raptors who will take on the Orem Owlz in the South Division Championship Series Sunday.

Ogden scored six runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead, which seemed insurmountable after Raptors starter Edwin Uceta struck out four in the game's first two innings, but after Brett Stephens and Kennard McDowell reached in the third, Shael Mendoza tripled them home to get the Rockies on the board, and Bartosic's ground out right after made it 6-3.

Spanberger's home run led off the fourth, and with two out, Stephens singled. Jeff Moberg followed with his ninth home run of the season to tie the game, but the Rockies didn't have another hit until the eighth inning.

Jeffri Ocando gave up the six Ogden runs in the second, but Hunter Williams replaced him and tossed three scoreless innings, but Derrik Watson surrendered a pair of two out runs in the sixth, and three more two-out runs in the seventh.

Grand Junction was out-hit 17-8, with McDowell coming up with the Rockies only multi-hit game.

Paz had three hits for Ogden, while Donovan Casey, Romer Cuadrado, Carlos Rincon, Brayan Morales, Gersel Pitre, and Connor Heady had two/

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