GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Raptors started off on the wrong foot, and could never recover as they lost 9-2 to the Grand Junction Rockies Sunday night at Sam Suplizio Field.
The Rockies picked a fitting night for a fireworks display at home, as they jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning and never looked back.
After getting three consecutive outs to start the game, Cesar Galvez scored after being walked on a single from Jesus Valdez in the first inning. Ryan McMahon followed with a double, scoring Miguel Dilone and Jordan Patterson. Ogden pitcher Victor Araujo struck out the next two batters, but the damage was already done as Grand Junction led 3-0 after the first inning.
McMahon was the hero of the night for the Rockies. In addition to his first-inning double, the first baseman cracked a two-run homer to bring the score to 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth. The sixth inning spelled doom for the Raptors, who gave up five runs and committed three errors.
Jacob Scavuzzo got the Raptors' first hit of the night with a line-drive double to center field in the top of the second, but Ogden couldn't capitalize as Hank Yates grounded out to end the top of the inning. Scavuzzo was caught trying to steal second base in the fifth inning, but provided one of the few positives of the night for the Raptors when he hit a single-run homer on a line drive to left field in the ninth.
Ogden finally got on the board in the eighth inning, when Jesmuel Valentin scored off of a wild pitch by Carlos Estevez. That brought the score to 9-1, but the Raptors had dug too deep of a hole for themselves by then, and Scavuzzo's home run was the only other score they could muster on the evening.
Raptors catcher Dimitri Papantonopoulos had a solid night offensively, going two for three at the plate.
Ogden finished with seven hits on the night versus the Rockies' 11 hits. In addition to outhitting the Raptors, Grand Junction also played error-free for the game.
Devin Burke (5-2) was credited with the win for Grand Junction, while Araujo (4-3) took the loss.
Ogden continues its road trip with games at Grand Junction for the next three days, followed by a pair of two-game home stands against Idaho Falls and the Rockies to finish the regular season. Facing a four-game deficit to Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League South Division, the Raptors will need to win their remaining seven games in order to make the playoffs this year.