OGDEN -- After walking off in wild fashion in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Ogden Raptors came out with a bang -- or two bangs, rather -- in the nightcap.
Unfortunately for the Raptors, they ended the game with a whimper.
After hitting back-to-back homers in the first inning, Raptors pitching couldn't hold the lead, and the offense didn't score again, leading to a 5-2 loss to the Grand Junction Rockies on Saturday evening in the second game of a doubleheader at Lindquist Field.
Eric Smith and Jeremy Rathjen put the Raptors (6-8, 27-25) up in the first with consecutive solo homers. Smith's shot hooked around the right-field foul pole, while Rathjen's was a laser into the left-field pavilion.
Ogden would get just two more hits the rest of the way in the shortened, seven-inning game, and as the night wore on, the Raptors at times looked sluggish. Right before the game, the Raptors had won a marathon slugfest, and the nightcap didn't get started until after 9 p.m.
"It shouldn't be a factor," said Raptors manager Damon Berryhill. "The (Rockies) had to do the same thing we did. These guys are fortunate -- if you get to the big leagues, you play two nine (inning games). Every game counts, and you can't afford to let your guard down."
Right after the back-to-back homers, the Rockies got two runs in the second inning off Raptors starter Carlos Frias, who gave up five runs -- two earned -- and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.
The Rockies took the lead with three runs in the fifth, aided by an error by catcher Tyler Ogle and a wild pitch from Frias that allowed a runner to score.
Combining both games of the doubleheader, the Raptors gave up 17 runs in 16 innings.
"We pitched horrible in both games, really," Berryhill said. "Every time we scored, we went back out and gave up runs. ... That's just not competing very well."
Smith, who added a single to his homer, was the only Raptor to finish with more than one hit.
The Raptors begin a seven-game road trip tonight against the Missoula Osprey.