Rockies deny Raptors win record in season finale; playoffs next

Sep 6 2012 - 11:09pm

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Ogden Raptors' Delvis Morales (left) tags out Grand Junction Rockies Matt Wissinger at second base at Suplizio Filed in Grand Junction, Colo., on Wednesday.
(CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel)
Ogden Raptors' Delvis Morales (left) tags out Grand Junction Rockies Matt Wissinger at second base at Suplizio Filed in Grand Junction, Colo., on Wednesday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Berryhill Boys are ready for the Pioneer League playoffs.

The Ogden Raptors and Grand Junction Rockies meet at 1 p.m. today in the opening game of the South Divisiton playoff series at Suplizio Field.

Games 2 and 3, if necessary, will be at Lindquist Field.

Thursday, the Raptors and Rockies wrapped up the regular season with a meaningless game.

Well, sort of.

Ogden was aiming for its team-record 45th regular season win, but Grand Junction denied the Raptors the honor, pushing across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win its second straight against Ogden.

While the Raptors have the best record in the league (44-32) and beat the Rockies 11 out of 16 meetings, Grand Junction did win the last two.

Thursday, Juan Ciriaco's RBI double down the right-field line scored Michael Ramirez for the 4-3 victory. The Rockies outhit the Raptors 11-6, but committed four errors on the game.

David Dahl had three hits for Grand Junction. He hit two solo homers in the game. Julian Yan homered in the sixth inning to tie things up after the Raptors had rallied to take the lead.

Travis Jones took the loss.

Delvis Morales had a pair of hits for the Raptors. Ogden trailed 1-0, but took the lead on Eric Smith's 2-RBI single in the third inning. Ogden would add a unearned run in the fourth inning when Jesus Valdez singled to open the inning, advanced to second on an error, went to third on a sacrifice bunt then came home on a wild pitch by Matt Carasiti.

Grand Junction reliever Brian Rike worked one inning to pick up his fourth win.

Missoula and Great Falls meet in the North Division playoffs.

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