Rockies soar over Raptors and into first place

Jul 2 2013 - 11:10pm

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Raptors' third baseman Alex Santana, left, tags out Terry McClure of the Grand Junction Rockies as he tries to steal third in the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday's game at Suplizio Field.
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Faustino Oguisten (right) of the Ogden Raptors throws to first in a double play attempt after tagging second for the out as Terry McClure of the Grand Junction Rockies slides into the base in the fourth inning Tuesday at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.
Raptors' third baseman Alex Santana, left, tags out Terry McClure of the Grand Junction Rockies as he tries to steal third in the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday's game at Suplizio Field.
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GRETEL DAUGHERTY/Grand Junction Sentinel
Faustino Oguisten (right) of the Ogden Raptors throws to first in a double play attempt after tagging second for the out as Terry McClure of the Grand Junction Rockies slides into the base in the fourth inning Tuesday at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The superlatives from the Raptors' loss to the Rockies weren't all that super.

Ogden set season-highs for most hits allowed and most runs allowed, both in an inning and a game, while getting pasted 16-3 by Grand Junction on Tuesday at Suplizio Field.

The Raptors entered the game tied with Grand Junction for first place in the Pioneer League South but didn't stay there long. Jose Briceno got the Rockies rolling in the first inning by hitting his league-leading fifth homer of the year and Grand Junction didn't slow down, scoring in each of the first four innings to take a 12-0 lead.

The Rockies batted around in the fourth and sixth innings, putting up six and four runs, respectively, with Dom Nunez adding to the damage with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Nunez led Grand Junction with four RBIs as the Rockies pounded out 17 hits and Ogden committed four errors.

Meanwhile, Rockies pitcher Helmis Rodriguez (2-1) shut down the Raptors' bats, allowing just one hit in five innings for the win. Ogden starter Jonathan Martinez (1-1) took the loss.

Six Grand Junction batters had multiple hits, led by Briceno, who was 3 for 5 with a homer and two doubles.

Ogden catcher Kyle Farmer snapped the shutout with a leadoff homer in the sixth and the Raptors added two more in the seventh on Joey Curletta's double, an RBI single from Faustino Oguisten and a triple by Gerson Nunez.

The Raptors' first three pitchers each allowed at least four runs, but reliever James Baune tossed two scoreless frames to end the game.

Ogden finishes its two-game series with Grand Junction tonight and returns to Lindquist Field on July 4.

* RAPTORS NOTES: Ogden added catcher Dimitri Papantonopoulos from the Arizona League Dodgers on Monday. The 23-year-old played one game for the AZL Dodgers and went 0 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout. Papantonopoulos was a two-way player at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, playing catcher and pitcher, posting a team-low 2.71 ERA in 69.2 innings.

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