Raptors outlast Rockies in Grand Junction slugfest

Aug 5 2012 - 8:52pm

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(Courtesy of the Daily Sentinel) Ogden’s Jesus Valdez hits a three-run shot in the first inning in Grand Junction on Sunday.
(Courtesy of the Daily Sentinel) Ogden’s Jesus Valdez hits a three-run shot in the first inning in Grand Junction on Sunday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Just one day after hitting his first Pioneer league home run, Corey Seager doubled-down. blasting a pair of dingers that helped Ogden to a 15-11 win at over the Grand Junction Rockies Sunday at Suplizio Field.

Seager contributed five RBIs as part of a 4-for-4 effort that added to Ogden's season-best tally. Jesus Valdez also hit two homers for the second-straight day, chalking up five RBIs of his own.

Delvis Morales also had a big night adding three RBIs on a triple to straight-center in the top of the sixth.

Seager and Valdez's initial home runs were part of a five-run first inning. Valdez hit a three-run homer and Seager hit a two-run shot.

With the Raptors in front 6-0, Ogden scored eight runs in the sixth inning, capped by a three-run shot to right field from Seager.

Grand Junction stormed back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring 10 runs highlighted by Steven Graeter's two-RBI double.

Graeter led the Rockies with a 3-for-5 performance that included a trio of RBIs.

Valdez added his second homer of the game, a solo shot to right, giving the Raptors a 15-10 lead.

Ross Stripling got the nod on the mound for Ogden, and the right-hander pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three. His scoreless streak now stands at 182/3 innings.

Southpaw Kazuki Nishijima relieved Stripling in the fourth and eventually picked up his sixth win despite allowing six runs on six hits through 22/3 innings.

Owen Jones finished the night for Ogden and the right-hander struck out three through a pair of innings to wrap-up the night.

Grand Junctions Matthew Carasiti (2-2) logged the loss after giving up seven hits (including a pair of home runs), six runs and a walk.

The Raptors travel to Idaho Falls for a three-game series with the Chukars starting today.

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