GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Ogden Raptors have not given up on the 2013 playoffs, but things are looking dim for this year's squad.
Following a four-game sweep of Orem at Lindquist Field, the Raptors looked at their four-game matchup with Grand Junction as a chance to climb back into the South Division playoff chase.
But Grand Junction, which had hardly made an impression in the second-half standings after wrapping up a playoff berth of its own, suddenly woke up and delivered the Raptors back-to-back blows.
The latest was an 8-4 Grand Junction victory on Monday night at Suplizio Field.
On Sunday, Rockies starting pitcher Devin Burke dominated the Ogden lineup for six innings in a 9-2 win.
On Monday, it was the Grand Junction hitters who put the Raptors behind the eight ball.
The Rockies scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back. The Raptors got three runs back in the third, and had several chances to draw nearer over the final six innings, but got no close that the rest of the way.
Ogden now has its back to the wall, and realistically must win its remaining Pioneer League games to keep its playoff hopes flickering. The Raptors, who have made the playoffs every year for the past five season, are five games back of Idaho Falls, and two behind Orem.
Correlle Prime homered to lead off the second inning for Grand Junction and Taimel Tapia also added a homer later in the inning. Ryan McMahon and Dom Nunez each cracked three hits for the Rockies, who won just their 10th game of the second half of the Pioneer League season.
Austin Cowen and Joey Curletta had a pair of hits each for manager Damon Berryhill's squad.
Alex Balog worked six innings to earn the win. Raptors starter Jose DeLeon suffered the loss.